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Currency Press - Young Adults

Looking for a great read? 

Our plays for young adults offer a range of worlds, from the realistic to the fantastic. Our current favourites:

For ages 12 to 15

Boy Overboard   is a moving play about young people overcoming the confusion of war, politics and the search for a safe haven.

Children of the Black Skirt is a  gothic fairytale for young people. Three lost children discover an abandoned orphanage in the bush and learn a history of Australia through the spirits of children who have lived there.

Hitler’s Daughter is an intriguing tale about Heidi, a young girl caught in the turmoil of World War II, whose father was one of the most dreaded men in history.

Stories in the Dark  explores the power of storytelling, mingling the magic and earthy wisdom of folk tales with the hard-edged story of violence, conflict and the struggle to survive.


For ages 16 to 18

Jasper Jones interweaves the lives of complex individuals all struggling to find happiness among the buried secrets of a small rural community. 

Michael Swordfish  traverses the tumultuous landscape of the teenage experience with a sober truth and darkly comic voice. Who is Michael Swordfish? And who knows why he disappeared?

Parasites is about two teenagers fleeing unthinkable dangers who find solace in each other amidst the unrelentingly damaging confines of an asylum seeker processing centre.

The Violent Outburst that Drew Me to You is a  smart, sweet and fiery tale about two offbeat kids who, at war with the world, find a moment's peace with each other.


Looking for monologues, drama activities and games?

We offer a range of drama activity books, for use in theatre groups, acting classes and school classrooms. There are also lots of monologue collections, some written especially for young adults, that you can use for performances, auditions and school assessments. Our current favourites: 

Dramawise Reimagined is a complete coursebook for students and teachers of Drama, featuring activities that thoroughly detail each element of drama. 

Our new collection of Australian Monologues for Women and Men is soon to be released! 

Not in the Script  offers up a challenge: to perform with voices that aren’t from play scripts. Working instead from fiction, non-fiction and poetry, these pieces are a fresh and sharp source of material for performance, auditions and workshops.




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48 Shades of Brown
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48 Shades of Brown

Philip Dean
 
In his final year at school, and with his parents overseas, Dan is forced to grow up fast when he moves in with his 22-year-old aunt Jacq and her eccentric friend Naomi. Light-hearted and funny, with a definite twist of insanity. Adapted from Nick Earls’ novel.

Includes Teachers' Notes by Sandra Gattenhof.


Cast : 4M, 6F
Performance Rights : Kubler Auckland Management - www.kublerauckland.com
Currency Press | 978-0-86819-652-7 | Sales rights: worldwide | PB
A Property of the Clan
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A Property of the Clan

Nick Enright
 
When a young girl is murdered at the hands of one of her male contemporaries, what is the aftermath? How will her friends cope? How can such violence be understood? A Property of the Clan deals with these issues with honesty, sensitivity and intelligence.

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Cast : 3M, 1F
Performance Rights : www.hlamgt.com.au/rights/
Currency Press | 978-0-86819-360-1 | Sales rights: worldwide | PB
A Town Named War Boy
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A Town Named War Boy

Ross Mueller
 
"We hit Cairo like a train!... Every dirty little alley, every dusty back room bar. The pyramids are marvellous, but I could spend the rest of my days quite happily in the arms of your temptation."

Inspired by The State Library of New South Wales' jaw-dropping collection of World War I diaries and letters, A Town Named War Boy explores both the events of war and the impact it has upon soldiers and their families. Written with insight, humour and sensitivity, Ross Mueller's moving play brings the ANZAC legend to life.

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Cast : 4M
Currency Press | 978-1-92500-539-4 | Sales rights: worldwide | PB
After January
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After January

Philip Dean
 
Alex is marking time while awaiting his school results—body surfing, watching TV and playing pool are meanwhile his primary concerns. So he’s not prepared for the girl with the nose-ring who cuts past him on a wave and draws him into a new way of looking at the world. Adapted from a novel by Nick Earls.

Includes Teachers'  Notes by Nataly Redhead Beh & Collette Brennan

Cast : 4M, 3F
Performance Rights : www.kublerauckland.com
Currency Press | 978-0-86819-636-7 | Sales rights: worldwide | PB
All Stops Out
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All Stops Out

Michael Gow
 

Studying comes naturally to Sam, but Danny finds it more difficult. Linda thinks Jenny is wasting her time whilst Cathy regrets not working harder.

And all the parents are anxious...

In All Stops Out, Michael Gow reveals different attitudes towards the dreaded end of year exams.


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Cast : 4M, 4F
Performance Rights : Shanahan Management - admin@shanahan.com.au
Currency Press | 978-0-86819-310-6 | Sales rights: worldwide | PB
Beautiful Words
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Beautiful Words

Sean Riley
 
An epic chronicle of the refugee experience, Beautiful Words weaves together three very different stories of survival, told through the eyes of three children in different times and places. The outcome is heart-rending, humorous, and surprising by turns. From the horrors of Auschwitz Concentration Camp in the final days of World War II, to Taliban-ruled Kabul, to present day Australia, this enthralling play presents a rich tapestry of human experience, overlapping lives, and the bonds that unite generations.

Over three hours, with some 20 characters, Beautiful Words tells an engaging story with poignant comedy and unashamed feeling.

 

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Cast : 3F, 6M (doubling)
Currency Press | 978-0-86819-832-3 | Sales rights: worldwide | PB
Blackrock (Play)
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Blackrock (Play)

Nick Enright
 
It’s Toby Ackland’s birthday party down near the surf club—and that should mean heaps of grog, drugs and good clean fun. But by the morning a young girl is dead—raped by three boys and bashed with a rock.

Who is responsible?

Blackrock is an intimate and strongly shaped human drama which examines the social forces behind the impulse to violence in individual lives.

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Cast : 6M, 5F
Performance Rights : www.hlamgt.com.au/rights/
Currency Press | 978-0-86819-477-6 | Sales rights: worldwide | PB
boy girl wall
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boy girl wall

Matthew Ryan and Lucas Stibbard
 
Side by side in a leafy suburb, Thom lives in one flat, Alethea in another. It's pretty clear that their respective, unsatisfying lives would improve enormously if they just met each other. But with a wall literally between them, this seems highly improbable.

Then there's the building's Power Box, having an existential crisis about the eventual collapse of the universe, and the super nova from five thousand years ago. Then there's time travelling on an equation for the speed of light and too much sugar. There's demon magpie attacks, laptops in love, cats dancing to Prince and sock puppet nightmares. And a tiny prayer by the Wall, hoping that all of these pieces can come together for one magical moment of love.

 
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Cast : 1M & 1 musician
Currency Press | 978-0-86819-955-9 | Sales rights: worldwide | PB
Boy Overboard
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Boy Overboard

Patricia Cornelius / Morris Gleitzman
 
A story of adventure, ball control and hope.

Jamal and Bibi have a dream. To lead Australia to soccer glory in the next World Cup. But first they must face landmines, pirates, storms and assassins. Can Jamal and his family survive their incredible journey and get to Australia?

Adapted for the stage by Patricia Cornelius from Morris Gleitzman's best-selling novel, Boy Overboard depicts a deeply human side of the 'asylum seekers' issue by following the journey of Jamal and Bibi from Afghanistan to Australia. Based on real life events, this is a moving play about young people overcoming the confusion of war, politics and the search for a safe haven.

 

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  • Morris Gleitzman’s excellent unsparing novel for young adults in an accurate, theatrically imaginative and robust staging adaptation by Patricia Cornelius, deals with both the money grubbing and perilous mechanics of a refugee journey and the eternal hunger of hope. - Stephen Dunne, Sydney Morning Herald

Cast : 9M, 6F (doubling possible)
Performance Rights : Cameron Creswell - info@cameronsmanagement.com.au
Currency Press | 978-0-86819-807-1 | Sales rights: worldwide | PB
Children of the Black Skirt
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Children of the Black Skirt

Angela Betzien
 

A gothic fairytale for young people. Three lost children discover an abandoned orphanage in the bush and learn a history of Australia through the spirits of children who have lived there, from convict times, through to World War Two, the Stolen Generation and beyond.

An evocative play which explores history, reconciliation and the power of storytelling, Children of the Black Skirt has toured widely through schools and is a classroom favourite with teachers and students alike.

   

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Cast : 14M, 12F (cast of 3 possible with doubling)
Currency Press | 978-0-86819-760-9 | Sales rights: worldwide | PB
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