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June 2019 Newsletter

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Greetings Drama lovers and practitioners

Warm Greetings to all our subscribers and customers whether you are in the chilly South like us or the far North where, by what I see on weather forecasts, it is as warm as ever!

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My Picks

My pick of the latest batch of new play releases have in common that they are stories about the lives of women powerfully and sensitively written from the heart.

Winyanboga Yurringa by Andrea James

Winyanboga Yurringa by Andrea James is a powerful and moving story about 6 Indigenous women, country, culture, acceptance and belonging. On a bush camp out Neecy has important business planned. Tensions within the group and a sudden disappearance in the night look like ruining more than a camping trip but it is a story of hope and healing too. The play was inspired by the TV series Women of the Sun, which is the translation of the title.

Winyanboga Yurringa is a work of great feeling, fraught with tension, leavened with laughter and racked with gut felt anger.” Keith Gallasch, Real Time

Prima Facie by Suzie Miller

Prima Facie by Suzie Miller Explores hard hitting subject matter in a beautifully crafted play telling a story that needs to be told. About one woman experiencing the law court from the inside both as a skillful defense barrister and then as a witness. Highlighting processes that need to be changed, Suzie Miller’s lived experience in the law gives the action a raw intense flavor that makes Prima Facie moving and memorable. I hope this becomes an Australian classic. Contains excellent monologues for assessment or auditions.


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Table of Contents

Australian Plays


Communication, Speech & Performance

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Australian Plays


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Tales from the Arabian Nights

by Donna Abela (2019)

In this delightful adaptation of the classic tales, Donna Abela brings centuries old tradition into the modern era with a play that is timeless yet utterly contemporary.

Young courtier Shahrazad poses as a 'Smuggle' (a refugee) about to be executed by the despotic King Shahrayar. To save her life, she tells the king a story he can't resist. It's a tale of magic and transformation, demons and lovers, adventure and terror.

Delaying her fate by one more night each time, Shahrazad weaves the story into another and then another until turn by turn she finds a way into the king's heart. His defences are breached and the results offer fresh hope for the whole kingdom.

Abela has created an imaginative and playful piece of theatre for young people that begs many questions and longer discussions.

Donna Abela's Tales from the Arabian Nights is a powerful allegory for our times and a great afternoon for an audience . [Tales From The Arabian Nights] effortlessly tell us much about human nature, morality, kindness and contemporary Australia. - NSW Premiers Literary Awards judges (shortlisted)

Winyanboga Yurringa

by Andrea James (2019)

Six Indigenous women gather on country for what seems like a fun camping trip by the river, a chance to get away from the daily grind, a time to natter and laugh.

A photographer, a museum curator, a community leader, a young and troubled niece, a besieged mother and a park ranger these strikingly different contemporary Aboriginal women joke and bicker, rile each other one minute and comfort each other the next. And when the peace of the campsite is upended, they band together to make it right.

Winyanboga Yurringa weaves through questions about place and trauma, blackness and community, responsibility and ownership.

Inspired by the iconic TV show Women of the Sun, Andrea James's moving and gently provocative play celebrates the power of kinship and acceptance, and what it really means to be connected to country.

Winyanboga Yurringa is a work of great feeling, fraught with tension, leavened with laughter and racked with gut felt anger. - Keith Gallasch, RealTime

Prima Facie

by Suzie Miller (2019)

Tessa is a criminal lawyer at the top of her game who knows the law permits no room for emotion.

To win, you just need to believe in the rules. And Tessa loves to win, even when defending clients accused of sexual assault.

Her court ordained duty trumps her feminism. But when she finds herself on the other side of the bar, Tessa is forced into the shadows of doubt she's so ruthlessly cast over other women.

Winner of the 2018 Griffin Award, Prima Facie is an indictment of the Australian legal system's failure to provide reliable pathways to justice for women in rape, sexual assault or harassment cases. It's a work of fiction, but one that could have been ripped from the headlines of any paper, any day of the week, so common you could cry.

Turning Sydney's courts of law into a different kind of stage, Suzie Miller's (Sunset Strip, Caress/Ache) taut, rapid fire and gripping one woman show exposes the shortcomings of a patriarchal justice system where it's her word against his.

Maybe we need a new system.


by Katie Pollock (2019)

An urban detective story in which the investigator is a teenage girl and the body is her own.

Poppy has developed a tic. A twitch. A spasm. It spreads through her body, then her group of school friends and before long, the whole town. Nobody can explain it, but as the disease spreads, the community begins to fracture along lines that turn into deep fissures. Who or what is to blame And how are they going to fix it.

Inspired by the true story of 'the town that caught Tourettes', this new work by award winning playwright Katie Pollock is dark, provocative and theatrically inventive.

Normal is the winner of the Inscription/Edward Albee Playwriting Scholarship and the Ingenious Grant from Town Hall Theatre, MA (USA).



by ATYP (Australian Theatre for Young People) (2019)

It’s midnight and twin siblings argue over what to do with the dog they just ran over. In a school common room a student is struggling to clean a sharpie drawing of a you-know-what off a window. In an undisclosed location a boy prepares for his new life in a special witness protection program for embarrassed youths.

Intersection: Arrival is a collection of short plays written by some of Australia’s most exciting young writers. Each year ATYP brings together 20 playwrights from across the country and challenges them to create stories that speak to the experience of being seventeen—years—old in Australia, here and now. The ten most startling pieces are put on stage.


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by Suzie Miller (2019)

When Medea fell for Jason, she fell hard. Hard enough to sacrifice everything to be with him. She deceived her father, committed murder, left the comforts of her homeland and bore him two sons. So when a power-hungry Jason takes up with a younger woman, Medea's humiliation quickly turns to revenge and a horrible plan is hatched. Nothing is off limits. No one is safe. Not even the children.

Medea was first produced by La Boite, premiering at the Roundhouse Theatre on May 30, 2015.

  • THEMES: Love, Passion and Revenge
  • LENGTH: 2 Hours

The Longest Minute

by Robert Kronk & Nadine McDonald-Dowd (2019)

"The Longest Minute is the perfect storm of theatre and sports, and will move you to tears and cheers." — Limelight Magazine
"There are few plays where you could say honestly that anyone, theatre lover or not, rugby league fanatic or not, will enjoy it, but this refreshing and authentic homegrown story is one of those rare examples." — The Australian
"The Longest Minute will not only break your heart, but fill it with soul (and side-splitting laughs)." — Blue Curtains Brisbane

One football club, one family, and one unforgettable NRL grand final. Where were you the night of the 2015 Grand Final? The night when long-time underdogs the North Queensland Cowboys won in an all-Queensland nail-biter that changed the fame, and the state forever. For one family of Cowboys diehards, their whole lives have led up to this moment.

The Longest Minute was originally produced by Queensland Theatre, debase productions and JUTE Theatre Company premiering at the JUTE Theatre, Centre of Contemporary Arts, Cairns on May 2, 2018 before seasons at Dancenorth Townsville, Cremorne Theatre QPAC Brisbane and Pilbeam Theatre Rockhampton.

  • THEMES: Family, Identity, Sports
  • CAST SIZE: 5 - 6 Cast Members
  • LENGTH: 1.5 Hours

Still Point Turning
The Catherine McGregor Story

by Priscilla Jackman (2019)

"And I arrived at the same point every trans person does. If I am to live on, it would be as the person I felt myself to be, or I would die." — CATHERINE MCGREGOR

From the age of eight, Catherine McGregor knew she was a woman. But first she would have to live as a man. She played many parts: son, brother, husband, athlete, soldier, speech writer. She worked in professions full of machismo, inside institutions built by men.

Everyday was a challenge, and every challenge took its toll. In 2012, aged 56, McGregor faced a turning point: end her life, or transition as a woman.

Drawn Directly from countless hours of interviews with McGregor, Still Point Turning tells her story in her own words. It reveals a woman of fierce intellect, passion, incisive humour and profound feeling. It celebrates her tenacity without shying away from her faults. It is the true story of her true self.

Still Point Turning: The Catherine McGregor Story was first produced by Sydney Theatre Company premiering at Wharf1 Theatre on 26 April 2018. This production was originally developed through Sydney Theatre Company's Rough Draft Program.

  • THEMES: LGBTQIA, Identity and Love
  • LENGTH: 2 Hours

Communication, Speech & Performance


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Heretic Voices
Three Award-winning Monologues

by Sonya Hale, Annie Fox & Tatty Hennessy (2018)

This volume presents the best new writing in monologue form, celebrating unique voices with exceptional stories to tell. These three plays, finalists in the inaugural Heretic Voices competition, were first performed at the Arcola Theatre, London, in 2018.

Set in Croydon, South London, Dean McBride by Sonya Hale is a vivid and poetic story of deprivation, loss and redemption through love, which tells the story of Dean, a young man hardened by suffering, who struggles in life before finding his way back to happiness.

A university professor is caught in a storm when an image of her in a changing room is shared online. Exploring how images of women are represented in art and social media, Annie Fox’s Woman Caught Unaware is a searing examination of the culture of body-shaming.

Depicting a teenage girl’s solo journey to the North Pole with her father’s ashes, A Hundred Words for Snow by Tatty Hennessy is a complex, epic and undulating story that pitches themes of death and rebirth against a shifting backdrop of climate change, exploration and the uncertain geography of the North.

This collection includes a foreword from actor and playwright Lolita Chakrabarti, one of the judges of the competition, which was organised by Heretic Productions.

‘Three exceptional plays… powerful, emotional, rage-filled works that rail against injustice but contain tenderness, humour and passion… it’s a pleasure to witness this simple, powerful storytelling’ - LondonTheatre1

Rebel Voices
Monologues for Women by Women

edited Roisin McBrinn (2019)

Rebel Voices: Monologues for Women by Women
Celebrating 40 Years of Clean Break Theatre Company

Clean Break is a British theatre company set up in 1979 by two women in prison. It exists to tell the stories of women with experience of the criminal justice system and to transform women's lives through theatre.

Over 40 years, Clean Break has commissioned some of the most progressive and brilliant women writers to write ground-breaking plays, alongside developing the writing skills of the women they work with in its London studios and in prisons. This is a collection of monologues from this canon.

Rebel Voices: Monologues for Women by Women celebrates the opportunities inherent when women represent themselves. Offering female performers a diverse set of monologues reflecting a range of characters in age, ethnicity and lived experience, the material is drawn from a mix of published and unpublished works.

This book is for any performer who does not see themselves represented in mainstream plays, for lovers of radical women's theatre and for rebels everywhere who believe that the act of speaking and being heard can create change.

100 Acting Exercises for 8 - 18 Year Olds

by Samantha Marsden (2019)

This book offers a comprehensive guide to teaching acting exercises that will unleash the inner creativity of students aged 8-18.

Theories and techniques of some of the greatest theatre practitioners including Sanford Meisner, Constantin Stanislavski, Lee Strasberg and Uta Hagen provide a basis for Samantha Marsden's original exercises for students between these ages. You won't find Duck, Duck, Goose, Zap, Zap, Boing – or any other traditional drama games in this book: instead, the craft of acting technique takes the limelight.

These exercises have been tried and tested in the author's own classroom, and are guaranteed to inspire, ignite imagination and encourage heartfelt performances. Focus points used in leading drama schools such as voice, movement, relaxation, character development and understanding text are recreated for a younger student. They are easy to follow and will be fun, challenging and immensely rewarding for teachers and students alike.

The book features a foreword by Paul Roseby, CEO and Artistic Director of the National Youth Theatre.

Comedy Acting for Theatre
The Art and Craft of Performing in Comedies

by Sidney Homan & Brian Rhinehart (2018)

Analysing why we laugh and what we laugh at, and describing how performers can elicit this response from their audience, this book enables actors to create memorable – and hilarious – performances.

Rooted in performance and performance criticism, Sidney Homan and Brian Rhinehart provide a detailed explanation of how comedy works, along with advice on how to communicate comedy from the point of view of both the performer and the audience. Combining theory and performance, the authors analyse a variety of plays, both modern and classic. Playwrights featured include Harold Pinter, Tom Stoppard, Christopher Durang, and Michael Frayn. Acting in Shakespeare's comedies is also covered in depth.

  • Chapter One: Playing the Comic Actor
  • Chapter Two: Comic Truth and Acting
  • Chapter Three: Energy and Intensity
  • Chapter Four: Elements of Comedy for Audience and Actor
  • Chapter Five: Playing the Whole Comedy
  • Chapter Six: All's Well That . . .
  • Chapter Seven: Why We Laugh
  • Chapter Eight: Improv and the Comic Actor

The ‘d’ Monologues

by Katie O’Reilly (2018)

This unique collection of fictional dramatic monologues was written specifically for D/deaf and disabled performers (the ‘d’ of the title), informed by lived experience. But the ‘d’ could just as easily refer to difference, diversity, defiance, determination, desirability and a host of other delicious ‘d’s….

Covering a wide variety of form, content, and theatrical styles, the monologues offer fresh perspectives on difference and disability from across the UK and beyond. From biting satire to crip’ pride, observational comedy to poignant revelations of life in contemporary Britain and beyond, these texts challenge and subvert ingrained preconceptions of disability and celebrate all the possibilities of human variety.

This collection is the culmination of ten years work, with fictional monologues inspired by over 100 interviews, conversations and interactions with D/deaf and disabled individuals internationally. It brings together new and previously unperformed texts alongside monologues from In Water I’m Weightless (National Theatre Wales Cultural Olympiad 2012), the 70 minute stand alone one-woman show richard iii redux and the multilingual intercultural And Suddenly I Disappear: The Singapore/UK ‘d’ Monologues.

The monologues offer a great resource for atypical performers as audition pieces and for companies and individuals as script-in-hand, full productions, solo shows or with larger casts. The variety of monologues enables flexible presentation as solo, choral or ensemble performances.

Covering a wide variety of form, content, and theatrical styles, the monologues offer fresh perspectives on difference and disability from across the UK and beyond. From biting satire to crip’ pride, observational comedy to poignant revelations of life in contemporary Britain and beyond, these texts challenge and subvert ingrained preconceptions of disability and celebrate all the possibilities of human variety.

These texts challenge and subvert ingrained preconceptions of difference and disability, relishing all the possibilities of human variety - solo, choral and ensemble monologues for D/deaf and disabled performers, inspired by lived experience

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