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Alana Valentine Alana Valentine i(A20770 works by)
Born: Established: 1961 ;
Gender: Female
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BiographyHistory

Alana Valentine has written numerous nominated and award-winning radio plays as well as episodes of the television series McLeod's Daughters and Fat Tuesday. She has written several short films including the Mother Love (1994), The Witnesses (1995) and Reef Dreaming (1997) - a waterscreen installation in Darling Harbour. Valentine's plays have toured Australia extensively, particlarly in country areas, been performed in Malaysia, and broadcast in Iceland. A 1989 NIDA graduate, Valentine also has a Graduate Diploma in Museum Studies (2000) from the University of Sydney. She has been a 2006 Artist in Residence (Creative Arts) at the University of Wollongong, and also in 2006, at Macquarie University Department of English.

Most Referenced Works

Personal Awards

2018 recipient Australia Council Grants, Awards and Fellowships Literature Arts Projects For Individuals and Groups $50,000.00
2017 joint recipient Judy Harris Writer in Residence Fellowship
2013 recipient Australia Council Grants, Awards and Fellowships New Work - Established Writers Writing for Performance

Awards for Works

Flight Memory 2019 single work musical theatre

'INVENTOR. DISSENTER. INERTIA BUSTER

'A mesmerising series of songs. A spellbinding portrait of scientific endeavour. A homage to invention in our country that will inspire and challenge the belief ‘everything good gets invented somewhere else’.

'This compelling story of visionary Australian scientist David Warren and the invention that transformed technological and aeronautical history explores the core human emotions behind the world-changing Black Box Flight Recorder. Feel the pain of parochialism, the unconscious grind of childhood grief, and the elation of hard-won success.'

Source: The Street Theatre.

2020 nominated AWGIE Awards Music Theatre
y separately published work icon The Sugar House 2018 Strawberry Hills : Currency Press , 2018 11680414 2018 single work drama

'Narelle is a high achiever, a lawyer, with working-class roots and political clout. But something keeps bringing her back to Pyrmont. This peninsula was her family’s bedrock, and the home of her extraordinary grandmother June, who held everything together through the decades: a son’s brush with the law, a daughter’s battles with demons, a husband’s decline.

'Life revolved around the sugar refinery. For a time this was the sweetest neighbourhood in the country. But the family bedrock, like the sugar, has dissolved away. Narelle can’t fix the past, but maybe she can fix the future.

'A story of Sydney – work and corruption, family and massive social change. A story of how Australia went from working class to middle class. Best of all, the great Kris McQuade returns to Belvoir.' (Production summary)

2018 shortlisted Sydney Theatre Awards Best New Australian Work
y separately published work icon Barbara and the Camp Dogs 2017 Strawberry Hills : Currency Press , 2017 10001338 2017 single work musical theatre

'Meet Barbara and her band the Camp Dogs. Barbara’s been trying to make it in Sydney but maybe this just isn’t her town. In all the relentless demands of city life, where’s the sense of belonging she craves? It’s time to take a break with her cousin René.

With Ursula Yovich as Barbara and Casey Donovan as her redoubtable cousin, Barbara and the Camp Dogs is a rock-gig musical about love and home.' (Production summary)

2020 winner Victorian Green Room Awards Production : Theatre - Companies
2020 nominated Victorian Green Room Awards Direction : Theatre - Companies
2020 winner Victorian Green Room Awards Writing/Adaptation for the Australian Stage
2019 winner Helpmann Awards for Performing Arts in Australia Best Musical
2019 winner Helpmann Awards for Performing Arts in Australia Best Original Score
2019 nominated Helpmann Awards for Performing Arts in Australia Best New Australian Work
2019 shortlisted New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards Nick Enright Prize for Playwriting
2019 shortlisted Victorian Premier's Literary Awards Prize for Drama
2018 nominated AWGIE Awards Stage Award Music Theatre
2017 nominated Sydney Theatre Awards Best New Australian Work
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