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Angela Betzien
Angela Betzien Angela Betzien i(A3592 works by)
Born: Established: 1978 Rockhampton, Rockhampton - Yeppoon area, Maryborough - Rockhampton area, Queensland, ;
Gender: Female
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Angela Betzien is a Queensland-born and multi-award winning Australian playwright who has had success both in Australia and internationally. Betzien is a founding member of a Melbourne independent theatre company, RealTV. Betzien and her plays are most well-known through the Australian Gothic landscape, in which she can tell her stories through a psychoanalytical approach. Furthermore, her plays endeavour to put a strong aim and focus towards teenagers and younger generations.

From 1994-1997, Betzien received the Queensland Theatre Company Young Playwright's Award. In 1998, after her first play went to stage, she won the George Landen Dann Playwright’s Award. From this moment, Betzien has achieved great wonders both personally and professionally. For Betzien, 2012 was the year she received the Queensland Literary Award for Drama and the Kit Denton Disfellowship Award for her work, War Crimes. Her most recent achievement was in 2015, receiving the Kim Williams’ Fellowship Award.

Betzien has had an astonishing playwriting career which started professionally in 1997 with Dog Wins Lotto, all the way up to her most recent piece in 2015, Mortido. Through this time, Betzien has discovered many raw and emotional events that has embarked her on her playwriting journey. Most of Betzien's famous works, come from experiences in which she has witnessed or experienced.

For Angela Betzien's personal website.


Most Referenced Works

Awards for Works

y separately published work icon The Hanging 2016 Strawberry Hills : Currency Press , 2017 8959657 2016 single work drama mystery thriller crime

'Two private school girls are missing in Melbourne’s hinterland. The clock is ticking, the search is on. The one clue is 15-year-old Vivienne. Beguiling, quick-witted, provocative, she won’t give up her secrets easily. What exactly will the police uncover?

'Award-winning playwright Angela Betzien (an STC Patrick White Playwrights’ Fellow) has created a tense, tantalising crime thriller that reveals the mysterious underbelly of a privileged world.'

Source: Sydney Theatre Company 2016 program.

2017 shortlisted New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards Nick Enright Prize for Playwriting
2016 shortlisted Sydney Theatre Awards Best New Australian Work
2016 shortlisted Sydney Theatre Awards Best Mainstage Production
y separately published work icon Egg 2016 11415379 2016 single work drama

'Across a dry and dusty desert, two tinkers, Clyde and Horse, drag an enormous egg. They can’t remember how long they’ve been dragging it, or why they’ve been dragging it, or where they are dragging it to. All they know is that it’s really important. Life on their big bald egg of a planet depends upon it. So there’s nothing to be done but to go on! Let’s tug this great big googy into the future. And who knows? Maybe something wonderful will hatch!

'A tale of two forgetful fellows yoked to a yoke. Silly and funny and a little bit cracked, Egg is filled with clowning, puppetry, hope and the promise of renewal.'

Source: Author's website ( (Sighted: 26/06/2017)

2017 winner AWGIE Awards Children's Award Theatre
y separately published work icon Mortido 2015 Strawberry Hills : Currency Press , 2015 7804097 2015 single work drama crime

'Mortido is a crime drama, revenge tragedy and morality play rolled into one. In other words, a quintessential Sydney tale.

'It begins with a Mexican fable about death and ends in the Western suburbs. In between it takes in the public housing on Belvoir Street, Krispy Kreme doughnuts, quinoa, Nazi Germany, Qantas, Coca-Cola, a seventh birthday party, the Surry Hills police, the property market and a body in the harbour. The connective tissue? Cocaine.

'Jimmy is a small-time dealer and Monte is a biggish-time distributor. Grubbe is a detective. They all want the same thing: to live out their lives in leisure. And a water view would be nice. But for Jimmy and Monte to win, Grubbe has to lose. Same goes the other way.

'Angela Betzien is a virtuoso playwright who writes a funny line as well as she writes a thrilling plot and a furious social critique. Mortido is her most ambitious play so far, and a brilliant portrait of the emerald city: familiar, bizarre, glorious and mean.

'Colin Friels and director Leticia Cáceres (Miss Julie, The Dark Room) team up for this remarkable new play about crime, globalisation and the killer desire for a bigger house.' (Publication summary)

2016 shortlisted Victorian Premier's Literary Awards Louis Esson Prize for Drama
2016 shortlisted AWGIE Awards Stage Award
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