'‘Hate is a tiring thing. It is a commitment one must make, and invest in. It demands long hours and plenty of overtime. There are few perks, but wonderful camaraderie and an appreciation that everyone is working just as hard as each other’. An enquiry into the spread of hatred in today’s society, created with high-school students and performed to their peers, this play turns negativity on its head, presenting a how-to guide for the hopeful.'
Source: Author's website.
'Teacup in a Storm is a window into an unseen world of crashes, laughter and carrying on.
'Carers make up one in eight Australians and account for 1.9 billion hours of unpaid work annually. Teacup in a Storm draws on a series of detailed interviews with a number of these carers from the local region, exploring their personal experiences. ' (Publication summary)
Three plays by female Australian playwrights, all centring on the 'gap year': the year after the end of high school.
'A deeply authentic, verbatim-inspired conversation between inmates, their children and the people who work with them as clients, Comin' Home Soon brings to the stage rarely heard perspectives on incarceration and its effects on families, most especially on children.
As part of a multi-year commitment to art classes in Goulburn gaol by GRAG which has seen a succession of Aboriginal artists go into the gaol, in 2012 playwright Alana Valentine was asked to conduct writing workshops with Aboriginal inmate artists. Informed by privileged access to these men, and with the participation and engagement of the Shine For Kids organization who work with children of inmates, this work rings with an abiding call for understanding the complexity, diversity and vulnerability of this community.
Performed at Goulburn's Lieder Theatre by Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal performers, with the endorsement of many Aboriginal locals in the cast and as supporters, this is a surprising, confronting and genuinely original encounter with the ongoing effects of punitive justice on Australian communities.' (Source: www.alanavalentine.com/stage )
'."The play is not an attempt to recreate the reality of the flood, photographs do that far better than words, but instead to do what plays do best - look at human nature, in this case, under the pressure of natural disaster. Such events illuminate diverse aspects of our humanity and I hope, ten years later, that it will be healing, confronting, amusing and moving to reflect on an event that is an indellible part of Katherine's proud history." Alana Valentine, January 26, 2008.'
Source: Artback NT website, http://www.artbacknt.com.au (sighted: 02/09/2009)
'Flo and Queenie live in the shrinking country town of Dungarra. Now in their 60s, they've known each other since kindergarten, closest friends and deadliest rivals. When working class Flo is widowed, she is forced through economic circumstances to accept the hospitality of Queenie, the doctor's widow. Little do they know that their lives, and that of their friend Maurie, are about to be turned upside down. The Queen is coming to Dungarra on what could be the last Royal Tour, and Queenie is beside herself with joy - but Flo's mind is on saving the little town from economic ruin. Soon personal secrets are unearthed and old scores, still unsettled, rise to the surface...'
Source: Australian Script Centre website, http://www.ozscript.org/
'Hogs Hairs and Leeches is eight small discrete plays which, combined, talk about growing old, regrets, memory, fears and beliefs. It examines many relationships: between mothers, grandmothers and daughters, between women who dance together at their local elderly citizens club, between grandparents and grandchildren who can no longer speak one another's language, between men who fought for good working conditions and young men who would work for nothing.' (Source: The Australian Script Centre: http://www.ozscript.org/ sighted 04/01/2007)
'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?'
Source: Australian Plays (https://australianplays.org/script/CP-366/). (Sighted: 22/02/2018)