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Not in Print: playwrights off script - on inspiration, process and theatre itself


Not in Print: playwrights off script - on inspiration, process and theatre itself

Andrea James: on collaboration, First Nations‘ storytelling and Sunshine Super Girl

Fri, 10 Sep 2021

In this episode, Caitlin spoke with playwright, director and dramaturg, Andrea James.



 



Andrea is a Yorta Yorta/Gunaikurnai woman who is dedicated to the telling of First Nations stories on stage.



She was Artistic Director of Melbourne Workers Theatre 2001-2008, was a playwright in residence at Melbourne Theatre Company and is currently an Associate Artist at Griffin Theatre Company. 



Andrea’s plays have appeared on stages across Australia and around the world. 



Here, we speak about her theatre practice, and her two most recent plays, Sunshine Super Girl, about Wiradjuri tennis champion Evonne Goolagong, and, Dogged, written in collaboration with Catherine Ryan.



 



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Grab copies of Andrea's scripts here: https://tinyurl.com/axncm7a6



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Music by Grace Turner.



 


'The law of sexual assault spins on the wrong axis': Suzie Miller on her play, Prima Facie

Wed, 05 May 2021

"Five years at law school,
eleven years of practice,
I have always believed.
Now I need to know that I was not mistaken."



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In this episode we spoke with playwright Suzie Miller about her award winning play, Prima Facie.



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.



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.



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.



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Prima Facie will be showing again at Griffin Theatre, 23 June - 10 July 2021. Tickets here: https://tinyurl.com/4j8kd74x



Grab copies of the script here: https://tinyurl.com/5zdjzr2y



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Music by Grace Turner.



Thank you to Sarah Easterman for reading the excerpts from the play for this episode. 



 


Fangirling over FANGIRLS with Yve Blake

Thu, 04 Feb 2021

"Tease us and hate us / but don't underestimate us..."



 



This month we spoke with Yve Blake, playwright, screenwriter and composer, and the creator of the hit musical FANGIRLS.



FANGIRLS is showing again at Sydney Festival 2021 before touring Australia, and you can now get the script through Currency Press.



The song in this episode is a track from FANGIRLS performed by some of the original 2019 cast, including Yve Blake, who played the role of Edna. 



Learn more about Yve and her work over at yveblake.co



 


'Counting and Cracking': in conversation with S. Shakthidharan

Thu, 10 Dec 2020

‘In Tamil we don’t say goodbye. Only, I will go and come back.’
‘நாங்கள் விடைபெறேக்க, ‘போயிட்டு வாறன்’ எண்டு மட்டும் தான் தமிழில சொல்லுறனாங்கள்.’



In this episode we speak with S. Shakthidharan, a writer, director, musician and producer of film and theatre who grew up in Western Sydney and has Sri Lankan heritage and Tamil ancestry. 



We discussed Shakthi's multi-award-winning, multilingual play, Counting and Cracking, which traverses countries and decades to bring us an epic tale of family, love and politics. 



See more of Shakthi's work at kurinji.com.au 


'For We The Young': Finegan Kruckemeyer on writing plays for children and young people

Tue, 17 Nov 2020

To re-launch Not in Print, we spoke with Finegan Kruckemeyer about magical worlds where monsters are friends and lighthouses are boats, and on the richness and dynamism of theatre for children and young people.



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Finegan has had 94 commissioned plays performed on six continents and translated into eight languages. His work has enjoyed seasons in more than 200 international festivals and in 2018, he was the most-produced playwright of original children’s theatre in the US. 



He and his work have received 36 awards, including the Mickey Miners Lifetime Achievement Award for international Theatre for Young Audiences, David Williamson Prize for Excellence in Australian Playwrighting, seven Australian Writers' Guild Awards and an inaugural Sidney Myer Fellowship. Finegan has spoken at conferences in ten countries, with papers published and works studied at international universities.



Finegan was born in Ireland and moved halfway around the world to Adelaide, Australia, aged eight. After 15 years, he and his wife Essie left for the island state of Tasmania. And after 15 more, with their son Moe, they returned.



Finegan is committed to making strong and respectful work for children, which acknowledges them as astute audience members outside the plays, and worthy subjects within.



See more of Finegan's work at finegankruckemeyer.com



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Currency Press has published four titles by Finegan, including one play collection; For We the Young, At Sea, Staring up, The Grumpiest Boy in the World and The Violent Outburst that Drew Me To You. Available at currency.com.au/books-tag/finegan-kruckemeyer/ 



 



 


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