PLAYLAB'S QLD SYLLABUS SUGGESTIONS 2019-20

UNIT 1: SHARE (NON-LINEAR)

The following list of plays has been curated by Playlab staff in order to provide an extended list of plays suitable for study in Unit 1: Share. The following titles include a wide-range of works that explore and share understandings of the human experience in a range of cultures including; Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, those from the Asia-Pacific region, and refugees and asylum seekers.

The following titles also explore a hybridity of conventions and forms in storytelling practices. For convenience, we have separated the plays that uses non-linear dramatic forms and linear dramatic forms.

New addition to the current curriculum suggestions: THE BELONGING TRILOGY by Margi Brown Ash MAGPIE by Elise Greig


The Belonging Trilogy

by Margi Brown Ash

THEMES: Belonging, Home, Not-Belonging,
LENGTH: 1.5 Hours
CAST SIZE: 1–2
CHARACTER AGES:
≤50
TARGET AUDIENCE: 
Adults

Alongside the three plays, social artist, Margi Brown Ashshares her devising processes and provides key learnings for readers to reflect on and explore their own personal and cultural mythology, collaborative ... Read more


A Tribute of Sorts

by Benjamin Schostakowski

THEMES: Performance, Awkwardness and The Macabre
LENGTH: 1.5 Hours
CAST SIZE: 1 – 2 Cast Members
TARGET AUDIENCE: Adults

Benjamin Schostakowski's A Tribute of Sorts is an artful, dark and funny celebration of theatre itself. Synopsis: Ivan and Juniper Plank have put together a glitzy ... Read more


Blue Bones

by Merlynn Tong

THEMES: Domestic Violence, Relationships, Self Empowerment
CHARACTER AGES: Young Adult
LENGTH: 1.5 Hours
CAST SIZE: 1 – 2 Cast Members
TARGET AUDIENCE: Senior Years

When a woman finds scars left by her ex-boyfriend of many years etched into her bones, she begins a turbulent journey to unpack her past and discover how he got ... Read more


Driving Into Walls

by Suzie Miller

THEMES: Youth, Drugs, Sex, Self-representation
CHARACTER AGES: 18-21
LENGTH: 1 Hour
CAST SIZE: 5 – 6 Cast Members
TARGET AUDIENCE: Senior Years

Making out, fighting, laughing, dancing and confessing … Drawn from over 500 starkly honest and highly confidential interviews with West Australian teenagers, this intimate and confronting play draws back the curtain on ... Read more


Melek Mo Hani

by Steve Mayer-Miller

THEMES: Cultural Identity, South Sea Islander Themes, Immigration, Deportation
CHARACTER AGES: Adult
LENGTH: 1.5 Hours
CAST SIZE: 1 – 2 Cast Members
TARGET AUDIENCE: Middle Years
TARGET AUDIENCE: Senior Years
TARGET AUDIENCE: Adult

Moses Susuburi has three homes — Malaita Island, Vanuatu and Beaconsfield Road, Mackay — it's a long story, so when he is caught busking without a licenece, it's hard for him to ... Read more


Oedipus Doesn’t Live Here Anymore

by Daniel Evans

THEMES: Family, Community, Tragedy, Loss
CHARACTER AGES: 18-40
LENGTH: 1.5 Hours
CAST SIZE: 5 – 6 Cast Members
TARGET AUDIENCE: Adult

What if Oedipus lived next door? What if the whole street knew what he’d been up to with his own mother, because of the word daubed in fluorescent letters ... Read more


OneFiveZeroSeven

by Suzie Miller

THEMES: Youth, Drugs, Sex, Self-Representation
CHARACTER AGES: 18-21
LENGTH: 1 Hour
CAST SIZE: 5 – 6 Cast Members
TARGET AUDIENCE: Senior Years

OneFiveZeroSeven opens wide the bedroom doors of Australian teenagers, allowing us into their inner sanctum. A very real look at everything they have, and everything they hope for. The crafting ... Read more


Prize Fighter

by Future D. Fidel

THEMES: War, Loss, Refugees, Trauma
CHARACTER AGES: 10 – 60
LENGTH: 1 Hour
TARGET AUDIENCE: Adult
CAST SIZE: 5 – 6 Cast Members

A talented young boxer, Isa, is preparing for the biggest fight of his career. On the line is the national title and the promise of fame and riches beyond his ... Read more


Still Point Turning: The Catherine McGregor Story

by Priscilla Jackman

THEMES: LGBTQIA, Identity and Love
LENGTH: 2 Hours
TARGET AUDIENCE: Adult

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, ... Read more


The Campaign

by Campion Decent

THEMES: LGBTQIA Rights, Australian Politics
LENGTH: 1.5 Hours
CHARACTER AGES: Adult
CAST SIZE: 5-6
TARGET AUDIENCE: Senior Years

In 1988 more than one hundred arrests were made at Salamanca Market when the Tasmanian Gay Law Reform Group defied a ban on a stall that featured petitions to decriminalise sexual ... Read more


The Longest Minute

by Robert Kronk and Nadine McDonald-Dowd

THEMES: Family, Identity, Sport
LENGTH: 1.5 Hours
CHARACTER AGES: 18–55
CAST SIZE: 5-6
TARGET AUDIENCE: Senior Years

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 ... Read more


The Village

by Multiple Playwrights

THEMES: Refugees, Asylum Seekers, Immigration
LENGTH: 1.5 Hours
TARGET AUDIENCE: Adult

Experience the compelling real stories of ordinary people who have found themselves in extraordinary situations. Created from verbatim accounts from refugees and people seeking asylum. The Village showcases the cultural ... Read more


Viral

by Hayden Jones and Sam Foster

THEMES: Fame, Communication, Behaviour
LENGTH: 1.5 Hours
TARGET AUDIENCE: Senior Years
CAST SIZE: 1 – 2 Cast Members

As society attempts to keep up with the rapidly changing and ... Read more

PLAYLAB'S QLD SYLLABUS SUGGESTIONS 2019-20

UNIT 1: SHARE (LINEAR)


The Fledglings

by Maxine Mellor

THEMES: Dreams and Desires, Disappointment, Generational Battles
LENGTH: 1 Hour
CAST SIZE: Large cast without doubling
CHARACTER AGES:
≤50
TARGET AUDIENCE: 
Middle & Senior Years

The Fledglings by Maxine Mellor is published alongside Good Grief by Merlynn Tong in a collection. SYNOPSIS: The Fledglings ... Read more


Bastard Territory

by Stephen Carleton

THEMES: Family, Identity
CHARACTER AGES: Adult
LENGTH: 2.5 Hours
CAST SIZE: 5 – 6 Cast Members
TARGET AUDIENCE: Adult

Bastard Territory is a confessional human drama about a man – and a city – carving out an identity. Mixing wry humour, raw insight, a dash of Tennessee Williams and a killer 60... Read more


Bukal

by Andrea James with Henrietta Marrie

THEMES: Contemporary Indigenous Theatre
LENGTH: 1 Hour
CAST SIZE: 3 – 4 Cast Members
TARGET AUDIENCE: Senior Years

From the rainforest to the world arena, Bukal is a story of an amazing woman. From the heart of Cairns Yidinji people comes the inspiring story of a courageous woman ... Read more


Head Full of Love

by Alana Valentine

THEMES: Indigenous Health, Love, Cultural Divisions
CHARACTER AGES: 50+
LENGTH: 1.5 Hours
CAST SIZE: 1 – 2 Cast Members

The Annual Alice Springs Beanie Festival is fast approaching and Tilly Napuljari is out of time to finish her new creation to enter it for judging. Nessa Tavistock, a Sydneysider, ... Read more


Medea

by Suzie Miller

THEMES: Love, Passion and Revenge
LENGTH: 2 Hours
TARGET AUDIENCE: Adult

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 ... Read more


Pale Blue Dot

by Kathryn Marquet

THEMES: Aliens, Relationships, Conspiracies
CHARACTER AGES: 15+
LENGTH: 2 Hours
TARGET AUDIENCE: Senior Years
TARGET AUDIENCE: Adult
CAST SIZE: 3 – 4 Cast Members

Here is a captivating new comedy about aliens, alienation and the terrifying and comforting thought that we are not alone. Insurance fraud investigator Joel Pinkerton doesn’t believe in aliens. ... Read more


Rice

by Michele Lee

THEMES: Globalisation, Power, Politics and Migration
CHARACTER AGES: Adult
LENGTH:1.5 Hours
CAST SIZE: 1 – 2 Cast Members
TARGET AUDIENCE: Adult

Everyone has problems to deal with – in the boardroom or the basement, global or local, business or personal. Two multicultural women making their way in modern Australia forge a powerful, ... Read more


Sugarland

by Rachael Coopes and Wayne Blair

THEMES: Indigenous Themes, Regional Australia, Displacement, Growing up
CHARACTER AGES: 16 – 18, Adult
LENGTH: 1.5 Hours
TARGET AUDIENCE: Senior Years

Sugarland provides a glimpse into a teenage Australia that feels like a foreign country. This haunting new play will make you pause, make you smile, make you wonder how much ... Read more


The Dead Devils of Cockle Creek

by Kathryn Marquet

THEMES: Environmentalism, Ideology, Compromise
LENGTH: 1.5 Hours
CAST SIZE: 3 – 4 Cast Members
TARGET AUDIENCE: Adult

Working out of a small shack in the isolated wilds of south-western Tasmania, George, an environmental scientist, is trying to save the world one Tassie Devil at a time. Since ... Read more


The Pineapple War

by Lachlan Philpott

THEMES: Oppression, Revolution, Influence
CHARACTER AGES: 16 – 23
LENGTH: 1.5 Hours
CAST SIZE: Large Cast Without Doubling
TARGET AUDIENCE: Senior Years

It’s 2022 and Queensland is now part of China to ... Read more


The Salt Remains

by Tom Gardiner

THEMES: Responsibility, Forgiveness, Inadequacy
LENGTH: 1.5 Hours
TARGET AUDIENCE: Adult
CAST SIZE: 1 – 2 Cast Members

In the best tradition of noir thrillers that keep ... Read more


This Heaven

by Nakkiah Lui

THEMES: Family, Justice, Anger, Indigenous Deaths in Custody
CHARACTER AGES: 19 – 50
LENGTH: 1.5 Hours
CAST SIZE: 5 – 6 Cast Members
TARGET AUDIENCE: Adult

Synopsis: Sissy Gordon’s father died in custody at Mount Druitt Police Station. The cops got a fine, Sissy’s family got $9,000 and no one is allowed to ... Read more