PLAYLAB'S QLD SYLLABUS SUGGESTIONS 2019-20

UNIT 2: REFLECT (MAGICAL REALISM)

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 2: Reflect. For convenience we have separated the following titles into categories based on the dramatic styles that are to be studied in this unit. Each play in this list presents a unique exploration into the understanding and empathising with the truth of others’ experiences, and through the manipulation and interpretation of the conventions associated with their particular style, chronical and celebrate what it is to be human.

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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


Chasing The Whale

by Matthew Ryan

THEMES: Relationships, Career, Life-Choices, Insanity
LENGTH: 1.5 Hours
TARGET AUDIENCE: Senior Years
CAST SIZE: 5 – 6 Cast Members

Strange things are happening to workaholic Jerry Daniels. Office desks are chasing him. Self-help tapes are talking to him. Umbrellas are raining from the sky. But the world of advertising ... Read more


Cinderella

by Matthew Whittet

THEMES: Love, Identity, Comedy
LENGTH: 1.5 Hours

This Cinderella is not about princes and princesses. It's about a single woman in her early 40s trying to go on a date, and a single guy who has an ... Read more


In a Heart Beat

by Jo Turner

THEMES: Loss, Growing Up, Small towns
CHARACTER AGES: 15 – 30, 30+
LENGTH: 1.5 Hours
CAST SIZE: 9 + Cast Members
TARGET AUDIENCE: Middle Years & Senior Years

In a Heart Beat follows the story of Jamie, a frustrated teenager with big ideas to leave his school and family all behind at the very first chance ... Read more


Lazarus Won`t Get Out of Bed

by David Burton

THEMES: Depression, Relationships, Truth
CHARACTER AGES: 3 Early Twenties, 1 Any Age
LENGTH: 1.5 Hours
TARGET AUDIENCE: Senior Years
CAST SIZE: 3 – 4 Cast Members

(Lazarus Won’t Get Out of Bed was first presented by ASTheatre and Metro Arts as part of Metro Art Allies 2009.) Lazarus has been in bed for three ... Read more


Proppa Solid

by Steven Oliver

THEMES: Aboriginal Themes, Indentity, Family
CHARACTER AGES: Adult
LENGTH: 1.5 Hours
TARGET AUDIENCE: Adult
CAST SIZE: 3 – 4 Cast Members

The year is 2067 and Paul Toppy, your everyday Aboriginal President, runs The Republic of Australia. Problem is, Paul doesn’t know much about being Aboriginal. All that changes one day ... Read more


Spontaneous Human Combustion

by Daniel Evans

THEMES: Trauma, Defiance, Grief
CHARACTER AGES: 16 – 18
LENGTH: 1.5 Hours
CAST SIZE: Large Cast Without Doubling
TARGET AUDIENCE: Senior Years

School Captain Astrid Pollard is on fire. Ever since she was assigned that oral presentation on Joan of Arc life has sort of, well, spontaneously combusted. People are looking at ... Read more


The Chosen

by Lachlan Philpott

THEMES: Desires to be unique, Adolescents
CHARACTER AGES: Teenage to Adult
LENGTH: 1.5 Hours
CAST SIZE: Large Cast Without Doubling
TARGET AUDIENCE: Senior Years

For most girls, finding a place within the cliques, the hierarchies, and the gossip of a new school is tough enough. For Freya Star, it’s astronomically more difficult. She’... Read more


Underland

by Alexandra Collier

THEMES: Isolation, Love, Coming of Age Playlab Indie
LENGTH: 1.5 Hours
TARGET AUDIENCE: Senior Years
CAST SIZE: 7 – 8 Cast Members

Violet and Ruth are bored as hell in their small town ... Read more

PLAYLAB'S QLD SYLLABUS SUGGESTIONS 2019-20

UNIT 2: REFLECT (AUSTRALIAN GOTHIC)


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


Constance Drinkwater and the Final Days of Somerset

by Stephen Carleton

THEMES: Colonisation, Racism, National Identity, Multiculturalism
CHARACTER AGES: 18+
LENGTH: 2 Hours
TARGET AUDIENCE: Senior Years
CAST SIZE: 5 – 6 Cast Members

It is 1899 and only the resolve of Lady Constance Drinkwater has kept the Far North Queensland settlement of Somerset from crumbling. Beset by storms, ill-luck and a mysterious disease that ... Read more


No Incense Rising

by George Landen Dann

THEMES: Family Relationships and Obligations
CHARACTER AGES: 17 – 50
LENGTH: 1.5 Hours
CAST SIZE: 7 – 8 Cast Members
New Vintage
TARGET AUDIENCE: Adult

A life of one's own at the expense of one's family? Or a life of familial obligation? This is the choice faced by Ada Bergmann. Trapped on a remote island, ... Read more


The Dark Room

by Angela Betzien

THEMES: Violence, Sex, Police, Isolation
CHARACTER AGES: 14 – 40
LENGTH: 1.5 Hours
CAST SIZE: 5 – 6 Cast Members
TARGET AUDIENCE: Adult

A lonely motel somewhere in the Northern Territory. Deep into the night, six lost souls play out a small, distant tragedy of lovesickness and social breakdown – only it’s not ... Read more


The Mayne Inheritance

by Errol O’Neill

THEMES: History, Murder, Colonial Society
CHARACTER AGES: 18+
LENGTH: 2.5 Hours
TARGET AUDIENCE: Senior Years
CAST SIZE: 5 – 6 Cast Members

A grisly murder, inherited madness, and a family in ruins… Patrick Mayne was a poor Irishman who emigrated to Australia in the first half of the twentieth century. Settling in ... 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


Where In The World Is Frank Sparrow

by Angela Betzien

THEMES: Gang Violence, Territory, Death, Human Condition, Coming of Age
CHARACTER AGES: 14+
LENGTH: 1.5 Hours
TARGET AUDIENCE: Senior Years
CAST SIZE: Large Cast Without Doubling

Where in the World is ... Read more

PLAYLAB'S QLD SYLLABUS SUGGESTIONS 2019-20

UNIT 2: REFLECT (REALISM)


Composing Venus

by Elaine Acworth

NEW VINTAGE NEW RELEASE
THEMES: History, Family
LENGTH: 2 Hours
CAST SIZE: 8 Cast Members / 13-14 Cast Members without doubling
TARGET AUDIENCE: Senior Years

Spanning three decades, in flights of fantasy, poetic phrasing and sombre soliloquy, Composing Venus tells the story of three generations of women living in outback North Queensland. 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


Kryptonite

by Sue Smith

THEMES: Multiculturalism, Politics, Love, National Identity
CHARACTER AGES: 23 – 48
LENGTH: 1.5 Hours
CAST SIZE: 1 – 2 Cast Members
TARGET AUDIENCE: Adult

It has been 25 years since the tanks rolled into Tiananmen Square. A generation later, have the scars healed or have they been papered over with bank notes? Through the lens ... 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


Samson

by Julia-Rose Lewis

THEMES: Coming of age, Grief
CHARACTER AGES: 16 – 18
LENGTH: 1.5 Hours
CAST SIZE: 3 – 4 Cast Members
TARGET AUDIENCE: Senior Years

Essie, Beth, Sid and Rabbit are growing up at the arse end of the arse end of the world. Boredom, decay and violence plague their lives. The accidental death of ... 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