PLAYLAB'S QLD SYLLABUS SUGGESTIONS 2019-20

UNIT 3: CHALLENGE (THEATRE OF THE ABSURD)

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 3: Challenge. For convenience we have separated the following titles into categories based on the dramatic styles that are to be studied in this unit. Each selected play engages the audience to explore a political, social, philosophical or economic conversation and uses the conventions relevant to their theatrical style in order to communicate their unique view point and voice the difficult questions of the human experience.

New addition to the current curriculum suggestions: HERE WE ALL ARE. ASSEMBLED. by Kathryn AshLYSA AND THE FREEBORN DAMES by Claire Christian 


Here We All Are. Assembled

by Kathryn Ash

THEMES: Friendship, Love, Existential Crises
LENGTH: 1.5 Hours
TARGET AUDIENCE: Senior Years

A twisted tale of two hapless characters who dare to question. Suspended in a rotting dystopian landscape, forgotten by the world, these two are comforted by blissful ignorance, turning a ... Read more


Bustown

by Lachlan Philpott

THEMES: Consumerism, Contemporary Society, Exclusion
LENGTH: 1.5 Hours
CHARACTER AGES: 13–25
CAST SIZE: Large cast without doubling
TARGET AUDIENCE: Middle Years

Breathe in deep, can ya smell it? Smell of bus seats. Vinyl and sweat. Nothing nowhere beats that. See the yellow bus? That’s where we was born. Bustown. A ... Read more


Delirium

by Amy Bell

THEMES: Nature, Macabre
CHARACTER AGES: Adult
LENGTH: 1.5 Hours
TARGET AUDIENCE: Adult
CAST SIZE: 1 – 2 Cast Members

In the soporific heat of a North Queensland wet season, mosquitoes buzz incessantly as these six stories unfold, each with its own grisly twist. From a clinical hospital ward, to ... Read more


Dropped

by Katy Warner

THEMES: Military Traditions, Broken Hearts and just a hint of Beckett…
CHARACTER AGES: Unspecified
Length: 1 Hour
CAST SIZE: 1 – 2 Cast Members
TARGET AUDIENCE:Senior Years
TARGET AUDIENCE:Adult

A darkly comic two-hander by award-winning playwright Katy Warner, in which military ... Read more


Not Like Beckett

by Michael Watts

THEMES: Absurdism, Colonialism, Love
CHARACTER AGES: Any Age
LENGTH: 1.5 Hours
TARGET AUDIENCE: Senior Years
CAST SIZE: 1 – 2 Cast Members

Meet Walter Walloon Beckett! An all-singing, all-dancing, comedian extraordinaire. The last of the famous Beckett clan. And he’s a rabbit…! With his lucky rabbit foot stuck in a trap ... Read more


The Grand

by Victoria Carless

THEMES: Ambition, Belonging, Tourism, Dependence
CHARACTER AGES: 18+
LENGTH: 1 Hour
CAST SIZE: 1 – 2 Cast Members
TARGET AUDIENCE: Senior Years

The Grand has fallen under hard times. Between moss that ... Read more

PLAYLAB'S QLD SYLLABUS SUGGESTIONS 2019-20

UNIT 3: CHALLENGE (EPIC THEATRE)


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


Chinese Take Away

by Anna Yen

THEMES: History, Family, Poverty, Chinese Culture, Traditionalism
CHARACTER AGES: 30
LENGTH: 45 Minutes
CAST SIZE: 1 – 2 Cast Members
TARGET AUDIENCE: Senior Years

Three generations of women; Grandmother, Mother and Anna, make a figurative ‘journey’ from the mores of Old China to those of contemporary Australia. A tragi-comic, one-woman show richly realised through ... Read more


Hanako

by Katherine Lyall-Watson and Caroline Dunphy

THEMES: Culture Clash, Art, Dominance and Female Empowerment
LENGTH: 1.5 Hours
TARGET AUDIENCE: Senior Years
CAST SIZE: 7 – 8 Cast Members

Hanako plunges the audience into the hyper-realistic fantasy of ... Read more


I Love You, Bro

by Adam J.A. Cass

THEMES: The Internet, Identity, Sexuality, Deceit
CHARACTER AGES: 14
LENGTH: 1.5 Hours
TARGET AUDIENCE: Adult
Playlab Indie
CAST SIZE: 1 – 2 Cast Members

Johnny is a digital chameleon, able to change who he is with ... Read more


Ma Ma Ma Mad

by Merlynn Tong

THEMES: Suicide, Depression
CHARACTER AGES: Various
LENGTH: 1 Hour
CAST SIZE: 1 – 2 Cast Members
Playlab Indie
TARGET AUDIENCE: Adult

Ma Ma Ma Mad is based on the true story of a young woman growing up in Singapore. This powerful play deals with death and suicide, love and ... 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


Talking To Brick Walls

by Claire Christian & The Empire Arts Impact Ensemble

THEMES: Young People, Coming of Age, Parenting
CHARACTER AGES: Middle – Senior Years
LENGTH: 1 Hour
TARGET AUDIENCE: Senior Years
CAST SIZE: Large Cast Without Doubling

Hey! We need to talk! And we've needed to talk for over 8000 years. Talking to Brick Walls is a hybrid verbatim piece exploring adolescent and parent relationships. It was co-created ... 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 3: CHALLENGE (THEATRE FOR SOCIAL COMMENT)


Lysa and the Freeborn Dames

by Claire Christian

THEMES: Feminism, Politics, Activism
Length: 1.5 Hours
TARGET AUDIENCE: Adult

Lysa King is nineteen and angry. After spending a year away from her small town, experiencing a powerful uprising of her own political voice, and the protests of women all ... Read more


April’s Fool

by David Burton

THEMES: Drug Culture, Drug Overdose, Death
LENGTH: 1 Hour
CAST SIZE: 9+
TARGET AUDIENCE: Senior Years
CHARACTER AGES: 15-50

In April 2009, two weeks short of his nineteenth birthday, Toowoomba teenager ... 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


Chasing the Lollyman

by Mark Sheppard

THEMES: Indigenous Themes, Identity, Story-telling
Length: 1.5 Hours
CAST SIZE: 1-2
TARGET AUDIENCE: Senior Years

Chasing the Lollyman is a one-man show created by one of Queensland's ... Read more


Gaybies

by Dean Bryant

THEMES: Family, Equality, Love
CHARACTER AGES: Mixed
LENGTH: 1.5 Hours
CAST SIZE: Large Cast Without Doubling
TARGET AUDIENCE: Adult

Hotly political and deeply personal, Gaybies shares the intimate real-life stories of children from same-sex parents, surrogate mums, donor dads, co-parents and guardians. A funny and moving piece of real-life ... 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 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 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