PLAYLAB'S QLD SYLLABUS SUGGESTIONS 2019-20

UNIT 4: TRANSFORM (CONTEMPORARY ADAPTATION)

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 4: Transform. Each of the following titles is a re-imaging, adaptation, or transformation of a classical piece of theatre that has been re-contextualised for a contemporary audience. The following titles have been adapted from a range of theatrical traditions and challenge meaning by reshaping the work though different modern performance styles and practices.

New addition to the the current curriculum suggestions: HEDDA A REIMAGINING OF IBSEN’S HEDDA GABLER by Melissa Bubnic | THE FLEDGLINGS by Maxine Mellor

** Upcoming publications to be released: ANTIGONE by Merlynn Tong


A Re-imagining of Henrik Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler

by Melissa Bubnic

THEMES: Love, Passion and Revenge
LENGTH: 1.5 Hours
CAST SIZE: 7 – 8 Cast Members
TARGET AUDIENCE: Senior Years

Hedda Gabler is railing against her life. She didn’t marry bogan drug slinger George Tesman so she could play housewife in a monstrous Gold Coast mansion ... Read more


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


A Doll’s House

by Henrik Ibsen in a new version by Lally Katz

THEMES: Women’s Liberation, Misogyny, Freedom
CHARACTER AGES: 18+
LENGTH: 2.5 Hours
CAST SIZE: 5 – 6 Cast Members
TARGET AUDIENCE: Senior Years

Lally Katz' new version of A Doll's House rises to the occasion to tell a story that's still as charged and as moving as the great psychological thriller ... 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


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


Medea

by Kate Mulvany and Anne-Louise Sarks after Euripides

THEMES: Childhood, Innocence, Motherhood
CHARACTER AGES: 10 – 13 & 30+
LENGTH: 1.5 Hours
TARGET AUDIENCE: Adult
CAST SIZE: 3 – 4 Cast Members

SYNOPSIS: Two young children play games to distract themselves whilst their parents have a very famous showdown. As the dispute escalates the children are drawn away from their ... 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


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