Playlab's Tas Syllabus Suggestions 2019-20

AREA 1: SKILL DEVELOPMENT

The following list of plays has been curated by Playlab staff in order to provide an extended list of plays suitable for study in Area 1: Skill Development. The following plays have been selected as they have been specifically created to provide unique, interesting, and challanging roles for performers in years 11 and 12. We believe that the texts suggested in this list will provide fantastic opportunities for students to continue their development as a performer.

New addition to the current curriculum suggestions: BATHORY BEGINS by Emme Hoy and Gretel Vella


Bathory Begins

by Emme Hoy and Gretel Vella

THEMES: Survival, Good vs. Evil, Horror
LENGTH: 1.5 Hours
TARGET AUDIENCE: Middle Years
CAST SIZE: Large Cast Without Doubling

Year 10 Art teacher Mrs Bathory is most definitely a reincarnation of the sadistic, serial-killer Countess, Erzebet Báthory. It's pretty obvious to her class of seven —yes, seven — girls. The ... Read more

Male Monologue Collection

CAST: 1M
CHARACTER AGES: Young Adult – Adult

Monologues are a rite of passage. A test of an actor's metal. A tool to sharpen one's teeth with. A challenge. The Male Monologue Collection features 20 monologues gleaned from Playlab's ... Read more

Male Monologue Collection Volume 2

CAST: 1M
CHARACTER AGES: Young Adult – Adult

Monologues are a rite of passage. A test of an actor's metal. A tool to sharpen one's teeth with. A challenge. The Male Monologue Collection Volume 2 features 20 monologues gleaned from ... Read more

Female Monologue Collection

CAST: 1F
CHARACTER AGES: Young Adult – Adult

Monologues are a rite of passage. A test of an actor's metal. A tool to sharpen one's teeth with. A challenge. The Female Monologue Collection features 20 monologues gleaned from Playlab's ... Read more

Female Monologue Collection Volume 2

CAST: 1F
CHARACTER AGES: Young Adult – Adult

Monologues are a rite of passage. A test of an actor's metal. A tool to sharpen one's teeth with. A challenge. The Female Monologue Collection Volume 2 features 20 monologues gleaned from ... Read more

Impending Everyone

by Michael Andrew Collins

THEMES: Technology, Adolescents
CHARACTER AGES: Year 10 – 12 students
LENGTH: 1.5 Hours
CAST SIZE: 9 + Cast Members
TARGET AUDIENCE: Senior Years

"This cannot be stopped; your history is impending. Everyone will know tomorrow, by the end of lunch, who you really are..." Someone at Elia’s high school has gained access ... Read more

Orbit

by David Burton

THEMES: Ambition, Love, Success, Growing Up
CHARACTER AGES: 15 – 18
Length: 1.5 Hours
TARGET AUDIENCE: Senior Years
TARGET AUDIENCE: Middle Years
CAST SIZE: 9+ Cast Members

Orbit is a science fiction adventure about 20 young people, of which two will be chosen to carry on humanity’s bright future on planet Mars. The teenagers must ... 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

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

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

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