PLAYLAB'S WA SYLLABUS SUGGESTIONS 2019-20

UNIT 4: YEAR 12 PART 2 (CONTEMPORARY AND DEVISED DRAMA)

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: Year 12 Part 2 (Contemporary and Devised Drama). The following plays have been selected as they were either created and/or developed through unique collaborations, and group devised processes, or because they are heavily relate on ensemble performance. We believe that the texts suggested in this list will provide a greater insight into the area of devised and ensemble performance and will offer great opportunities for both practical performance outcomes and study.

New additions to the current curriculum suggestions: DEFINE ‘ADULT’ by David Burton, Claire Christian and La Boite’s Youth Actor’s Company | THE BELONGING TRILOGY by Margi Brown Ash

** Upcoming publications to be released: 600 WAYS TO FILTER A SUNSET by Daniel Evans


Define ‘Adult’

by David Burton, Claire Christian and La Boite’s Young Actors Company

THEMES: Coming of Age, Youth, Inter-generational Change
LENGTH: 1.5 Hours
CAST SIZE: Large Cast Without Doubling
TARGET AUDIENCE: Middle Years

When do you reach that point? When you turn 18? When you move out of home? When you get married? When you have a baby? When you lose ... Read more

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

The Tempest

by William Shakespeare Adapted by Lynne Bradley

THEMES: Magic, Freedom, Outcasts
CHARACTER AGES: 18+
LENGTH: 1.5 Hours
CAST SIZE: Large Cast Without Doubling
TARGET AUDIENCE: Middle Years
TARGET AUDIENCE: Senior Years
TARGET AUDIENCE: Adult

Zen Zen Zo Physical Theatre present a visually, physically and aurally stunning adaption of Shakespeare's last play, The Tempest. Directed by Zen Zen Zo Artistic Director Lynne Bradley, this poetic ... Read more

The Pride

by Side Pony Productions

THEMES: Inter-generational Tension, Human Behaviour
CHARACTER AGES: Various
TARGET AUDIENCE: Adult
CAST SIZE: 3 – 4 Cast Members
Playlab Indie

The Pride takes a long hard look at lions. Bruce ... 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

Please Be Seated

by David Megarrity

THEMES: Love, Loss, Life
CHARACTER AGES: Non-Specific
Length: 1 Hour
TARGET AUDIENCE: Senior Years
CAST SIZE: Large Cast Without Doubling

This is a performance that knows it’s a performance. Collaboratively devised, drawing on verbatim, movement and music, Please be Seated tracks romantic relationships from reflections on the experience of ... 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

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

Behind the Cane

by Michael and Margery Forde

THEMES: Blackbirding, White Australia Policy, Australian South-Sea Islander History and Culture
CHARACTER AGES: 10+
LENGTH: 2 Hours
CAST SIZE: 9+ Cast Members
TARGET AUDIENCE: Senior Years

In the late 1800s, Australian ships arrived in the South ... 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

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

The Long Way Home

by Daniel Keene

THEMES: Military Service, Mental Health, Trauma, Relationships
CHARACTER AGES: 18+
LENGTH: 1.5 Hours
CAST SIZE: 9+ Cast Members
TARGET AUDIENCE: Adult

We shall overcome Created from first-hand accounts, The Long Way Home reflects the Australian Defence Force's recent experiences on operations in Iraq, Afghanistan and East Timor as well ... 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

Snow White

by Lindy Hume, Zulya Kamalova, Suzie Miller Libretto by Suzie Miller

THEMES: Womanhood, Power, Beauty
CHARACTER AGES: 18+
CAST SIZE: 3 – 4 Cast Members
LENGTH: 1.5 Hours
TARGET AUDIENCE: Adult

There’s a queen, a girl, a huntsman, a mirror, an act of jealousy, a poison apple and a deadly axe. It’s everything you recognise, but nothing you’d ... Read more