PLAYLAB'S NSW SYLLABUS SUGGESTIONS 2021

TOPIC 5: VERBATIM THEATRE

The following list of plays has been curated by Playlab staff in order to provide an extended list of plays suitable for study in Topic 5: Verbatim Theatre to provide further examples of how the performance styles, techniques and conventions of Verbatim Theatre can be used to create dramatic shape, theatricality and audience engagement. Each play is built from authentic testimony and community involvement and explore unique and often silenced voices and topics. The selection of plays on this list also provides multiple perspectives and different examples of the application of the techniques and conventions of Verbatim Theatre.


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

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

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

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

It All Begins With Love

by Rod Ainsworth

THEMES: Domestic Violence, Community, Love
CHARACTER AGES: One Old, Four Varied
LENGTH: 1 Hour
CAST SIZE: 5 – 6 Cast Members
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TARGET AUDIENCE: Senior Years
TARGET AUDIENCE: Adult

It All Begins With Love presents an abstract space that enables five ... Read more

Snapshots From Home

by Margery Forde

THEMES: WWII, Family, Survival
CHARACTER AGES: 14 – 50
LENGTH: 1 Hour
TARGET AUDIENCE: Senior Years
CAST SIZE: 3 – 4 Cast Members

“We just carried on... even with our loved ones away for so long. Everyone shared things... food, knitting and dressmaking patterns. There was this great feeling of pulling together... of ... Read more

Today We’re Alive

by Linden Wilkinson

THEMES: Reconciliation, Remembrance, Indigenous Themes
CHARACTER AGES: 18+
LENGTH: 1.5 Hours
CAST SIZE: 3 – 4 Cast Members
TARGET AUDIENCE: Senior Years
TARGET AUDIENCE: Adult

Stories from the Memorial to the Myall Creek Massacre The Myall Creek Massacre of 1838 was a significant event in Australia's history. For the first time, the white perpetrators of the ... Read more