PLAYLAB'S WA SYLLABUS SUGGESTIONS 2021

UNIT 1: YEAR 11 PART 1 (REPRESENTATIONAL, REALIST 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 1: Year 11 Part 1 (Representational, Realist Drama). The following titles uses teachniques and performance styles suitable for study as part of gaining greater understanding or representational, realist drama. We have also included a number of titles specifically written to be performed by year 11 aged performers


Bastard Territory

by Stephen Carleton

THEMES: Family, Identity
CHARACTER AGES: Adult
LENGTH: 2.5 Hours
CAST SIZE: 5 – 6 Cast Members
TARGET AUDIENCE: Adult

Bastard Territory is a confessional human drama about a man – and a city – carving out an identity. Mixing wry humour, raw insight, a dash of Tennessee Williams and a killer 60... Read more

Black Diggers

by Tom Wright

THEMES: Belonging, War, Identity, Race, Indigenous Themes
CHARACTER AGES: 17+
LENGTH: 2 Hours
CAST SIZE: 9+ Cast Members
TARGET AUDIENCE: Senior Years
TARGET AUDIENCE: Adult

One hundred years ago, in 1914, a bullet from an assassin’s gun in Sarajevo sparked a war that ignited the globe. Patriotic young men all over the world lined up ... Read more

The Dead Devils of Cockle Creek

by Kathryn Marquet

THEMES: Environmentalism, Ideology, Compromise
LENGTH: 1.5 Hours
CAST SIZE: 3 – 4 Cast Members
TARGET AUDIENCE: Adult

Working out of a small shack in the isolated wilds of south-western Tasmania, George, an environmental scientist, is trying to save the world one Tassie Devil at a time. Since ... Read more

Rice

by Michele Lee

THEMES: Globalisation, Power, Politics and Migration
CHARACTER AGES: Adult
LENGTH:1.5 Hours
CAST SIZE: 1 – 2 Cast Members
TARGET AUDIENCE: Adult

Everyone has problems to deal with – in the boardroom or the basement, global or local, business or personal. Two multicultural women making their way in modern Australia forge a powerful, ... 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 Longest Minute

by Robert Kronk and Nadine McDonald-Dowd

THEMES: Family, Identity, Sport
LENGTH: 1.5 Hours
CHARACTER AGES: 18–55
CAST SIZE: 5-6
TARGET AUDIENCE: Senior Years

One football club, one family, and one unforgettable NRL grand final. Where were you the night of the 2015 Grand Final? The night when long-time underdogs the North Queensland Cowboys won ... 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

On Our Selection

by Steele Rudd

THEMES: Australia, Triumph Over Adversity, Revenge, Family, Home
CHARACTER AGES: 18+
LENGTH: 2.5 Hours
TARGET AUDIENCE: Senior Years
CAST SIZE: 9+ Cast Members

Dad Rudd is having a tough time on the selection. Old man Carey is demanding money that he just doesn't have, but Kate is heading off to Brisbane to bring ... Read more

Australian Drama

by David Megarrity

THEMES: Australian Theatre, Drama as a Subject
LENGTH: 1 Hour
CAST SIZE: Large Cast Without Doubling
CHARACTER AGES: 18-35
TARGET AUDIENCE: Senior Years

The drama class is about to start, and that’s not the only thing that’s beginning. These young people love Drama. So does their teacher, but not quite as ... Read more

Composing Venus

by Elaine Acworth

NEW VINTAGE NEW RELEASE
THEMES: History, Family
LENGTH: 2 Hours
CAST SIZE: 8 Cast Members / 13-14 Cast Members without doubling
TARGET AUDIENCE: Senior Years

Spanning three decades, in flights of fantasy, poetic phrasing and sombre soliloquy, Composing Venus tells the story of three generations of women living in outback North Queensland. Read more

Constance Drinkwater and the Final Days of Somerset

by Stephen Carleton

THEMES: Colonisation, Racism, National Identity, Multiculturalism
CHARACTER AGES: 18+
LENGTH: 2 Hours
TARGET AUDIENCE: Senior Years
CAST SIZE: 5 – 6 Cast Members

It is 1899 and only the resolve of Lady Constance Drinkwater has kept the Far North Queensland settlement of Somerset from crumbling. Beset by storms, ill-luck and a mysterious disease that ... Read more

Fractions

by Marcel Dorney

THEMES: Science, Religion, Philosophy, Women’s Rights
CHARACTER AGES: 18+
LENGTH: 2.5 Hours
TARGET AUDIENCE: Senior Years
CAST SIZE: 5 – 6 Cast Members

In Fifth Century Egypt, Alexandria – Alexander the Great’s namesake city – has ambitions to be the most powerful city in the world. And knowledge is power. The great Library of ... Read more

Had We But World Enough

by Oriel Gray

THEMES: Love, Racial Injustice and Rural Australia
LENGTH: 1.5 Hours
New Vintage
CAST SIZE: 9 + Cast Members

It’s the Wednesday before Easter, and the stage is set for what will surely be the most discussed Easter Nativity play in the history of Seaton, a rural town ... Read more

Kryptonite

by Sue Smith

THEMES: Multiculturalism, Politics, Love, National Identity
CHARACTER AGES: 23 – 48
LENGTH: 1.5 Hours
CAST SIZE: 1 – 2 Cast Members
TARGET AUDIENCE: Adult

It has been 25 years since the tanks rolled into Tiananmen Square. A generation later, have the scars healed or have they been papered over with bank notes? Through the lens ... 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

The Mayne Inheritance

by Errol O’Neill

THEMES: History, Murder, Colonial Society
CHARACTER AGES: 18+
LENGTH: 2.5 Hours
TARGET AUDIENCE: Senior Years
CAST SIZE: 5 – 6 Cast Members

A grisly murder, inherited madness, and a family in ruins… Patrick Mayne was a poor Irishman who emigrated to Australia in the first half of the twentieth century. Settling in ... Read more

Motherland QTC Edition

by Katherine Lyall-Watson

THEMES: Historical Fiction, Loss, Love, Heritage
CHARACTER AGES: Adult
LENGTH: 2 Hours
CAST SIZE: 5 – 6 Cast Members
TARGET AUDIENCE: Adult

Based in fact, the epic and intimate Motherland intertwines the sweeping stories of three very different women from different times, united in the heartach of exile from their homelands. From ... Read more

Pale Blue Dot

by Kathryn Marquet

THEMES: Aliens, Relationships, Conspiracies
CHARACTER AGES: 15+
LENGTH: 2 Hours
TARGET AUDIENCE: Senior Years
TARGET AUDIENCE: Adult
CAST SIZE: 3 – 4 Cast Members

Here is a captivating new comedy about aliens, alienation and the terrifying and comforting thought that we are not alone. Insurance fraud investigator Joel Pinkerton doesn’t believe in aliens. ... 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

Samson

by Julia-Rose Lewis

THEMES: Coming of age, Grief
CHARACTER AGES: 16 – 18
LENGTH: 1.5 Hours
CAST SIZE: 3 – 4 Cast Members
TARGET AUDIENCE: Senior Years

Essie, Beth, Sid and Rabbit are growing up at the arse end of the arse end of the world. Boredom, decay and violence plague their lives. The accidental death of ... Read more

The Salt Remains

by Tom Gardiner

THEMES: Responsibility, Forgiveness, Inadequacy
LENGTH: 1.5 Hours
TARGET AUDIENCE: Adult
CAST SIZE: 1 – 2 Cast Members

In the best tradition of noir thrillers that keep ... Read more