PLAYLAB'S NSW SYLLABUS SUGGESTIONS 2022

TOPIC 3: THE VOICE OF WOMEN IN THEATRE

The following list has been assembled by Playlab Theatre in order to provide an extended list of plays suitable for study in Topic 3: The Voice of Women in Theatre. We have complied the following list of plays written by some of the most influential and prolific female voices in Australian theatre. Each of the plays below is an example of the way women in Australian theatre create, develop and assert their voice. This list has also be curated to focus on work that interrogates issues affecting women’s equality, status and identities and the maintaining or breaking of stereotypes and socio/cultural judgements made about women and provide access to work from different dramatic forms, techniques, performance styles and conventions.


Rising

by Hannah Belanszky, Madeleine Border, Emily Burton, Lauren Sherritt and Sarah Wilson

THEMES: Climate Change, Extinction, Politics and Governance
LENGTH: 90 Minutes
CHARACTER AGES: 20s–40s
CAST SIZE: 3
SUITABLE FOR: Senior Years


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Magpie

by Elise Greig

LANGUAGE: English and Romani
THEMES:
Cultural heritage, Intergenerational trauma, Immigration
LENGTH: 1.5 Hours
CAST SIZE: 4
SUITABLE FOR:
Senior Years & Adults

Elise Greig's Magpie is a coming-of-age story that charts its way through generations of sorrow and blame, to ultimately reconnect with the past and embrace cultural upbringing and ... 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
SUITABLE FOR: 
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 Daly River Girl

by Tessa Rose

THEMES: Stolen Generation, Domestic Violence, Resilience, Hope, Empowerment
LENGTH: 60 minutes
CAST SIZE: 1

CHARACTER AGES: 40s
SUITABLE FOR:
Senior Years

Published as part of the Moogahlin Collection, Tessa Rose's The Daly River Girl is a deeply personal story that speaks from the heart.
SYNOPSIS
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Bukal

by Andrea James with Henrietta Marrie

THEMES: Contemporary Indigenous Theatre
LENGTH: 60 Minutes
CAST SIZE: 3 – 4 Cast Members
SUITABLE FOR: Senior Years


From the rainforest to the world arena, Bukal is a story of an amazing woman. From the heart of Cairns Yidinji people comes the inspiring story of a courageous woman ... Read more

Chinese Take Away

by Anna Yen

LANGUAGE: English and Cantonese
THEMES:
History, Family, Poverty, Chinese Culture, Traditionalism
LENGTH: 45 Minutes
CHARACTER AGES: 30
CAST SIZE: 1
SUITABLE FOR: Senior Years


Anna Yen's Chinese Take Away is s an adaptation of an ... Read more

The Dark Room

by Angela Betzien

THEMES: Violence, Sex, Police, Isolation
CHARACTER AGES: 14 – 40
LENGTH: 1.5 Hours
CAST SIZE: 5 – 6 Cast Members
TARGET AUDIENCE: Adult


Angela Betzien's The Dark Room is a timely reflection on the ... 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

Head Full of Love

by Alana Valentine

THEMES: Indigenous Health, Love, Cultural Divisions
CHARACTER AGES: 50+
LENGTH: 1.5 Hours
CAST SIZE: 1 – 2 Cast Members

The Annual Alice Springs Beanie Festival is fast approaching and Tilly Napuljari is out of time to finish her new creation to enter it for judging. Nessa Tavistock, a Sydneysider, ... Read more

Kryptonite

by Sue Smith

THEMES: Multiculturalism, Politics, Love, National Identity
CHARACTER AGES: 20s – 40s
LENGTH: 90 Minutes
CAST SIZE: 2
TARGET AUDIENCE: Adult


Sue Smith's Kryptonite is a thrilling, thought-provoking dialogue between two people ... 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
SUITABLE FOR: 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

Still Point Turning: The Catherine McGregor Story

by Priscilla Jackman

THEMES: LGBTQIA, Identity and Love
LENGTH: 120 Minutes
CHARACTER AGES: 18+
CAST SIZE: 6 (doubling is required)
SUITABLE FOR ADULTS: Adult


Priscilla Jackman's Still Point Turning: The Catherine McGregor Story is an ... Read more

A Re-imagining of Henrik Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler

by Melissa Bubnic

THEMES: Love, Passion and Revenge
LENGTH: 90 Minutes
CAST SIZE: 7 – 8 Cast Members
SUITABLE FOR: 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

Lysa and the Freeborn Dames

by Claire Christian

THEMES: Feminism, Politics, Activism
LENGTH: 90 Minutes
CHARACTER AGES: 18+
CAST SIZE: 10
SUITABLE FOR: Senior Years & Adults


Claire Christian's Lysa and the Freeborn Dames addresses ideas of legacy, ... Read more

Medea

by Suzie Miller

THEMES: Love, Passion and Revenge
LENGTH: 120 Minutes
CHARACTER AGES: 18+
CAST SIZE: 4
SUITABLE FOR: Senior Years & Adult


Suzie Miller's Medea takes on Euripides infamous tale of a woman ... Read more

Here We All Are. Assembled

by Kathryn Ash

THEMES: Friendship, Love, Existential Crises
LENGTH: 1.5 Hours
SUITABLE FOR: Senior Years

A twisted tale of two hapless characters who dare to question. Suspended in a rotting dystopian landscape, forgotten by the world, these two are comforted by blissful ignorance, turning a ... Read more

Blue Bones

by Merlynn Tong

LANGUAGE: English, Mandarin, Malay and Hokkien
THEMES:
Domestic Violence, Relationships, Self Empowerment
CHARACTER AGES: Young Adult
LENGTH: 90 Minutes
CAST SIZE: 1 – 2 Cast Members
SUITABLE FOR: Senior Years


When a woman finds scars left by her ex-boyfriend of many years etched into her bones, she begins a turbulent journey to unpack her past and discover how he got ... Read more

Composing Venus

by Elaine Acworth

THEMES: History, Family
LENGTH: 120 Minutes
CHARACTER AGES: 16–18+
CAST SIZE: 8/13-14 without doubling
SUITABLE FOR: Senior Years & Adults

Spanning three decades, in flights of fantasy, poetic phrasing and sombre soliloquy, Elaine Acworth... 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

Hanako

by Katherine Lyall-Watson and Caroline Dunphy

THEMES: Culture Clash, Art, Dominance and Female Empowerment
LENGTH: 1.5 Hours
SUITABLE FOR: Senior Years
CAST SIZE: 7 – 8 Cast Members

Hanako plunges the audience into the hyper-realistic fantasy of ... Read more