PLAYLAB'S QLD SYLLABUS SUGGESTIONS 2022

UNIT 1: SHARE (NON-LINEAR)

The following list of plays has been curated by Playlab Theatre’s staff in order to provide an extended list of plays suitable for study in Unit 1: Share. The following titles include a wide-range of works that explore and share understandings of the human experience in a range of cultures including; Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, those from the Asia-Pacific region, and refugees and asylum seekers.

The following titles also explore a hybridity of conventions and forms in storytelling practices. For convenience, we have separated the plays that uses non-linear dramatic forms and linear dramatic forms.


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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The Fever and the Fret

by Jub Clerc

THEMES: Loss, Family, Resilience
LENGTH: 90 minutes
CAST SIZE: 3

CHARACTER AGES: 20s–50s+
SUITABLE FOR:
Senior Years

Published as part of the Moogahlin Collection, Jub Clerc's The Fever and the Fret is a beautiful ode to love and memory. It examines one family’s tale ... 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


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 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


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
SUITABLE FOR: 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 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


The Longest Minute by Robert Kronk and <... Read more


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


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


Oedipus Doesn’t Live Here Anymore

by Daniel Evans

THEMES: Family, Community, Tragedy, Loss
CHARACTER AGES: 18-40
LENGTH: 1.5 Hours
CAST SIZE: 5 – 6 Cast Members
TARGET AUDIENCE: Adult

What if Oedipus lived next door? What if the whole street knew what he’d been up to with his own mother, because of the word daubed in fluorescent letters ... Read more


Prize Fighter

by Future D. Fidel

THEMES: War, Loss, Refugees, Trauma
CHARACTER AGES: 10 – 60
LENGTH: 1 Hour
TARGET AUDIENCE: Adult
CAST SIZE: 5 – 6 Cast Members

A talented young boxer, Isa, is preparing for the biggest fight of his career. On the line is the national title and the promise of fame and riches beyond his ... 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


The Village

by Multiple Playwrights

THEMES: Refugees, Asylum Seekers, Immigration
LENGTH: 90 Minutes
CHARACTER AGES: 18+
CAST SIZE: 7
SUITABLE FOR: Senior Years & Adults


The Village is a collaboration between La Boite Theatre Company and MDA, and features stories from <... Read more


Viral

by Hayden Jones and Sam Foster

THEMES: Fame, Communication, Behaviour
LENGTH: 90 Minutes
CHARACTER AGES: 18+
NO. OF CHARACTERS: 25
SUITABLE FOR: Senior Years

Shock Therapy Productions' was inspired by a number of true events and broader societal changes facing Gold Coasters and the wider community. ... Read more

PLAYLAB'S QLD SYLLABUS SUGGESTIONS 2022

UNIT 1: SHARE (LINEAR)


Playthings

by Scott McArdle

THEMES: Coming-of-Age, Family Trauma, Bullying
LENGTH: 90 Minutes
CHARACTER AGES: 13-40s
CAST SIZE: 4
SUITABLE FOR: Middle Years


Scott McArdle's Playthings is a heartfelt coming of age story of homework, ... Read more


Lights in the Park

by Alexander Lee-Rekers

THEMES: Coming of Age, Bullying, Friendship and Revenge
LENGTH: 80 Minutes
CAST SIZE: 13
SUITABLE FOR: Senior Years & Adults


Winner of the 2018 Senior ATYP Foundation Commission, Lights in the Park by Alexander Lee-RekersRead more


Bogga

by Rob Pensalfini

THEMES: Corruption, Death, Friendship
LENGTH: 120 Minutes
CHARACTER AGES: 30s–50+
CAST SIZE: 5
SUITABLE FOR: Senior Years & Adults


Rob Pensalfini's Bogga is a fascinating work based on oral histories ... Read more


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


Rising by Hannah Belanszky, Read more


Black Cockatoo

by Geoffrey Atherden

THEMES: Johnny Mullagh and Australian XI, Racism, Colonial Power
LENGTH: 90 Minutes
CAST SIZE6
SUITABLE FOR: Middle & Senior Years


Inspired by the true story of legendary First Nations cricketer Jonny Mullagh and Australia's first ever international sporting team, this is not just about cricket. This is a story of ... Read more


From Darkness

by Steven Oliver

THEMES: Spirituality, Family, Grieving
LENGTH: 70 minutes
CAST SIZE: 5

CHARACTER AGES: 16–50+
SUITABLE FOR:
Senior Years & Adults

Steven Oliver's From Darkness is a gripping, darkly funny drama about a spiritual force and a family's need to connect with it.
SYNOPSIS
It’... Read more


The Holidays

by David Megarrity

THEMES: Family, Memory, Intergenerational Relationships
LENGTH: 80 minutes
CAST SIZE: 3

CHARACTER AGES: 10–40s+
SUITABLE FOR:
Middle Years

David Megarrity's The Holidays is a touching portrait of memory and connection.
SYNOPSIS
The Holidays are on holiday: 12-year-old Oliver has been pulled out of school ... Read more


Bastard Territory

by Stephen Carleton

THEMES: Family, Identity
CHARACTER AGES: Adult
LENGTH: 150 Minutes
CAST SIZE: 5 – 6 Cast Members
SUITABLE FOR: 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


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


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


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


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


The Pineapple War

by Lachlan Philpott

THEMES: Oppression, Revolution, Influence
CHARACTER AGES: 16 – 23
LENGTH: 1.5 Hours
CAST SIZE: Large Cast Without Doubling
SUITABLE FOR: Senior Years


It’s 2022 and Queensland is now part of China to resolve a civil war. The rest of Australia has become Nation One, with a conservative government and a return to ... 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


This Heaven

by Nakkiah Lui

THEMES: Family, Justice, Anger, Indigenous Deaths in Custody
CHARACTER AGES: 19 – 50
LENGTH: 1.5 Hours
CAST SIZE: 5 – 6 Cast Members
TARGET AUDIENCE: Adult

Synopsis: Sissy Gordon’s father died in custody at Mount Druitt Police Station. The cops got a fine, Sissy’s family got $9,000 and no one is allowed to ... Read more

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