PLAYLAB'S QLD SYLLABUS SUGGESTIONS 2022

UNIT 2: REFLECT (MAGICAL REALISM)

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 2: Reflect. For convenience we have separated the following titles into categories based on the dramatic styles that are to be studied in this unit. Each play in this list presents a unique exploration into the understanding and empathising with the truth of others’ experiences, and through the manipulation and interpretation of the conventions associated with their particular style, chronical and celebrate what it is to be human.


Rockpocalypse

by Jessica Lamb

THEMES: Place, Belonging, Community & Identity
LENGTH: 1.5 Hour
CAST SIZE: 5–6
SUITABLE FOR: Senior Years & Adults

Jessica Lamb's Rockpocalypse asks questions of place, belonging and sustainability through the lens of a dystopian Rockhampton in the midst of exodus.
SYNOPSIS
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3 O’Clock, Flagpole

by Steve Pirie

THEMES: Bullying, Speaking Out, Schoolyard Politics
LENGTH: 90 Minutes
CHARACTER AGES: 13–18+
CAST SIZE: Large cast without doubling
SUITABLE FOR: Middle Years

Steve Pirie's new magical realism work, 3 O’Clock, Flagpole jumps into ... 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


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


Chasing The Whale

by Matthew Ryan

THEMES: Relationships, Career, Life-Choices, Insanity
LENGTH:90 Minutes
SUITABLE FOR: Senior Years
CAST SIZE: 5 – 6 Cast Members


Strange things are happening to workaholic Jerry Daniels. Office desks are chasing him. Self-help tapes are talking to him. Umbrellas are raining from the sky. But the world of advertising ... Read more


The Chosen

by Lachlan Philpott

THEMES: Desires to be unique, Adolescents
CHARACTER AGES: Teenage to Adult
LENGTH: 90 Minutes
CAST SIZE: Large Cast Without Doubling
SUITABLE FOR: Senior Years


For most girls, finding a place within the cliques, the hierarchies, and the gossip of a new school is tough enough. For Freya Star, it’s astronomically more difficult. She’... Read more


Cinderella

by Matthew Whittet

THEMES: Love, Identity, Comedy
LENGTH: 90 Minutes
CHARACTER AGES: 30s
CAST SIZE: 2
SUITABLE FOR: Senior Years & Adults


Matthew Whittet's Cinderella is a heartfelt fairy tale for adults about ... Read more


In a Heart Beat

by Jo Turner

THEMES: Loss, Growing Up, Small Towns
LENGTH: 90 Minutes
CHARACTER AGES: 15–30+
CAST SIZE: 10 or Large cast without doubling
SUITABLE FOR: Middle & Senior Years

Jo Turner's In a Heart Beat  is a humorous and heartfelt ... Read more


Lazarus Won`t Get Out of Bed

by David Burton

THEMES: Depression, Relationships, Truth
CHARACTER AGES: 3 Early Twenties, 1 Any Age
LENGTH: 1.5 Hours
TARGET AUDIENCE: Senior Years
CAST SIZE: 3 – 4 Cast Members

(Lazarus Won’t Get Out of Bed was first presented by ASTheatre and Metro Arts as part of Metro Art Allies 2009.) Lazarus has been in bed for three ... Read more


Proppa Solid

by Steven Oliver

THEMES: Aboriginal Themes, Indentity, Family
CHARACTER AGES: Adult
LENGTH: 1.5 Hours
TARGET AUDIENCE: Adult
CAST SIZE: 3 – 4 Cast Members

Paul: My heritage? Ruth: Your Aboriginality. Paul: I’m not a practising Aboriginal. Or is it Aborigine? Ruth: I get confused as well. A humorous story, brimming with Aboriginal vernacular ... Read more


Spontaneous Human Combustion

by Daniel Evans

THEMES: Trauma, Defiance, Grief
CHARACTER AGES: 16 – 18
LENGTH: 1.5 Hours
CAST SIZE: Large Cast Without Doubling
TARGET AUDIENCE: Senior Years

School Captain Astrid Pollard is on fire. Ever since she was assigned that oral presentation on Joan of Arc life has sort of, well, spontaneously combusted. People are looking at ... Read more


Horizon

by Maxine Mellor

THEMES: Power and Abuse of Power, Australian Identity, Ambition and Privilege
LENGTH: 90 Minutes
CHARACTER AGES: 30s
CAST SIZE: 2
SUITABLE FOR: Senior Years & Adults

Maxine Mellor's Horizon is a high-octane adrenaline rush of sweat, grit ... Read more

PLAYLAB'S QLD SYLLABUS SUGGESTIONS 2022

UNIT 2: REFLECT (AUSTRALIAN GOTHIC)


Alice in the Antipathies

by Sasi Victoire

THEMES: Belonging, Diaspora, Loss of Culture
LENGTH: 60 Minutes
CHARACTER AGES: 13–40s+
CAST SIZE: 4
SUITABLE FOR: Middle Years, Senior Years & Adults

Sasi Victoire's Alice in the Antipathies is a cross and intra-cultural ... 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


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


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 Mayne Inheritance

by Errol O’Neill

THEMES: History, Murder, Colonial Society
LENGTH: 2.5 Hours
CHARACTER AGES: 18+
CAST SIZE: 6
SUITABLE FOR: Senior Years


A grisly murder, inherited madness, and a family in ruins. This is Errol O'Neill's Gothic Australian play ... Read more


No Incense Rising

by George Landen Dann

THEMES: Family Relationships and Obligations
LENGTH: 90 Minutes
CHARACTER AGES: 18+
CAST SIZE: 7
SUITABLE FOR: Senior Years & Adults

George Landen Dann's No Incense Rising is cathartic and confessional. It ... Read more


The Salt Remains

by Tom Gardiner

THEMES: Responsibility, Forgiveness, Inadequacy
LENGTH: 90 Minutes
CHARACTER AGES: 18+
CAST SIZE: 2
SUITABLE FOR: Adults


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


Where In The World Is Frank Sparrow

by Angela Betzien

THEMES: Gang Violence, Territory, Death, Human Condition, Coming of Age
CHARACTER AGES: 14+
LENGTH: 1.5 Hours
TARGET AUDIENCE: Senior Years
CAST SIZE: Large Cast Without Doubling

Where in the World is ... Read more


Horizon

by Maxine Mellor

THEMES: Power and Abuse of Power, Australian Identity, Ambition and Privilege
LENGTH: 90 Minutes
CHARACTER AGES: 30s
CAST SIZE: 2
SUITABLE FOR: Senior Years & Adults

Maxine Mellor's Horizon is a high-octane adrenaline rush of sweat, grit ... Read more

PLAYLAB'S QLD SYLLABUS SUGGESTIONS 2022

UNIT 2: REFLECT (REALISM)


To Kill a Cassowary

by Laurie Ross Trott

THEMES: Inheritance, Legacy, Ageism, Conservation and Family
LENGTH: 85 Minutes
CHARACTER AGES: 30s–50+
CAST SIZE: 3
SUITABLE FOR: Senior Years & Adults

Laurie Ross Trott's To Kill a Cassowary is a comedy about ... 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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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


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


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


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


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


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


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

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