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.


We Are the Mutable

by Matthew Whittet

THEMES: Nature of Change & the Unknown, Internal Battles, Empathy
LENGTH: 90 Minutes
CHARACTER AGES: 13-16
CAST SIZE: 4-8
SUITABLE FOR: Middle & Senior Years

Matthew Whittet’s We Are The Mutable externalises the internal worlds of ... Read more


The Shot

by Angela Betzien

THEMES: Photojournalism, Justice, Ethics, Hope
LENGTH: 60 Minutes
CHARACTER AGES: 20s
CAST SIZE: Large cast without doubling
SUITABLE FOR: Senior Years & Adults


Angela Betzien’s The Shot engages audiences in the profession and ethics ... 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 & Adults


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


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


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


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


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


Chasing The Whale

by Matthew Ryan

THIS IS AN E-BOOK


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


Define ‘Adult’

by David Burton, Claire Christian and La Boite’s Young Actors Company

THIS IS AN E-BOOK 


THEMES: Coming of Age, Youth, Inter-generational Change
LENGTH: 1.5 Hours
CAST SIZE: Large Cast Without Doubling
SUITABLE FOR: Middle Years

When do you reach that point? When you turn 18? When you move out of home? When you get married? When you have a baby? When you lose ... Read more

PLAYLAB'S QLD SYLLABUS SUGGESTIONS 2022

UNIT 2: REFLECT (AUSTRALIAN GOTHIC)


The Shot

by Angela Betzien

THEMES: Photojournalism, Justice, Ethics, Hope
LENGTH: 60 Minutes
CHARACTER AGES: 20s
CAST SIZE: Large cast without doubling
SUITABLE FOR: Senior Years & Adults


Angela Betzien’s The Shot engages audiences in the profession and ethics ... Read more


Where In The World Is Frank Sparrow // Girl Who Cried Wolf

by Angela Betzien

THEMES: Gang Violence, Territory, Human Condition, Coming of Age, Popularity, Celebrity
CHARACTER AGES: 12+
LENGTH: 1.5 Hours
TARGET AUDIENCE: Middle & Senior Years
CAST SIZE: Large Cast Without Doubling

Where In The World Is Frank Sparrow

  Where in the World is Frank Sparrow? was commissioned by Graffiti Theatre Company, Ireland. Its quirky ... Read more


The Chapel, the Fire and the Dead Cat

by Madelaine Nunn

THEMES: Supernatural, Friendship, Coming of Age
LENGTH: 120 Minutes
CAST SIZE: 11, Large Cast
SUITABLE FOR: Senior Years


Winner of the 2019 Senior ATYP Foundation Commission and nominated for an Australian Writer's Guild Award, The Chapel, the Fire and the Dead Cat by 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


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


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

PLAYLAB'S QLD SYLLABUS SUGGESTIONS 2022

UNIT 2: REFLECT (REALISM)


Juice

by Stephen Davis

THEMES: Youth, Risk, Death, Alcohol, Coming-of-age
CHARACTER AGES: 15 – 45
INCLUDES TEACHERS NOTES
LENGTH: 1 Hour
TARGET AUDIENCE: Middle Years
CAST SIZE: 9 + Cast Members

It is the end of Grade Ten. Fifteen-year-old Rodney and a group of friends decide to celebrate by throwing a paddock party. With the help of two casks of cheap ... Read more


Face to Face

by Emily Wells

THEMES: Indigenous Culture & Community, Loss & Disconnection, Family & Relationship
LENGTH: 90 Minutes
CHARACTER AGES: 20s – 40s
CAST SIZE: 2
SUITABLE FOR: Senior Years & Adults

Emily WellsFace to Face is an intimate drama about two ... Read more


Black Diggers

by Tom Wright

THEMES: Belonging, War, Identity, Race, Indigenous Themes
CHARACTER AGES: 17+
LENGTH: 120 Minutes
CAST SIZE: 9+ Cast Members
SUITABLE FOR: Senior Years & Adults


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


Australian Drama

by David Megarrity

THIS IS AN E-BOOK 


THEMES: Australian Theatre, Drama as a Subject
LENGTH: 60 Minutes
CAST SIZE: Large Cast Without Doubling
CHARACTER AGES: 18-35
SUITABLE FOR: 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


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


Very Happy Children With Bright and Wonderful Futures

by Joshua Maxwell

THEMES: Environmentalism, Australian Bushfires, Climate Strikes & Activism, Hope & Fear
LENGTH: 90 Minutes
CHARACTER AGES: 13 – 16
NO. OF CHARACTERS: 9
SUITABLE FOR: Middle Years

Joshua Maxwell's Very Happy Children With Bright and Wonderful Futures was inspired ... Read more


Blurred

by Stephen Davis

THEMES: Schoolies, Dating, Predators, Teenage Drinking
CHARACTER AGES: 15 – 18
LENGTH: 90 Minutes
SUITABLE FOR: Senior Years
CAST SIZE: 5 – 6 Cast Members


Stephen DavisBlurred explores the creative process of building a new ... 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
SUITABLE FOR: 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