PLAYLAB'S QLD SYLLABUS SUGGESTIONS 2022

UNIT 3: CHALLENGE (THEATRE OF THE ABSURD)

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 3: Challenge. For convenience we have separated the following titles into categories based on the dramatic styles that are to be studied in this unit. Each selected play engages the audience to explore a political, social, philosophical or economic conversation and uses the conventions relevant to their theatrical style in order to communicate their unique view point and voice the difficult questions of the human experience.

 


One More Hour

by Mary Anne Butler

THEMES: Climate Change, Mortality and Companionship
LENGTH: 90 Minutes
CHARACTER AGES: 18+
CAST SIZE: 9
SUITABLE FOR: Senior Years & Adults


Mary Anne Butler's One More Hour is quirky, dark and hilarious. ... Read more


New Babylon

by Stephen Carleton

THIS IS A DIGITAL PUBLICATION


THEMES: Climate Change Crisis, Class and Status, Survival
LENGTH: 105 Minutes
CHARACTER AGES: 30s–50+
CAST SIZE: 5
SUITABLE FOR: Senior Years & Adults


Stephen Carleton's New Babylon is a macabre comedy exploring themes of decadence, ... Read more


Bustown

by Lachlan Philpott

THIS IS AN E-BOOK 


THEMES: Consumerism, Contemporary Society, Exclusion
LENGTH: 90 Minutes
CHARACTER AGES: 13–25
CAST SIZE: Large cast without doubling
SUITABLE FOR: Middle Years


A vibrant exploration of small town life, Bustown by Read more


Not Like Beckett

by Michael Watts

THEMES: Absurdism, Colonialism, Love
LENGTH: 90 Minutes
CHARACTER AGE: 18+
CAST SIZE: 1
SUITABLE FOR: Senior Students


Michael Watt’s unique play is a raw and dangerously funny reflection on the ... Read more


Delirium

by Amy Bell

THEMES: Nature, Macabre
CHARACTER AGES: Adult
LENGTH: 1.5 Hours
TARGET AUDIENCE: Adult
CAST SIZE: 1 – 2 Cast Members

In the soporific heat of a North Queensland wet season, mosquitoes buzz incessantly as these six stories unfold, each with its own grisly twist. From a clinical hospital ward, to ... Read more

PLAYLAB'S QLD SYLLABUS SUGGESTIONS 2022

UNIT 3: CHALLENGE (EPIC THEATRE)


Fuel

by Hayden Jones and Sam Foster

THEMES: Domestic Abuse, Control, Toxic Masculinity, Patriarchal Systems
LENGTH: 55 Minutes
CHARACTER AGES: 16-40s
NO. OF CHARACTERS: 23, Large Cast
SUITABLE FOR: Senior Years & Adults


Shock Therapy Productions' Fuel takes an honest look at the complex ... Read more


Chinese Take Away

by Anna Yen

THIS IS AN E-BOOK


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


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: Senior Years & 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


Undertow

by Hayden Jones and Sam Foster

THEMES: Resilience, Mental Health , Relationships and Identity
LENGTH:
50 minutes
CAST SIZE:
17 Characters
CHARACTER AGES:
16-30+
SUITABLE FOR: Middle & Senior Years

Shock Therapy's Undertow is an honest and powerful look at the hidden forces, beneath the surface that move us and determine the choices we make and the actions ... Read more


Ma Ma Ma Mad

by Merlynn Tong

THIS IS A DIGITAL PUBLICATION


THEMES: Suicide, Depression
LENGTH: 60 Minutes
CHARACTER AGES: Various
CAST SIZE: 1
SUITABLE FOR: Adult


Merlynn Tong's Ma Ma Ma Mad is based on the true ... Read more


I Love You, Bro

by Adam J.A. Cass

THIS IS A DIGITAL PUBLICATION


THEMES: The Internet, Identity, Sexuality, Deceit
CHARACTER AGES: 14
LENGTH: 1.5 Hours
TARGET AUDIENCE: Adult
Playlab Indie
CAST SIZE: 1 – 2 Cast Members


Johnny is a digital chameleon, able to change who he is with ... Read more


Talking To Brick Walls

by Claire Christian & The Empire Arts Impact Ensemble

THEMES: Young People, Coming of Age, Parenting
CHARACTER AGES: Middle – Senior Years
LENGTH: 1 Hour
SUITABLE FOR: Senior Years
CAST SIZE: Large Cast Without Doubling

Hey! We need to talk! And we've needed to talk for over 8000 years. Talking to Brick Walls is a hybrid verbatim piece exploring adolescent and parent relationships. It was co-created ... Read more

PLAYLAB'S QLD SYLLABUS SUGGESTIONS 2022

UNIT 3: CHALLENGE (THEATRE FOR SOCIAL COMMENT)


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


The 7 Stages Of Grieving

by Wesley Enoch and Deborah Mailman (25th Anniversary)

THEMES: Grieving, Death, Indigenous People, Aboriginality
CHARACTER AGES: Any age
LENGTH: 1 Hour
TARGET AUDIENCE: Middle & Senior Years
CAST SIZE: 1 – 2 Cast Members

DISCLAIMER: This new edition is a celebration of the 25th Anniversary of this iconic work. The script remains unchanged in this 25... Read more



Brutal Utopias

by Stephen Carleton

THEMES: Idealism, Communism & Capitalism
LENGTH: 90 Minutes
CHARACTER AGES: 30s, 40s & 50s
NO. OF CHARACTERS: 10, Large Cast
SUITABLE FOR: Senior Years & Adults


Stephen Carleton's Brutal Utopias (A Fugue for the Twenty First Century) examines the intersection between ... Read more


Return to the Dirt

by Steve Pirie

THEMES: Death, grief, identity
LENGTH: 90 Minutes
CHARACTER AGES: 20s – 40s
CAST SIZE: 4
SUITABLE FOR: Senior Years & Adults


Winner of the 2020-21 Queensland Premier's Drama Award, Steve Pirie's autobiographical Return ... 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


Wisdom

by David Burton

THEMES: Civic Responsibility, Political Agency, Youth & Aging
LENGTH: 60 Minutes
CHARACTER AGES: 13–17
NO. OF CHARACTERS: 16, Large Cast
SUITABLE FOR: Middle & Senior Years


David Burton's Wisdom is a politically charged black comedy that unpacks ... Read more


Back to Back Theatre Collection

THEMES: Responsibility, Human Rights, Sexual Politics, AI, Myth, Death, Fragility, Dark and Light, Vulnerability & Superpower, Acting & Performance,
CHARACTER AGES: 20-30s
CAST SIZE: Large
SUITABLE FOR: Senior Years & Adults


Multi-award-winning, Geelong-based Back to Back Theatre creates new forms of contemporary theatre to question the assumptions about what is ... Read more


April’s Fool

by David Burton

THEMES: Drug Culture, Drug Overdose, Death
LENGTH: 60 Minutes
CAST SIZE: 9+
SUITABLE FOR: Senior Years
CHARACTER AGES: 15-50


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