Playlab's Tas Syllabus Suggestions 2022

AREA 3: SOLO PERFORMANCE — ONE PERSON PRODUCTIONS

The following list of plays has been curated by Playlab Theatre staff in order to provide an extended list of plays suitable for study in Area 3: Solo Performance — One Person Productions. The following plays have been selected as fantastic examples of One Person Productions. Each play in this list presents a unique approach to creating work specifically to be performed by a solo cast member and how form can be used to create meaning.


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.
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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 Lollyman

by Mark Sheppard

THEMES: Indigenous Themes, Identity, Storytelling
LENGTH: 90 Minutes
CHARACTER AGES: 30s–40s
CAST SIZE: 1
SUITABLE FOR: Senior Years & Adults

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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

I Love You, Bro

by Adam J.A. Cass

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

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

Ma Ma Ma Mad

by Merlynn Tong

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

Murder at Warrabah House

by SNAFU Theatre

THEMES: Crime, Mystery
CHARACTER AGES: 18+
LENGTH: 1 Hour
SUITABLE FOR: Adult
CAST SIZE: 1 – 2 Cast Members

Both homage to and dark departure from the traditional Agatha Christie ... 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

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 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


Yarn

by Lily Fish

THEMES: Rage, Desire, Knowledge, Power
CHARACTER AGES: Adult
LENGTH: 1 Hour
CAST SIZE: 1 – 2 Cast Members
SUITABLE FOR: Adult

Yarn was first performed as part of the 2013 Melbourne Fringe Festival season (25 September – 5 October) at the Australian Tapestry Workshop in South Melbourne. Following the success of this season Lily was ... Read more

Ode to Man

by Emma Mary Hall

THEMES: Masculinity, Feminism, Equality
LENGTH: 90 Minutes
CHARACTER AGES: 18+
CAST SIZE: 1
SUITABLE FOR: Adults

Over 15 darkly funny chapters, Emma Mary Hall's Ode to Man is ... Read more

The Pipe Manager

by Lisa O’Neill, Peter Berkahn & Christian Ronquillo

THEMES: Work, Repression, Bureaucracy, Individualism
CHARACTER AGES: mid 20 – 30
GRAPHIC NOVEL SCRIPT ON CD-ROM
Length: 1 Hour
CAST SIZE: 1 – 2 Cast Member
SUITABLE FOR: Adult

 

The Pipe Manager tells the story of a woman and her rather unusual experience as a pipe manager. Capturing the work of one of Australia’s most significant contemporary performance ... Read more

Propelled

by Jane Modric in collaboration with Doug Robins

THEMES: People Living with Disabilities, Self-Discovery, Fantasy
CHARACTER AGES: Adult
LENGTH: 1 Hour
TARGET AUDIENCE: Adult
CAST SIZE: 1 – 2 Cast Members

Synopsis: Doug is 25 years old. He likes football, partying with his mates, and girls. He’s pretty much your average guy except for one big difference. Doug has ... Read more