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

Brutal Utopias by Stephen Carleton premieres at the New Benner Theatre from 18 - 28 May!