Playlab's Vic Syllabus Suggestions 2022

Unit 4: Devised Solo Performance

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 Unit 4: Devised Solo Performance. 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


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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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

Chasing the Lollyman

by Mark Sheppard

THIS IS AN E-BOOK 


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

Mark Sheppard's Chasing the Lollyman is a joyous sharing ... 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

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

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

Murder at Warrabah House

by SNAFU Theatre

THIS IS A DIGITAL PUBLICATION


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 & 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


Yarn

by Lily Fish

THIS IS AN E-BOOK


THEMES: Rage, Desire, Knowledge, Power
CHARACTER AGES: 18+
LENGTH: 60 minutes
CAST SIZE: 1 – 2 Cast Members
SUITABLE FOR: Adult


SYNOPSIS
Yarn explores the idea that individuals evolve from the stories that precede them, as well as the stories others tell about them, and the stories they tell ... Read more

Ode to Man

by Emma Mary Hall

THIS IS A DIGITAL PUBLICATION


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