PLAYLAB'S WA SYLLABUS SUGGESTIONS 2022

UNIT 1: YEAR 11 PART 1 (REPRESENTATIONAL, REALIST DRAMA)

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 1: Year 11 Part 1 (Representational, Realist Drama). The following titles uses techniques and performance styles suitable for study as part of gaining greater understanding or representational, realist drama. We have also included a number of titles specifically written to be performed by year 11 aged performers.


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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Australian Drama

by David Megarrity

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

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

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

Composing Venus

by Elaine Acworth

THEMES: History, Family
LENGTH: 120 Minutes
CHARACTER AGES: 16–18+
CAST SIZE: 8/13-14 without doubling
SUITABLE FOR: Senior Years & Adults

Spanning three decades, in flights of fantasy, poetic phrasing and sombre soliloquy, Elaine Acworth... 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

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

Deadly Eh?!

by Sue Rider

THEMES: Identity, Family and Indigenous Australian Culture
LENGTH: 60 Minutes
CHARACTER AGES: 16-18+
CAST SIZE: 2
SUITABLE FOR: Senior Years and Adults

Sue Rider's Deadly Eh?! was developed with students from Brisbane’s ... Read more

Fractions

by Marcel Dorney

THEMES: Science, Religion, Philosophy, Women’s Rights
CHARACTER AGES: 18+
LENGTH: 2.5 Hours
TARGET AUDIENCE: Senior Years
CAST SIZE: 5 – 6 Cast Members

In Fifth Century Egypt, Alexandria – Alexander the Great’s namesake city – has ambitions to be the most powerful city in the world. And knowledge is power. The great Library of ... Read more

Had We But World Enough

by Oriel Gray

THEMES: Love, Racial Injustice and Rural Australia
LENGTH: 1.5 Hours
New Vintage
CAST SIZE: 9 + Cast Members

It’s the Wednesday before Easter, and the stage is set for what will surely be the most discussed Easter Nativity play in the history of Seaton, a rural town ... Read more

Impending Everyone

by Michael Andrew Collins

THEMES: Technology, Adolescents
LENGTH: 90 Minutes
CAST SIZE: 9
SUITABLE FOR: Senior Years


Michael Andrew Collin's Impending Everyone was inaugural winner of the ATYP Foundation Commission (14 - 17 Year Olds) in 2016. <... Read more

Kryptonite

by Sue Smith

THEMES: Multiculturalism, Politics, Love, National Identity
CHARACTER AGES: 20s – 40s
LENGTH: 90 Minutes
CAST SIZE: 2
TARGET AUDIENCE: Adult


Sue Smith's Kryptonite is a thrilling, thought-provoking dialogue between two people ... Read more

The Longest Minute

by Robert Kronk and Nadine McDonald-Dowd

THEMES: Family, Identity, Sport
LENGTH: 1.5 Hours
CHARACTER AGES: 18–55
CAST SIZE: 5-6
TARGET AUDIENCE: Senior Years


The Longest Minute by Robert Kronk and <... Read more

Lysa and the Freeborn Dames

by Claire Christian

THEMES: Feminism, Politics, Activism
LENGTH: 90 Minutes
CHARACTER AGES: 18+
CAST SIZE: 10
SUITABLE FOR: Senior Years & Adults


Claire Christian's Lysa and the Freeborn Dames addresses ideas of legacy, ... 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

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

On Our Selection

by Steele Rudd

THEMES: Australia, Triumph Over Adversity, Revenge, Family, Home
LENGTH: 150 Minutes
CHARACTER AGES: 18+
CAST SIZE: 9
SUITABLE FOR: Senior Students


In this four act play, On Our Selection by Steele Rudd follows ... Read more

Pale Blue Dot

by Kathryn Marquet

THEMES: Aliens, Relationships, Conspiracies
CHARACTER AGES: 15+
LENGTH: 2 Hours
TARGET AUDIENCE: Senior Years
TARGET AUDIENCE: Adult
CAST SIZE: 3 – 4 Cast Members

Here is a captivating new comedy about aliens, alienation and the terrifying and comforting thought that we are not alone. Insurance fraud investigator Joel Pinkerton doesn’t believe in aliens. ... Read more

The Pineapple War

by Lachlan Philpott

THEMES: Oppression, Revolution, Influence
CHARACTER AGES: 16 – 23
LENGTH: 1.5 Hours
CAST SIZE: Large Cast Without Doubling
SUITABLE FOR: Senior Years


It’s 2022 and Queensland is now part of China to resolve a civil war. The rest of Australia has become Nation One, with a conservative government and a return to ... Read more

Rice

by Michele Lee

THEMES: Globalisation, Power, Politics and Migration
CHARACTER AGES: Adult
LENGTH:1.5 Hours
CAST SIZE: 1 – 2 Cast Members
SUITABLE FOR: Adult

Everyone has problems to deal with – in the boardroom or the basement, global or local, business or personal. Two multicultural women making their way in modern Australia forge a powerful, ... Read more

The Salt Remains

by Tom Gardiner

THEMES: Responsibility, Forgiveness, Inadequacy
LENGTH: 90 Minutes
CHARACTER AGES: 18+
CAST SIZE: 2
SUITABLE FOR: Adults


In the best tradition of noir thrillers that keep ... Read more

Samson

by Julia-Rose Lewis

THEMES: Coming of age, Grief
CHARACTER AGES: 16 – 18
LENGTH: 1.5 Hours
CAST SIZE: 3 – 4 Cast Members
TARGET AUDIENCE: Senior Years

Essie, Beth, Sid and Rabbit are growing up at the arse end of the arse end of the world. Boredom, decay and violence plague their lives. The accidental death of ... Read more

Sugarland

by Rachael Coopes and Wayne Blair

THEMES: Indigenous Themes, Regional Australia, Displacement, Growing up
CHARACTER AGES: 16 – 18, Adult
LENGTH: 1.5 Hours
TARGET AUDIENCE: Senior Years

Sugarland provides a glimpse into a teenage Australia that feels like a foreign country. This haunting new play will make you pause, make you smile, make you wonder how much ... Read more

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