PLAYLAB'S WA SYLLABUS SUGGESTIONS 2022

UNIT 2: YEAR 11 PART 2 (REPRESENTATIONAL, NON-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 2: Year 11 Part 2 (Representational, Non-Realist Drama). The following titles uses techniques and performance styles suitable for study as part of gaining greater understanding or presentational, non-realist drama.


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

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

Hanako

by Katherine Lyall-Watson and Caroline Dunphy

THIS IS AN E-BOOK


THEMES: Culture Clash, Art, Dominance and Female Empowerment
LENGTH: 1.5 Hours
SUITABLE FOR: Senior Years
CAST SIZE: 7 – 8 Cast Members


Hanako plunges the audience into the hyper-realistic fantasy of a young Japanese girl journeying from the pages of a traditional Noh play into an imagined future-world as she ... 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

Melek Mo Hani

by Steve Mayer-Miller

THIS IS A DIGITAL PUBLICATION


THEMES: Cultural Identity, South Sea Islander Themes, Immigration, Deportation
CHARACTER AGES: Adult
LENGTH: 1.5 Hours
CAST SIZE: 1 – 2 Cast Members
TARGET AUDIENCE: Middle & Senior Years


Moses Susuburi has three homes — Malaita Island, Vanuatu and Beaconsfield Road, Mackay — it's a long story, so when he is caught busking without a licence, it's hard for him to ... 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

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

A Tribute of Sorts

by Benjamin Schostakowski

THIS IS A DIGITAL PUBLICATION


THEMES: Performance, Awkwardness and The Macabre
LENGTH: 90 Minutes
CAST SIZE: 1 – 2 Cast Members
SUITABLE FOR: Adults


Benjamin Schostakowski's A Tribute of Sorts is an artful, dark and funny celebration of theatre itself.
... 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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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

Gaybies

by Dean Bryant

THEMES: Family, Equality, Love
CHARACTER AGES: Mixed
LENGTH: 90 Minutes
CAST SIZE: Large Cast Without Doubling
SUITABLE FOR: Adult


Hotly political and deeply personal, Gaybies shares the intimate real-life stories of children from same-sex parents, surrogate mums, donor dads, co-parents and guardians. A funny and moving piece of real-life ... Read more

It All Begins With Love

by Rod Ainsworth

THIS IS A DIGITAL PUBLICATION


THEMES: Domestic Violence, Community, Love
CHARACTER AGES: One Old, Four Varied
LENGTH: 1 Hour
CAST SIZE: 5 – 6 Cast Members
Playlab Indie
TARGET AUDIENCE: Senior Years & Adults


It All Begins With Love presents an abstract ... Read more

Still Point Turning: The Catherine McGregor Story

by Priscilla Jackman

THEMES: LGBTQIA, Identity and Love
LENGTH: 120 Minutes
CHARACTER AGES: 18+
CAST SIZE: 6 (doubling is required)
SUITABLE FOR ADULTS: Adult


Priscilla Jackman's Still Point Turning: The Catherine McGregor Story is an ... Read more

The Campaign

by Campion Decent

THEMES: LGBTQIA Rights, Australian Politics
LENGTH: 1.5 Hours
CHARACTER AGES: Adult
CAST SIZE: 5-6
TARGET AUDIENCE: Senior Years

In 1988 more than one hundred arrests were made at Salamanca Market when the Tasmanian Gay Law Reform Group defied a ban on a stall that featured petitions to decriminalise sexual ... 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

The Village

by Multiple Playwrights

THEMES: Refugees, Asylum Seekers, Immigration
LENGTH: 90 Minutes
CHARACTER AGES: 18+
CAST SIZE: 7
SUITABLE FOR: Senior Years & Adults


The Village is a collaboration between La Boite Theatre Company and MDA, and features stories from <... Read more