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Select any three publications from our curated list of publications awarded the Queensland Premiers Drama Award.

Return to the Dirt by Steve Pirie

In a year spent tending to the dead, a young man learns to live.

The Holidays by David Megarrity

David Megarrity's The Holidays is a touching portrait of memory and connection.

Rice by Michele Lee

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, if unlikely, friendship that gets results.

Oedipus Doesn't Live Here Anymore by Daniel Evans

"Writer Dan Evans has made this story come alive for another generation" Alison Cotes, Daily Review

Trollop by Maxine Mellor

“Dark, funny, twisted, isolated, and just a bit messed up” - (Scene Magazine)

Fractions by Marcel Dorney

In Fifth Century Egypt, Alexandria – Alexander the Great’s namesake city – has ambitions to be the most powerful city in the...

25 Down by Richard Jordan

In a world that’s lost all meaning, 25-year-old art school dropout James is searching for answers.

 

The Estimator by David Brown

Martin is an estimator for a removal company, trained to help people with the nightmare that is moving house

Mano Nera by Adam Grossetti

In the 1930s, letters of extortion were written to the migrant Italian community in North Queensland’s cane growing districts.

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Return to Dirt by Steve Pirie

THEMES: Death, Grief, Identity
LENGTH: 90 Minutes
NO. OF CHARACTERS: 4
QPDA WINNING YEAR : 2020-21

Steve never imagined he’d end up working in the funeral industry. But when he finds himself living back home in Toowoomba to save up for his wedding, it’s the only job he can get. The year he spends working among the dead opens his eyes to what awaits us at the end and what it means to live.

 

 

 


 

 

The Holidays by David Megarrity

THEMES: Family, Memory, Intergenerational Relationships
LENGTH: 80 Minutes
NO. OF CHARACTERS: 3
QPDA WINNING YEAR : 2018-19

12-year-old Oliver has been pulled out of school for an unexpected road trip with his mum and dad, en route to grandad’s seaside shack. But grandad, an eccentric artist, is not there. In this unkempt place stuffed with memories, it seems that the Holidays – instead of getting away from it all – have taken a lot with them.

 

 


 

 

Rice by Michele Lee

THEMES: Globalisation, Power, Politics and Migration
LENGTH: 90 Minutes
NO. OF CHARACTERS: 2
QPDA WINNING YEAR : 2016-17

Working late, high up in a skyscraper, Nisha – at 28, a business prodigy and second-in-command of an Australian rice company – is closing a massive deal with the Indian government. Working later still is Yvette, who clears up her takeaway. “Indian princess” and “Chinese cleaner” is all they see when they face each other across the desk. They’re from different cultures, different generations – but as the nights wear on, they discover the many ties that bind them, and help each other navigate their complex lives.

 

 


 

 

Oedipus Doesn’t Live Here Anymore by Daniel Evans

THEMES: Family, Community, Tragedy, Loss
LENGTH: 90 Minutes
NO. OF CHARACTERS: 6
QPDA WINNING YEAR : 2014-15

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 on his garage door? Daniel Evans brings the drama and horror of an Ancient Greek myth to the sleepy cul-de-sacs of modern Australian disturbia in this wild, wonderful ride spinning off from Sophocles’ 2500-year-old Theban plays.

 

 


 

Trollop by Maxine Mellor

THEMES: Identity, Conformity, Relationships, Voicelessness, Social Ugliness
LENGTH: 90 Minutes
NO. OF CHARACTERS: 3
QPDA WINNING YEAR : 2012-13

Clara is uncomfortably numb. Cocooned in her spartan home, she wallows in tracky-dacks and the misery of the recently jobless, feeding on apathy and the images of natural disaster piped into her living room by the pitiless glare of the TV. Then, one stormy night, a stranger calls – and the chinks in the pair’s relationship begin to widen. Uncomfortable truths are revealed and there are hints of horrors to come, as ancient myths are dragged, growling, into the modern day.

 

 


 

 

Fractions by Marcel Dorney

THEMES: Science, Religion, Philosophy, Women’s Rights
LENGTH: 150 Minutes
NO. OF CHARACTERS: 6
QPDA WINNING YEAR : 2010-11

In Fifth Century Egypt, Alexandria – Alexander the Great’s namesake city – has ambitions to be the most powerful city in the world. One of its greatest scholars and inventors is Hypatia – a woman ahead of her time in a man’s world. She’s revered for her devotion to the search for knowledge. But the power politicking of one man, Kyril, starts a holy war in the city, which threatens to destroy the great library. Hypatia must find a way to protect it – and prevent civilization from sliding into the Dark Ages.

 

 


 

 

25 Down by Richard Jordan

THEMES: Homosexuality, Pornography, Sex, Relationships
LENGTH: 90 Minutes
NO. OF CHARACTERS: 8
QPDA WINNING YEAR : 2008-9

In a world where nothing means anything, 25-year-old art school dropout James is searching for answers. But when all-nighters, gay bars, drugs and sex fail to provide what is missing, James begins to question if life is really all downhill after 25.

 

 

 


 


The Estimator by David Brown

THEMES: Poverty, Marginalisation, Family, Ghosts Of The Past
LENGTH: 120 Minutes
NO. OF CHARACTERS: 4
QPDA WINNING YEAR : 2006-7

Yonni and her granddaughter Sharday share a junk-filled home in the suburban outskirts. Their lives revolve around poetry, acting, singing and rhetorical questions. Knowing the life they live is far from healthy, Yonni’s daughter Karen calls in the help of an Estimator. But once they meet, their lives will be changed forever.

 

 

 


 

 

Mano Nera by Adam Grossetti

THEMES: Migration, Bribery, Crime, The Black Hand
LENGTH: 120 Minutes
NO. OF CHARACTERS: 8
QPDA WINNING YEAR : 2004-5

In the 1930s, letters of extortion were written to the migrant Italian community in North Queensland’s cane growing districts. Mano Nera – the ‘black hand’ – was the name of the group claiming responsibility for the letters. But was Mano Nera a slick criminal organisation, or simple-minded thugs?

 

 

 

 

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