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Personal Awards

2012 recipient Australia Council Grants, Awards and Fellowships Research and Development for 'Is This Thing On?' a new work about comedy
2010 recipient Australia Council Grants, Awards and Fellowships Production of 'And that was the Summer that Changed my Life', a solo show presented by Next Wave

Awards for Works

Trigger Warning 2016 single work drama humour

'Trigger Warning sees the return of Dave – a meat-headed standup with a low slung ponytail, stonewashed jeans and plenty of dick jokes – who suffers an epic meltdown on stage in such a fashion that will leave you bewildered, challenged and completely hysterical long after you have left the show.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2017 shortlisted Victorian Premier's Literary Awards Louis Esson Prize for Drama
Is This Thing On? 2014 single work drama

'Brianna is a stand-up comedian. This is her life: an unfortunate name, a boring childhood, slow self-realisation, a late coming-out. Drink. Standing in smelly rooms with strange men who all tell the same jokes. Vomiting on stage. Carrying on anyway. Is there a reason? Probably not. Just a way of coping with your own mediocrity. Whose life is this anyway?

'Zoë Coombs Marr’s brilliant new play is a portrait of a life in a comedy routine. Well, five overlapping comedy routines, from five Briannas at different ages, performed by five foolhardy actresses. It is funny. And it is not funny. It is about being funny when funny is all you have.

'Is This Thing On? is a kind of Don Quixote for the female comic – a magnificent and stupid quest for one shining moment of specialness which may have already happened.' (Production summary)

2014 nominated Sydney Theatre Awards Best New Australian Work
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