Angela Betzien
Angela Betzien i(29 works by)
Born: Established: 1978 Rockhampton, Rockhampton - Yeppoon area, Maryborough - Rockhampton area, Queensland, ;
Gender: Female
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Angela Betzien is a Queensland-born and multi-award winning Australian playwright who has had success both in Australia and internationally. Betzien is a founding member of a Melbourne independent theatre company, RealTV. Betzien and her plays are most well-known through the Australian Gothic landscape, in which she can tell her stories through a psychoanalytical approach. Furthermore, her plays endeavour to put a strong aim and focus towards teenagers and younger generations.

From 1994-1997, Betzien received the Queensland Theatre Company Young Playwright's Award. In 1998, after her first play went to stage, she won the George Landen Dann Playwright’s Award. From this moment, Betzien has achieved great wonders both personally and professionally. For Betzien, 2012 was the year she received the Queensland Literary Award for Drama and the Kit Denton Disfellowship Award for her work, War Crimes. Her most recent achievement was in 2015, receiving the Kim Williams’ Fellowship Award.

Betzien has had an astonishing playwriting career which started professionally in 1997 with Dog Wins Lotto, all the way up to her most recent piece in 2015, Mortido. Through this time, Betzien has discovered many raw and emotional events that has embarked her on her playwriting journey. Most of Betzien's famous works, come from experiences in which she has witnessed or experienced.

For Angela Betzien's personal website.

Awards for Works

Mortido 2015 single work drama crime

'Mortido is a crime drama, revenge tragedy and morality play rolled into one. In other words, a quintessential Sydney tale.

'It begins with a Mexican fable about death and ends in the Western suburbs. In between it takes in the public housing on Belvoir Street, Krispy Kreme doughnuts, quinoa, Nazi Germany, Qantas, Coca-Cola, a seventh birthday party, the Surry Hills police, the property market and a body in the harbour. The connective tissue? Cocaine.

'Jimmy is a small-time dealer and Monte is a biggish-time distributor. Grubbe is a detective. They all want the same thing: to live out their lives in leisure. And a water view would be nice. But for Jimmy and Monte to win, Grubbe has to lose. Same goes the other way.

'Angela Betzien is a virtuoso playwright who writes a funny line as well as she writes a thrilling plot and a furious social critique. Mortido is her most ambitious play so far, and a brilliant portrait of the emerald city: familiar, bizarre, glorious and mean.

'Colin Friels and director Leticia Cáceres (Miss Julie, The Dark Room) team up for this remarkable new play about crime, globalisation and the killer desire for a bigger house.' (Publication summary)

2016 shortlisted Victorian Premier's Literary Awards Louis Esson Prize for Drama
2016 shortlisted AWGIE Awards Stage Award
The Gap 2014 selected work drama

Three plays by female Australian playwrights, all centring on the 'gap year': the year after the end of high school.

2015 winner AWGIE Awards Community Theatre Award
Tall Man 2013 single work drama 'Twenty-eight-year-old Billie tracks down her father, Wayne, an ex criminal living under the radar in a shack out on the minefields. Billie and her boyfriend are fleeing drug barons who will kill them unless they return the drug money they loaned and now don't have. Billie visits her father in the desperate hope that Wayne has kept the "stash" from his last job, a stolen inheritance he promised to his young daughter a decade ago. However Wayne, brain injured and half mad from a car accident while fleeing police, can't remember the past or the promise he buried years ago.

'Tall Man' is a compelling drama revealing the fractured bond between a disillusioned daughter and a guilt-ridden father. Ultimately it is a play about heritage and redemption. It is a story that affirms the strength of family, the power of forgiveness and the hope of the future. It is also a haunting yet healing hymn to the land and its eternal resilience.' (Publisher's blurb)
2013 nominated Victorian Green Room Awards Writing : Theatre - Independent
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