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.
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.
'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)
Tall Man2013single 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)