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Stephen Carleton i(12 works by)
Born: Established: 1968 Atherton, Atherton area, Mareeba - Atherton - Ravenshoe area, Ingham - Cairns area, Queensland, ;
Gender: Male
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After studying theatre in Melbourne, where he had several shows produced at La Mama, Stephen Carleton moved to Darwin where he worked as an ensemble actor with Darwin Theatre Company (1995-1999). In 1997 he formed Knock-em-Down Theatre in Darwin.

He completed a Masters in Creative Writing from The University of Queensland and commenced a Ph.D. that explores representations of the Australian deep north in contemporary theatre history.

Stephen's play, Constance Drinkwater and the Final Days of Somerset, a finalist in the 2004 Queensland Premier's Drama Award, examines the impact of European settlement in Far North Queensland's frontier country, and its legacy.

Awards for Works

The Turquoise Elephant 2015 single work drama

The Turquoise Elephant is a bitingly-funny absurdist work, depicting the chaos of a future world rapidly succumbing to climate change. As the environmental disaster unfolds, three generations of women from a privileged political family watch on - from their hermetically sealed, temperature controlled home. But just how safe are they? It's a play about contrasts: grotesque privilege and dispossession, sanity and insanity, hope and fatalism.

Source: ABC Radio National. Interview with Stephen Carleton available here.

2015 winner Griffin Award for New Australian Playwriting
The Narcissist 2007 single work drama satire 'Xavier is a narcissist. He is a jaded, single, urban professional living in New Farm for whom middle age looms, and the prospects of finding a psycho sexually well-adjusted partner are beginning to fade. Enter Bronwyn, an equally committed boozy malcontent and his best friend, who challenges Xavier to a duel - "Six weeks to bag a man! No ifs, no buts, no limits, no boundaries and no rules!" The gloves are off - whoever scores first, wins!' Source: http://www.theprogram.net.au/ (Sighted 15/02/2007).
2007 shortlisted Queensland Premier's Literary Awards Best Drama Script (Stage)
2007 joint winner with QTC's The Glass Menagerie. Matilda Awards Best Production
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