Donna Abela i(14 works by) (a.k.a. Donna Therese Abela)
Born: Established: 1964 ;
Gender: Female
Heritage: Maltese
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Donna Abela co-founded Powerhouse Youth Theatre in Western Sydney in 1987 and has written more than twenty-five plays for audiences of all ages.

Awards for Works

Jump for Jordan 2013 single work drama

'Aspiring archaeologist Lola left home when she was only 20, much to the shame of her traditional Jordanian mother. Six years later, losing sleep and petrified by the judgement of her visiting ‘mad Arab’ Aunty Azza, Lola is forced to lie about her life, her career and the existence of her Aussie partner. Worst of all is the fear that she’s also lying to herself.

'Looking deep into the heart of Sydney and beyond, 'Jump for Jordan' unpacks the experience common to countless second-generation Australians of being caught between two cultures. Sifting through shifting layers of past and present, farce and fantasy, it’s one woman’s mad, messy excavation of her own history, and her attempt to piece together the broken bits of her identity. ' (Source: Griffin Theatre website)

2015 shortlisted New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards Community Relations Commission Award
2015 winner AWGIE Awards Stage Award
2014 nominated Sydney Theatre Awards Best New Australian Work
2013 winner Griffin Awards
Aurora's Lament Southpaw , no. 1 2011-2012 single work radio play
2012 winner AWGIE Awards Radio Award Adaptation
Mrs Macquarie's Cello 2009 single work radio play historical fiction

'Based on journal entries of Mrs Elizabeth Macquarie. She was the wife of Governor Macquarie who was the governor of New South Wales between 1810 and 1821. She took a particular interest in the welfare of women, convicts and the Indigenous peoples of the colony.'

Source: ABC Radio National's website,
Sighted: 15/06/2009

2010 winner AWGIE Awards Radio Award Adaptation
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