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BiographyHistory

The anthology Passion (which included Lissa Benyon's play Love Seen in a Laundromat) offers the following biography:

Lissa began her theatre career as a member of the Canberra Youth Theatre. She was a founding member of the experimental ensemble Fools Gallery Theatre Company and has worked in every area of theatre. Lissa left the company in 1981, after a highly successful Sydney/Adelaide tour, to concentrate on full-time writing. Her writing career was launched with The Women of March the First, performed at Nimrod (now Belvoir Street) in 1984. She has since co-written Resistance, a feature film for the Macau Light Collective [untraced]; written The Margarine Conspiracy, performed by the Sydney Theatre Company; and written Pennies before the Holidays, developed by Playworks and produced by the Ensemble Theatre Project, Canberra. Lissa has also written for television, most recently writing an episode for Phoenix [untraced].

Awards for Works

Come in Spinner 1990 series - publisher film/TV

'Sydney in 1944, the tide is turning in the Pacific War and American forces have made Sydney a gaudy, hectic garrison town. The gamblers and "good time charlies" converge on the South Pacific Hotel, one of Sydney's finest.

The heart of the hotel is the bustling beauty salon run by the cool professional Claire (Lisa Harrow), who hides a guilty secret; Deb (Kerry Armstrong,) who has a pre-war marriage and a wartime alternative; and Guinea (Rebecca Gibney), whose 'good war' is not what it seems.

Come in Spinner is the story of one week in their lives, as they play the game of chance for the highest stakes...survival, security and the opportunity for happiness and love.'

Source: ABC Commercial website http://www.abc.net.au/abccontentsales/s1475926.htm (Sighted 27/03/12)

1991 winner Logie Awards Most Outstanding Single Drama or Mini Series
1990 winner Australian Film Institute Awards Best Screenplay
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