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Best New Australian Play
Subcategory of Victorian Green Room Awards
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History

Sometimes called 'Best New Australian Writing'.

Winners

2007 winner y separately published work icon Holiday Raimondo Cortese , 2007 Strawberry Hills : Currency Press , 2009 Z1419947 2007 single work drama humour

'A holiday. A time for conversation and distraction, a time to wind down and to dream...

'In a moment of relaxation and quiet reflection, two men unwittingly engage. Spontaneous, unaffected and thrillingly real, innocent discussion becomes an exploration of private fantasy, hidden anxiety, personal mythology and the most inexplicable behaviour.

'What lies behind the most unconscious gesture? How do power struggles play out in the politest of exchanges? Is there hope in the blank spaces between strangers?' (Publisher's blurb)

As 'Best New Australian Writing'.
2006 winner The Pitch Peter Houghton , 2006 single work drama humour ''The Pitch' is set in the apartment of Walter Weinermann, aspiring screen writer, In one hour he will pitch his screenplay to the panel. For Walter, it's not just a chance for work. It's a chance for immortality. A chance to get back his girlfriend who's dumped him for a born again Christian. A chance to rubbish his landlord in his Oscar acceptance speech. A chance to prove to the world that he's not the idiot they've taken him for.' Source: www.melbournestage.com.au (Sighted 14/03/2007).
2000 winner y separately published work icon Life after George Hannie Rayson , Strawberry Hills : Currency Press , 2000 Z344453 2000 single work drama (taught in 1 units) Peter George, charismatic academic, idealist, lover of life, is dead. His wife, two ex-wives and daughter gather for his funeral. As the true nature of the man and his life unfolds, so these women discover much about themselves and the lives they have lived both within and outside his shadow. (Publisher's blurb, back cover).
1999 winner y separately published work icon Cloudstreet Nick Enright , Justin Monjo , 1998 Sydney Perth : Currency Press Company B Belvoir Black Swan Theatre Company , 1999 Z396116 1998 single work drama (taught in 2 units) Tim Winton's quintessential Australian yarn of the spirited child Fish, his family and unlikely neighbours - sharing determination, faith, pain, and laughter is a story of love and the bonds that tie us to our sense of place. Hailed as one of the most acclaimed theatrical events of the decade, it is a five hour epic. (Source: Libraries Australia)
1998 winner y separately published work icon The John Wayne Principle Tony McNamara , 1996 Paddington : Currency Press Playbox Theatre , 1997 Z438635 1996 single work drama
1998 winner Like Stars in My Hands Timothy Conigrave , 1997 single work drama
— Appears in: Thieving Boy, and, Like Stars in My Hands 1997; (p. 37-71)
1998 winner (Best new play) Who's Afraid of the Working Class? Andrew Bovell , Patricia Cornelius , Melissa Reeves , Christos Tsiolkas , Irine Vela (composer), Julian Meyrick (editor), 1998 single work drama (taught in 1 units)
— Appears in: Melbourne Stories : Three Plays 2000; (p. 1-103)
1993 winner y separately published work icon The Temple Louis Nowra , Paddington : Currency Press Playbox Theatre , 1993 Z263216 1993 single work drama satire humour
1992 winner Walking on Sticks Sarah Cathcart , Andrea Lemon , 1991 single work drama
1992 winner y separately published work icon Sex Diary of an Infidel Michael Gurr , Sydney Melbourne : Currency Press Playbox Theatre Centre, Monash University , 1992 Z88977 1992 single work drama

'A cunning web of truth, lies, self-delusion and depravity, set against the backgrounds of Manila and Melbourne. Jean, an award-winning journalist, travels to the Philippines to write an exposé of Australian sex tours. Blackmail and revolution were not in the original brief, but as the lives of the six infidels mesh together, there are no rules and many surprises.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

1991 winner y separately published work icon Hotel Sorrento Hannie Rayson , Sydney Melbourne : Currency Press Playbox Theatre , 1990 Z481931 1990 single work drama (taught in 3 units)

Hotel Sorrento is a vivid, moving and funny play which explores the concept of loyalty both to family and to country. Three sisters come together after ten years: Hilary who lives in Sorrento with her father and her sixteen-year-old son; Pippa visiting from New York where she works in advertising; and Meg, who returns home from England with her English husband after her new novel Melancholy is shortlisted for the Booker prize. Unspoken aspects of their shared past, jolted by the autobiographical flavour of Meg's book, haunt their reunion.

Coincidentally, Marge, a teacher, with a holiday house in Sorrento, reads the novel and finds it captures an Australia she knows. Her friend, Dick, however, is worried by Meg's expatriate status. This interest draws them into the family where the issues of culture, patriotism, and using the past are battled out.

Source: Publisher's blurb (back cover).

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