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Alana Valentine Alana Valentine i(A20770 works by)
Born: Established: 1961 ;
Gender: Female
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Alana Valentine has written numerous nominated and award-winning radio plays as well as episodes of the television series McLeod's Daughters and Fat Tuesday. She has written several short films including the Mother Love (1994), The Witnesses (1995) and Reef Dreaming (1997) - a waterscreen installation in Darling Harbour. Valentine's plays have toured Australia extensively, particlarly in country areas, been performed in Malaysia, and broadcast in Iceland. A 1989 NIDA graduate, Valentine also has a Graduate Diploma in Museum Studies (2000) from the University of Sydney. She has been a 2006 Artist in Residence (Creative Arts) at the University of Wollongong, and also in 2006, at Macquarie University Department of English.

Most Referenced Works

Personal Awards

2018 recipient Australia Council Grants, Awards and Fellowships

Literature Arts Projects For Individuals and Groups $50,000.00

2013 recipient Australia Council Grants, Awards and Fellowships New Work - Established Writers Writing for Performance
2013 winner AWGIE Awards Major Award

Awards for Works

The Sugar House 2018 single work drama

'Narelle is a high achiever, a lawyer, with working-class roots and political clout. But something keeps bringing her back to Pyrmont. This peninsula was her family’s bedrock, and the home of her extraordinary grandmother June, who held everything together through the decades: a son’s brush with the law, a daughter’s battles with demons, a husband’s decline.

'Life revolved around the sugar refinery. For a time this was the sweetest neighbourhood in the country. But the family bedrock, like the sugar, has dissolved away. Narelle can’t fix the past, but maybe she can fix the future.

'A story of Sydney – work and corruption, family and massive social change. A story of how Australia went from working class to middle class. Best of all, the great Kris McQuade returns to Belvoir.' (Production summary)

2018 shortlisted Sydney Theatre Awards Best New Australian Work
Barbara and the Camp Dogs 2017 single work musical theatre

'Meet Barbara and her band the Camp Dogs. Barbara’s been trying to make it in Sydney but maybe this just isn’t her town. In all the relentless demands of city life, where’s the sense of belonging she craves? It’s time to take a break with her cousin René.

With Ursula Yovich as Barbara and Casey Donovan as her redoubtable cousin, Barbara and the Camp Dogs is a rock-gig musical about love and home.' (Production summary)

2019 shortlisted Victorian Premier's Literary Awards Prize for Drama
2018 nominated AWGIE Awards Stage Award Music Theatre
2017 nominated Sydney Theatre Awards Best New Australian Work
Ladies Day 2016 single work drama

'It’s Ladies Day at the Broome races and the divinely beautiful Mike is the toast of the track. But amongst the froth and festivity, a brutal act of violence reminds us that life is not just all swishy hemlines, debonair gents and fascinators galore.

'Alana Valentine is one of Australia’s best playwrights. Known for her incredibly successful verbatim works, she takes her interviews and research with individuals and communities, and mixes them with a healthy dose of drama. The result is powerful, thought-provoking theatre in which the voices of her protagonists ring absolutely true.

'Alana spent months interviewing the gay community of Broome to create a play that asks questions about tolerance, isolation, love, hope and the right to have your story told. Griffin is proud to present the world premiere of Ladies Day -­ a vivid, richly evocative play with a big heart, directed by Darren Yap.' (Production summary)

2017 shortlisted New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards Nick Enright Prize for Playwriting
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