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Patricia Cornelius Patricia Cornelius i(A23980 works by)
Born: Established: 1952 ;
Gender: Female
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BiographyHistory

Patricia Cornelius, a founding member of Melbourne Workers' Theatre, is an award-winning playwright, as well as director, dramaturg and novelist. She has written over twenty plays. (Source: Australian Script Centre).

Most Referenced Works

Personal Awards

2017 recipient Australia Council Grants, Awards and Fellowships Literature Board Fellowship Literature Development Grants Individuals and Groups $5,000.00
2015 joint winner AWGIE Awards Australian Writers Foundation Playwrights Fellowship With Angela Betzien.
2014 recipient Australia Council Grants, Awards and Fellowships A one week workshop of new play, Big Heart by Patricia Cornelius with 6 actors and director.

Awards for Works

Caravan 2017 single work drama

The dilapidated old caravan might be full of musty carpet and faded dreams, but for years a mother and daughter have called it home.

With nowhere else to go, Judy and daughter Donna live on top of each other, knowing the other won’t leave: they’re stuck, and will be till the end.

Judy holds court from the caravan’s double bed, surrounded by pills, a breathing machine and a flat-screen TV. Donna is just desperate not to die there. Donna’s looking to be whisked away by a Tinder date, but as the phone pings and Judy sucks oxygen from a mask in the tiny, cluttered space, they bicker and make up, scream and threaten violence and dream of better things.

Bitter and hilarious, tender and toxic, Caravan is a darkly comic look at life on the margins and the universal need for love.' (Production Summary)

2018 nominated AWGIE Awards Stage Award
Uprising 2016 single work drama

'A group of young students taking radical action: rescuing a young asylum seeker, then hiding her from the authorities.' (Source: Monash University website)

2017 nominated AWGIE Awards Community Theatre Award
Shit Muff [and] MinusOneSister [and] SHIT , 2015 single work drama

'What of the women and girls who defy gender demarcations, who transgress the boundaries and restraints of social order and expectation?

'When a girl spits, or swears, or screams, or shouts, or pulls down her pants to moon someone from a car, or she laughs too loudly, or she’s too shrill, or she pulls up her t-shirt and flashes her tits, or she fights, really fights, head butts and with her fists, or she fucks too much or cuts her hair too short, and wears too much lipstick or none at all, or tells everyone she’s got a dick and she’s not a girl at all, all we want to do with this girl is lock her up and throw away the key. Out of control girls – angry, nasty girls – are a sight to behold. They’re terrifying, electrifying, they’re everything girls shouldn’t be, and we hate them.

'This is a work about these girls.

'Their names are Billy, Bobby and Sam.

'There’s not a single moment when the three young women transcend their ugliness. There’s no indication of a better, or in fact any, inner life. They don’t believe in anything. They’re mean, foul-mouthed, downtrodden, hard-bitten, utterly damaged women. They’re neither salt of the earth nor sexy. They love no one and no one loves them. They believe the world is shit, that their lives are shit, that they are shit.' (Production summary)

2017 winner Sydney Theatre Awards Best New Australian Work
2017 nominated Sydney Theatre Awards Best Mainstage Production
2016 winner Victorian Green Room Awards Production : Theatre - Independent
2016 winner Victorian Green Room Awards Writing : Theatre - Independent
2016 shortlisted Victorian Premier's Literary Awards Louis Esson Prize for Drama
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