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Ron Elisha Ron Elisha i(A35590 works by)
Born: Established: 1951 Jerusalem,
Middle East, Asia,
Gender: Male
Arrived in Australia: 1953
Heritage: Jewish
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Ron Elisha, a speaker of Hebrew, graduated from Melbourne University in 1975 with a degree in Medicine, and has since practised as a general practitioner. He has been a member of the Australian Writer's Guild, the Fellowship of Australian Writers (FAW) and PEN International. He received the 1990 Best Screenplay Houston International Film Festival Gold Award for By My Own Authority. He read at the Sunflower Bookshop in 1990.

Most Referenced Works


  • Author writes in these languages:ENGLISH
  • Has also written scripts for television, film and radio. Won an AWGIE award for the television play Death Duties in the ABC series Six Pack.

Personal Awards

2018 shortlisted Patrick White Playwrights' Award for 'Children of the Confederacy'

Awards for Works

Stainless Steel Rat Man in the Middle 2011 single work drama "If we can only live once, then let it be a daring adventure that draws on all our powers." Julian Assange.

In this daring new play, simple questions are asked. Who is Julian Assange? A bogan with a modem? Or the most consequential revolutionary Australian of our time? How is it possible that a self-educated hactivist from the outskirts of Melbourne, who never finished high school, could change the world and initiate a global chess game in which Barack Obama, Dmitry Medvedev and even our own Julia Gillard are not just key players, but pieces on the board itself?

This 'wikiplay', an expose on the secrecy of government being destroyed by new concepts of technology, derives inspiration from the words of Assange himself: "Change the world... through passion, inspiration and trickery!" (Source: Showbiz website)
2012 nominated AWGIE Awards Stage Award
y separately published work icon Freedom Hobart : Australian Script Centre , 2006 Z1596021 2006 single work drama

'US President Charles Foster Raye (Chuck) is due to address the UN in order to try and avert an all out war with China. He approaches a speechwriter, Theresa, in order to write the first great speech of the 21st century for the occasion. Unable to resist such an opportunity, she takes on the challenge, then panics, terrified that she will be unable to deliver. Norman, her therapist, offers to help her through the process. Together, with the iconic speeches of the 20th century projected over the entire set, they deconstruct each speech, in an effort to discover what makes it work.

'The reason that Norman offers to help Theresa is that he is deeply in love with her, but cannot say anything because of the therapeutic relationship. Norman's therapist, Prudence, disapproves strongly. Never having been in a serious relationship herself, she aches for the touch of another human being, but would never dream of acting on this desire.

'As it happens, Prudence is also the President's therapist. Chuck is not coping, and is on the verge of a total breakdown. Prudence feels she should somehow reveal his predicament, for the public good, but is restrained by her fear of destabilising the nation in a time of crisis.

'As the public rhetoric of freedom grows increasingly hyperbolic with each successive speech, the personal freedom of each of the characters progressively narrows, as they become increasingly trapped by their circumstances.

'A moving study of the illusory nature of freedom in the West.' (Publisher's blurb)

2007 shortlisted Griffin Award for New Australian Playwriting
Renaissance 2005 single work drama A man is dying and da Vinci is passionately drawing. He wants the man's body for anatomical dissection. His work is believed to be that of the devil and he is charged with a crime against humanity and the soul of man. Passion and outrage collide. Three people shall become da Vinci's future: a 100-year-old man who counts every breath, a restive priest fighting for his own morality, and a woman who shall become forever famous. Whilst set in 16th century Italy, the themes explored in Renaissance are as eternal as the smile on the face of La Giaconda: the rise of fundamentalism as a reaction to the modern/feminist disposition and its need to control women; medical ethics, the oppression of free thought and the place, purpose and importance of the artist.' Source: (Sighted 02/11/2206).
2006 winner Mitch Mathews Award
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