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'Current Theatre Series consists of Australian plays published with the program inserted and sold during theatre seasons. The aim of the series is to promote and encourage new dramatic writing and make it accessible to theatregoers and the public. The text is presented at the first day of rehearsal and does not contain changes which the author may choose to make after the play has commenced its present season - these will be incorporated into any new edition published by Currency.' Currency Press.

Notes

  • This series of plays published during 1988 was supported by the Australian Bicentennial Authority.

Includes

y separately published work icon Svetlana in Slingbacks [and] Post Felicity Valentina Levkowicz , Ben Ellis , Strawberry Hills : Currency Press Playbox Theatre , 2002 Z1004166 2002 selected work drama
y separately published work icon God's Last Acre Vivienne Walshe , Strawberry Hills : Currency Press Playbox Theatre , 2003 Z1018041 2003 single work drama
y separately published work icon The Fat Boy Tony Ayres , Sydney : Currency Press Playbox Theatre , 2003 Z1027562 2003 single work drama
y separately published work icon Moon Babies and Dirty Laundry Patrick Van der Werf , Kate Herbert , Sydney Melbourne : Currency Press La Mama Theatre , 2003 Z1044086 2003 selected work drama
y separately published work icon The Ishmael Club Bill Garner , Susan Gore , Strawberry Hills : Currency Press Playbox Theatre , 2004 Z1067625 2001 single work drama
y separately published work icon Babes in the Wood or Young Australians in Peril or Pure Bodies Corrupted by the World Tom Wright , Iain Grandage (composer), Strawberry Hills : Currency Press Playbox Theatre , 2003 Z1093238 2003 single work musical theatre humour
y separately published work icon Zigzag Street Philip Dean , Strawberry Hills : Currency Press , 2004 Z1095568 2004 single work drama humour
y separately published work icon Julia 3 Julia Three Michael Gurr , Strawberry Hills Melbourne : Currency Press Playbox Theatre , 2004 Z1145685 2004 single work drama

Julia oversees a benevolent foundation established by her husband. Among its beneficiaries she funded art through Leon, a senior detective of art forgery, science through Joe, a medical researcher and literature through Charlie, the young writer. Julia is acutely aware of human frailty and is generous in her need to right wrongs – and now she has the power to change the world. She listens, she observes, but she wants to do something more.

y separately published work icon The Call Martin Flanagan , Bruce Myles , Sydney : Currency Press Playbox Theatre , 2004 Z1151813 2004 single work drama
y separately published work icon In Search of Owen Roe Vanessa O'Neill , Strawberry Hills : Currency Press , 2016 9736867 2015 single work drama
941
y separately published work icon The Cattleman's Bride Joan Kilby , New York (City) : Harlequin , 2000 Z1200780 2000 single work novel romance New York (City) : Harlequin , 2000
y separately published work icon Netherwood Patrick White , Sydney : Currency Press State Theatre Company of South Australia , 1983 Z438703 1983 single work drama Sydney : Currency Press State Theatre Company of South Australia , 1983
y separately published work icon The Butterflies of Kalimantan Jennifer Claire , Sydney : Currency Press Playbox Theatre , 1983 Z57417 1983 single work drama Sydney : Currency Press Playbox Theatre , 1983
y separately published work icon Sunrise Louis Nowra , Sydney : Currency Press State Theatre Company of South Australia , 1983 Z69680 1983 single work drama Sydney : Currency Press State Theatre Company of South Australia , 1983
y separately published work icon The Kid Michael Gow , Sydney : Currency Press Nimrod Theatre Company , 1983 Z269496 1983 single work drama

'In blazing heat, a stolen mini hurtles towards Sydney. Inside, three teenagers from the country ­- Snake, Aspro and Dean -­ plan a future that will begin when they collect Aspro’s accident compo from the Department. Joined by Donald, an opera fanatic desperate for a change of scene, they travel to the city to take up residence in ‘the largest block of flats in the Southern Hemisphere’.        

'As bush fires rage on the edge of the city, they meet Desiree, a young girl from downstairs with apocalyptic predictions.

'Sparks fly. Tensions escalate. Twilight approaches…'

Source: Griffin Theatre Company (2008 production).

Sydney : Currency Press Nimrod Theatre Company , 1983
y separately published work icon The Father We Loved on a Beach by the Sea Stephen Sewell , 1980 Z563210 1980 single work drama Sydney Melbourne : Currency Press Playbox Theatre , 1983
y separately published work icon The Blind Giant Is Dancing Stephen Sewell , Sydney : Currency Press , 1983 Z130955 1983 single work drama (taught in 2 units)

'Brutality in the workplace, rage in the streets, seething in the home. The vulnerability of political parties when they’ve forgotten why they’re there. The intellectual torpor of modern Australia. How power corrupts.

'Stephen Sewell’s play is an angry and tender depiction of an idealist who becomes so embroiled in a party power struggle that he loses sight of what’s at stake. When it premiered in 1983, The Blind Giant is Dancing felt like a sharp slap in the face. And in an age of ICAC, Union credit cards, speculative housing bubbles, a pulverised working class, vapid leadership… it’s definitely time for another look at this Australian classic.

'Artistic Director Eamon Flack begins his tenure with a company of twelve of the country’s great actors and one of the country’s great plays.'

Source: Belvoir 2016 production summary.

Sydney : Currency Press , 1983
y separately published work icon Don Juan Nick Enright , Nick Enright (translator), 1983 Z1131119 1983 single work drama humour

A translation and adaptation of Moliere's Don Juan, by Australian playwright Nick Enright.

Paddington : Currency Press State Theatre Company of South Australia , 1984
y separately published work icon Couples/Confessions from the Male Murray Oliver , Mandy Browne , Sydney : Currency Press , 1984 Z1305756 1984 selected work drama Sydney : Currency Press , 1984
y separately published work icon Us or Them Ned Manning , Sydney : Currency Press Griffin Theatre Company , 1984 Z72158 1984 single work drama 'Teachers and students confront each other in an uncompromising environment. The younger idealistic teachers side with the students against their more experienced and occasionally embittered senior colleagues. The System remains intractable and dehumanising for both students and teachers.' (RGM Associates website, http://www.rgm.com.au/nm_lit.html) Sydney : Currency Press Griffin Theatre Company , 1984
y separately published work icon The Season at Sarsaparilla : A Charade of Suburbia in Two Acts Patrick White , 1962 Z865952 1962 single work drama (taught in 11 units) Sydney : Currency Press , 1984
y separately published work icon Caravan Donald Macdonald , Sydney : Currency Press Ensemble Productions , 1984 Z74106 1984 single work drama humour Sydney : Currency Press Ensemble Productions , 1984
y separately published work icon The Boiling Frog Alison Lyssa , Paddington Sydney : Currency Press Nimrod Theatre Company , 1984 Z816417 1984 single work drama Paddington Sydney : Currency Press Nimrod Theatre Company , 1984
y separately published work icon A Spring Song : A Comedy Ray Mathew , 1952 9205988 1952 single work drama humour Paddington Melbourne : Currency Press Playbox Theatre , 1985
y separately published work icon Henry and Peter and Henry and Me George Hutchinson , Sydney : Currency Press Tasmanian Theatre Trust , 1985 Z525429 1985 single work drama

Play with music.

Explores Louisa Lawson's relationships with her father, Henry Albury, her husband Peter Larsen, and Henry Lawson, her son.

Sydney : Currency Press Tasmanian Theatre Trust , 1985
y separately published work icon Beautland Barry Dickins , Xenia Hanusiak (composer), Sydney : Currency Press , 1985 Z57524 1985 single work musical theatre Sydney : Currency Press , 1985
form y separately published work icon Cheapside David Allen , Sydney Adelaide : Currency Press Nimrod Theatre Company Stage Company , 1985 Z555973 1985 single work drama radio play Sydney Adelaide : Currency Press Nimrod Theatre Company Stage Company , 1985
y separately published work icon The Golden Age Louis Nowra , s.l. : s.n. , 1980-1985 Z331846 1980 single work drama (taught in 9 units)
— Appears in: コシ. ゴールデン・エイジ 2006;

'In 1939, a lost tribe of Europeans was discovered in the Tasmanian wilderness. They were a band of outcasts who had escaped the torture of convict life, scratching out an existence at the forgotten edge of the island, alone for almost a century.

'Inspired by this true story, writer Louis Nowra (Cosi, Radiance) penned The Golden Age – an extraordinary play that blends historical fact, Australian folklore and poetic language to create a post-colonial myth for our times. Nowra’s outcasts have developed a culture and dialect all of their own, but their bodies are failing them and their very existence is in danger. Brought back into the fold of Australian society, what fate awaits this band of exiles?'

Source: Sydney Theatre Company (2016 revival).

Sydney : Currency Press Playbox Theatre , 1985
y separately published work icon Dreams in an Empty City Stephen Sewell , Sydney : Currency Press State Theatre Company of South Australia , 1986 Z473125 1986 single work drama Sydney : Currency Press State Theatre Company of South Australia , 1986
y separately published work icon Madame Mao Thérèse Radic , Richard Vella (composer), Sydney : Currency Press Playbox Theatre , 1986 Z71255 1986 single work drama Sydney : Currency Press Playbox Theatre , 1986
y separately published work icon Luck of the Draw Rosemary Johns , Sydney : Currency Press Playbox Theatre , 1986 Z75739 1986 single work drama Sydney : Currency Press Playbox Theatre , 1986
y separately published work icon State of Shock Tony Strachan , Sydney : Currency Press Playbox Theatre , 1986 Z144309 1986 single work drama Sydney : Currency Press Playbox Theatre , 1986
y separately published work icon Summer Shadows : A Play in Two Acts Richard Beynon , Sydney : Currency Press Spoleto Melbourne Festival of Three Worlds , 1986 Z173217 1986 single work drama Sydney : Currency Press Spoleto Melbourne Festival of Three Worlds , 1986
y separately published work icon Emerald City David Williamson , 1986 Z1507280 1986 single work drama Sydney : Currency Press Hole in the Wall Theatre , 1987
y separately published work icon Royboys Barry Dickins , Sydney : Currency Press Playbox Theatre , 1987 Z516976 1987 single work drama

A play about Australian Rules football, Royboys focuses on the fate of the Fitzroy Football Club.

The cast calls for a musician (dressed as a footy supporter) who plays songs and provides sound effects. The production notes also call for "a navel or military or municipal band" to play emotional propaganda tunes for about twenty minutes or so prior to the start of the play. Songs such as 'Moreton Bay', 'Click Go the Shears', 'Waltzing Matilda', 'Advance Australia Fair' etc are suggested, as is the winding up to a feverish rendition of the Fitzroy Football Club's anthem 'La Marseillaise!'

Sydney : Currency Press Playbox Theatre , 1987
y separately published work icon The Inspector! John Cousins , Sydney Whyalla : Currency Press Harvest Theatre Company , 1987 Z572712 1987 single work drama humour Sydney Whyalla : Currency Press Harvest Theatre Company , 1987
y separately published work icon Cho Cho San Daniel Keene , Sydney Melbourne : Currency Press Playbox Theatre Company B Belvoir , 1987 Z75435 1984 single work musical theatre

'CHO CHO SAN was powerfully moving. The tragedy of a delicate, naive girl caught between two cultures, hopelessly trapped, hopefully yearning and with all hope destroyed, was told through resonant music and lyrics. Singer/actors and life-sized puppets manipulated by visible puppeteers played dual roles. Cho Cho San herself was represented by an actor, and by her alter ego puppet, Butterfly; Goro, the Japanese marriage broker, by an actor and a grotesque puppet of himself; Pinkerton, Kate and Sharpless, Westerners and the Chorus were actors, and the child of two cultures was a white-faced, innocently featureless baby puppet, smothered to death at the hands of its despairing mother in this new version of the story.'

Source: Handspan Theatre (http://handspantheatre.com.au/info/Cho+Cho+San). 

Sydney Melbourne : Currency Press Playbox Theatre Company B Belvoir , 1987
y separately published work icon God's Best Country Gordon Francis , Paddington : Currency Press The Western Australian Theatre Co. , 1987 Z144208 1987 single work drama Set on a remote cattle property in the Northern Territory (Red Lily) over a period of two weeks. The play deals with land rights issues, struggle and survival. Paddington : Currency Press The Western Australian Theatre Co. , 1987
y separately published work icon A. B. Facey's A Fortunate Life Clem Gorman , Paddington : Harvest Theatre Company Currency Press , 1987 Z858978 1987 single work drama biography Paddington : Harvest Theatre Company Currency Press , 1987
y separately published work icon The Hope Heather Nimmo , Sydney : Currency Press Playbox Theatre , 1987 Z860102 1987 single work drama (taught in 6 units) Sydney : Currency Press Playbox Theatre , 1987
y separately published work icon Mummy Loves You Betty Ann Jewel Hitler had a Mummy Too Suzanne Hawley , Sydney Perth : Currency Press SWY Theatre Company , 1988 Z524629 1988 single work drama Sydney Perth : Currency Press SWY Theatre Company , 1988
y separately published work icon Double Act Barry Creyton , Sydney : Currency Press , 1988 Z556931 1988 single work drama humour Sydney : Currency Press , 1988
y separately published work icon Jigsaws Jennifer Rogers , Sydney Perth : Currency Press Hole in the Wall Theatre , 1988 Z557359 1988 single work drama Sydney Perth : Currency Press Hole in the Wall Theatre , 1988
y separately published work icon Black Rabbit Ray Mooney , Sydney : Currency Press , 1988 Z72567 1988 single work drama

'Black Rabbit is a story about white man's colonisation of Australia, told through the story of an Aboriginal tribal couple, and their fate at the bounty hunter's hands.' (Source: AusStage website)

Sydney : Currency Press , 1988
y separately published work icon 1841 Michael Gow , 1987 Z12559 1987 single work drama Sydney Adelaide : Currency Press State Theatre Company of South Australia , 1988
y separately published work icon Come Hell or High Water : The Territory Rock Opera Barney Foran , Bob Sharp , Bob Sharp (composer), Sydney Darwin : Northern Territory Arts Council Currency Press , 1988 Z198798 1988 single work musical theatre Sydney Darwin : Northern Territory Arts Council Currency Press , 1988
y separately published work icon Paterson's Curse Mark O'Flynn , Jane Hammond (composer), Jennifer Turner (composer), Sydney Wagga Wagga : Currency Press Riverina Theatre Company , 1988 Z260741 1988 single work musical theatre humour Sydney Wagga Wagga : Currency Press Riverina Theatre Company , 1988
y separately published work icon Hate Stephen Sewell , Sydney Melbourne : Currency Press Belvoir Street Theatre Playbox Theatre , 1988 Z260843 1988 single work drama

'A storm shakes the Gleason homestead, but it's the tempest inside that spells the family's end. 25 years after its premiere, Stephen Sewell's portrait of a monstrous patriarch who would be the country's king remains startlingly relevant. An uncanny sense of regression hangs over an all-too-familiar portrait of Australian politics in which power, fear and violence are inextricable.'

Source: Malthouse Theatre (2013 season).

Sydney Melbourne : Currency Press Belvoir Street Theatre Playbox Theatre , 1988
y separately published work icon Steal Away Home; The Serpent's Fall Phil Motherwell , Sarah Cathcart , Andrea Lemon , Sydney : Playbox Theatre Currency Press , 1988 Z818028 1988 selected work drama Sydney : Playbox Theatre Currency Press , 1988
y separately published work icon A Working Man's Castle Olga Masters , 1980-1989 Z333556 1980 single work drama Sydney : Currency Press Theatre South , 1988
y separately published work icon Capricornia : From the Novel by Xavier Herbert Louis Nowra , Sydney : Currency Press Belvoir Street Theatre , 1988 Z858818 1988 single work drama Sydney : Currency Press Belvoir Street Theatre , 1988
y separately published work icon Windy Gully Wendy Richardson , Sydney Wollongong : Currency Press Theatre South , 1989 Z476798 1987 single work musical theatre Sydney Wollongong : Currency Press Theatre South , 1989
y separately published work icon Safe House Ron Elisha , Sydney : Currency Press Playbox Theatre , 1989 Z543413 1989 single work drama Sydney : Currency Press Playbox Theatre , 1989
y separately published work icon Hiccup Darrelyn Gunzburg , Paddington : Currency Press The Western Australian Theatre Co. , 1989 Z543517 1989 single work drama Paddington : Currency Press The Western Australian Theatre Co. , 1989
y separately published work icon Full House, No Vacancies Paul Davies , Sydney Melbourne : Currency Press TheatreWorks , 1989 Z12997 1989 single work drama 'Gather at the Linga Longa Private Hotel, a run-down, but once historic, boarding house situated at 26 Acland Street, St Kilda. Meet the wealth of 'St Kilda eccentrics' who pop in and out of the rooms ... Meet MORREY, the blind caretaker who loathes his guests! Wait with faded star SHEILA for 'that' phone call from her agent. Listen to FREDDIE FINALLY's jokes and realise why he didn't get to Edinburgh! Try to understand the lilt of Welsh freedom fighter GARETH, who's lost his passport. Ponder the motives of real estate agent NICK ... did he buy the building Why? Work out LIZ'S guilty secret! Investigate the gorilla suit in ROSIE's cupboard! The audience moves from room to room as the play unfolds and they piece together the story. The audience is divided into three groups for this purpose, and they gather together for the final scene in the TV Lounge to witness the last Happy Hour at the Linga Longa!' Source: www.theatreworks.org.au/ (Sighted 08/10/2010). Sydney Melbourne : Currency Press TheatreWorks , 1989
y separately published work icon Nice Girls Linden Wilkinson , Sydney : Currency Press Playbox Theatre , 1989 Z25247 1989 single work drama Sydney : Currency Press Playbox Theatre , 1989
y separately published work icon Only Heaven Knows Alex Harding , Alex Harding (composer), Pyrmont : Festival Music Publishing , 1988 Z1124042 1988 single work musical theatre

Musical

Set in the exciting and bizarre world of post-war Kings Cross. Tim, a young writer, arrives in Sydney to explore the temptations offered to delight a war-weary population, but must choose between his love for the city and an offer to try his luck on the international theatre circuit.

Sydney : Currency Press Playbox Theatre , 1989
y separately published work icon The Secret House Noel Hodda , Sydney : Playbox Theatre Currency Press , 1989 Z105513 1989 single work drama Sydney : Playbox Theatre Currency Press , 1989
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).

Sydney Melbourne : Currency Press Playbox Theatre , 1990
y separately published work icon Esterhaz Ron Elisha , Sydney : Currency Press Playbox Theatre , 1990 Z482040 1990 single work drama Sydney : Currency Press Playbox Theatre , 1990
y separately published work icon The Forty Lounge Cafe Tes Lyssiotis , Sydney Melbourne : Currency Press Playbox Theatre , 1990 Z490342 1990 single work drama (taught in 2 units)

Play with music

Set initially in Greece and then Australia (the family shop and home), Greek dialogue is used throughout the play. The production calls for an on-stage musician to provide both a live soundtrack to various parts of the production and to support the singing and dancing. Much of the music is Greek in origin, and includes a Byzantine Hymn. The script further suggests, if possible, the inclusion of a bouzouki musician.

Sydney Melbourne : Currency Press Playbox Theatre , 1990
y separately published work icon Peach Melba (Melba's Last Farewell) Thérèse Radic , Sydney : Currency Press Playbox Theatre , 1990 Z538380 1990 single work musical theatre Sydney : Currency Press Playbox Theatre , 1990
y separately published work icon Cafe Fledermaus Robyn Archer , Robyn Archer (composer), Sydney Melbourne : Currency Press Belvoir Street Theatre Playbox Theatre , 1990 Z169738 1990 single work musical theatre Sydney Melbourne : Currency Press Belvoir Street Theatre Playbox Theatre , 1990
y separately published work icon Atlanta Joanna Murray-Smith , Paddington Melbourne : Currency Press Playbox Theatre , 1990 Z352161 1990 single work drama Paddington Melbourne : Currency Press Playbox Theatre , 1990
y separately published work icon The Adman Robert Hewett , Paddington : Currency Press Playbox Theatre , 1991 Z532722 1991 single work drama Paddington : Currency Press Playbox Theatre , 1991
y separately published work icon Storming St. Kilda by Tram Storming Mont Albert by Tram; Storming Swanston Walk by Tram Paul Davies , 1988 Z1731143 1982 single work drama Sydney Melbourne : Currency Press TheatreWorks , 1991
y separately published work icon Sisters Stephen Sewell , Paddington Melbourne : Currency Press Playbox Theatre , 1991 Z192632 1991 single work drama Paddington Melbourne : Currency Press Playbox Theatre , 1991
form y separately published work icon Alive and Kicking Judy Bierwirth , Paddington : Currency Press Playbox Theatre , 1991 Z202551 1991 single work drama radio play humour Paddington : Currency Press Playbox Theatre , 1991
y separately published work icon Early Days under the Old Hat Pam Leversha , Paddington Melbourne : Currency Press Playbox Theatre , 1991 Z31298 1991 single work drama humour This play looks at the experience of the Second World War on one Australian family. Paddington Melbourne : Currency Press Playbox Theatre , 1991
y separately published work icon Earthly Paradise Darryl Emmerson , Sydney : Currency Press Playbox Theatre , 1991 Z860286 1991 single work drama

Play with music.

A blend of biography, song, poetry, story and dialogue Earthly Paradise tells the story of the life of writer Lesbia Harford, a passionate and idealist rebel and one of Melbourne University's first female law graduates. Inspired by socialism she denied her wealthy background to fight for a just and vital society, initially working in a clothing factory and later becoming a trade union organiser.

The play contains both solo and chorus singing, and some instrumental music (scored for grand piano, synthesiser, percussion and viola). The two musicians are seen on stage in silhouette or half light.

The lyrics for these songs are derived from The Poems of Lesbia Harford (1941 & 1985).

Sydney : Currency Press Playbox Theatre , 1991
y separately published work icon Mary Lives! Frank Hardy , Paddington : Currency Press Playbox Theatre Centre, Monash University , 1992 Z458907 1992 single work drama Paddington : Currency Press Playbox Theatre Centre, Monash University , 1992
y separately published work icon A Dickins' Christmas Barry Dickins , William Gluth , Faye Bendrups (composer), Paddington : Currency Press Playbox Theatre , 1992 Z513974 1992 single work musical theatre humour Dickins' Christmas is a re-interpretation of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, set in Melbourne in the mid-1950s. Jack Gruel presides over the Maudlin Theatre Company counting his pennies as he brings British Theatre to the Antipodes. His company, though, is frustrated by his slavish devotion to another culture. One has the temerity to attempt writing an Australian play much to Jack's amused astonishment. But then three spirits come who show Jack a different way and convince him it is time to change. (From publisher's blurb) Paddington : Currency Press Playbox Theatre , 1992
y separately published work icon Barmaids Katherine Thomson , Paddington : Katherine Thomson , 1991 Z902224 1991 single work drama Sydney : Currency Press Belvoir Street Theatre , 1992
y separately published work icon Wolf : A Dedication to Priapus Tobsha Learner , Paddington : Currency Press Playbox Theatre , 1992 Z73267 1992 single work drama fable Paddington : Currency Press Playbox Theatre , 1992
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.

Sydney Melbourne : Currency Press Playbox Theatre Centre, Monash University , 1992
y separately published work icon King of Country Tim Gooding , Paddington : Currency Press Playbox Theatre , 1992 Z234623 1992 single work musical theatre Paddington : Currency Press Playbox Theatre , 1992
y separately published work icon The Emperor Regrets Thérèse Radic , Paddington : Currency Press Playbox Theatre Centre, Monash University , 1992 Z262531 1992 single work drama Paddington : Currency Press Playbox Theatre Centre, Monash University , 1992
y separately published work icon The Popular Mechanicals : A Funny New Old Play Tony Taylor , Keith Robinson , Sydney : Currency Press Belvoir Street Theatre , 1992 Z859287 1992 single work musical theatre humour

Play with music.

Adapted from William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Popular Mechanicals is described by theatre critic Bob Evans as a low-brow, absurdist and occasionally poetical play without the play ('The Popular Mechanicals' q.v., p2). While most of the scenes from Shakespeares's comedy are presented, Robinson and Taylor have inserted into its framework a combination of songs, puppetry, their own material (including jokes), and excerpts from other works by Shakespeare's (notably speeches from Richard II and Henry V).

The most significant departure from the original text occurs during the scene in which Bottom is transformed into an ass while rehearsing in the woods. His replacement is Ralph Mowldie, a once great Shakespearian actor with a drinking problem.

Sydney : Currency Press Belvoir Street Theatre , 1992
y separately published work icon Ginger : A Musical Diversion 'What's the Deal?' , Jack Hibberd , Lorraine Milne (composer), Sydney Melbourne : Currency Press Playbox Theatre Centre, Monash University , 1992 Z861704 1992 single work musical theatre Sydney Melbourne : Currency Press Playbox Theatre Centre, Monash University , 1992
y separately published work icon The Garden of Granddaughters Stephen Sewell , Sydney Melbourne : Currency Press Playbox Theatre Centre, Monash University , 1993 Z394969 1993 single work drama humour Sydney Melbourne : Currency Press Playbox Theatre Centre, Monash University , 1993
Aftershocks : A Project of the Newcastle Workers' Cultural Action Committee Paul Brown , 1991 single work drama (taught in 2 units)
— Appears in: Oral History Association of Australia Journal , no. 13 1991; (p. 49-55)
Based on the 1989 Newcastle earthquake.
Paddington : Currency Press Belvoir Street Theatre , 1993
y separately published work icon Abbie and Lou, Norman and Rose John O'Donoghue , Paddington : Currency Press Hunter Valley Theatre Company , 1993 Z112455 1993 single work musical theatre Paddington : Currency Press Hunter Valley Theatre Company , 1993
y separately published work icon Radiance Louis Nowra , Paddington : Currency Press Belvoir Street Theatre , 1993 Z25564 1993 single work drama (taught in 3 units)
— Appears in: アップザラダ; レイディアンス 2003;

'Louis Nowra’s Radiance is an exuberant black sabbath for three great Indigenous dames. It begins conventionally enough: Mae, Nona and Cressy gather at the old Queenslander in the tropics for Mum’s funeral. But these three sisters are forces of nature, and they haven’t been in the same room for years, and years. It isn’t long before that old house can’t contain the joy and pain of them all being together again…

'Radiance began its life at Belvoir in 1993. After 22 years, Nowra’s feat of playwriting – almost Shakespearean, a Tempest-like packet of lust, rage, grief and high-flying foolery – is ready to be unleashed again. Leah Purcell is the woman for the job.

'Purcell is a powerhouse. She burst onto the national stage nearly two decades ago and is as full of fight and life as she ever was. What better idea than for this all-round theatre elder to direct herself in this mighty little classic?' (2015 Production summary)

Paddington : Currency Press Belvoir Street Theatre , 1993
y separately published work icon The Custodians Eric Greer Earley , Paddington : Currency Press , 1993 Z262302 1993 single work drama

'A rooky police constable is posted to a small outback town, but this time the constable is a woman of Italian ethnic background, Constable Maria Giotto. And, what is more, she is a volunteer transferee.

'Maria becomes friendly with an Aboriginal family, and finds herself caught between her loyalty to her Aboriginal friends and loyalty to her fellow police officers.

'Newcomer Maria is not the only police officer experiencing difficulty in meeting the demands of friendship and the requirements of the police bureaucracy. Sergeant Alec Ross, close to retirement, is also an old friend of Paddy, the Aboriginal man.

'The country town is torn by racial and cultural conflict, which culminates in the death in custody of Paddy's son, Paul.'

Source:

Nugent, Ann. 'Drama Set in Country Town Tackles Difficult Social Issues', Canberra Times, 30 August 1993, p.15.

Paddington : Currency Press , 1993
y separately published work icon The Temple Louis Nowra , Paddington : Currency Press Playbox Theatre , 1993 Z263216 1993 single work drama satire humour Paddington : Currency Press Playbox Theatre , 1993
y separately published work icon Big Toys Patrick White , 1977 Z1516196 1977 single work drama
— Appears in: Nagyvilag Vilagirodalmi Folyoirat , no. 8 1980; (p. 1189-1223)
Sydney Melbourne : Currency Press Playbox Theatre Centre, Monash University , 1993
y separately published work icon A Happy and Holy Occasion John O'Donoghue , 1974 Z394087 1974 single work drama Sydney : Currency Press Playbox Theatre , 1993
y separately published work icon Choice Ron Elisha , Paddington : Currency Press , 1994 Z394450 1994 single work drama Paddington : Currency Press , 1994
y separately published work icon The Glass Mermaid Tobsha Learner , Paddington : Currency Press Playbox Theatre , 1994 Z536648 1994 single work drama Paddington : Currency Press Playbox Theatre , 1994
y separately published work icon Furious Michael Gow , Sydney Melbourne : Currency Press Playbox Theatre Centre, Monash University , 1994 Z543620 1991 single work drama
— Appears in: サイレント・パートナー : フューリアス 2003;
Sydney Melbourne : Currency Press Playbox Theatre Centre, Monash University , 1994
y separately published work icon Falling from Grace Hannie Rayson , Sydney Melbourne : Currency Press Playbox Theatre Centre, Monash University , 1994 Z552532 1994 single work drama Falling from Grace is a play with a bright comic surface and mysterious depths. It is about women in medicine, in the media and in the office - power and authority in female hands. It is also about public morality and a struggle between women to see who should be its guardian. These women are best friends in a professional world. They are witty and erudite, passionate in pursuit of success and relentless in their pursuit of passion. They juggle careers, children and lovers. They are forty and their friendship is about to be tested'. Publisher's blurb, back cover. Sydney Melbourne : Currency Press Playbox Theatre Centre, Monash University , 1994
The Drought Tom Petsinis , 1987 single work drama 'A play about family divisions following the return of one family member from Australia.' [Source: The Australian-Macedonian Drama Group, p. 30] Paddington : Currency Press La Mama Theatre , 1994
y separately published work icon Blue Murder Beatrix Christian , Paddington : Currency Press , 1994 Z564040 1994 single work drama

Evelyn Carrol leaves the country town where she grew up and goes to Sydney to work for Blue, an author of children's books. Blue inhabits a mysterious stone cathedral, Blackrock, which rises up out of Sydney Harbour. Acting as Evelyn's mentor, Blue leads Evelyn on a journey of self-discovery that is at once magical, sensuous and frightening. Must she completely surrender her own sense of reality to access this infinitely more seductive world? A what price is she prepared to learn the truth that lies hidden within the walls of Blackrock?

(Source: Currency Press)

Paddington : Currency Press , 1994
y separately published work icon Disturbing the Dust Luke Devenish , David Chesworth (composer), Paddington : Currency Press , 1994 Z564146 1994 single work drama Paddington : Currency Press , 1994
Sanctuary David Williamson , Paddington Melbourne : Currency Press Playbox Theatre , 1994 Z83176 1994 single work drama
— Appears in: The Great Man : Sanctuary : Two Plays 2000; (p. 81-128)

Sanctuary is the story of Australia's most successful expatriate journalist cum foreign affairs commentator, Mr Robert 'Bob' King, who has made a career for himself as a distinguished journalist with Time magazine and then moved to anchorman on CBS. He comes home to Australia to live in relative isolation at the age of 48 in Sanctuary Cove. Nobody can quite understand this move. A young Ph.D. student comes up to check facts about the biography he is writing about Mr Bob King's life. Mr King is canny enough to realise that the biography is probably not going to be totally favourable but he gets a shock when he realises just how unfavourable the biography is.

It is a look at the way our so-called free press is actually a fairly tightly controlled and un-free press; it's also a look at the way we lie about the nature of our achievements in our life. The conflict between the two protagonists on these issues gets quite acute. David Williamson.(ii).

Paddington Melbourne : Currency Press Playbox Theatre , 1994
y separately published work icon Dead Heart Nicholas Parsons , Sydney Perth : Currency Press Belvoir Street Theatre Black Swan Theatre Company , 1994 Z181328 1994 single work drama Sydney Perth : Currency Press Belvoir Street Theatre Black Swan Theatre Company , 1994
y separately published work icon Crow Louis Nowra , Paddington : State Theatre Company of South Australia Currency Press , 1994 Z37735 1994 single work drama Paddington : State Theatre Company of South Australia Currency Press , 1994
y separately published work icon Underwear, Perfume and Crash Helmet Michael Gurr , Sydney : Currency Press Playbox Theatre , 1994 Z858812 1994 single work drama satire

'Many diverse lives hurtle together in this play—a former hippy entering the political limelight, her musician brother, a right-wing philosopher and a young, disturbed woman.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

Sydney : Currency Press Playbox Theatre , 1994
y separately published work icon Cosi Louis Nowra , Sydney : Currency Press Belvoir Street Theatre , 1992 Z459111 1992 single work musical theatre (taught in 8 units)
— Appears in: コシ. ゴールデン・エイジ 2006;

Play with music.

Loosely based on Nowra's own experience at producing a play (Trial by Jury) at Melbourne's Plenty Mental Home, Cosi has become a favourite with theatre companies and audiences alike since it premiered in 1992. Full of theatrical jokes and roles rich with Jonsonian humour, the play's use of a play rehearsal device also provokes images of the not-too dissimilar 'families' that come together in the professional theatre. Indeed, Nowra notes in the premiere season's programme notes that 'like the actual events of those days [the play] is, I hope, full of comedy and affection. Real madness and angst only occurred when I worked with professional actors'.

Set in 1971, Cosi takes an affectionate look at madness and mayhem in a world where institutions can be less limiting than ideology. The narrative is played out two locations, a mental institution and a suburban backyard. , Fresh from university, Lewis (a play on Louis) arrives to direct a play with the inmates, but is persuaded by Roy to stage his favourite opera, Cosi Fan Tutte. Lewis' problems don't end, however, with the fact that the other inmates are neither opera singers nor Italian-speakers. There is Ruth, troubled by the concept of a real illusion ; Zac, who insists on playing Wagner ; Doug, who is committed to the closed ward ; not to mention the sexual advances by Cherry and Julie. Lewis's world is no less complicated at home, where he has to contend with escaping pigs, exploding beer bottles and the pretensions of his politically correct friends.

The music incorporated into the narrative includes: 'Wild Thing' (by The Troggs), various songs from Cosi Fan Tutte, 'Purple Haze' (Jimmy Hendrix) 'Candy Says' (a Velvet Underground song, pre-recorded), and Wagner's 'The Ride Of The Valkyries'.

Sydney : Currency Press Belvoir Street Theatre , 1994
y separately published work icon Passion : Six New Short Plays by Australian Women Ros Horin (editor), Sydney : Currency Press Griffin Theatre Company , 1994 Z366702 1994 anthology drama Sydney : Currency Press Griffin Theatre Company , 1994
y separately published work icon Honour Joanna Murray-Smith , Paddington Melbourne : Currency Press Playbox Theatre Centre, Monash University , 1995 Z422400 1995 single work drama (taught in 3 units) Paddington Melbourne : Currency Press Playbox Theatre Centre, Monash University , 1995
y separately published work icon Table for One Claire Haywood , Paddington : Currency Press Wonderland Film and Theatre Production , 1995 Z536225 1995 single work drama humour Paddington : Currency Press Wonderland Film and Theatre Production , 1995
y separately published work icon Sweet Phoebe Michael Gow , Sydney : Currency Press Playbox Theatre , 1995 Z536541 1994 single work drama Sydney : Currency Press Playbox Theatre , 1995
y separately published work icon Good Works Nick Enright , Sydney Melbourne : Currency Press Playbox Theatre Centre, Monash University , 1995 Z564583 1994 single work drama

'Good Works is an enthralling memory play set across several decades and three generations. Centred on two boyhood friends whose family histories shape them as men, this is a tale of past crimes and misdemeanours, and innocence lost.'

Source: Production summary (Darlinghurst Theatre Company, 2015)

Sydney Melbourne : Currency Press Playbox Theatre Centre, Monash University , 1995
y separately published work icon The Incorruptible Louis Nowra , Paddington : Currency Press Playbox Theatre , 1995 Z77796 1995 single work drama Paddington : Currency Press Playbox Theatre , 1995
y separately published work icon Pacific Union : The Story of the San Francisco Forty-Fivers Alex Buzo , Paddington : Currency Press Playbox Theatre , 1995 Z241380 1995 single work drama Paddington : Currency Press Playbox Theatre , 1995
y separately published work icon Playing the Past : Three Plays by Australian Women Catherine Shepherd , Mary E. Wilkinson , Betty Roland , Kerry Kilner (editor), Sue Tweg (editor), Paddington : Currency Press National Centre for Australian Studies, Monash University , 1995 Z257882 1995 selected work drama Paddington : Currency Press National Centre for Australian Studies, Monash University , 1995
y separately published work icon All Souls Daniel Keene , Sydney Melbourne : Currency Press Playbox Theatre , 1995 Z315156 1993 single work drama Sydney Melbourne : Currency Press Playbox Theatre , 1995
y separately published work icon The Passion ... and Its Deep Connection with Lemon Delicious Pudding Sue Ingleton , Paddington : Currency Press Playbox Theatre , 1995 Z860099 1995 single work drama humour

Play with music.

A funny, passionate, erotic and disturbing epic voyage of self-discovery leads a woman named Silver through a fantastic world of vibrant images and events drawn from past legends and fables. Along the way she is transported back and forth between the suburban and the mythic.

The musical element combines pre-recorded music and vocal performance. The songs suggested are those by The Beatles, Rogers and Hammerstein, Puccini, Gregorian chants, and several famous Broadway musicals.

Paddington : Currency Press Playbox Theatre , 1995
y separately published work icon The Black Sequin Dress Jenny Kemp , Paddington : Currency Press Playbox Theatre , 1996 Z382127 1996 single work drama Paddington : Currency Press Playbox Theatre , 1996
y separately published work icon Emma Graham Pitts , Paddington : Currency Press Playbox Theatre , 1996 Z480862 1991 single work musical theatre Paddington : Currency Press Playbox Theatre , 1996
y separately published work icon The Torrents Oriel Gray , 1950-1955 Z1037495 1955 single work drama

The Torrents is set in a newspaper office on an Australian gold-mining town in the late 19th century. It centres on a woman struggling to be accepted into the world of men.

It also focuses on a young engineer who dreams of improving the land in order to grow trees and crops but his ideas are blocked by the town elders.

Paddington : Currency Press State Theatre Company of South Australia , 1996
y separately published work icon Jerusalem Michael Gurr , Paddington : Currency Press Playbox Theatre , 1996 Z572136 1996 single work drama

'Vivien runs a group who visit prisoners. When a young murderer is released into Vivien’s care, public and private moralities clash.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

Paddington : Currency Press Playbox Theatre , 1996
y separately published work icon Burning Time Nicholas Flanagan , Paddington : Currency Press Playbox Theatre , 1996 Z93865 1996 single work drama Paddington : Currency Press Playbox Theatre , 1996
y separately published work icon Strangers in the Night Abe Pogos , Sydney Melbourne : Currency Press Playbox Theatre , 1996 Z152056 1996 single work drama A young writer researches in New York's red light district. Chance encounters and a growing fascination draw him ever deeper along the mean streets into the stark realities of a city that never sleeps. On his descent into hell, he discovers the darkness that lurks in the hearts of all men; and in his own. (Back cover) Sydney Melbourne : Currency Press Playbox Theatre , 1996
y separately published work icon Slam Dunk Jack Hibberd , Paddington : Currency Press La Mama Theatre , 1996 Z152669 1996 single work drama Paddington : Currency Press La Mama Theatre , 1996
y separately published work icon Competitive Tenderness Hannie Rayson , Paddington Melbourne : Currency Press Playbox Theatre , 1996 Z298938 1996 single work drama humour Paddington Melbourne : Currency Press Playbox Theatre , 1996
y separately published work icon The John Wayne Principle Tony McNamara , Paddington : Currency Press Playbox Theatre , 1997 Z438635 1996 single work drama Paddington : Currency Press Playbox Theatre , 1997
y separately published work icon Jungfrau Jonathan Hardy , Irine Vela (composer), Paddington : Currency Press Playbox Theatre , 1997 Z495565 1997 single work drama Paddington : Currency Press Playbox Theatre , 1997
y separately published work icon The Mourning After Verity Laughton , Paddington : Currency Press Playbox Theatre Centre, Monash University , 1996 Z185832 1996 single work drama Paddington : Currency Press Playbox Theatre Centre, Monash University , 1997
y separately published work icon Up the Road John Harding , Strawberry Hills : Currency Press Playbox Theatre Centre , 1997 Z80865 1991 single work drama humour

A celebration of life, love and family set in the remote Aboriginal community of Flat Creek, where life is pretty uncomplicated—until a Canberra bureaucrat returns home. (Source: Australian Plays website)

Strawberry Hills : Currency Press Playbox Theatre Centre , 1997
y separately published work icon Thieving Boy, and, Like Stars in My Hands Timothy Conigrave , Tony Ayres (editor), Paddington : Currency Press Playbox Theatre , 1997 Z146371 1997 selected work drama Paddington : Currency Press Playbox Theatre , 1997
y separately published work icon Love Suicides John Romeril , Sydney Melbourne : Currency Press Playbox Theatre , 1997 Z28542 1997 single work drama
— Appears in: ミス・タナカ : 心中 : ラブ・スーサイズ 2012;
Sydney Melbourne : Currency Press Playbox Theatre , 1997
y separately published work icon Waking Eve Robert Hewett , Paddington : Currency Press Playbox Theatre , 1997 Z28643 1997 single work drama Paddington : Currency Press Playbox Theatre , 1997
y separately published work icon The Conjurers Alana Valentine , Paddington : Currency Press Playbox Theatre , 1997 Z338213 1997 single work drama Paddington : Currency Press Playbox Theatre , 1997
y separately published work icon Rising Fish Prayer Adam May , Strawberry Hills Melbourne : Currency Press Playbox Theatre , 1998 Z441915 1998 single work drama This play is 'a confronting and timely examination of the politics of business, the business of politics, and a man whose life is brought to the very brink. Australian, Ken Peterson, finds himself engulfed in political and social upheaval when he arrives to take up the position of manager of a small gold mine in Papua New Guinea on behalf of a multinational company. The departure of his predescessor is shrouded in mystery and the mine is not running as smoothly as reports have been indicating. As tensions mount a European environmmental journalist arrives, determined not to leave without a good story.' Back cover. Strawberry Hills Melbourne : Currency Press Playbox Theatre , 1998
y separately published work icon Miracles Tobsha Learner , Strawberry Hills : Currency Press Playbox Theatre , 1998 Z444171 1998 single work drama Strawberry Hills : Currency Press Playbox Theatre , 1998
y separately published work icon Tear from a Glass Eye Matt Cameron , Strawberry Hills : Currency Press Playbox Theatre , 1998 Z510550 1998 single work drama Strawberry Hills : Currency Press Playbox Theatre , 1998
y separately published work icon Love Child Joanna Murray-Smith , Sydney Melbourne : Currency Press Playbox Theatre , 1993 Z868123 1993 single work drama
— Appears in: ラブ・チャイルド : アウェイ 2006;

'A reconciliation between a mother and the daughter she gave away at birth. Anna defines herself through her political conscience and she believes she has come to terms with her history until a young woman arrives at her door.'

Source: Australian Plays (https://australianplays.org/script/CP-283/) (Sighted 22/02/2018)

Sydney : Currency Press , 1998
y separately published work icon Natural Life Humphrey Bower , Michael Kantor , Sydney Melbourne : Currency Press Playbox Theatre Centre, Monash University , 1998 Z103179 1998 single work drama Sydney Melbourne : Currency Press Playbox Theatre Centre, Monash University , 1998
y separately published work icon Speaking in Tongues Andrew Bovell , Strawberry Hills : Currency Press Playbox Theatre , 1998 Z166331 1996 single work drama (taught in 10 units) Strawberry Hills : Currency Press Playbox Theatre , 1998
y separately published work icon Some Mother's Son Jill O'Callaghan , Strawberry Hills Melbourne : Currency Press La Mama Theatre , 1998 Z35250 1998 single work drama Strawberry Hills Melbourne : Currency Press La Mama Theatre , 1998
Stolen Jane Harrison , Strawberry Hills : Currency Press Playbox Theatre , 1998 Z297208 1998 single work drama (taught in 7 units)
— Appears in: アボリジニ戯曲選 : ストールン; 嘆きの七段階 2001;

Stolen is based upon the lives of five Indigenous people, who go by the names of Sandy, Ruby, Jimmy, Anne and Shirley, who dealt with the issues for forceful removal by the Australian government.

Strawberry Hills : Currency Press Playbox Theatre , 1998
y separately published work icon Cloudstreet Nick Enright , Justin Monjo , 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) Sydney Perth : Currency Press Company B Belvoir Black Swan Theatre Company , 1999
y separately published work icon Secret Bridesmaids' Business Elizabeth Coleman , Strawberry Hills : Currency Press Playbox Theatre , 1999 Z425761 1999 single work drama humour Strawberry Hills : Currency Press Playbox Theatre , 1999
y separately published work icon The Language of the Gods Louis Nowra , Strawberry Hills : Currency Press Playbox Theatre , 1999 Z515301 1999 single work drama Strawberry Hills : Currency Press Playbox Theatre , 1999
y separately published work icon The Sick Room Stephen Sewell , Strawberry Hills Melbourne : Currency Press Playbox Theatre , 1999 Z245536 1999 single work drama Strawberry Hills Melbourne : Currency Press Playbox Theatre , 1999
y separately published work icon X-Stacy Margery Forde , Strawberry Hills Brisbane : Currency Press La Boite Theatre , 1999 Z245916 1999 single work drama