Readings of excerpts of works-in-development by Mama Alto, Mararo Wangai and Keziah Warner.
The Bathroom by Mama Alto
Claudia, a prominent transgender author, is promoting her debut novel Tituba as part of a residency at the Municipal Library of a small town that’s hosting its first ever Pride Festival. In preparation for the big event, Meryl, from the town’s church group, proposes gender-neutral bathrooms. But when a young woman is assaulted in the new bathrooms, escalating tensions spark a witch-hunt implicating the last person to come into town: Claudia.
The Bathroom is a funny, surprising and brutal comedy about community, identity, morality and gender.
Accra Hips and All by Mararo Wangai
Bessie is not sure where she fits in. Her mother Ama wants her to embrace her Ghanaian culture, but she feels more connected to the country she has grown up in: Australia. When a cousin in Ghana dies, Bessie’s mother is insistent that she return to take part in a traditional ritual to grieve and reconnect with her family. But Bessie doesn’t want to go. She can’t even be sure her mother is talking about the Ghana that exists now, or the Ghana she left twenty years ago.
A heart-warming and thought provoking new play about family, culture and fitting in.
Help Yourself by Keziah Warner
Joni is in her thirties. She works in a café, gives great relationship advice and has a perfect boyfriend. Jon Paul is funny, kind, clever, almost too good to be true. In fact, he’s completely too good to be true: he’s imaginary. This is fine when it’s just the two of them, but when her Mum invites him over for dinner, Joni is put in a very tricky spot. Telling the truth will damage her relationship with her Mum, but how will she find a stand-in boyfriend at such short notice?
A hilarious new rom-com looking at the social pressure to be in a relationship and the cult of self-help.