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by Nathan Maynard

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Community, identity, the price of winning and the meaning of a goal: they’re all up for grabs.


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The local footy team of this small coastal town have spent so long at the bottom of the ladder they might as well be welded to it. This year a new hope arrives: the Marngrook cousins. Named after the Aboriginal game that inspired AFL, they’re match fit to bring home the team’s first flag in forever.

Penned by Nathan Maynard – twice named Tasmanian Aboriginal Artist of the Year – 37 is a reminder that honest conversations are more than a ball toss. It matters where you stand.

Nathan Maynard is a Trawlwoolway man and multidisciplinary artist from Larapuna country, Lutrawita/Tasmania. His began his theatre career in 2013, starring in Shadow Dreams (Terrapin Puppet Theatre). Since then, Nathan has written seven plays that have been performed across Australia, including Sydney Opera House’s Drama Theatre. His writing credits include The SeasonAt What Cost, A Not So Traditional Story and Hide the Dog, which he co-wrote with Jamie Macaskill. His directing credits include Back on Track (JUTE Theatre); Crumbs (Yirramboi/Melbourne ArtPlay); Journey of the Free Words (Junction Festival). He was also assistant director for Belvoir’s production his play At What Cost. Nathan is a two-time Tasmanian Aboriginal Artist of the Year, and his writing has earned him a Green Room Award and an Errol Award. In 2019, he awarded both a Churchill Fellowship and the Balnaves Aboriginal and Torres Strait Fellowship.