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1 March 2018

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Readings of excerpts of works-in-development from three playwrights.

The Great Emu War by Declan Furber Gillick

You get… empty. In your body, your eyes. After a while no-one sees you or hears you. Still walkin’ round, but. Like ghost, unna

1932. Australian WW1 vets and their families battle the elements in a remote wheat-farming district. Things look dire when they start losing ground to native fauna. Over the fence, two young Emus approach initiation. An Emu Elder insists that a strange fleshy creature is one of the mob. It’s a war on all fronts. Who’ll stand up and be counted?

Based on the true story of The Australian Military’s campaign against a mob of emus, this dreamtime resistance allegory fires a bullet into the heart of this country’s culture wars. And blood ain’t black and white.

Happy Ending by Kylie Trounson

A young man is murdered outside a Melbourne brothel. Clues point to a love story gone wrong. Four women – a cop, a mother, a sex worker and a barrister – are suddenly working in concert for justice. Together they must negotiate the forces of power, privilege, race and gender that bind and divide them, in pursuit of a truth that is more confronting than they ever imagined.

Inspired by a true Melbourne crime, Happy Ending is a heartfelt, provocative, genre-busting detective story.

K by Katy Warner

‘I consider myself a postfeminist.’ – Kellyanne Conway

There has been a break-in at one of Kay’s childcare centres. Someone has smashed the windows, defaced and desecrated it.

But Kay is loved. Once crowned Miss Canola, Kay is single-mother who has pulled herself up by her bootstraps. She has smashed the glass ceiling, is a success, is adored. Sitting amongst the glass and graffiti, Kay has no idea where it all started to go wrong.

Artwork for Kylie Trounson

Kylie Trounson

Kylie Trounson has worked as a playwright, actor and lawyer. She is currently a Writer in Residence at Melbourne Theatre Company as part of the NEXT STAGE Writers’ Program. Kylie’s plays have been developed through Playwriting Australia’s National Script Workshop and National Play Festival, Sydney Theatre Company’s Rough Drafts and Melbourne Theatre Company’s Cybec Electric. Her work includes The Waiting Room, which premiered at MTC in 2015 and was nominated for an AWGIE award for Best Play. Other plays include The Man with the September Face (Arts Centre Victoria/Full Tilt), The Lost Story of the Magdalene Asylum (Green Room Award winner for Best Site Specific Work), Love Letters (Victorian Arts Centre), Hotel and Uninvited Guests at the Melbourne Fringe Festival. In 2010/11 she was Writer-in-Residence at Red Stitch and wrote Merman, which was shortlisted for the 2011 Patrick White Playwright’s Award. Kylie is also developing new television dramas with Matchbox Pictures and Easy Tiger.

Artwork for Katy Warner

Katy Warner

Katy Warner is a Melbourne-based playwright and graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts (Master of Writing for Performance). Her plays have been presented across Australia, New Zealand, and in Edinburgh as part of Festival Fringe. She is an AWGIE winner (Best Children’s Theatre for Reasons to Stay Inside), recipient of the Melbourne Fringe Award for Best Emerging Writer (These are the isolate) and Green Room award nominee for New Writing (A Prudent Man). Her play, nest, recently made the long list of Theatre503’s Playwriting Award and will have its debut at London’s Vault Festival with Small Truth Theatre in early 2018. Other plays include Paper Doll, Spencer and Dropped. Katy is a part of the INK program with Red Stitch and is working on a new full-length play for the company. Katy is currently writing her debut novel, Regime, which will be published by Black Inc. Books in February 2019. She is a proud member of the Australian Writers’ Guild.

Prue Clark

Prue Clark

Jean Bachoura

Jean Bachoura

Mark Coles-Smith

Mark Coles-Smith

Tahlee Fereday

Tahlee Fereday

Rohan Mirchandaney

Rohan Mirchandaney

Maggie Naouri

Maggie Naouri

Sun Park

Sun Park