Cited as one of Britain’s most exciting young playwrights, Cameron’s client, Nick Payne’s 2012 two-hander, Constellations, has come to Sydney, having already made quite a splash in Melbourne and around the world. Its premiere season at London’s Royal Court met critical acclaim, before moving to the West End where it went on to receive several awards. Its run at the Melbourne Theatre Company last year was also well received.
Constellations, is an explosive new play about love, fate and free will. Roland meets Marianne at a barbeque. She’s a physicist, he’s a beekeeper. They are an unlikely match, but this is not your average boy-meets-girl love story. Multiverse theory is explored through the infinite possibilities of a single relationship.
Constellations is now showing At Darlinghurst Theatre’s Eternity Playhouse, August 8 to September 7, 2014. To book tickets, click here.
Cut Snake, written by Blake Ayshford has been announced as a part of tiff’s Contemporary World Cinema programme.
Set in Melbourne in the mid-1970s, Cut Snake tells the story of Sparra Farrell (Alex Russell), a very private young man who is trying to make a life for himself in a new city. He has found honest work and becomes engaged to the outgoing and charismatic Paula (Jessica De Gouw). But the prospect of his new life is challenged when the charismatic Pommie (Sullivan Stapleton) tracks him down. Sparra finds himself drawn back into a world that he thought he had left behind.
Cut Snake premiered at MIFF Centrepiece Gala on the weekend to great audience and critical response. Sydney Morning Herald’s Karl Quinn enthused, “Cut Snake is an unexpected and invigorating piece of work”. Stephen A. Russell at The LowdownUnder writes that “Cut Snake delivers sexual tension and visceral thrills in spades, sometimes literally with a spade… What you might not see coming is a genre-busting twist that lifts Cut Snake high above the standard tropes.”
Popular children’s author Tristan Bancks has created a special fundraising campaign to promotion Destination Literacy, an initiative of Room to Read, a global organisation which focuses on the development of literacy and gender equality in education. Tristan and other Destination Literacy ambassadors are inviting schoolchildren around Australia to ‘Create your own world change challenge and help us transform education for 10 million kids by 2015‘.
Take a look at Tristan’s website to get inspired, learn about the need for world change and discover some fun ideas to help raise money to support some of Room to Read’s local language books. Each dollar donated buys one book for a child in Asia or Africa.
Learn more at http://www.tristanbancks.com/2014/03/room-to-read-world-change-challenge-2014.html
Congratulations to PM Newton, whose second novel. Beams Falling, has been shortlisted for the Fiction prize in the Ned Kelly Awards, presented by the Australian Crime Writers Association. The winners will be announced during the Brisbane Writers Festival, on Saturday 6 September.
Beams Falling features Newton’s character Detective Nhu ‘Ned’ Kelly, who first appeared in The Old School. Both novels are published by Penguin Books.
James Cameron’s Deepsea Challenge 3D is premiering in Sydney on August 8th.
The film was directed by John Bruno, Ray Quint and Andrew Wight and produced by James Cameron & Brett Popplewell.
It will open nationally on August 21st
The feature documentary follows James’s journey to become the first person to travel solo to the deepest point on earth.
To view the trailer, please click here.
Thorne, the thrilling follow-up to Charlotte McConaghy‘s Avery, is now available as an e-book from Random House.
An enthralling romantic fantasy about finding true love against all odds, Thorne is the second book in the Chronicles of Kaya series.
Lovers in Kaya have always died together, bonded in death as in life. But a cure for the bond has sent rumours like wildfire through the land. A team of young Kayans will be sent on a quest to find the answer and, with rebellion brewing, the very nature of love is at stake.
The beautiful but reckless Finn has never shied away from danger, and ending the bond means more to her than anyone knows. This adventure sounds thrilling to her, but Finn has always been willing to risk too much, and for the first time must face the idea that she has something – or someone – to lose.
Crown Prince Thorne, in the neighbouring land of Pirenti, has grown up rejecting the legacy of his father’s blood, keeping caged the beast that lies dormant within. But the moment he sets eyes on the wild girl from the Kayan cliffs, his usual caution hasn’t a hope of surviving.
As the world crumbles around them, can Finn and Thorne cast off the shadows to find a love stronger than either imagined? Or is their true challenge to find a way to embrace the darkness within?
Thorne is available from Kobo, Apple iBooks, Amazon, Google Play and other e-book retailers. Find out more at the Random House website.
We’re delighted to announce that Julia-Rose Lewis has joined the agency.
Her play Samson generated buzz at the PWA National Play Festival after its selection in their National Script Workshop after some development with La Boite Theatre Company’s Playwright-in-residence program. Lally Katz is mentoring her as part of the Australia Council’s JUMP Mentorship Program and she’s currently completing her Masters in Fine Arts (Playwriting) at NIDA. She’s written for productions and readings with Griffin, The Australian Theatre For Young People (atyp), La Boite, The Brisbane Powerhouse, The Rock Surfers Theatre Co. Hothouse Theatre Company, Grin & Tonic. Julia’s monologue This Feral Life has been produced for both stage and as a short film.
We’re just thrilled to have her on board! Welcome Julia.