The article profiles the long and heartening history of Kate’s attachment to the book, from finding an imaginative escape in the fantastical story and puzzles while she fought a rare cancer as a child to her first meeting with Kit and their enduring friendship.
The play, a stage adaptation for Griffin Theatre Company and the State Theatre Company of South Australia, will be the centerpiece for Sydney Festival in January.
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Some of our authors have released some wonderful new books for children and adults in recent weeks.
Bestselling history writer Ian W Shaw‘s new book is The Ghosts of Roebuck Bay:
The Japanese attack on Broome is the second most deadly air raid on Australia soil in our history and yet it’s almost entirely overlooked. On 3 March 1942, nine Japanese Zero planes strafed the small town planning to destroy the aerodrome and American planes. With no notice, the townsfolk could only put up minimal opposition and in an attack that lasted only an hour, almost one hundred men, women and children lost their lives. Not a single operational aircraft remained in Broome, but the shocking loss of human life can never be truly calculated.The Ghosts of Roebuck Bay tells the story of this tragedy, shining light on a story that has slipped through the cracks of history. A captivating tale of refugees and soldiers, of reputations made and lost, of survival and spirit that resonates to today.
The Ghosts of Roebuck Bay is published by Pan Macmillan.
Nikki Buick has released Sandy Feet, a raw and engaging coming-of-age story that perfectly portrays the highs and lows of adolescence as well as the consequences of family tragedy. The first review of the book said, ‘Buick captures the voice of male adolescent angst perfectly … The narration is engaging, at times lyrically beautiful, without being pretentious. This is, after all, a book written for a teen audience and Buick skilfully employs language to engage her audience without dumbing things down. I especially appreciated the delightful mix of light and shade to this story.’
Sandy Feet is published by University of Queensland Press.
To be published by UQP in October is the delightful children’s picture book Sylvia by Christine Sharp, a gorgeous and gregarious picture book celebrating snails and the heartache of unrequited love.
The cast for David Williamson’s RUPERT has been announced and includes James Cromwell playing the renowned media mogul as well as Jane Turner playing a host of roles including Dame Margaret Thatcher in the play opening at Sydney’s Theatre Royal this coming November.
Cromwell played Farmer Hoggett in Babe, for which he was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. The Sydney Morning Herald reports, “despite more than five decades of screen credits, the 74-year-old actor’s first love is for the theatre” and he’s no stranger to playing heads of powerful media empires, having received an Emmy nomination for his portrayal of William Randolph Hearst in telemovie RKO 281.
Australian comedy heavyweight Jane Turner (Kath & Kim) will play a number of roles including Thatcher and Dame Elisabeth Murdoch in her first appearance on a Sydney stage in 15 Years. In an interview with The Daily Telegraph, Turner said she ‘saw the play in Melbourne and found it “thoroughly entertaining”. When asked to join the cast for Sydney, she didn’t hesitate’.
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Sue Smith‘s wonderful new play Kryptonite recently opened at the Sydney Theatre Company’s Wharf 1 theatre. Dmairected by Geordie Brookn, this co-production with State Theatre Company of South Australia will travel to Adelaide later in the year.
Here’s a sample of some of the great reviews for the production…
“An impressive, thought-provoking production which guarantees to provide conversation topics for some time after.” Suzanne Rath, Arts Hub
“An enthralling piece of theatre… It is a very cleverly written and structured piece of theatre, jumping back and forth across the three decades of their relationships… it is deeply affecting: the last scene left me with tears in my eyes. The personal and political repeatedly collide and rub against each other in a fascinating way” Jodi McAlister, Australian Stage
“With Sue Smith’s flawless script and two performers who give it the life it deserves… Kryptonite is undoubtedly one of the finest Australian plays in recent memory… I believe Kryptonite has set itself up as an important play as well. The sort we’ll be hearing about for years to come” Larry Heath, The AU review
“From the opening moments, Smith’s script is beautifully plotted, jumping back and forth over the course of (the characters’) 25-year relationship…” Ben Neutze, Crikey
“Sue Smith’s script and Brookman’s production steer us through the complexity of events and ideas without letting us lose track of the humanity behind the story. It is often funny and sometimes very moving…” John McCallum, The Australian“
Kryptonite is a male-female two-hander that blends elements of romantic comedy into a thoughtful consideration of Australia’s place in the world and its relationship to centres of global power… Smith draws her characters warmly and fully” Jason Blake, Sydney Morning Herald
For more information or to book tickets, click here.
The Code, a Playmaker Media production, premieres this weekend. Congratulations again to the team of writers on the show, with a special mention to client Blake Ayshford, for the recent AWGIE win for Best Original Miniseries and great reviews from media previews.
Stretching from the spectacular red desert of Australia’s outback to the cool corridors of power in Canberra, THE CODE tells the story of two very different brothers who unearth information that those at the highest levels of political power will kill to keep secret.
The first episode centers around Ned and Jesse Banks who publish a video of a mysterious outback accident involving two teenagers and a truck from a classified research facility, they face the full weight of a political machine desperate to hide the truth.
For more information on the show click here, or tune into the ABC this Sunday.
Composer and Sound Designer Max Lyandvert‘s compositions have graced the stage in four Sydney theatre productions as well as on the small screen in a new Australian miniseries.
Max has worked with the Sydney Theatre Company for both Macbeth starring Hugo Weaving and the recently opened Children of the Sun playing at the Opera House’s Drama Theatre. Max was also Composer and Sound Designer on Belvoir’s Oedipus Rex as well as The God of Hell, directed by Rodney Fisher, which played at the Old Fitzroy.
In addition, Devil’s Playground, a Matchbox Pictures miniseries also recently went to air on Foxtel’s Showcase.
Click here to be linked to Max’s Soundcloud page.
Charitable Intent, the third play in David Williamson’s Jack Manning Trilogy, opens tonight at The Concourse in Chatswood for the Ensemble Theatre.
The trilogy explores community conferencing – a process bringing together the victims and perpetrators of a crime to attempt some kind of reconciliation and avoid the court process.
Face to Face and A Conversation opened recently and have received the following reviews:
“the play, one of Williamson’s most important and innovative, is well served.”(Face to Face)
John Shand, Sydney Morning Herald
“Williamson’s script is cleverly structured and contains some wonderful dialogue… overall the drama between the two families is captivating” (A Conversation)
Mark Pigott, Sydney Arts Guide
For more information or to book tickets click here.
The highly anticipated miniseries, Devil’s Playground, has aired on Foxtel’s Showcase. Clients Blake Ayshford (Writer , Producer and Showrunner), Tommy Murphy (Writer) and Max Lyandvert (Composer) were part of the creative team in bringing this Matchbox Pictures production to the screen.
The year is 1988. It is 35 years after the events of Fred Schepisi’s classic film, The Devil’s Playground. Tom Allen, now in his 40s and recently widowed, is a respected Sydney psychiatrist and father of two children. A practising Catholic, Tom accepts an offer by the Bishop of Sydney to become a counsellor of priests. During these sessions, he will uncover a scandal and become embroiled in the Church’s attempts to cover it up. Tom’s quest for justice will push him to his limits, and reveal a side of Church power and official corruption he could never have imagined.
The reviewers are saying:
“The writing is exemplary. The production quality world class. This is a show that Australia should love, embrace and be proud of.” The New Daily – Giles Hardy
Four stars – “Devil’s Playground is a powerful and engrossing chapter in the tale of Tom Allen. It marks another fine drama that gives subscription television an edge.” David Knox – TV Tonight
To view the trailer click here.
White Box Theatre and Griffin Independent present Unholy Ghosts written by Campion Decent and directed by client Kim Hardwick.
At once personal and universal, Unholy Ghosts invites us to reflect on the narrative turning point that visits all our life stories. It’s an irreverent, life-affirming take on loss with all the inherent funniness of a good funeral.
The reviewers are saying:
“Kim Hardwick’s direction brings the story to life with a light, sensitive touch, focusing on the relationships between characters… this is a real tearjerker, full of warmth, light and some excellent laughs. It’s such an enjoyable, engrossing crowd-pleaser, with bucketloads of heart, it seems almost certain to have a life beyond this initial season.“
“There is a compassionate lens over Decent’s play, especially in the steady, sensitive directorial hands of Kim Hardwick… (the play) is striking a chord with audiences — some who sniffled and discreetly dabbed at their eyes, and others who didn’t hide their sobs or gasping attempts for breath between tears. When a play touches an audience it’s doing something right.”
“Curiously little art about the art of dying exists, and yet we must all blunder our way with more or less grace through the deaths of others and, ultimately, our own… In a town where directing so often labours to draw extravagant attention to itself, Kim Hardwick has done the job (for White Box Theatre) with refreshing understatement”
For more information or to book tickets, click here.
Cameron’s client Julia Rose-Lewis has had her play Samson added to Belvoir’s 2015 season as a co-production with La Boite Theatre Company.
Belvoir describes the play as an Australian coming-of-age story set in a country town. On the other hand, it is a completely disarming hodgepodge of unexpectedness and originality, of metaphysics and silliness, of religious faith and topless sunbathing.
Essie, Beth, Sid and Rabbit are growing up at the arse end of the arse end of the world. Boredom, decay and violence plague their lives. And grief, for the death of a friend. Grappling with their own existence and grasping hopelessly at the future, they find themselves imagining heaven and dreaming of hell.
Samson fizzes with truth; it is brutal yet gentle, funny yet sad, young yet old. At its heart is the startling idea that the death of someone important can be the start of something excellent.
Samson first generated buzz at the PWA National Play Festival after its selection in their National Script Workshop. This is Julia’s first play.
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