Our May Picks for Community Theatre
John Kachoyan - AustralianPlays.org Literary Manager
Both of the plays I have chosen this month focus on regional Australia – but their similarites end there. Boy Out of the Country by Felix Nobis was performed at Melbourne’s 45 Downstairs in 2013. It is a five-hander, family play that focuses on two brothers, written in vernacular verse. The much awarded Broken by Mary Anne Butler is set in the outback and explores separate story threads which weave together over the course of a single night.
Boy Out of the Country had an enormously successful season in Melbourne. The following text comes from its official website: A family property, worthless for generations, is suddenly zoned as part of a regional housing estate to accommodate an ever-increasing urban sprawl. At this moment of shifting economies and loyalties, Hunter returns from a seven-year absence. Finding his boyhood hose boarded up and his mother in a retirement home, Hunter goes in search of answers. And he starts with his brother Gordon.
Mary Anne Butler’s Broken has won the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award, The Northern Territory Literature Award and the Victorian Prize for Literature. This is a beautiful, delicate text that explores three separate lives threaded together through the event of a car crash in the desert. Great roles and exquisite writing. This text is intensely moving and highly evocative.
Tom Healey, Literary Manager