Our May picks for tertiary study
John Kachoyan - AustralianPlays.org Literary Manager
This month I have selected two 2-handed plays, both are able to be played in shorter timeslots (although Low stretches that definition) and both require some acting that will need to rate high on the awesome scale. Declan Greene and Daniel Keene are both playwrights based in Melbourne although they emerge from very different generations. Keene has been a mainstay of Melbourne (and Australian) playwriting for over 20 years and his sometime dystopic visions of the Australian underclass are the stuff of legend. Green is one half of the Melbourne Collective, Sisters Grimm whose queer cabaret-theatre-grunge fusion has been the stuff of legend for quite a few years now.
Both plays are peopled by a sort of odd-couple dynamic. In the case of Moth, misfit teens who find each other at the edge of the punishing high school social circles and, in the case of Low, two alcohol-dependent adults drifting through the edges of urban society. The central concern of both of these plays is survival. They are both intense and empathetic studies of humanity, of how damaged we can become and how hard we are capable of fighting.
I have chosen then because they are great actors’ pieces. They require enormous range and imagination in order for them to do their beautiful characters justice. They both also present enormous and highly challenging tasks in direction and design. And they are awesome, eloquent and lyrical texts which belong in the theatre.
Tom Healey, Literary Manager