Rosemary Johns


R. Johns (Rosemary) has a First-Class Honours Drama degree (Manchester University), won a scholarship to Tulane University, New Orleans and has an MFA from U.C.R. Her political thriller Black Box 149) was produced 2017 by the Staatstheater Nürnberg. The first time this German State Theatre has ever produced a play by an Australian playwright. It was part of DFAT’s Australia now Germany program. As Told by the Boys Who Fed Me Apples – nominated for an AWGIE in Community and Youth theatre 2016 - was produced at Big West Festival and La Mama (VCE Drama Playlist 2017). Rosemary was shortlisted for The Griffin Playwriting Award with The Birthday Book of Death 2013. Other plays include Carrying Shoes into the Unknown, based in Iran (published Currency Press and an extract in Contemporary Monologues for Young Men and Women: Volume 2, LAMDA, Oberon Press UK) and VCE Theatre Studies Playlist. At the Centre of Light was presented at WPI 8 Mumbai, (an unexpected night for the writer as a Bollywood extra is published at www.peril.com.au Edition 10 Skin.) commercially produced 12th Night Theatre Brisbane with an extract published in Scenes from a Diverse World Anthology U.S.A. Other published works include Black Box 149 (VCE Drama playlist) the sell-out Stray (Big West Festival, VCE Drama Playlist, La Mama) and Luck of the Draw- about returned Vietnam Veterans, MRPG/ Playbox.

Other plays include The Elephant’s Tusk (La Mama); Can’t Help Myself (Royal Women’s Hospital/45 Downstairs) and Op Shop (La Mama, then Mechanics Institute, Brunswick).

Co-writing credits include a devised piece Don’t Go There which was invited to WPI 10 Cape Town 2015. The Girl Who Wanted To Be God nominated for a Premiers’ Award) staged at The 5th International Women’s Playwrights Conference Athens 2000 (subsequently produced at La Mama/Theatreworks and Playbox Theatre In the Raw); Micky supported by the Australia Council Literature Board; and Quilting The Armour, a play commissioned to give voice to the women of the Kelly clan for the 125th Kelly Commemoration Glenrowan and later performed at the Old Melbourne Gaol.



AS TOLD BY THE BOYS WHO FED ME APPLES  add to cart
AT THE CENTRE OF LIGHT  add to cart
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