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Vanessa Bates


Vanessa Bates is an award-winning playwright for stage and radio and also writes for film and television. Her plays include Trailer, Light Begins to Fade, Every Second, The Magic Hour, PORN.CAKE, Checklist for an Armed Robber, Chipper and Darling Oscar. She adapted A Ghost in My Suitcase for Barking Gecko Theatre, Melbourne International Arts Festival 2018, Sydney Festival 2019 and Perth Festival 2019. Her plays have been produced by the Sydney Theatre Company, Malthouse Theatre, Belvoir B-Sharp, Griffin, Vitalstatistix, Ensemble Theatre, atyp and Tantrum Theatre, among others. Her work has won a NSW Premier’s Literary Award, AWGIE Award, Inscription Chairman’s Award and Inscription New Work Award and has been shortlisted for the Victorian Premier’s New Play Award, Griffin Award and STC Patrick White Playwrights Award.

She is 1/7 of playwriting alliance 7ON.

CHECKLIST FOR AN ARMED ROBBER  add to cart
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