Tom's picks for August - Community Theatre

12 Aug 2014

The latest recommendations from our Literary Manager



Each month Tom delves into our extensive catalogue and suggests plays suitable for classroom use, for tertiary study and performance and for community theatre groups. You can also get these recommendations delivered via email, by signing up here.



by Kathryn Marquet


by Kate Wyvill


Recommended for community theatre

My first pick this month comes from a young playwright and actor from Queensland, Kathryn Marquet. Pale Blue Dot comes to our collection through Playlab and is currently enjoying its premiere season at La Boite in Brisbane. Full of delightful characters and delicate comedy this is a four-hander that is modern, intelligent and a little bit kooky. Great roles and fresh off the press!
Marbles by Kate Wyvill came to us from Darwin, where it received a hugely popular production. This is a classic family play where three grown sisters are faced with the thorny issue of their father’s increasingly crippling Alzheimic condition and a promise that they made to him years before. The text is deft and strong, moving between savage, funny and terribly sad in an instant. This is a great portrait of contemporary life and a vivid evocation of a situation so many families are facing. Great roles and a wonderful story: highly recommended!

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Since graduating from the Victorian College of the Arts and Music (VCAM) in 1989 Tom Healey has worked as an actor, a director and a dramaturg with companies and projects around the nation. Positions held include Curator of the Australian National Playwrights’ Conference (2006), Artistic Associate of Playbox (1999-2003), Artistic Directorate (Hothouse Theatre 2006-09), Casting Consultant and Artistic Counsel (Malthouse Theatre 2005-07) and Panellist (Arts Victoria Performance Panel). As a dramaturg he has worked with Australian playwrights both emerging and established, and he has directed premieres of many new Australian works. He has also directed and developed works in contemporary opera, cabaret and music theatre and taught at the universities of Melbourne, Ballarat and La Trobe as well as the VCAM and NIDA. Tom is currently the Literary Manager of the Australian Script Centre.

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