Tom's picks for July - Community Theatre

9 Jul 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 Declan Greene


by Michael Gow


Recommended for community theatre

So, first thing’s first, when thinking about Eight Gigabytes of Hardcore Pornography, don’t let the title make you nervous! This is an incredibly insightful, sad (there’s laughs as well) and moving play about middle age, which recently premiered as a co-production between Griffin (NSW) and Black Swan (WA). It’s been a long time since I have read such an intelligent and excoriating study of middle-age and loneliness. The dialogue is rich and elegiac – here is a wonderful opportunity for two actors - and the subject matter is both timely and classic. This is a beautiful, delicate play about two people who crave love and connection, and the strange and terrible fallout of that need. If you are looking for an amazing two-hander (one woman, one man) this is it!
Michael Gow’s latest play, Once In Royal David’s City, is vintage Gow. At its core it is a family drama, but as always with Gow’s writing, the metaphor is so much larger. A successful playwright has to come to terms with his ageing and dying parents, and in that painful journey, so much of what seemed important in life comes under question. Funny, indescribably sad and ultimately just so real, this play is an intimate portrait of loss. Great roles, great dialogue, wonderful stories and a huge theatrical challenge - this is a nugget waiting to be unearthed.

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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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