Tom's picks for February - Tertiary

13 Feb 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.

 

 

I LOVE YOU, BRO
by Adam J. A. Cass

FRED
by Beatrix Christian

Recommended for tertiary study

 Here are two very different pieces. The first, I Love You, Bro by Adam Cass is a bravura solo work for a young man. It is based fairly closely on a case in Manchester, where a young man was convicted of inciting his own murder by his best friend. It has an aching and compelling quality which goes to the deep heart of late adolescent obsession and sexuality, but it is also a rich and complex achievement theatrically. This is a wonderful opportunity for a director and an actor to make a serious piece of interesting theatre.
 
Fred by Beatrix Christian is a wonderful inversion of a murder mystery. Full of hilarious one-liners and wonderful opportunities for physical comedy, Christian takes no prisoners in this semi-farcical comedy about suburban Australia. Christian is a sophisticated writer and this play, arguably her most “commercial”, would be a great piece for a uni group to tackle. It demands stylish acting, design and directing and a sharp political eye to really make it sing – but sing it does. This is a rare kind of play to appear on our stages and I for one would love to see a hip and sexy production of it!

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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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