Tom's picks for July - Tertiary

17 Jul 2013

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 Tom Holloway

by Louris van de Geer

Recommended for tertiary study

In the past few years, Tom Holloway has been very busy around the country and internationally with a swathe of plays that are sharp, occasionally shocking and always really, really smart. Don’t Say the Words is a contemporary work loosely based on Aeschylus’ Agammenon. It uses the flash points of that story – war, revenge, loneliness and betrayal to create an atmospheric and haunting reflection of its original. The language is sparse and evocative and it is a gift for actors, directors and designers.
Tuesday by Louris van de Geer was premiered with great success by Melbourne’s premiere new writing outfit, MKA in 2012. Constructed from four interlocking monologues, it tells the story of a seemingly random act of violence in a shopping centre car park. Van de Geer takes four characters from everyday life – a suburban wife and mother, a young schoolgirl, a supermarket employee and a young office worker – all of whom are witnesses (or participants) in the act of violence. The writing is witty and vivid, and at the same time exposes the seam of darkness and depression that lies underneath everyday life.

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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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