Tom's picks for July - Tertiary

8 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 Melita Rowston

by Robert Reid

Recommended for tertiary study

The two plays I have picked this month hail from very different vantage points. Melita Rowston’s Crushed is set in an 80s revival-type thriller genre, whereas Robert Reid’s Dumb Things is a corporate (black) comedy, decidedly 21st century in feel!
Melita Rowston’s Crushed is a fast-moving thriller which uncovers the underbelly of the Australian ‘laid-back’ culture. In the grand tradition of ‘the lost child’, it searches back through an old, unsolved crime when the discovery of new evidence brings a group of friends back together to face the disappearance of an old friend.
Robert Reid’s Dumb Things is set amongst the corporate culture as three old mates make a pact to tackle the dark heart of the ‘faceless machine’.  In typical Reid style, the dialogue is cracking and the plotting is maniacal.
Both plays are wonderful opportunities for actors, with sharp, witty and incisive dialogue and great opportunities for both comedic flair and dramatic chops.

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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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