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Elaine Acworth

ELAINE ACWORTH

  

Nationality:    Australian
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Elaine Acworth studied at the East 15 Acting School in London, where she worked as an actor and a director. Her first play Torched was produced in 1990 by London's Finborough Theatre. She returned to Australia in 1991, and Composing Venus was the result of her work with the Queensland Theatre Company's new writing program. Her 1993 play Bod was workshopped at the Australian National Playwright's Conference.

Research:    http://www.ausstage.edu.au/pages/contributor/9134

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below is a list of Elaine Acworth's plays - click on a Play Title for more information

        Above         Bod         Composing Venus         Gloria         Grace, The Runner         Last Known Day of the Queen of the Night, The         Risk         Solitary Animals         Torched         Water Wars         Women in Shorts



Above

Synopsis:
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Notes:
part of "Four Play": Four short works by local writers; Above by Elaine Acworth, Twilight by Daynan Brazil, Polaroid by Andrew McGahan, and The Mutt by Fiona Munro.

1st Produced:
Metro Arts, Brisbane, QLD    Feb 1997

Organisations:
Renegade Theatre

1st Published:
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Music:
-

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Genre:
short play

Parts:
Male:  -            Female:  -            Other:  -

Further Reference:
http://www.ausstage.edu.au/pages/event/31712

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Bod

Synopsis:
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Notes:
First performed in a workshop performance at the 1993 Australian National Playwright's Conference.

1st Produced:
Street Theatre, Canberra Australian Capital Territory    01 May 1997

Organisations:
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1st Published:
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Music:
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Genre:
drama

Parts:
Male:  -            Female:  -            Other:  -

Further Reference:
http://www.austlit.edu.au/austlit/page/C396958

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Composing Venus

Composing Venus
Set in Charaters Towers, a faded gold mining town and home to the ore-crushing Venus Battery, in 1957 on the day that Sputnik was launched. Like a latter day comet, the man-made satellite acts as a catalyst for a host of transformations. This play spans three decades, in flights of fantasy, poetic phrasing and sombre soliloquy, to tell the story of three generations of women living in outback North Queensland

Notes:
won the 1993 George Landon Dann Playwright's Award. multiple performances subsequent; French translation "Le Son du Ciel Austral" broadcast Radio France 1995, 1997, 1998

1st Produced:
Suncorp Theatre, Brisbane, QLD    17 Feb 1994

Organisations:
Queensland Theatre Company

1st Published:
Currency Press, Sydney, 1995   978-0868194073

Music:
-

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Genre:
Narrative

Parts:
Male:  3            Female:  7            Other:  -

Further Reference:
http://www.ausstage.edu.au/pages/event/23448

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Gloria

Synopsis:
In her youth Gloria ran from Australia to Europe to be chanteuse and composer, rebel and romantic. Now, in her fifties and stricken by a stroke, she relies on music to grasp her memories - it's how she recalls being an unmarried mother in '70s Australia, shamed into giving up her child for adoption. Before Gloria's mind deserts her, she must reconnect with her long-lost son.

Notes:
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1st Produced:
Bille Brown Studio, Brisbane, QLD    19 Jul 2014

Organisations:
Queensland Theatre Company

1st Published:
-   -

Music:
-

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Genre:
short play

Parts:
Male:  2            Female:  -            Other:  -

Further Reference:
http://www.ausstage.edu.au/pages/event/105571

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Grace, The Runner

Synopsis:
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Notes:
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1st Produced:
-    1989

Organisations:
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1st Published:
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Music:
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Genre:
short play

Parts:
Male:  -            Female:  -            Other:  -

Further Reference:
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Last Known Day of the Queen of the Night, The

Synopsis:
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Notes:
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1st Produced:
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Organisations:
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1st Published:
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Music:
-

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Genre:
drama

Parts:
Male:  -            Female:  -            Other:  -

Further Reference:
http://www.austlit.edu.au/austlit/page/C396960

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Risk

Synopsis:
RISK - a linguistic thriller where only the art of bullshit will keep you alive

Notes:
-

1st Produced:
Sue Benner Theatre, Brisbane, QLD    29 Oct 2008

Organisations:
Metro Arts, Brisbane, QLD

1st Published:
-   -

Music:
-

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Genre:
short play

Parts:
Male:  5            Female:  1            Other:  -

Further Reference:
http://www.ausstage.edu.au/pages/event/78338

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Solitary Animals

Synopsis:
Australian playwright, Elaine Acworth takes two of the most confronting themes of the 1990s and crashes them head-on. Both are sexual crimes - the use of AIDS as a deadly weapon, ant the rape camps of the Bosnian war. Each of the four ordinary characters must face issues of life and death but respond with their own individual coping mechanism. Blue wants revenge, Amela wants to choose, Grev wants to forget and Laurel wants to understand why. Do you avenge intolerable crimes or break the cycle of violence?

Notes:
reworked script (Renegade Theatre) 1997; multiple subsequent performances in Melbourne, Hackney, London, Edinburgh

1st Produced:
Wharf 2, Walsh Bay, NSW    17 Jul 1996

Organisations:
Sydney Theatre Company's New Stages

1st Published:
-   -

Music:
-

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Genre:
Play/Drama

Parts:
Male:  2            Female:  2            Other:  -

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Torched

Synopsis:
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Notes:
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1st Produced:

Organisations:
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1st Published:
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Music:
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Play/Drama

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Further Reference:
http://www.austlit.edu.au/austlit/page/C396957
Theatre Record Vol X (1990) Page 1612 - [Theatre: Finborough]

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Water Wars

Synopsis:
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Notes:
(Oakey Entertainment Centre (via Empire Theatre, Towoomba), La Bote Indie 2011)

1st Produced:
Empire City Hall Theatre, Toowoomba, QLD    20 Jul 2011

Organisations:
Umber Productions

1st Published:
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Music:
-

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Genre:
short play

Parts:
Male:  -            Female:  -            Other:  -

Further Reference:
http://www.ausstage.edu.au/pages/event/107247

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Women in Shorts

Synopsis:
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Notes:
part of "Women in Shorts" : Seven short pieces culled from over 40 submissions by female playwrights.

1st Produced:
Belvoir Street Downstairs Theatre, Surry Hills, NSW    01 May 1997

Organisations:
Company 21

1st Published:
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Music:
-

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Genre:
short play

Parts:
Male:  -            Female:  -            Other:  -

Further Reference:
http://www.ausstage.edu.au/pages/event/32951

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