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Sofia Chapman

SOFIA CHAPMAN

  

Nationality:    Australian
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Sofia is a Tasmanian born playwright and musician currently based in Melbourne, Australia, also performing internationally with the band Vardos on piano accordion. She studied Modern Languages at University in Tasmania and playwriting with the Australian National Playwrights Centre. Sofia won the 'Best Emerging Writer' Award at Melbourne Fringe 2012 for her play The Four Accordionists of the Apocalypse. This award was provided by Writers Victoria and Melbourne Theatre Company.

Research:    http://www.ausstage.edu.au/pages/contributor/1458

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

        Accidental Death Of An Accordionist, The         Anorexic Chef, The         Desperate Gallery         Four Accordionists of the Apocalypse, The         Todd In Venice         Untitled, or The Seat of Narcissa



Accidental Death Of An Accordionist, The

Synopsis:
A rebel accordionist, Sinistra Loca, is kidnapped and forced to join an Accordion Orchestra. The Orchestra Conductor, Herr Mettick has been instructed by the Sponsors to get everyone to play insipid easy-listening medleys and only on the white notes, yet Sinistra insists on playing dischordantly, to Mettick's chagrin. Tragedy strikes within the orchestra as the soloist Sinistra expires in the penultimate bar, following Mettick's sabotage of the crucial and forbidden accidentals (black notes).

Notes:
Also performed at La Mama Theatre, Melbourne Fringe, 25 September-9 October 1998, Cygnet Folk Festival Jan 1998

1st Produced:
Bac Kspace Theatre Royal, Hobart     15 Jan 1998

Organisations:
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1st Published:

Music:
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Genre:
30 mins One act comedy

Parts:
Male:  3            Female:  1            Other:  3

Further Reference:
http://www.ausstage.edu.au/pages/event/61065

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Anorexic Chef, The

Synopsis:
French-Canadian/ Inuit GORDON BLEU realises his dream of opening a restaurant, aided by Oswald, whose underlying agenda is promoting GM foods, and Larda, who wants to eat everything, including the chef. Feelings of displacement and intensive food preparation lead to Gordon's eating disorder, played out in his customer service and minimalist dishes. Will Gordon finally accept he is worthy of being fed?

Notes:
This play was developed with the assistance of the Moreland City Council.

1st Produced:

Organisations:
The Burning Deck Theatre Company

1st Published:
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Music:
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Genre:
Comedy/drama

Parts:
Male:  3            Female:  4            Other:  -

Further Reference:
http://www.ausstage.edu.au/pages/event/89563

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Desperate Gallery

Synopsis:
Camelia is a young artist is displaying her work in a local art gallery in the hope of achieving her first sale. Two inept art thieves are the only 'customers' and in her desperation for artistic fame she explores various strategies with them. The arrival of snooty art critic Jorgen Tyson interrupts their planning and his disparaging remarks become increasingly annoying - with fatal consequences! However in a witty final twist his presence may help Camelia to achieve her goal after all.

Notes:
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1st Produced:
Black Box, Arts Centre, Melbourne     30 Nov 2005

Organisations:
Short and Sweet

1st Published:

Music:
-

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Genre:
Comedy

Parts:
Male:  1            Female:  1            Other:  2

Further Reference:
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Four Accordionists of the Apocalypse, The

Synopsis:
Frigg, Norse Goddess of Fertility, descends to Earth to address a crisis in human fertility. There she finds her wayward husband Woden, God of Death and Storms, busy with the El Nino effect and global warfare, seducing mortals and exploiting nature. She finds she's no longer worshipped and auditions accordionists for an Apocalypse to regain control. She hires Vita Bellows, for whom the accordion is a revelation; Brunhilde, a retired Valkyrie with amnesia; Candida, a midwife now out of work due to global infertility. The fourth accordionist is Vade Mecum, Vita's accordion come to life, representing all manmade objects in the final showdown. Frigg fears the destructive force of the accordion may mean a 'twilight of the Gods'. Should she take out Apocalypse insurance?

Notes:
The return season was at La Mama Courthouse, Carlton, Melbourne 26 September-7 October 2012 by The Burning Deck Theatre Company directed by Jo Loth. Review for The Four Accordionists of the Apocalypse by Gordana Andjelic-Davila, Australian Stage Friday, 28 September 2012: http://www.Australianstage.com.au/201209285842/reviews/melbourne/the-four-accordionists-of-the-apocalypse-/-melbourne-fringe.html and Revenge of the squeeze box, a review on 28th September, 2012 by Josephine.Giles, Aussie Theatre: http://aussietheatre.com.au/reviews/revenge-of-the-squeeze-box

1st Produced:
Peacock Theatre Hobart     19 Apr 1996

Organisations:
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1st Published:
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Music:
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Genre:
Comedy/Musical Theatre

Parts:
Male:  2            Female:  5            Other:  -

Further Reference:
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Todd In Venice

Synopsis:
The classic 'Death in Venice' reimagined, with Thomas Mann's innocent Tadzio now the gay boy Todd, rampaging around Venice and getting up to mischief. Agnes, in Venice to collect gaudy masks and glassware, yearns after Todd, but is in the process of transitioning. Michael, in Venice to write a musical, also finds Todd irresistible. Will Agnes lose her chance with Todd by becoming female? Or will she lose him anyway to her friend Michael? On top of all this, the water levels in Venice are rising and threatening to sweep them all away on a tide of emotion.

Notes:
The character Agnes was played by a female. The character is transitioning from male to female and identifies as female so ideally played by a female.

1st Produced:

Organisations:
The Burning Deck Theatre Company

1st Published:
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Music:
-

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Genre:
comedy/drama

Parts:
Male:  4-5            Female:  0-1            Other:  -

Further Reference:
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Untitled, or The Seat of Narcissa

Synopsis:
A tale of love, desire and adoration. Be taken into the world of a beguiling yet narcissistic woman desiring true love while opening herself only to moments of lust. From award winning writer Sofia Chapman's Burning Deck Theatre Company, Untitled, or The Seat of Narcissa looks at the behaviour and reactions of those who entertain and enable narcissists to indulge their passions and bigotries. Viscountess Narcissa holds court and sway over ladies keen for her attention, Scottish poet Baroness of Inverness, lady's maid and musician Marcello and the possessive Duchess of Dullcote. Audiences may be unable to resist her powers of seduction.

Notes:
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1st Produced:

Organisations:
The Burning Deck Theatre Company

1st Published:
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Music:
-

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Genre:
Comedy/drama

Parts:
Male:  1            Female:  4            Other:  -

Further Reference:
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