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VIVIENNE CLEVEN (1968 - )
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Vivienne Cleven was born in 1968 in Surat, Queensland. Her nation is Kamilaroi. She left school at the age of thirteen to work with her father as a jillaroo: building fences, mustering cattle, and working at various jobs on stations throughout Queensland and New South Wales. Her novel, Bitin' Back, won the David Unaipon award in 2000, and was shortlisted for the Courier-Mail Book of the Year award and the South Australian Premier's award for Fiction in 2002. Her latest novel Sister's Eye, published in 2002, was chosen in the 2003 People's Choice shortlist of One Book One Brisbane. Bitin' Back is her first play.
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according to acclaimed Director Wesley Enoch (Black Medea, The Sapphires), Bitin' Back is a slapstick cartoon comedy with a sense of celebration in its portrayal of instantly recognisable characters - the kind of people we, as Australians, know and grew up with. When the Blackout's star player, Nevil Dooley, wakes one morning to don a frock and 'eyeshada', his mother's idle days at the Bingo Hall are gone forever. Mystified and clueless, single parent Mavis takes to bush-cunning and fast footwork to unravel the mystery behind this sudden change of face. Outrageously funny, neither bare-knuckle sessions in the back yard or even a police siege can slow the countdown on this human time bomb. While Nevil thinks he's a dead white sheila, Tim Tam munching Mavis is in a desperate race to save him from the savage consequences of discovery in a town where a career in footy is a young black man's only escape.
adapted from the novel Bitin' Back, published by University of Queensland Press 2001, the play is A zany And uproarious black farce set in A small Queensland country town.
Kooemba Jdarra Indigenous Theatre Company, Brisbane 2005
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