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Louis Nowra

LOUIS NOWRA  (1950 - )

Nationality:    Australian
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Literary Agent:    HLA Management Pty Ltd  


Louis Nowra was born in Melbourne. His plays include Page 8 (with David Page), The Woman With Dog's Eyes, The Marvellous Boy, The Emperor of Sydney, Inner Voices, Visions, Inside The Island, The Precious Woman, Sunrise, The Golden Age, Capricornia, Byzantine Flowers, The Watchtower, Summer of the Aliens, Cosi, Radiance, The Temple, Crow, Miss Bosnia, The Incorruptible, The Jungle and The Language of the Gods. He has translated The Prince of Homburg, Cyrano de Bergerac and Lulu for the stage. He has also written the libretti for Whitsunday and Love Burns. For television he has written Displaced Persons, Hunger and The Lizard King and for film Map of the Human Heart, Cosi, Heaven's Burning, Radiance, K-19: The Widowmaker and Black and White. His radio plays include Albert Names Edward, The Song Room, The Widows, Sydney and The Divine Hammer. Other writings include nonfiction works The Cheated, Warne's World and Walkabout(in Currency's Australian Screen Classics series); four novels The Misery of Beauty, Palu, Red Nights and Abaza; and two memoirs, The Twelfth of Never and Shooting the Moon. Nowra has won multiple awards and prizes, and lives in Sydney.

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Albert Names Edward     Beatrice     Beauty And The Beast     Byzantine Flowers     Capricornia     Cosi     Crow     Cyrano De Bergerac     Death Of Joe Orton     Devil Is A Woman     Emperor Of Sydney, The     Golden Age, The     Incorruptible     Inner Voices     Inside The Island     Jungle     Kiss The One-Eyed Priest     Lady Of The Camellias, The     Language of the Gods     Lulu     Marvellous Boy, The     Miss Bosnia     Page 8     Precious Woman, The     Prince Of Homburg, The     Radiance     Royal Show     Song Room, The     Spellbound     Summer Of The Aliens     Sunrise     Temple, The     Visions     Watchtower     Woman With Dog's Eyes, The



Albert Names Edward

Synopsis:
An early play about an amnesiac holed up in the fantasy world of Mickey Spillane. The play explores the relationship between speech and thought in the shaping of perceptions.

Notes:
broadcast 1975

1st Produced:
Melbourne    1976

Company:
-

1st Published:
Currency Press, Sydney, 1983   -

Music:
-

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Genre:
black comedy One Act

Parts:
Male:  2    Female:  -    Other:  -

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Beatrice

Synopsis:
Beatrice lives in a run down terrace in Woolloomooloo with her sister, her mum and her mother's current boyfriend. Thirteen years old, autistic and disconnected from her dysfunctional family, Beatrice takes refuge in her mind. There, she delights in the music and videos of a bygone era: The Thin Man, Frank Sinatra and The Rat Pack. Dragged along by her begrudging sister, Beatrice becomes involved in a community worker's bizarre attempt at a nativity performance. When her cherished music is sold, a tuxedoed Fairy Pack (an imaginative answer to the Rat Pack) come in to her life to help get the records back, solve a murder and give her the confidence to shine like a star.

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Genre:
One Act

Parts:
Male:  2    Female:  9    Other:  -

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Beauty And The Beast

Synopsis:
beauty falls for beast etc

Notes:
-

1st Produced:
Sydney    1980

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1st Published:
-   -

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Genre:
Childrens Youth Audience

Parts:
Male:  4    Female:  4    Other:  -

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Byzantine Flowers

Synopsis:
Set during the First World War in Northern Queensland, it is a story of a half kanaka islander girl, Roma and a half caste Aboriginal boy, Eddie who are itinerant canecutters. Before going off to war Eddie gets Roma a job in the house of the plantation owner, Mr Harris. In his 60s and a widower he falls in love with Roma as she does with him, or does she? Eddie returns from the horror of the war to discover his girlfriend seems to be in love with both of them. The confrontation that eventually results will make Roma not only wiser but perhaps matriarch of the plantation.

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1st Produced:
Sydney    1989

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Genre:
2 Acts Play/Drama

Parts:
Male:  4    Female:  2    Other:  -

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Capricornia

Louis Nowra
Xavier Herbert's classic novel of racial conflict in the Northern Territory during the 30s has been expertly dramatised in this powerful and moving story of a man's journey of self discovery when he learns the truth of his Aboriginal parentage.

Notes:
Based on the novel Xavier Herbert

1st Produced:
Sydney    1988

Company:
-

1st Published:
Sydney : Currency Press, 1988    978-0868193137

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Genre:
Dramatic Saga

Parts:
Male:  15    Female:  13    Other:  extras

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Cosi

Louis Nowra
A young director, Lewis gets to do his first production. The trouble is, he has mental patients for a cast and they want to do an opera, even though there is no orchestra and no one can sing. But the highly strung Mozart fanatic Roy is determined. Against the odds and amid the mayhem of the asylum, Lewis agrees. He then attempts to get the opera on the boards with the help of pyromaniac Doug; Julie, an attractive junkie; obsessive, compulsive Ruth; amorous Cherry and emotionally paralysed legal eagle Henry.

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Company:
Company B

1st Published:
Currency Press, Australia >>>, 1992   978-0868194035

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Genre:
3 Acts Play/Drama

Parts:
Male:  5    Female:  3    Other:  doubling

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Crow

Synopsis:
This is the tale of an aboriginal woman nicknamed Crow. She has been fighting the government for years to win back a tin mine which is rightfully hers. Mercurial, stubborn, sexy and irreverent, she never gives in even if at times she is her own worst enemy. Set in 1942 during the bombing of Darwin, this is a moving picture of an extraordinary world. A frontier melting pot peopled by nightsoil collectors, soldiers, flying ghosts, a transvestite, a chinaman with a myriad of get-rich-quick schemes and CROW'S two sons, one of whom is a travelling boxer, the other with a talent for swallowing live mice.

Notes:
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-    -

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1st Published:
Sydney : Currency Press in association with the State Theatre Company of South Australia and the Perth Theatre Trust, 1994   086-8194085

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Genre:
One Act

Parts:
Male:  13    Female:  1    Other:  -

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Cyrano De Bergerac

Synopsis:
The swordsman poet with the large nose

Notes:
Original Playwright - Edmond Rostand

1st Produced:
Sydney    1980

Company:
-

1st Published:
Script in the Hanger Collection, Fryer Library, University of Queensland, Australia. http://www.Austlit.edu.au >>>,   -

Music:
-

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Genre:
Adaptation

Parts:
Male:  28    Female:  7    Other:  -

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Death Of Joe Orton

Synopsis:
a farcical murder mystery of sorts which borders on the absurd (Nowra doing Orton). Nowra borrows Inspector Truscott from Orton's 'Loot' to investigate the death of his (Truscott's) creator. In a fast-paced romp, a small-time capitalist who runs a boarding house has all her generosities dismissed by the "Marxist polemic" of a unionised "cleaning lady" with a penchant for art criticism. "Fascist pigs" Truscott and Rogers, hell bent on smashing the criminally inclined proletariat, display some dubious investigative methods whilst sniffing around the lives and deaths of Orton and lover Kenneth Halliwell, whose coffins occupy the stage for the length of the piece.
From: Cultural Dissent, Green Left Weekly issue 34 6 November 1991.

Notes:
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1st Produced:
Adelaide, Australia    1980

Company:
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1st Published:
Script in the Hanger Collection, Fryer Library, University of Queensland, Australia. http://www.Austlit.edu.au >>>, 1974   -

Music:
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Genre:
Play/Drama

Parts:
Male:  2    Female:  2    Other:  -

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Devil Is A Woman

Synopsis:
tells the story of the scandal that ruined one of the 20th century's leading conductors, Sir Eugene Goossens

Notes:
written by Mandy Sayer And Louis Nowra

1st Produced:
-    2004

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Genre:
Biographical

Parts:
Male:  -    Female:  -    Other:  -

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Emperor Of Sydney, The

Synopsis:
In the final instalment of the trilogy, The Emperor of Sydney , the three sons fight for control of the company as their father lays dying in the master bedroom above the huge Beauchamp mansion living room. The company is near bankruptcy because of a huge stalled project (their father's personal vision) and they are facing a criminal investigation into the father's role in the suspicious death of the project's outspoken critic.

Notes:
part of The Boyce Trilogy, An epic saga About the Boyce family, A family made wealthy through property development

1st Produced:
-    -

Company:
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1st Published:
Currency Press, Sydney,    -

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Genre:
Play/Drama

Parts:
Male:  4    Female:  1    Other:  -

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Golden Age, The

Louis Nowra
An epic play about two young hikers who accidentally discover a lost community in the horizontal forests of Tasmania. Lost in time, the group clashes with the culture of modern Australia with tragic consequences. A study based on a true story of the relationship between language and culture.

Notes:
-

1st Produced:
Melbourne    1985

Company:
-

1st Published:
Sydney : Currency Press in association with Playbox Theatre Company, 1985   978-0868192345

Music:
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Genre:
Epic Play

Parts:
Male:  10    Female:  6    Other:  -

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Incorruptible

Synopsis:
Ion Stafford, The Incorruptible, is the quintessential man of the land. Chosen by the powerbrokers to be the ideal politician he soon turns the tables on those who think they can control him and starts his own crusade for ultimate power.

Notes:
-

1st Produced:
Playbox    1995

Company:
-

1st Published:
Sydney : Currency Press in association with Playbox Theatre Centre, Monash University, 1995   086-8194344

Music:
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Genre:
One Act

Parts:
Male:  10    Female:  1    Other:  -

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Inner Voices

Synopsis:
This play demonstrates a preoccupation with isolation and the exercise of power through the imagination. The central character is held prisoner by men whose ignorance is matched only by their ambition. The son of Catherine the Great, locked away since childhood, is set upon the throne of Russia knowing only his name.

Notes:
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1st Produced:
Sydney    1977

Company:
-

1st Published:
Sydney : Currency Press, 1977    086-8190098

Music:
-

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Genre:
One Act

Parts:
Male:  10    Female:  3    Other:  -

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Inside The Island

Synopsis:
Louis Nowra pursues his concern with the mechanics of power and the ways convention protects the privileged from human nature in this compelling play. Set in a farming district of western New South Wales in 1912, it is demonstrated how a matriarchal imitation of English society is destroyed by an outbreak of 'holy fire', madness from a wheat fungus.

Notes:
-

1st Produced:
Sydney    1980

Company:
-

1st Published:
Sydney : Currency Press, 1981    086-8190543

Music:
-

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Genre:
Play/Drama

Parts:
Male:  9    Female:  4    Other:  -

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Jungle

Synopsis:
16 self contained playlets set over 24 hours from dawn to dawn in Sydney. Moving from the streets of Kings Cross to the harbour views of a penthouse apartment, connections are made between characters and situations in bizarre and revelatory ways. . . an inspector, searching for stolen abalone, is trapped by a Kurt Cobain fanatic who is about to urinate on him; a Kings Cross policeman, who's been speeding for 24 hours, questions a prostitute over stolen drugs; a gay Sydney businessman acquires a young and very brash Romanian lover. And there's an alien roaming the streets. . . the resulting picture is of a city and people existing within an almost amoral randomness but where a little kindness goes a long way.

Notes:
-

1st Produced:
STC    1995

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-   -

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Genre:
One Act

Parts:
Male:  -    Female:  -    Other:  20 parts, 5 actors

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Kiss The One-Eyed Priest

Synopsis:
-

Notes:
-

1st Produced:
Melbourne    1973

Company:
-

1st Published:
-   -

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-

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-

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Lady Of The Camellias, The

Synopsis:
-

Notes:
Original Playwright - Alexandre Dumas fils (La Dame Aux Camelias)

1st Produced:
Sydney    1979

Company:
-

1st Published:
-   -

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-

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Genre:
Adaptation

Parts:
Male:  -    Female:  -    Other:  -

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Language of the Gods

Louis Nowra
Sulawesi, 1946. As the people's movement rolls inexorbly towards the establishment of an Indonesian republic, Dutch colonial rule is on the brink of collapse. The Braak family faces the inevitable, but not before confronting the truth about their own lives and the legacy they will leave behind. A remarkable insight into turbulent times and a powerful human drama about people whose lives are set to change forever.

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1st Published:
Currency Press, Sydney, 1999   978-0868192889

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-

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Genre:
2 Acts Play/Drama

Parts:
Male:  6    Female:  6    Other:  doubling poss

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Lulu

Synopsis:
Lulu embodies the sexual impulse, leading all to disaster; but only..

Notes:
Original Playwright - Frank Wedekind (Earth Spirit (1895) And Pandora's Box (1904))

1st Produced:
Adelaide, Australia    1981

Company:
-

1st Published:
Script in the Hanger Collection, Fryer Library, University of Queensland, Australia. http://www.Austlit.edu.au >>>,   -

Music:
-

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Genre:
Adaptation

Parts:
Male:  14    Female:  3    Other:  -

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Marvellous Boy, The

Synopsis:
The second part of the trilogy , The Marvellous Boy, unwraps the story of this notorious Sydney family. Malcolm Boyce is dying at a time when his biggest building project-and so his whole empire-is threatened by protesters. He hires an important criminal, the charismatic Ray Pollard, to threaten his enemies. Malcolm gets his son, Luke, to liaise with Ray. Luke not only falls under Ray's spell but also finds himself involved with his father's mistress. The results are tragic. This story follows Luke from detachment into an emotional involvement that will be liberating and then shattering as the consequences of his and his father's moral duplicity emerge.

Notes:
part of The Boyce Trilogy, An epic saga About the Boyce family, A family made wealthy through property development

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1st Published:
Currency Press, Sydney,    -

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Genre:
Play/Drama

Parts:
Male:  4    Female:  1    Other:  -

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Miss Bosnia

Synopsis:
1993. Sarajevo. Mira is a big-haired super-bitch, a former Miss Yugoslavia. She's running the first Miss Bosnia pageant as a morale-booster for the shattered city. Self elected organiser of this inaugural beauty contest, Mira has her own reasons for wanting it to succeed. The six contestants are a motley bunch. This is more than an chance to represent Bosnia-Herzegovina in the Miss World pageant. First prize is a coveted seat on the last UN convoy out of Sarajevo. Who wouldn't put brains and bodies on the line? Longing, love and lust mingle with the smell of fear and war and power is the ultimate ruler . . . but who has the power? Shy yet alluring Lidija, an elegant Goddess - draws you in with her mystic appeal. Who is she. . . what is her story? Why does the very presence of General Jez fill her with dread and terror? Boris is a young disillusioned soldier desperate to escape the war. Could the pageant be his ticket out? And could his connection with General Jez secure his escape? Bitchery is rife, adrenalin is the drug of choice, the comedy is bayonet sharp and the talent quest is raucously hilarious. In a world made sick by war, laughter is still the best, perhaps the only medicine. Based on a bizarre but true story, this bitterly funny play is a witty look at the politics of swimsuit parades, and a sombre condemnation of the horror of war.

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Genre:
One Act

Parts:
Male:  1    Female:  7    Other:  -

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Page 8

Synopsis:
A depiction of a mess, dangerously addicted to drugs, drink and casual gay sex. A true story of a misspent youth shown through home movies, drag routines and a host of quite ludicrous costumes
Alfred Hickling, Guardian

Notes:
written by Louis Nowra And David Page

1st Produced:
Manchester, Library / touring    2006

Company:
Company B Belvoir

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Genre:
Play/Drama

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Male:  1    Female:  -    Other:  -

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Precious Woman, The

Synopsis:
Concerns power and privilege. Set in the 1920s in China, the child-like Us-ling learns that there is no place for compassion in the execution of social change.

Notes:
music by Sarah de Jong

1st Produced:
Sydney    1980

Company:
-

1st Published:
Sydney : Currency Press, 1981    086-8190543

Music:
-

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Genre:
One Act

Parts:
Male:  10    Female:  4    Other:  -

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Prince Of Homburg, The

Synopsis:
-

Notes:
Original Playwright - Heinrich von Kleist

1st Produced:
Adelaide, Australia    1982

Company:
-

1st Published:
Script in the Hanger Collection, Fryer Library, University of Queensland, Australia. http://www.Austlit.edu.au >>>,   -

Music:
-

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Genre:
Adaptation

Parts:
Male:  7    Female:  6    Other:  -

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Radiance

Louis Nowra
On the outskirts of a sleepy seaside town in Northern Queensland stands an old house shrouded in mystery. Three half sisters return to this childhood home on the eve of their mother's funeral, but they do more than just bury their mother. Their bonds are elusive, tentative, born of a broken past webbed in secrets, lies, deceit and shame. Now driven by needs long buried, and a half conscious but burning desire to know the truth and exorcise the ghosts of the past they unleash secrets on this one night that will change their lives forever. This is the one night of the year when the tide goes out and they can walk across the mudflats to the island. . ..if they have the courage.

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1st Published:
Sydney : Currency Press in association with Belvoir Street Theatre, 1993   978-0868196244

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Genre:
2 Acts Play/Drama

Parts:
Male:  -    Female:  3    Other:  -

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Royal Show

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-

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-

1st Produced:
Adelaide, Australia    1982

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-

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-   -

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Song Room, The

Synopsis:
-

Notes:
-

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-    -

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-

1st Published:
Contained in: Seven One Act Plays" published by Currency Press 1983   978-0868190631

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-

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Genre:
One act

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Spellbound

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1st Produced:
Adelaide, Australia    1982

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Script in the Hanger Collection, Fryer Library, University of Queensland, Australia. http://www.Austlit.edu.au >>>,   -

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Genre:
Play/Drama

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Male:  6    Female:  4    Other:  -

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Summer Of The Aliens

Louis Nowra
It is 1962 and the world is worried about the Cuban missile crisis, except for Lewis, a youth on the cusp of manhood, growing up in a Melbourne housing commission suburb. He is preoccupied by flying saucer, much to the disgust of his friend Brian who can think only of losing his virginity. Lewis finds a natural soulmate in local tom-boy, Dulcie, who has her own confusions about approaching womanhood. And then out of nowhere Lewis's errant father returns to stay, as if he had never gone.

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1st Produced:
Melbourne    1992

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Sydney : Currency Press, 1992    978-0868193250

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Play/Drama

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Male:  5    Female:  4    Other:  2b 3g

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Sunrise

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The garden of an Australian country estate, the sixtieth bithday celebrations of patriarch and scientist Clarrie Shelton, the "tribal get-together" of the family, the comings and goings of their friends and relations over an Easter weekend that begins at twilight and ends at sunrise. In this foreboding atmosphere of privilege and pleasure Louis Nowra explores the mysterious chasm between what we do and what we dream and say. The family of a pastoralist gather for his 60th birthday and revive old loves and fears. Unspoken disorders flare up with the suddenness of a bushfire, doing violence to the people and the land.

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1st Produced:
Adelaide, Australia    1983

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Paddington, NSW : Currency Press, 1983    086-8190969

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Genre:
Play/Drama

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Male:  7    Female:  6    Other:  -

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Temple, The

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Time when money was cheap so long as you had the guts to ask for it. Laurie Blake did and with it he built his Bridges of Dreams. A small debt might have been his problem, but a billion dollar debt was the banks'. It is a ferocious and funny portrait of the rise and rise of a former truckie and slaughterhouse owner turned entrepreneur. A womaniser, art collector and friend to prime ministers, Laurie Blake, the takeover king of Australia, rampages his way through a decade when the whole country seemed out of control.

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Paddington, NSW : Currency Press, 1993    086-8193542

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Genre:
Farce

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Male:  13    Female:  8    Other:  -

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Visions

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This play is set in Paraguay of the 1860s during the War of the Triple Alliance, the bloodiest conflict in Latin American history. The megalomaniac President Lopez has married Madame Lynch, a Partisan courtesan. His ignorance and her egotism together bring ruin on the country themselves. Against this violent background of bungled diplomacy, death and superstition, is set an allegory of conflicting values, where visions of the civilised arts of peace sacrifice a nation to its own barbarity.

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music by Sarah de Jong

1st Produced:
Sydney    1978

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Sydney : Currency Press, 1979    086-8190268

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Genre:
Historical Drama

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Male:  12    Female:  6    Other:  extras

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Watchtower

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Set in a Blue Mountains TB sanitorium from 1939 to 1945. The story of what happens to a group of TB patients who must wait to be cured as the world is engulfed in the second world war. The disease has determined everyone's lives. Some patients die, others live, and in the end a sense of hope prevails over despair.

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Male:  8    Female:  4    Other:  -

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Woman With Dog's Eyes, The

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The trilogy starts with The Woman with Dog's Eyes which introduces us to the Boyce family as they gather to celebrate the parents' 40th wedding anniversary. Inspired by events that traumatised Sydney's Moran family, the play explores the universal themes of family, love and disappointment.

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part of The Boyce Trilogy, An epic saga About the Boyce family, A family made wealthy through property development

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Currency Press, Sydney,    -

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Genre:
Play/Drama

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Male:  4    Female:  1    Other:  -

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