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Hiding behind your Muse

The 2015 One-Act Play season here in Victoria is now over and I think I’m supposed to be angry. Angry that another writer has written, produced and starred in a one-act play that very closely resembles Two Women & A … Continue reading

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A Message To My New Dramaturgical Mentee

As part of a local theatre company’s recent fund-raising trivia night I offered as a prize my dramaturgical services for 6 months. This is what I wrote to the winner: Congratulations!  I am yours for at least 6 months! The … Continue reading

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What To Do When Accidents Happen In The Theatre

I now know what that word “dumbfounded” feels like. Just the other week I was told a one-act play of mine was about to go on in a one-act play show minus its last four pages. The play, Dreams of … Continue reading

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The Latest on The Little Play That Could

The Romsey Amateur Operatic and Dramatic Society (RAODS) in the UK produced my play Two Women & A Chair just last week. They used two casts, who rehearsed separately and didn’t know who the others were until the first night … Continue reading

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The Highest Form of Flattery

Just when you thought there were only so many ideas in the world, you turn around and see a film like Birdman (2014) and discover that it’s true. I suppose one shouldn’t be surprised: Hollywood is a great cauldron of … Continue reading

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The Top Five Things You Need to Set Up Your Own Theatre Company

You might wonder why I’m writing this. Why should I care about how to set up a theatre company? The thing is, without theatre companies around the world no-one will put your work on.  (Remember, even Shakespeare had his own … Continue reading

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Mother’s Day Dramaturgy 11/05/14

Well, the Playwriting Class didn’t go ahead due to a severe lack of numbers. There was only one person in attendance: me! Strangely this hasn’t bothered me. I might still approach the Council of Adult Educataion and see if theyr’e … Continue reading

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An Introduction to Playwriting – 1/3/2014

This year marks the start of a new phase for me in my writing. For the first time I hope to be mounting a playwriting class that takes participants through the playwriting process from beginning to end – all in … Continue reading

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The Glenfiddich Solution

Just when you thought you could go to your Gold Coast apartment and kill yourself with a crate of Glenfiddich, the cleaning lady shows up!  Dr Carl Evans, diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, faces the challenge of killing himself with Glenda … Continue reading

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Skin

On the eve of the Falklands War, Charles Beach, widower, meets District Nurse, Margery Fellowes, who’s come to tend him for the first time.  Charles thinks he has a captive audience for his tales of life in World War Two, but … Continue reading

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The Butterflies Are Sleeping

Sisters Celia and Liberty Gault live in the Flint Hills of Kansas—alone. Liberty, the younger, has gotten involved with Chester Spertzberg, the boy who delivers their mail, but Celia has other ideas… The Butterflies Are Sleeping – Perusal Copy

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Love Lust & Sodomy in the Garden of Earthly Delights

Just when you thought it was safe to go to the theatre, here’s an audience ripe to be shocked! Love Lust & Sodomy in the Garden of Earthly Delights – Perusal Copy

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Persistent Offenders

How is theatre created? Sit back and let us show you how the magic happens! Persistent Offenders – Perusal Copy

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The Magenta Revenge

Just when Gary thought he was over Natalie, he discovers Natalie is not over him – in the worst possible way. The Magenta Revenge – Perusal Copy

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The Little Black Book

Be sure you never lose your little black book! The Little Black Book – Perusal Copy

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The Bed Method

Audrey thought sleeping with her cast would “unblock” them, but nothing can save this cast – nothing. The Bed Method – Perusal Copy

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Purge

Dennis offers a unique service: for a fee, he can verbally abuse you in a way you could never have imagined.  But could he abuse someone so badly they’d take their own life? Purge – Perusal Copy

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Backstage

Nothing and nobody is going to stop Berne’s theatrical debut as writer and director – or so he thinks… Backstage – Perusal Copy

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Baby Brain

Ben’s had a breakdown and now he’s acting like a two year old, but is it psychological or physical?  Sara needs to know. Baby Brain – Perusal Copy

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A Dog’s Life

Keith is the only man who can talk in a world ruled by women.  It’s not as nice a prospect as you might think. A Dog’s Life – Perusal Copy

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