‘In drama, we are the creators. Like in a skeleton, the bones of drama only work together. The human context—the situation, the people and their relationships—are the flesh. The body is given shape and animated by the way we focus those basic elements, and how we place them in space and time. We breathe life into the body through the story and the tension we create, and we give it language and movement to express itself, clothing the drama with its mood and symbols.’
In 1987, Brad Haseman and John O’Toole released Dramawise, a dynamic guide to drama education. This book stands as a definitive text for teachers, students and drama practitioners, shaping many classroom programs and curricula at a state, national and international level. Dramawise Reimagined is the successor. It reaches beyond the original concepts, offering newly challenging drama activities that reflect complex questions in today’s society.
Dramawise Reimagined is available from Currency Press: https://goo.gl/g3NFDD
To celebrate the launch of this text book, we are offering a discounted bundle of all three of the Playlab Published texts featured inside.
Snagged by Robert Kronk: Snagged is a poignant and funny story about coming of age, discovering who you are, and vegetarian sausages. Sam, the butcher’s daughter in a small country town, is a closet vegetarian who plans to get to the city as soon as possible. until she meets Josh, who has done the unthinkable and moved back home.
Motherland by Katherine Lyall-Watson: Based in fact, the epic and intimate Motherland intertwines the sweeping stories of three very different women from different times, united in the heartache of exile from their homelands.
From the chaos of a Russian military coup, through the hell of Nazi-occupied France to a turbulent Brisbane in the throes of the Fitzgerald Inquiry, Brisbane playwright Katherine Lyall-Watson has penned a painstakingly researched historical drama about how world-changing events can ripple out and take a terrible toll on everyday lives.
Today We're Alive by Linden Wilkinson: The Myall Creek Massacre of 1838 was a significant event in Australia's history. For the first time, the white perpetrators of the systematic murder of Aboriginal people were tried and convicted of their crimes. Today We're Alive is a verbatim play about the efforts, over 100 years later, to create a fitting memorial to this event, which led to a powerful experience of reconciliation and healing for the descendants of the victims and murderers alike.
Ngiyani winangay ganunga. We Remember Them.
In a new initiative, Playlab is welcoming Kathryn Marquet as our 2017 Playwright-In-Residence, who will be supported by the organisation for the year. The focus of her time with Playlab will be the creation of a new high quality work. To achieve this, Playlab will provide a fee to allow Kathryn to allocate more time to her writing, access to continual dramaturgical guidance, and when the project is ready, a workshop with actors. As part of the residency, Kathryn will take on a mentoring role with a young playwright, and additional employment as a tutor for some of Playlab’s professional development activities.
As it currently stands, Playlab can only support one playwright a year through this program. It is our intention to expand this initiative to more playwrights per year, but we need support to do this. If you are in a position to be able to help, please donate here.
Updates on the programs progression will be made through the year.
Kathryn Marquet is a Brisbane-based playwright and actor. She is a graduate of the acting program at the University of Southern Queensland and holds an Advanced Postgraduate Diploma in Writing and Editing from the University of Queensland. She is currently completing a Master of Philosophy at UQ in playwriting and tutors regularly in playwriting and performance.
Her debut play, Pale Blue Dot, featured in the 2014 main stage season at La Boite and was published by Playlab. Pale Blue Dot was critically acclaimed and went on to be nominated for five Matilda Awards, including Best New Australian Work. Kathryn received a grant from Playwriting Australia to workshop Pale Blue Dot with nationally-acclaimed dramaturge Jane Bodie.
As an actor, Kathryn has worked extensively in Australian theatre for La Boite Theatre Company, Queensland Theatre, Bell Shakespeare, and many independent companies. She has also played roles in TV series such as Secrets and Lies (Network 10) and Sisters of War (ABC). She won the 2009 Matilda Award for Best Emerging Artist and was nominated for the 2010 Matilda for Best Supporting Actress for her role as Mary Warren in Queensland Theatre's The Crucible.
Kathryn’s contemporary adaptation of the classic novel The Secret Garden had a professional staged reading in 2015, directed by Ian Lawson and is currently under development. Her ecofeminist play Furious Creatures was a finalist in the Queensland Premier’s Drama Award in 2016 and received a public reading at Queensland Theatre in July of that year. Her most recent play, The Dead Devils of Cockle Creek, was workshopped through Playlab’s BETA Testing program in 2016. Kathryn’s plays have been workshopped by La Boite, Grin and Tonic Theatre Troupe, Queensland Theatre, Playlab, and the University of Queensland. In 2013, Kathryn held the position of Playwright in Residence at La Boite Theatre Company. Kathryn sat on the board of Associate Artists at Queensland Theatre from 2011 until 2013 and was engaged in the Emerging Artist Program at Queenslane Theatre in 2009.
For 45 years Playlab has existed to support playwrights through the Development and Publication of new work. In 2017, we're evolving into a New-writing Theatre and expanding our impact to include Production. We are proud to announce our first show in partnership with Brisbane Powerhouse.
We have a number of other surprises in our program including the addition of Alpha Processing, a Playwright-In-Residence, a Rehearsal Room available for hire and new Creative Services for playwrights. Check out the rest of the site to see what Playlab can do for you.