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Audition season for acting schools around Australia is fast upon us

With hundreds of thousands of plays out there it can be an overwhelming task to find monologues that resonate as prime audition pieces.  To make this process just a smidge easier we bring you ‘Monologue Month’.  

For the month of September we’ll be sharing the tantalising first bites of seven choice monologues from our catalog of plays.  If you like what you read and are keen to dig deeper into the text we’re offering 20% off each of the plays the monologues are from.  

You may be thinking ‘Playlab, you fools.  You’ve already given me half a monologue!  With a bit of pacing, if I pause long enough here and there to build the dramatic tension, I can make this text work as is!  I don’t need to “buy” your “play”.  Who cares what comes next, before or even ever!’.  

We bring you a message from our Artistic Director/ CEO Ian Lawson, a seasoned director who has auditioned actors extensively for the past 20 years:

“Quite simply, you need to read the play. To bring authenticity and integrity to your work you need to fully understand all the forces impacting a character’s life, and the context of the monologue in relation to the whole of the play. That way you can make informed and specific choices that separate you from other actors. If I know a play I can tell pretty quick if an actor hasn’t read it… So, please, read the play”.

At the end of the day a large part of acting is about the choices you make, so make those choices informed ones.

We’ll also be offering 20% off of our existing monologue collections for men and women.  If you purchase one of these collections you will receive a discount code for 20% off the original plays the featured texts are from.  

We hope you enjoy our Monologue Month and find the perfect audition piece you’ve been looking for.

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HEDONISM’S SECOND ALBUM by Claire Christian and David Burton, a comedy that dives into the themes of friendship, success and fame.

Sumo, Male, 20’s, pg 62:

“When I was a kid I made drums out of milk crates and made this fuckin’ awful racket. I think I’d seen something on RAGE — ACDC or some shit. I was six. And my next door neighbour, Tiff, she was super hot for like a six year old and she came over and said I was good. And at that stage my Mum had just left and everything was shit and I was just like — yeah awesome, drums.

My Dad bought me a kit, saved up, and fuck. Drums. I’ve just always played. In high school I was in a band with my best mate then, Scottie. Girls would always lose their shit and be like you’re good — so I was always like, yeah awesome, drums.

I dunno if I even love doing it. I dunno. Just always have. I know I’m not the best, but I know I’m not shit. Just drums is about mates and girls and, yeah, fuckin awesome.

I’m never…”

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THE PINEAPPLE QUEEN by Norman Price, a fantastical black comedy drama about a girl who dreams of being crowned the Glasshouse District’s Pineapple Queen.  Wearing a magnificent dress, riding on a float down the main street of Nambour — a glamorous new life away from the confines of the farm she grew up on with her cruel father.

The Pineapple Queen, Female, 20’s pg 11:

"Mr Mayor; Ladies and Gentlemen; 

Boys and Girls; other finalists; and my sponsor the fire brigade.

Good evening and thank you for attending The Pineapple Queen Talent Quest.  

As you know I grew up on a farm surrounded by delicious Pineapples.  

We grow the pineapples and send them off to the Golden Circle Pineapple Factory.  Golden Circle means so much to me.  And of course to this community.

So tonight, I would like to share with you …”

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cover image1TROLLOP by Maxine Mellor, a dramatic fantasy. Complex and challenging it both explores and exploits contemporary communication modes.

Eugenie, Female, 20’s, pg 77:

“Story time! I went to an all-girls school.

When I was thirteen I fell madly in love. Her name was Lorraine Kowalski —
She was a couple of years above me, and, I don’t know, different . She had spiky black hair, and wore boots instead of the regular school shoes — I think she lied she had bad ankles or something. Teachers didn’t much bother her anyway; they found her intimidating.

The first time I saw her, she was colouring her nails with a Nikko at assembly. I kept following her secretly at lunch breaks to try to find some way that I could accidentally meet her.

Sometimes her and her little group of outcasts would sneak behind the sports shed, which is a big no-no, and one lunchtime a teacher caught them and banned them from hanging out back there. That’s when I saw my opening..."

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Screen Shot 2017 08 30 at 10.50.38 amOEDIPUS DOESN’T LIVE HERE ANYMORE by Daniel Evans. In this dark and savagely funny play we’re led by a chorus of quirky characters into the secret, tragic, desperate lives of a family cursed to be the centre of attention. Evans asks what devils lurk in our own backyards? How do we point the finger when there’s nowhere to lay the blame? And who ends up playing the monster?

Eirene, Female, 18, pg 113:

You weren’t at school. 
I handed in your assignment. 
Your ancient history assignment. 
You got an A Minus. 
Looks just like your handwriting. 
The ‘p’s were hard. 
You put a curl in their tail. 
Took me a few goes. 
But I got them. 
Eventually. 
Mrs Samios marked you — me — you — me down for going over the word limit. 
But there was just so much to say, you know? 
I could have written two essays. 

I DID.  

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That was stupid. 

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[To herself, privately:] Stupid..."

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pale blue dot frontcover lowres7PALE BLUE DOT by Kathryn Marquet, a captivating new comedy about aliens, alienation and the terrifying and comforting thought that we are not alone.

Joel, Male, 30, pg, 11:

"It may seem to you that this is unfair. You’re quite right. It is unfair. But let me tell you something about fair. You know nothing about it. Nothing. Zero. 

Because I have had to sit here for six hours and listen to you dissemble and lie, in an altogether humourless and unentertaining manner. And, that, to be quite open and honest, is unfair.

I have had to listen to you while you tell me an unconvincing and, quite honestly, imbecilic lie about how you own a BMW, for which you have conveniently misplaced the purchase receipt and all evidence of its existence in the universe. And, in that BMW, in the glove box, you forgot about the existence of 10,000 dollars worth of jewellery, for which you also happened to misplace the purchase receipt. 

Now, not only has the last six hours of my life left me bored merciless and drained of…” 

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OLD MAN by Matthew Whittet, is inspired by, and is about, fatherhood. More than that, though, it is about absence and presence. How do we become the people - specifically the parents - we are?

Carol, Female, 60, pg 24:

“When I find him, I get the fright of my life. He’s stepping out

onto King St, straight into the path of the oncoming traffic. And I

can see it’s like he’s blind, like he’s not thinking straight and I

start to scream. I scream out to him to stop, for someone to stop

him. And he still doesn’t hear me. I run from where I am on the

next block, and I can see the first car miss him by a hair’s

breadth, which he still doesn’t even see or register at all, and

then I can see a truck and I think that this is it. This is the

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moment that every mother, every parent dreads.

And all I can do is ...".

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Screen Shot 2017 08 30 at 11.34.06 amTHE SUBLIME by Brendan Cowell.  Covering themes of sex, sport and power  The Sublime cuts through the media-managed clichés of professional football, plotting an emotionally charged trajectory to expose human faults that go way beyond the sporting field. 

Dean, Male, 20’s, pg 52 – 53:

"Our brother Jayson was always the one pushing it to the limit — with fun, with motorbikes, on the footy field … and yeah … um … this one night — Queen’s birthday bonfire Jay is off his face on pinga’s and acid and bloody who knows what — running round and like dousing himself with kero, shirt off thinking he is hilarious and everyone’s laughing and not thinking that his actions would be bad in any way. Then … ok Phil, you realise I have never told anyone this? Yeah? Jayson lights a durry off a stick — next thing you know his face is on fire. ’Cos the kero, and then … climbing up flame … body face legs … all of him. Jays. Voom.

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Everyone in the park, neighbours, all screaming for Jay ’cos it’s him. Liam grabs Jayson, on fire he grabs him anyway, over his shoulder Liam runs with this ball of orange flame across the park to the houses — he throws him into the O’Brien’s out ground pool. I just … watched. I didn’t know it was real."

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Playlab’s Young Playwright-in-Residence program is a year-long mentorship for one young Queensland based playwright who is offered: dramaturgical support from our Playwright-in-Residence Kathryn Marquet, professional guidance from Playlab’s Artistic Director Ian Lawson and access to Playlab’s resources.


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Meet Hannah Belanszky our 2017 Young Playwright-in-Residence, during her time at Playlab she will be working on a text that answers the universal questions, ‘Where did I come from?’ and ‘Where am I going?’. 

To learn more about Hannah and the work that she is doing check out this interview:


What compels you to write?

I am compelled to write often by things I read, overhear or observe, people I know and stories I am told. It is through writing that I can try to make sense of the world that I am living in. I find it a challenge at times to appear present in some situations because I am mentally writing it all down! I think it all comes down to a need to communicate and share in experiences. I love to talk…most people who’ve met me will agree it is difficult to get me to stop once I’ve started…yet writing has become a welcome refuge in my life as another form of storytelling and expression.  

What has stood out to you so far from your meetings with Kathryn?

So far, our focus has been on the importance of being clear and specific about every single detail of the play. I’ve always had the tendency to just jump in and write scenes without knowing where they are even going (often scrapping them later when they aren’t right!) I’ve learnt that whilst organic, spur of the moment creation is wonderful and has its place, it definitely goes hand in hand with planning. In the end, this process will save time and ensure the scene is focussed and has a purpose in the larger scheme of the play. I am so grateful for the opportunity to work with Kathryn. I am loving being able to meet with another writer to discuss and develop a new play… as we all know, writing can be quite an isolating task! 

What is your favourite artwork?

When asked this question, I can’t not say my mother’s artwork because I know too well the back stories to the paintings she produces and the hard work that goes into her creative practice. Her contemporary Indigenous artwork: bold and magical, is important to me for it is a reflection of her, a person who never fails to inspire and support me. I think she is a rare person for she is so unabashedly herself. She is the ultimate dream-chaser!

What do you as an artist stand for?

When given the platform for your voice to be heard (or read) by others, I believe artists are obliged to be truthful, to use their voice wisely and to take the chance to say what everyone is thinking but not necessarily saying out loud. As an artist, but also just as a human being, I strive to be as genuine as possible. I think if you truly care about something and are really passionate about it, other people will connect with that honesty. It is the artist’s job to be observant, to break from the comfort of their private bubbles and to engage with the world around them. On a personal level, I believe it is my responsibility as an artist to always be working on my craft so that I am constantly growing while improving the quality and the boundaries of my work. I figure if something makes me nervous or a bit uncomfortable, I am probably on the right track! 

What’s your background?

I decided when I was six that I wanted to be an actor while watching The Sound of Music on stage, green with envy of the young girls performing.  I was very interested in writing short stories and poetry as a child but it didn't cross my mind until years later when I was completing my actor training that I would ever write for the stage. I was reading a lot, looking for monologues and audition material, and I found myself craving something outside of the repertoire of popular monologue choices. I was finding it quite difficult, as a young woman, to find many meaty characters in my age range. This started me thinking about writing my own material. I think my background as an actor definitely helps when I am writing as I consider how an actor might approach the text and whether I am leaving just enough clues for them. 

What art do you most identify with?

I enjoy reading journals as they are so personal. In particular, I really connected with the diaries of Anais Nin and was inspired by them to start journalling myself, which more or less lead to my playwriting. I started by writing whenever I was in any kind of heightened state because I felt that whatever came out would be uncensored. I was interested in what my language choices would be like when I wasn’t premeditating what I was going to write next.  What I love about the diaries of Anais Nin is how she can find meaning and passion in every single moment of her life, even the seemingly mundane. I definitely identified with her analytical nature. It was also interesting to read her journals as an accompaniment to her stories and essays, for their insight into her process as a writer and how her personal life was feeding into her work.

I love nothing more than sitting in some kind of moving vehicle and staring out the window while listening to music as my mind wanders. I find music a very powerful tool when I am writing and also performing for getting in the right headspace. 

Professionally, what’s your goal?

My goal is to be writing and performing in my own work on a professional level. I want to be involved in the creation of a piece as well as the performance of it but would love to be commissioned to write for others as well. I am interested in venturing overseas to train further at some stage. My aim is to keep moving, learning, feeding my soul and being challenged by the new and unfamiliar!


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Discovering New Works Just Got Easier!

Playlab Indie, is a digital collection designed to bring together under one banner, new work that has debuted in the Australian independent theatre sector creating, over time, a go-to collection of quality, innovative work.

We believe that it is incredibly important to be constantly familiarising and engaging ourselves with the freshest works being produced. So, to make finding the perfect new play even easier we’ve done two things. Firstly we’ve dropped our prices, every Playlab Indie publication can now be downloaded for only $9.95. Secondly, we’ve updated our product pages to include: samples of the text, production images, and numerous reviews so that you can get an in depth picture of the core of the work.

We hope that you enjoy submerging yourself into Australia’s independent theatre sector.

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Introducing the New Perspectives bundle

Our collection of new contemporary plays representing fresh, young voices that reflect the diversity and politics of contemporary Australia. 

Previously priced at $71.85 you can now grab all three works for $54.95.

Only available for the month of August in 2017.

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To celebrate the addition to our catalogue of Premier Award Winning titles RICE by Michele Lee and OEDIPUS DOESN'T LIVE HERE ANYMORE by Dan Evans we're offering 50% OFF all previous QPDA winning plays in our collection.

That means these stellar texts are only $11.95!!!

Trollop by Maxine Mellor  (2012/13 Winner)

Screen Shot 2017 06 28 at 1.41.46 pmClara is uncomfortably numb. Cocooned in her spartan home, she wallows in tracky-dacks and the misery of the recently jobless, feeding on apathy and the images of natural disaster piped into her living room by the pitiless glare of the TV.

Clara is haunted by what she could aspire to if she could break from her funk. Her relentlessly upbeat partner Erik has devised a plan for her to get back on her feet. Instead, she devises a series of increasingly gruesome ‘quests’ for him.

Then, one stormy night, a stranger calls – and the chinks in the pair’s relationship begin to widen. Uncomfortable truths are revealed and there are hints of horrors to come, as ancient myths are dragged, growling, into the modern day.

The winner of the 2012/2013 Queensland Premier’s Drama Award, Trollop is a complex, uneasy and challenging work that both explores and exploits contemporary communication modes.

 



Fractions by Marcel Dorney  (2010/11 Winner)

Screen Shot 2017 06 28 at 1.42.57 pmIn Fifth-Century Egypt, Alexandria – Alexander the Great’s namesake city – has ambitions to be the most powerful city in the world. And knowledge is power. The great Library of Alexandria houses the collected wisdom of the world – science, mathematics, astronomy, and literature. One of its greatest scholars and inventors is Hypatia – a woman ahead of her time in a man’s world. She’s revered for her devotion to the search for knowledge. But the power politicking of one man, Kyril, starts a holy war in the city, which threatens to destroy the great library. Hypatia must find a way to protect it – and prevent civilization from sliding into the Dark Ages.

This thrilling play is based on the real-life events of one of history’s most remarkable unsung heroines.

 

 

 




25 Down by Richard Jordan  (2008/09 Winner)

Screen Shot 2017 06 28 at 1.44.41 pmIn a world that’s lost all meaning, 25-year-old art school dropout James is searching for answers. To uncover the truth about himself, James embarks on a mission to become everything he’s not. But when all-nighters at gay bars, drug use and sex fail to provide what is missing, will James accept that life is all downhill after 25? Winner of the 2008-2009 Queensland Premier’s Drama Award, 25 Down is a fast-paced, funny and insightful play about the ‘children of ’ the children of the revolution.

 

 

 

 

 







 

The Estimator by David Brown  (2006/07 Winner)

Screen Shot 2017 06 28 at 1.47.15 pmMartin is an estimator for a removal company, trained to help people with the nightmare that is moving house. But no amount of preparation could have prepared him for his latest job ...

Yonni and her granddaughter Sharday share a junk-filled home in the suburban outskirts. Their lives revolve around poetry, acting, singing and rhetorical questions. Knowing the life they live is far from healthy, Yonni’s daughter Karen calls in the help of an Estimator. But once they meet, their lives will be changed forever.

 

 










Mano Nera 
by Adam Grossetti
  
(2004/05 Winner)

Screen Shot 2017 06 28 at 1.50.17 pmIn the 1930s, letters of extortion were written to the migrant Italian community in North Queensland’s cane growing districts. Mano Nera – the ‘black hand’ – was the name of the group claiming responsibility for the letters. But was Mano Nera a slick criminal organisation, or simple-minded thugs?

Either way, Mano Nera instilled fear that divided the community. Australians argued for the deportation of the Italian migrants. While the Italian community, who had bravely fled political oppression and a fast deteriorating society to make North Queensland their home, faced a choice. Would they put up with their reputation being sullied by the actions of Mano Nera’s desperate men? Or would they flight for the privileges their adopted country could offer?

Mano Nera richly evokes the tense stand-off between the British authorities and a divided Italian community desperately trying to make the most of its hard-won freedom.

 
 

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