Must Sees

Sometimes plays emerge fully formed. Sometimes writers announce themselves with a work of skill, subtlety and confidence. This section of the Play Festival is the perfect outlet for this work. With almost 150 plays from across the country submitted to us for the Play Festival we wanted to reflect the breadth and range of this work, of these voices, of their worlds. Some are plays by new playwrights of provocative skill and curiosity; others are highly proficient writers whose vision we had to support and showcase. Presented in tantalising 45-minute segments this is a program that leaves you crazy for more. These plays are must-sees.

Directed by Tanya Goldberg & David Ryding

Bondi Dreaming

By Sam Atwell

See this on: Tuesday

As two young blokes await execution in a south-east Asian prison cell for drug smuggling they re-enact their life’s joys as their own life tragedies play out. Playful and gutsy.

Tuesday 15 March, 7pm

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Music

By Jane Bodie

See this on: Thursday

Two actors befriend and ultimately betray a young mentally ill invalid. Sharp and piercing.

Thursday 17 March, 9pm

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1975

By Stephen Carleton

See this on: Friday

An epic melodrama of life lived at the edges of Australian identity that spans 1967 to 2001 in PNG and Darwin all through the eyes of cabaret artiste Russell. Exuberant and charming.

Friday 18 March, 9pm

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Small Life

By Zoe Hogan

See this on: Tuesday

One child teaches a younger one the complexity and intricacy of begging on an Indian street corner, while a western documentary maker fails to immerse herself in the lives she seeks to capture on film. Detailed and intriguing.

Tuesday 15 March, 7pm

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Quiver

By Kit Lazaroo

See this on: Friday

A small group of underground scientists attempt to re-green the earth’s now toxic surface but authorities will not tolerate dissent, risk or hope. Audacious and muscular.

Friday 18 March, 9pm

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New Light Shine

By Shannon Murdoch

See this on: Wednesday

Four small-town lives linked through a violent crime try hopelessly to erase the past and build a new future. Painful and beautiful.

Wednesday 16 March , 2pm

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Sweetest Things

By Kate Rice

See this on: Thursday

Through interviews, emails, letters and legal documents a playwright pursues the truth behind a fifteen year old schoolgirl and a forty year old schoolteacher who were involved in a sexual relationship. Controversial and ’objective’.

Thursday 17 March, 9pm

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Crossed

By Chris Summers

See this on: Wednesday

Five initially disparate urban Australian lives intertwine and intersect, ultimately all leading to the police shooting of a young man in a kid’s playground. Sophisticated and ambitious.

Wednesday 16 March , 2pm

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