1. Where’s Kate?
Kate: National Play Festival, ‘Must Sees’ (link)
Women: 50% of the world’s population; not 50% of produced playwrights in Australia. Read Kate’s research here: The State of Plays
2. ‘Short Circuit’, a collection of 14 short plays
3. ‘Short + Sweet’
4. The short plays
These plays are copyright. The excerpts here are for the purpose of research by WAAPA-ECU playwriting students only. If you want to perform any of the plays, you must get the author’s or agent’s permission in advance.
- Left Breathless A Question (Sex) by Catherine Zimdahl, published in Short circuit (Strawberry Hills, N.S.W. : Currency Press, 2009. ISBN 9780868198668). The extract below includes copyright information and the introduction to the collection by Nick Marchand, artistic director of Griffin Theatre.
Left Breathless A Question (Sex)
- The Some of All Parts by Mrinalini Kamath.
Mrinalini’s website is http://www.mkwriter.com (link)
The play is published in The Best Ten-Minute Plays for 3 or More Actors 2004 (Amazon).
- Seven Jewish Children by Caryl Churchill
(download free from Nick Hern books: link)
- Act Without Words II – A Mime for Two Players by Samuel Beckett
The play is included in Collected shorter plays / Samuel Beckett. (London : Faber, 1984.ISBN 0571130402).
Act Without Words II
5. My question (as a director) to you (as playwrights):
Why does your story need to be told as a stage play — why is it not a radio play, film or short story? There should be some aspect to your story work that means that it must be performed live.
6. Discussion points:
I work through these points when reading a play.
- What would it look like on stage?
- Broader cultural resonances (ie films, TV, books, other plays etc)