What is happening right now? What is being revealed about us? What are we not paying attention to? Where do we want to go next?
Between 2-5 July, 50 fearless and inspiring new short works from some of Australia’s best playwrights will be simultaneously livestreamed by more than 30 performing arts organisations from across Australia.
Dear Australia will be an extraordinary national moment led by Australian playwrights.
At a time when a pandemic has forced reflection and change, these playwrights have responded to questions that get to the heart of where our nation is and where it might go.
These stories are postcards addressed to Dear Australia. These snapshots will be a unique account of these times and a striking moment of national celebration and reflection.
Back in Based on a project by Ireland’s Abby Theatre, Playwriting Australia (PWA), the national body for the development of Australian plays and playwrights, invited 25 theatre organisations from across Australia to each nominate a playwright. PWA then commissioned these 50 playwrights to each write a short monologue, which were then filmed by 50 extraordinary actors, many in their own homes.
These moving and sometimes provocative stories will be grouped over three nights and live streamed by the partner theatres, along with major performing arts centres such as Arts Centre Melbourne, Sydney Opera House, Queensland Performing Arts Centre, Canberra Theatre Centre and Darwin Entertainment Centre.
David Berthold, the interim Executive Chair of Playwriting Australia, said that this was a project that “not only elevates the voice of playwrights, but also demonstrates the huge diversity of voices this nation enjoys. Recent months have exposed and prised open many cracks in our society. These 50 micro works address major questions, allowing us to see into some of those cracks, but also inviting us to see light ahead. These stories are, in turn, confronting and comforting. Together, they are a revelation and unique celebration of Australian voices.”
Participating playwrights include Brendan Hogan, Richard Frankland, Nakkiah Lui, Anchuli Felicia King, Suzie Miller and Jada Alberts, along with actors such as Jack Thompson, Miranda Tapsell, Helen Thomson, Danielle Cormack, Peter Carroll and Tasma Walton.
A Dear Australia panel discussion will be broadcast from the Joan Sutherland Theatre by the Sydney Opera House on Saturday 4 July at 7pm as part of its Digital Season.
The scripts of the Dear Australia monologues will published by Australian Plays and will be available Monday 6 July on their website.
Dear Australia livestreams over three nights (Thursday 2 July, Friday 3 July and Sunday 5 July) on the HotHouse Facebook page and on Playwriting Australia’s YouTube channel.
Where: HotHouse FaceBook Page https://www.facebook.com/HotHouseTheatreAlburyWodonga/
When: PART 1 – Thursday 2 July at 7:00 PM , PART 2 – Friday 3 July at 7:00 PM and Sunday 5 July at 5:00 PM
Duration: Each stream will run approximate 90 minutes
Some stories in Part One contain strong language, sexual references and adult themes, including references to miscarriage and suicide, and may be unsuitable for some audiences
Some stories in Part Two contain strong language, sexual references and adult themes, and may be unsuitable for some audiences.
Some stories in Part Three contain strong language, sexual references and adult themes, including references to domestic violence, and may be unsuitable for some audiences.
Discussion:A Dear Australia panel discussion will be broadcast from the Joan Sutherland Theatre by the Sydney Opera House on Saturday 4 July at 7pm AEST as part of its Digital Season. MOre infomration can be found here
Where: HotHouse FaceBook Page https://www.facebook.com/HotHouseTheatreAlburyWodonga/ or Sydney Opera House YouTube Channel
When: Saturday 4 July at 7:00 PM
Duration: approximate 90 minutes