Four women writers discuss the state of play for women playwrights in this country.
What makes writing for theatre different for women writers? What are the pitfalls? How difficult is it to get work produced? Is the female voice different to other voices? What are the challenges for young female writers, in particular writers from non-English speaking backgrounds?
With Patricia Cornelius, Hannie Rayson, Lally Katz and Michele Lee. Hosted by Ned Manning.
Patricia Cornelius is a founding member of Melbourne Workers Theatre. She is a playwright, novelist and dramaturge. She is the recent recipient the Patrick White Fellowship from the Theatre Board of the Australia Council and the winner of the 2010 NSW and Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards, 2006 Patrick White Playwright’s Award, 2009 Richard Wherrett Prize, 2003 Wal Cherry Award, Jill Blewitt Award and RE Ross Trust Award. She has written over 25 plays and earned 10 AWGIES. Her most recent works are Do Not Go Gentle, Savages, Taxi, Slut, Love and The Call.
Hannie Rayson is the author of 14 plays including Hotel Sorrento, which was adapted as a feature film Life After George, the only play ever to be nominated for the Miles Franklin Award Inheritance, winner of two Helpmann Awards and Two Brothers, which is currently on the VCE literature syllabus. Her plays have been performed extensively around Australia and overseas, including productions on London’s West End, Helsinki, Montreal, Vienna, Frankfurt, The National Theatre of Japan and The National Theatre of Slovenia. Her most recent play, Extinction, was commissioned by The Manhattan Theatre Club in New York.
Lally Katz has written a great number of plays for Australia’s main stages and independent theatres, and has won several awards. She had three world premiere plays in 2011: A Golem Story at Malthouse Theatre, Neighbourhood Watch at Belvoir Theatre and Return to Earth at Melbourne Theatre Company. Her children’s play, Starchaser, recently premiered with Arena Theatre Company and the Arts Centre.
Michele Lee is an Asian-Australian writer. She presented the documentary play Moths with the support of Arts Victoria and through the 2011 Next Wave Kickstart development program developed Talon Salon, an audio theatre work. Radio National commissioned her radio play See how the leaf people run for production, to be broadcast this year. She is Platform Youth Theatre’s commissioned writer for 2012, developing Chaste, a work about love stories, Asian Australians and Indigenous Australians. In 2013 Michele will visit America to meet with Asian-American theatre makers and playwrights.
Presented by the Australian Writers Guild and Writers Victoria
Venue: The Wheeler Centre, 176 Little Lonsdale Street, Melbourne
Date: Tuesday 3 July
Price: $10 General Public, $5 AWG and Writers Victoria members