“In the deft hands of one of Adelaide’s most prodigious stage talents — writer-performer Joanne Hartstone — another is brought back to vivid and vivacious life… Hartstone’s hour-long monologue is a rambunctious joy… a genuine insight into one of South Australia’s under-sung heroines.” – Patrick McDonald, The Advertiser
“Joanne Hartstone makes sure Muriel Matters in this triumphant, rail-gripping ride through suffragette history.” – Matt Byrne, Sunday Mail
“A bigger than life biography of undaunted accomplishments, exuberantly and entertainingly celebrated.” – Murray Bramwell, DailyReview.com.au
“The Women of England demand the Vote!”
That Daring Australian Girl tells the remarkable true story of Muriel Matters; the Adelaide-born actress and agitator who became a public figure of the United Kingdom’s Suffragette movement and was the “Foremost Woman Orator in Britain.”
“Art is my magic weapon – the power of beauty – beauty of thought beautifully expressed.”
Joanne Hartstone’s play for one performer chronicles the public and private life of Muriel Matters; resurrecting her from the forgotten pages of time, and putting her back on the stage where she can continue to champion equality, access and social justice.
Paperback: 64 pages
Published: 9 November 2019
Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 0.6 x 19.8 cm
“It’s a tale we’ve heard a hundred times before – of broken dreams and shattered lives. But not like this. Not with such emotional truth; not with a roller-coaster ride of feelings, rising to the crest of hopeful possibility and plummeting to the depths of reality, rolling along the rails of innocence into the pit of naivety, only to pick oneself up and resume the steep climb towards the impossible star.” – Peter Wilkins, Canberra Critics Circle
“Even though Evie’s story harks back to the 1940’s, we are left questioning how much has really changed in the dream factory that is Hollywood, that is the movie industry. Clearly exploitation was rife then, but recent events have shown us that women are still ruthlessly exploited by those in power. And in an industry that relies on image will it ever be able to transcend the demands of casting people based on how they look, rather than how talented they are?” – Jenny Fewster, Stage Whispers
An aspiring actress clutches the sides of the Hollywood sign, looking out over the lights of Los Angeles, and the studio system that produced her nightmare. It is 1949: Truman is President, Norma Jean Baker is a little-known model who poses nude for an art calendar in order to recover her impounded car, and nobody has ever heard of Evie Edwards…
Charting a nostalgic journey through the Golden Age of Hollywood, including stories from the Silent Era, the Great Depression and World War II, Joanne Hartstone’s play with music for one performer makes a poignant statement about the human cost of America’s dream factory, told from a fresh and dark perspective.
Paperback: 64 pages
Published: 9 November 2018
Product Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 6 mm
“A penetrating psychological study, brilliantly written and technically faultless.”
– The Festival Times on Michael McEvoy’s A Portrait of Vincent.
“Always fresh and fascinating. A heated finale.”
– The British Theatre Guide on Michael McEvoy’s Not in My Name!
Creon, King of Thebes, has decreed that Polynices’ body must lie, unburied, where he fell in battle. The penalty for disobeying is death. His niece has defied the law and buried her brother’s body. What made her do it? Will Creon rescind his decree?
The story of Antigone, daughter of Oedipus, comes to us today chiefly from three surviving plays by Sophocles. This new solo play by critically acclaimed actor/writer Michael McEvoy tells Antigone’s story from her point of view. Antigone pleads her case as an upholder of morality over political expediency, the rights of the individual as opposed to the demands of the state, and, as she sees it, the laws of the gods over the laws of men.
Paperback: 80 pages
Published: 10 May 2018
Product Dimensions: 19.7 x 1.8 x 13 cm
“For God’s sake! This protest of yours – is it really worth losing your lives over?”
January 1916, Bert Brocklesby is a young school teacher, and Methodist preacher; Bertrand Russell is one of the greatest philosophers of his time. With the advent of military conscription, their worlds are about to be turned upside down.
This Evil Thing is the compelling, shocking and inspiring story of the men who said no to war; a rarely told story involving a dizzying journey from a chapel in Yorkshire to the House of Commons; from an English country garden to a quarry in Aberdeen; from a cell in Richmond Castle to a firing squad in France.
“A moving and dynamic retelling of a hidden story” – The List
“An inspirational and disturbing work” – Festmag
“This magnificent tour de force of acting – I urge you to see it” – Scotsgay
Michael Mears is an award-winning writer and performer of solo plays for both theatre and radio. His Tomorrow We Do The Sky premiered at the Edinburgh Fringe in 1991 and was nominated for both the Independent and Time Out Theatre awards before playing in London, on tour, and on BBC Radio 4.
His Scotsman Fringe First Award winning solo play, Soup, enjoyed a sell out three week Edinburgh Fringe run in 1995, the year in which he was nominated for The Stage Best Actor Award.
This Evil Thing also premiered at the Edinburgh Fringe (in 2016) and was longlisted for Amnesty International’s Freedom of Expression award.
Vienna, May 1931. The Baron Bretzenny is a worried man. His banking house is bust. It seems nothing can prevent the Bank Bretzenny from becoming just another casualty, lost amid the global wreckage of the Wall Street Crash. As one of Vienna’s foremost public atheists, the Baron literally hasn’t got a prayer. Then a mysterious visitor offers the Baron a way out of his troubles… but at what price?
The Luck of the Devil presents readers with beautifully observed characters, set in sparkling dialogue, with sufficient authenticity to delight both kings in their counting houses and struggling artists in their drafty garrets.
All profits from this publication will be contributed to the Garrick Charitable Trust, details of which can be found in the About the Garrick Club section of the Garrick Club website.
Includes a foreword by Jamie Hayes.
Paperback: 64 pages
Published: 15 March 2017
Product Dimensions: 13 x 0.5 x 19.8 cm
April 1616 – Shakespeare has returned to Stratford a rich and famous man but all’s not well. Why is he so unhappy? Why can’t he sleep? Why is his wife furious with him? Who is Will waiting for and why can’t Anne find the dog?
A sleepless night in Stratford. The secrets, lies, resentments and passions of a marriage laid bare. The one hour traffic of our play.
Paperback: 90 pages
Published: 27 September 2016
Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 0.9 x 19.7 cm
Grab your guns, put on your spurs and laugh till your O.K. Corral isn’t O.K. anymore in this sure-fire send up of the Western genre!
When the simple townsfolk of Eagle-Creek-River-Hawk-River-Creek are jeopardised by the return of the evil One-Eyed Sid, the befuddled Mayor, the under-qualified Sheriff and the crazy Old Hag round up a posse, but it’s no good; he isn’t afraid of cats… As the death toll increases, there’s only one man who can come to their rescue…. The legendary Drake Weston. Let’s just hope he ain’t away on vacation…
Expect quick-fire puns, a whole bunch of good, bad and ugly characters and surreal slapstick in this all-out guns-blazin’, thigh-slappin’ poncho pastiche!
Paperback: 126 pages
Published: 15 October 2016
Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 0.7 x 19.7 cm
Even at their peak, stand-up comedy duo Ronnie and Jonny were mediocre at best. But at least they were friends. When they had a dramatic falling out that led to a parting of ways five years ago, Jonny managed to make his way among Z-list celebrities while Ronnie became something of a recluse. Now they’ve been offered a chance to reunite for a high profile one-off gig – but can they shake off the past and work together again?
Griffin & Muddiman’s brilliant tragicomedy is for anyone who’s ever fallen out with a friend or knows what it’s like to be ceremoniously dumped.
Paperback: 64 pages
Published: 21 August 2016
Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 0.6 x 19.7 cm
Two hit solo plays exploring the extraordinary lives and losses of two great Soho writers Patrick Hamilton and Quentin Crisp. Greeted with huge acclaim since their debut productions, Mark Farrelly’s plays offer actors and audiences laughter, heartbreak, and an urgent, passionate reminder that the only thing that ever matters is being true to yourself.
Paperback: 100 pages
Publisher: 15 March. 2016
Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 0.4 x 19.7 cm
Pope Head: The Secret Life of Francis Bacon – A solo show about the celebrated artist. He was an enigma, a maverick, a controversial & charismatic force of nature. This biographical script, written by English actor Garry Roost, will delight Bacon’s fans old & new.
Paperback: 40 pages
Published: 26 March 2015
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