NIDA ventures into a Brave New Word

 Brave New Word is collection of five original plays written by NIDA’s graduating Playwriting students, under the guidance of NIDA’s Head of Playwrighting, Jane Bodie (This Year’s Ashes). Presented as a series of moved readings featuring NIDA actors and industry directors, this is a rare opportunity to see the exciting new work of some of Australia’s most promising young playwrights.
by Melissa Lee Speyerdirected by Rodney Fisher
A family barbeque. Tara, a rebellious, headstrong teenager, brings her Vietnamese boyfriend Pete home from Sydney to the country to meet her parents. As city meets regional Australia, a farcical comedy ensues and the four Australians must learn to accept one another’s differences… and the 25 year old Afghani who just jumped over their fence. THE MIDLANDS
by Hannah Malarskidirected by Paige Rattray A mother and son live on an isolated property in the agricultural Midlands of Tasmania. One day an unexpected stranger arrives at their doorstep, drawing the characters together into a tenuous triangle that threatens to shift towards dangerous territory. KODAK 35 by Jack Richardsondirected by Anthony Skuse Port Moresby, 1945. In an aircraft hangar on the edge of the Australian naval base in Papua New Guinea, a young mechanic works obsessively on a downed Japanese Zero, unaware that his sympathies for the dead enemy pilot will forever change his view of the world around him. ONE FLESH
by Micharne Cloughleydirected by Cristabel Sved Boy is about to marry girl. Things look perfect. For about half a second. One Flesh is a play inspired by the Book of Esther from the Hebrew bible, in which there is no mention of God. Set in Sydney in 2011, the rules of love, faith and reality collide. COMMUNITY
by Jono Burns directed by Shannon Murphy  What is so fascinating about the invisible social contract that keeps society civilised? Is it the intangibles like manners, chivalry, decency and decorum, and those other grey areas that don’t exist within law? Community is a study of a man’s quest to find his place in society and an exploration of what it is to belong.  WhereParade Studio and Parade Space, NIDA215 Anzac Parade, KensingtonWhenNovember 10-12, 7.30pm;  November 12, 2pmPriceAdult  $28;  Student/Concession/Under12  $;  1300 795 012More

Erin James

Erin James is's former Editor in Chief and a performer on both stage and screen. Credits include My Fair Lady, South Pacific and The King and I (Opera Australia), Love Never Dies and Cats (Really Useful Group), Blood Brothers (Enda Markey Presents), A Place To Call Home (Foxtel/Channel 7) and the feature film The Little Death (written and directed by Josh Lawson).

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