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  • AFTER DINNER
    AFTER DINNER
    BOVELL ANDREW
    ISBN: 9780868195186
    Title: AFTER DINNER
    Author: BOVELL ANDREW
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In a suburban pub bistro on a Friday night three office workers – Dympie, Paula and Monika – are desperately seeking a good night out. At an adjoining table are Gordon, recently abandoned by his wife, and Stephen, looking for something more than the usual one night stand. As the night proceeds, inhibitions and social restraint disappear, exposing the foibles, pain and humour of the characters' inner lives.

    An acutely observed but tender-hearted account of relationships and behaviour.

    Imprint: Currency Press
    RRP: $23.99

    Price: $23.99
  • AFTER THE BALL
    AFTER THE BALL
    WILLIAMSON DAVID
    ISBN: 9780868195377
    Title: AFTER THE BALL
    Author: WILLIAMSON DAVID
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Stephen and Judy live on opposite sides of the world. Their lifestyles and outlooks could not be further apart. But they are brother and sister and when they are reunited at the bedside of their dying mother, family memories painfully and mercilessly return. David Williamson has created a family scenario that is frighteningly recognisable. At times hilarious, at times tortuous, this is a frank, critical look at Australian suburban life from the 1960s to the 1990s (2 acts, 3 men, 6 women).

    Imprint: Currency Press
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • ALL SOULS
    ALL SOULS
    KEENE DANIEL
    ISBN: 9780868194318
    Title: ALL SOULS
    Author: KEENE DANIEL
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    All Souls, or the Day of the Dead, is when the dead return to the world of the living. All Souls evokes a vision of our dreams and nightmares. The writing is poetic, without compromise and a truly remarkable work (2 acts, 2 men, 5 women).

    Imprint: Currency Press
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • ALMOST WITH YOU
    ALMOST WITH YOU
    COLEMAN ELIZABETH
    ISBN: 9781925005233
    Title: ALMOST WITH YOU
    Author: COLEMAN ELIZABETH
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Its 2007. At forty-five, Lisa is fighting growing feelings for Tom that threaten to rob her of Dan, the person shes always loved most in the world. She wants Tom badly, but she cant (or wont) tell him about Dan, and Tom finds himself in a competition that he cant possibly understand. Dan brings Lisa a joy she cant bear to explain, but with her chance for a life with Tom slipping away, she must finally find the courage to let Dan go. Its the most terrifyingand liberatingdecision shes made since a fateful night 25 years ago.

    Imprint: Currency Press
    RRP: $22.95

    Price: $22.95
  • AMIGOS
    AMIGOS
    WILLIAMSON DAVID
    ISBN: 9780868197463
    Title: AMIGOS
    Author: WILLIAMSON DAVID
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Of the Four Amigos who won a rowing bronze at the Mexico Olympics, three are still alive: Jim, an investment banker who thinks an AC after his name might legitimise a life of squalid dealing; Dick, a heart surgeon, who can, if he chooses, put in a good word with the Honours Committee; and Stephen, the least successful, grieving the death of his son. They and their wives come together for a two-week holiday in paradise. Sure, there's a bit of bad blood between them and a few old scores to settle, but when it all comes down to it, mates are mates, right?

    Imprint: Currency Press
    RRP: $21.95

    Price: $21.95
  • AND NO MORE SHALL WE PART
    AND NO MORE SHALL WE PART
    HOLLOWAY TOM
    ISBN: 9780868199047
    Title: AND NO MORE SHALL WE PART
    Author: HOLLOWAY TOM
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    After a long and successful marriage, Pam and Don are still very much in love. But Pam is ill and has to make a heartbreaking decision that will transform both their lives. She does so in the only way she knows how – quickly, pragmatically, and resolutely. Don behaves in the only way he knows how – struggling to keep up but desperate not to lose touch.

    And No More Shall We Part follows Pam and Don’s halting, humorous and devastating attempt at the impossible – to begin to say goodbye to each other after a lifetime together.

    Imprint: Currency Press
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • AWAY
    AWAY
    GOW MICHAEL
    ISBN: 9780868192116
    Title: AWAY
    Author: GOW MICHAEL
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Three Australian families set out separately but are driven together by a storm (5 acts, 6 men, 4 women).

    Commencing with a school performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, the Shakespearean themes of suffering and reconciliation persist as three families on separate holidays are united during a fierce storm.

    Featuring introductions by May-Brit Akerholt and Richard Wherrett and a critical essay by Hilary Bell.

    Imprint: Currency Press
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • BABYTEETH
    BABYTEETH
    KALNEJAIS RITA
    ISBN: 9780868199269
    Title: BABYTEETH
    Author: KALNEJAIS RITA
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A group of more or less ordinary Sydneysiders go about their lives: Anna makes toast, Henry dresses for work, Milla catches the train to school, Moses deals drugs. But hovering above this unholy parade of life is the sobering fact that Milla will die before her 15th birthday. "Babyteeth" looks at the humdrum world around us and sees something radically alive. Dogs, Paganini, figs, an eight-year-old Vietnamese violin prodigy, morphine, clear skies and a Latvian immigrant are amongst the magnificent conflagration of ingredients which make up this wonderful, funny play, written specially for Belvoir.

    (2 acts, 3 male, 3 female & 1 child).

    Imprint: Currency Press
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • BENEDICT ANDREWS : COLLECTED PLAYS
    BENEDICT ANDREWS : COLLECTED PLAYS
    ANDREWS BENEDICT
    ISBN: 9781783199457
    Title: BENEDICT ANDREWS : COLLECTED PLAYS
    Author: ANDREWS BENEDICT
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A multi-award-winning director of theatre and opera, over the past decade, Andrews has built up a remarkable and singular body of work in Australia and Europe. His work has been described as visionary and praised for its innovative staging, arresting visual style and visceral performances. Includes the plays Like a Sun, Every Breath, Dream Girl and Geronimo.

    Imprint: OBERON
    RRP: $36.99

    Price: $36.99
  • BERLIN
    BERLIN
    MURRAY-SMITH JOANNA
    ISBN: 9781760627331
    Title: BERLIN
    Author: MURRAY-SMITH JOANNA
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Charlotte is a Berliner through and through. Tom is a foreigner, travelling around
    Europe. After meeting in a bar, sparks fly between them and she invites him to spend the night at her place. As they navigate the ritual of seduction, their desire gives way to secrets that cannot be ignored and questions neither of them can answer. Does young love stand a chance against the suffocating reach of the past?

    Joanna Murray-Smith is one of Australia’s most celebrated playwrights, captivating audiences from Melbourne to Broadway and the West End. This riveting NEXT
    STAGE commission premiered for Melbourne Theatre Company as part of its 2021 season

    Imprint: Currency Press
    RRP: $23.99

    Price: $23.99
  • BLACK IS THE NEW WHITE
    BLACK IS THE NEW WHITE
    LUI NAKKIAH
    ISBN: 9781760527341
    Title: BLACK IS THE NEW WHITE
    Author: LUI NAKKIAH
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    'Nakkiah Lui's writing is, as always, on point: hold-your-belly funny; pumping with politics that prompts visible discomfort.' Maxine Beneba Clark, Saturday Paper

    'Her writing, whether devastating or hilarious, has always shown a great deal of accessible humanity and relentless intelligence.' Guardian

    'We needed a new David Williamson, someone who speaks to Australia and Australians now. We've found her in Nakkiah.' Alex Broun, playwright

    'Mount Druitt's answer to Lena Dunham.' Belvoir Theatre

    'If there is such a thing as a rockstar playwright, Nakkiah Lui is it.' Fran Kelly, RN

    Love, politics and other things you shouldn't talk about at dinner

    Charlotte Gibson is a lawyer with a brilliant career ahead of her. As her father Ray says, she could be the next female Indigenous Waleed Aly. But she has other ideas. First of all, it's Christmas. Second of all, she's in love.

    The thing is, her fiance, Francis Smith, is not what her family expected - he's unemployed, he's an experimental composer... and he's white! Bringing him and his conservative parents to meet her family on their ancestral land is a bold move. Will he stand up to the scrutiny? Or will this romance descend into farce?

    Love is never just black and white. It's complicated by class, politics, ambition, and too much wine over dinner. But for Charlotte and Francis, it's mostly complicated by family. Secrets are revealed, prejudices outed and old rivalries get sorted through. What can't be solved through diplomacy can surely be solved by a good old-fashioned dance-off. They're just that kind of family.

    Award-winning writer Nakkiah Lui shows why she is one of this country's most in-demand young voices, delivering cutting satire that is both seductively subversive and thoroughly delightful.

    Imprint: Allen and Unwin Publishers
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • BLACKROCK
    BLACKROCK
    ENRIGHT NICK
    ISBN: 9780868194776
    Title: BLACKROCK
    Author: ENRIGHT NICK
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    It's Toby Ackland's birthday party down near the surf club -- and that means heaps of grog, drugs and good clean fun. But by the morning, a young girl is dead -- she's been raped and bashed with a rock. Who is responsible? The boys? The girl? Or the whole town? (2 acts, 6 men, 5 women).

    Imprint: Currency Press
    RRP: $23.99

    Price: $23.99
  • BOMBSHELLS
    BOMBSHELLS
    MURRAY-SMITH JOANNA
    ISBN: 9780868197517
    Title: BOMBSHELLS
    Author: MURRAY-SMITH JOANNA
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Bombshells is a series of outrageous portraits of six women barely coping with the stresses of modern life.

    Imprint: Currency Press
    RRP: $23.99

    Price: $23.99
  • BRILLIANT LIES
    BRILLIANT LIES
    WILLIAMSON DAVID
    ISBN: 9780868193717
    Title: BRILLIANT LIES
    Author: WILLIAMSON DAVID
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    To survive the 90s you've got to be lucky, rich or able to tell Brilliant Lies (2 acts, 4 men, 3 women).

    Imprint: Currency Press
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • BRUMBY INNES AND BID ME TO LOVE : TWO PLAYS
    BRUMBY INNES AND BID ME TO LOVE : TWO PLAYS
    PRICHARD KATHARINE SUSANNAH
    ISBN: 9781760621919
    Title: BRUMBY INNES AND BID ME TO LOVE : TWO PLAYS
    Author: PRICHARD KATHARINE SUSANNAH
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    'I consider Brumby Innes to be in a class by itself' wrote theatre director Gregan McMahon in 1927. 'It is a very remarkable work, comparable to some of the best of Eugene O'Neill's, and it is, moreover, essentially Australian.'

    Written in the 1920s, Brumby Innes confronts the turbulent relations between the sexes and the races in the remote Pilbara region of Western Australia. It is published with another Prichard play from the 1920s, Bid Me To Love, set in fashionable white rich society in the lush hills outside Perth.

    The two plays are compelling for their dramatic styles and for their insight into the novels which followed: Coonardoo and Intimate Strangers.

    This new edition includes introductions from Maryrose Casey and Jacqueline Wright.

    Imprint: CURRENCY
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • CITY OF GOLD
    CITY OF GOLD
    WYATT MEYNE
    ISBN: 9781760622695
    Title: CITY OF GOLD
    Author: WYATT MEYNE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Young actor Breythe left Kalgoorlie dreaming of a dazzling career.

    Now he’s found himself starring in a controversial Australia Day ad that pays big, but draws the ire of his mob. Racism is subtle but persistent in an industry where directors request he darken up for ‘authenticity’ and typecast him as ‘tracker,’ ‘drinker’ or ‘thief.’

    Returning home, Breythe’s just as alienated from country and lore. His cultural capital distances him from furious brother Mateo and activist sister Carina, all of them struggling with regret and responsibility after their father’s death.

    Meyne Wyatt burst onto the acting scene in 2011’s Silent Disco at Griffin, going on to grace our screens (The Sapphires, Redfern Now, Mystery Road) and star on the Broadway stage (Peter Pan). Now he returns to the Stables as a playwright who is as courageous as he is merciless. It may be unclear where character ends and creator begins.
    City of Gold is a howl of rage at the injustice, inequality and wilful amnesia of this country’s 21st century. It’s an urgent play for our moment from a vital new voice. As Childish Gambino sings across the Pacific ‘This is America,’ Meyne Wyatt calls back loudly ‘This is Australia.’

    Imprint: Currency Press
    RRP: $23.99

    Price: $23.99
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