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  • 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: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • 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
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • BOX THE PONY
    BOX THE PONY
    RANKIN SCOTT / PURCELL LEAH
    ISBN: 9780733610691
    Title: BOX THE PONY
    Author: RANKIN SCOTT / PURCELL LEAH
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK


    Imprint: HACHETTE
    RRP: $23.00
    Price: $23.00
  • BOY OUT OF THE COUNTRY
    BOY OUT OF THE COUNTRY
    NOBIS FELIX
    ISBN: 9781925005806
    Title: BOY OUT OF THE COUNTRY
    Author: NOBIS FELIX
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Written in Australian poetic vernacular, Boy out of the Country tells a story of land, family and belonging. A family property, worthless for generations, is suddenly zoned as part of a regional housing estate to accommodate an ever increasing urban sprawl. At this moment of shifting economies and loyalties, Hunter returns from a seven year absence. Finding his boyhood house boarded up and his mother in a retirement home, Hunter goes in search of answers. And he starts with his brother Gordon.

    Imprint: Currency Press
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • BOYS
    BOYS
    GRAHAM GORDON
    ISBN: 9780868199245
    Title: BOYS
    Author: GRAHAM GORDON
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A powerful picture of a family without moral, material, aesthetic or imaginative resource, each of them victims of a cycle of deprivation from which they can see relief only through money and physical power.

    The vicious murder of a woman is the culmination of the frustrated expression of anger by three men, who are, nonetheless, loved and cared for by their own women. This is a disturbing piece of writing which suggests that society is failing both the victims and perpetrators of crime.

    Later made into a film, the screenplay of The Boys - adapted from the play by Stephen Sewell - is also published by Currency Press.

    Imprint: CURRENCY
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • 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
  • BRISBANE
    BRISBANE
    RYAN MATTHEW
    ISBN: 9781925005608
    Title: BRISBANE
    Author: RYAN MATTHEW
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Brisbane 1942: a big country town jumping at shadows, never knowing if that buzz in the air is a cicada or a squadron of merciless Japanese Zeroes. World War II took the city’s innocence, and that of 14-year-old Danny Fisher.

    Danny’s dashing pilot brother has been killed in the boming of Darwin. As Danny’s devastated family unravels, the teen finds a surrogate sibling in Andy, one of the American’s stationed in Brisbane. The American pilot takes Danny under his wing and as the tension begins to rise between the Yank and Aussie servicemen, Danny hatches a reckless revenge plan against those who took his brother.

    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
  • BURIED CITY
    BURIED CITY
    CORTESE RAIMONDO
    ISBN: 9780868199252
    Title: BURIED CITY
    Author: CORTESE RAIMONDO
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE


    Imprint: Currency Press
    RRP: $18.95
    Price: $18.95
  • CARRYING SHOES INTO THE UNKNOWN  /   DOLLY STAINER OF KEW COTTAGES
    CARRYING SHOES INTO THE UNKNOWN / DOLLY STAINER OF KEW COTTAGES
    JOHNS R / BROWN JANET
    ISBN: 9780868197876
    Title: CARRYING SHOES INTO THE UNKNOWN / DOLLY STAINER OF KEW COTTAGES
    Author: JOHNS R / BROWN JANET
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A fictionalised account of a true story of a Western family living in Iran during the last days of the shah and the rise of Ayatollah Khomeini. Both a love story and an illuminating exploration on how differing cultural, spiritual and emotional perceptions can affect rites of passage.

    Falsely labelled a lunatic upon her arrival as a neglected five-year-old in 1915, Dolly Stainer Of Kew Cottages soon learns how things operate at the Idiot Asylum. It was to be her home for the next seventy-five years. How does Dolly develop her powerful, loving and complex personality in this institution? Dolly’s moving story illuminates her world of institutionalised care in twentieth century Australia.

    Imprint: CURRENCY
    RRP: $18.95

    Price: $18.95
  • CHAPEL PERILOUS
    CHAPEL PERILOUS
    HEWETT DOROTHY
    ISBN: 9780868198149
    Title: CHAPEL PERILOUS
    Author: HEWETT DOROTHY
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    The painful and sometimes farcical life of a defiant young poet, Sally Banner, as she attempts - through her school days, lovers, marriage and politics - to extract meaning from her environment. (2 acts; 3 male, 2 female).

    Imprint: CURRENCY
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • CHILDREN OF THE BLACK SKIRT
    CHILDREN OF THE BLACK SKIRT
    BETZIEN ANGELA
    ISBN: 9780868197609
    Title: CHILDREN OF THE BLACK SKIRT
    Author: BETZIEN ANGELA
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK


    A visually and aurally evocative play exploring themes of history, reconciliation and the cathartic power of storytelling. This new gothic fairytale for young people tells a history of Australia through the eyes of children, from convict times, to early white occupation to the vast era of the Stolen Generation to World War Two and beyond.

    Imprint: Currency Press
    RRP: $16.99

    Price: $16.99
  • CHINA    *
    CHINA *
    YANG WILLIAM
    ISBN: 9780868198279
    Title: CHINA *
    Author: YANG WILLIAM
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Photographer-storyteller William Yang returns to a motherland he never knew. A stranger in his homeland, the Australian-born Chinese Yang takes his audiences from the streets of Beijing, where electronics superstores jostle with echoes of the Cultural Revolution and the Ming Dynasty, to the sacred mountain Huang Shan, a must-climb for every Chinese pilgrim-tourist; from a wild night in a Mongolian herdsman’s hut, to the apartments of ordinary Chinese, a few months after the Tiananmen Square incident. Part social documentary, part personal observation, China creates a meditative space, a journey of reflection on the meaning of culture and belonging for performer and audience alike.

    Imprint: Currency Press
    RRP: $17.95

    Price: $17.95
  • 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
    RRP: $23.99

    Price: $23.99
  • CLOUDSTREET   [PLAYSCRIPT]
    CLOUDSTREET [PLAYSCRIPT]
    ENRIGHT NICK
    ISBN: 9780868195896
    Title: CLOUDSTREET [PLAYSCRIPT]
    Author: ENRIGHT NICK
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE


    Imprint: CURRENCY
    RRP: $22.99
    Price: $22.99
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