Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, Siren Theatre Co and Seymour Centre present: A peek, taste and celebration of new works by LGBTQIA+ writers. Where are the new gay Australian plays written, what are the stories and how are they told?
PLAYLIST is a selection of writers, theatre-makers and new talent who tell bold, unique LGBTQIA+ stories on stage for audiences hungry for new voices. Join us for a day of readings, pitches, presentations and performances with some special guests along the way! PLAYLIST is a partnership between Seymour Centre, Mardi Gras and Siren Theatre Co which celebrates the creation and development of original Australian theatre with a LGBTQIA+ focus.
Here's the program for the day:
9.00am - Breakfast Play
Grab a coffee and a pastry and start your day with a play.
promiscuous:cities by Lachlan Philpott, directed by Riley Spadaro
"A beautiful love letter to San Francisco, a city I adore, and this play - full of its wild life, beavers and coyotes and language and desire and fear and anxiety and the neighborhoods and the streets and the signs and smellsand the sex, all kinds of bodies and all kinds of sex - make this play a song, an ode, the way the ancients were the poets and the theatre was an arena and the story was the word. I would leave my heart in my seat." Emma Goldman-Sherman
We will follow the reading with brief discussion with the writer10.30am - Break (more coffee!!)
10.45am - Mid Morning Play
Preserving Jars by Michèle Saint-Yves, directed by Rosie Niven
Set under the looming doomsday of Y2K, Lawyer Simone's ice-coated reality starts breaking down from surging repressed memories of her childhood days with her brother, now living with AIDS. But ‘memories’ are not evidence and with no witnesses there’s no case. So how does she know it’s true? That's what Simone sets to find out.
Again, our writer will be present and we'll chat following the reading.
12.15pm - A session of two plays over lunch
Bring your lunch and enjoy two new plays by emerging writers. These are two very different works! Our writers will be present and, if time permits, we'll have a brief discussion about the play, the genesis and where to next?
Son of Byblos by James Elazzi, directed by Kevin Jackson
Adam, a first generation Lebanese Australian, is coming to terms with his sexuality. Furthermore, his cousin Claire is just about to get married to another gay man, in order to keep her sexuality secret.
Let Me Know When You Get Home by Miranda Aguilar, directed by Liza-Mare Syron
Val, a Filipino teenager living in a conservative home in Fairfield is desperate to find a place where she can live her truth as a queer, adult woman, and tries to find it by joining a Mardi Gras group in the big city. Meanwhile, her childhood best friend, Thi, is wrestling with her own identity and sexuality issues, and as a response, joins a bible study group.
2.15pm - Break
2.30pm - 6.00pm - Salon Pieces, Scenes, Shorts and Cabaret
A phantasmagoria of worlds and a chance to hear some works-in-progress!!
Gravity by Bradford Elmore, directed by Liz Arday
The story of a young married man who falls in love with another man and struggles to understand his bisexuality.
Devil Girl from Mars– the Play by Noelle Janaczewska, directed by Kate Gaul
Someone has been contacted … Others are asking questions. Is there life on Mars? Is marriage equality the same as equality? Devil Girl From Mars—The Play is about close encounters of an unexpected kind. And somehow it’s all tangled up with those science fiction films of the 1950s
Monsters Anonymous by Nyx Dorian Calder, directed by Cathy Hunt
Audrey is a queer woman in a state of confusion. Her memory is full of holes, her head is pounding and her sleep is riddled with twisted dreams. Her only company? A set of decidedly unhelpful self-help tapes, and a stranger who claims to be her doctor. But her windowless, mirrorless concrete room is more reminiscent of a prison than a hospital.
And beneath all else, a growing, sickening hunger dogs her waking hours.
Monsters Anonymous is a play about identity, loss, queerness, uncertainty and rejection. It's also a story about hope, community and the resilience of the disadvantaged and the marginalised. And monsters. It's also about monsters.
This Bitter Earth by Chris Edwards, directed by Anthony Skuse
Six stories. Six scenes. Six performers. An unstitched patchwork of queer lives in queer times. (We will hear two of these scenes read at PLAYLIST)
Fairy Gay Mothers by Erin Middleton, directed by Glenn Braithwaite
Erin can't tell her friends Matt and Liz who she wants to ask out to formal - mainly because she wants to ask a girl. Erin's plea for help is answered by the appearance of her Fairy Gay Mothers, who teach her some humorous queer basics, and leave her with encouragement and hope.
Somebody’s Somebody by Christopher Fieldus aka Ms CeCe Rockefeller, dramaturg/outside eye Cathy Hunt
In song and story this sapphic salon celebrates worldly Ms CeCe's youthful awakening, spilling the details of a revelatory encounter with the magnanimous Mrs Monivae Jones, and the women who flocked to her at the Sebel Townhouse Hotel. An ugly duckling story - without all those wretched ducks! Our ingenue finds herself on the so-called Glittering Mile in the swing of Sydney in the sixties.
BOOK HERE FOR PLAYLIST!
If you cannot get tickets on line (box office may indicate that allocation is exhausted) please turn up on the day - seats will be available!