Publications

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    Cyberbile and Grounded

    Multi-award winning playwright Alana Valentine brings us two plays that deal head-on with teenage issues fraught with difficulty - bullying, belonging, isolation, identity.
     
    Cyberbile is a candid, moving and sometimes shocking glimpse into the online world of today’s teen generation. Based on interviews conducted by students – from PLC Sydney – with teachers, parents and their fellow students, Cyberbile is a verbatim-based drama which speaks from and to the hearts of Australia’s young adults. Sometimes frightening, more often courageously funny, Cyberbile is a play for any parent who is worried about their child’s relationship to the online community or any young person who wants to understand how to survive the bullying that technology can uniquely unleash.
     
    Set against the backdrop of one of the most intriguing events in Newcastle’s recent history – the grounding of the Pasha Bulka – Grounded is a coming of-age tale centred around Farrah, a young Novocastrian with a fascination for Newcastle’s industrial port, a fascination none of her peers share or comprehend. Through her obsession we explore universal themes of isolation, belonging and identity and that time in your life when the obsessions of childhood get grounded in reality.
     
    Erratum: In the published version of Cyberbile, the author would like to acknowledge that 'I had a dream that was not all a dream' is a variation on the first line of Lord Byron's poem 'Darkness'.
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    Parramatta Girls

    “Upwards of, and possibly more than 500,000 Australians experienced care in an orphanage, Home or other form of out-of-home care during the last century. As many of these people have had a family it is highly likely that every Australian either was, is related to, works with or knows someone who experienced childhood in an institution or out-of-home care environment.”

    Forgotten Australians, Senate Committee Report, August 2004

    The inmates of Girls Training School, Parramatta had about as hard an upbringing as you can get in Australia. But theirs is also one of the great untold stories of making good in tough times.

    Based on the testimony of dozens of GTS old-girls, this vibrant new play is a joyous and harrowing dramatisation of the experiences of eight inmates and their reunion forty years later. Interspersed with song and storytelling, this is a tribute to mischief and humour in the face of hardship and inequality.
    My name's Gayle and I was here in the fifties. They set this place up in 1908 and they didn't close it til 1980. Well, my maths has never been very good but maths or no maths, 200 girls by eighty years is a lot to answer for. We've got somethin’ in common, ladies, and we're gonna share it today.

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    Shafana and Aunt Sarrinah

    What do you do when you profoundly disagree with someone you love? Wearing a hijab is a touchstone of religious identity, but it is also imbued with a complex array of historical and contemporary meanings. In Alana Valentine’s new play, the cultural meaning of the hijab has become a wedge between generations.

    At the heart of Shafana and Aunt Sarrinah is the relationship between an aunt and her niece. Both devout Muslims, the younger woman wants to put on a headscarf, the older woman tries to dissuade her. For Aunt Sarrinah, the hijab represents a world from which she has escaped; for her niece, Shafana, it is a personal statement of renewed faith. 
    Alana Valentine has written a startling meditation on the clash between individual freedom and community reaction and, as academic Christina Ho acclaims, ‘ a quietly insightful intervention that portrays what media headlines never can; the multiple meanings of the headscarf for Muslim women’.

    To read an extract from Shafana and Aunt Sarrinah, see this PDF.

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    Run Rabbit Run

    When the National Rugby League thought they could jettison the Rabbitohs to streamline their competition they were in for a shock. South Sydney, a proud club that had won more premierships than any other, refused to lie down. Valentine’s play is a verbatim piece about the battle to overturn the decision. Based on extensive interviews with both the public faces of the campaign and the grassroots supporters, this is a story of passion and politics that goes beyond football. For when South Sydney came out fighting they proved the importance of community and the power of momentum. Their battle in the courts and streets of Sydney captured the imagination of the wider population as they successfully fought to regain the right to play league football at the top level.

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    Savage Grace & Love Potions

    Savage Grace: During his residency at an Australian hospital, Dr Tex Cladakis, an American HIV specialist, meets bioethics professor Robert Bavaro. They clash over ethical issues, but despite or perhaps because of this, a passionate sexual affair develops between them. As Cladakis considers assisting the suicide of one of his terminally ill patients, the moral ground shifts and the stakes escalate, threatening their personal beliefs and the trust and love that is growing between them.

    Love Potions: Three couples negotiate their way into intimacy, aided by tea, wine and chocolate. Love Potions has a pre-coital first half and a post-coital second, intercut with some naughty and very sexy verbatim revelations. More than a celebration of the nexus between sex and food, these clever, short plays are tender and passionate glimpses of human nature at its most vulnerable. Why do some people develop a sensuous relationship with their world and others remain indifferent to the subtleties of flavour, texture and taste?

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    Singing the Lonely Heart & Ozone

    Singing the Lonely Heart: Loosely based on the life of Southern American writer Carson McCullers, this Gothic fantasia reveals writer Alana Valentine's engagement with a compelling magic realist style. Set in Columbus, Georgia, in the late 1920s, the play opens at a travelling freak show, where Carson first becomes aware of her sense of difference. It goes on to depict an unconventional Southern upbringing and its inevitable clash with the narrow-minded attitudes of small town America—particularly its racial and sexual prejudices. Out of this conflict Carson emerges as a character who is at once disarmingly frank and worldly yet strangely innocent and affecting.

    'This is less a neat chronology of a famous life, and more a series of illuminations around the edgy sensibility of a writer and outcast' Martin Portus, Sydney Star Observer

    Ozone: A man has been stripped of his skin, just as the world is being stripped of its protective membrane of life-saving ozone. But flying back with him on the flight to Australia are four deal-makers who have in their power the ability to reverse both his and the globe's fate. Or do they? A surreal and hilarious comic farce meets a deadly environmental thriller in this compelling drama which fuses the pain of love with the horrors of global warming.

    'Underlying this zany comedy is a three layered metaphor about protection—from the ozone layer that protects the planet, the plane that protects the travellers and the human skin that protects the individual.' Alison Cotes, Brisbane Courier Mail

  • The Conjurers

    Two magicians are touring their show along the Great Ocean Road of south-western Victoria. The further down the coast they travel, the more they are drawn into a mystical world of self-realisation and discovery about one another and the country around them. When the magicians assistant, Gala, begins to conjure out of the sea the ghost of a Sea Captain, whose ship was wrecked on rocks in 1845, the drama becomes a life and death struggle between reality and illusion.
  • Swimming the Globe

    Two swimmers have their sights set on Olympic Gold: Stace and Igorina. Stace lives and trains in Australia and is starting to make her way up the competition ladder. Igorina lives in an unnamed war zone with little possibility of athletic glory. Their stories are linked by Mark Monroe, a sports journalist and war correspondent whose life is altered and affected by the changing fortunes of both girls. As the Olympics draws near, Igorina urges Stace to an action which could make her lose everything.

    A play about teenage ambition and the Olympic ideal.

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