Alana Valentine has a Graduate Diploma in Museum Studies (with Merit) from the University of Sydney (2000) and an abiding interest in all forms of Australian history. She is one of Australia's most diverse and award-winning writers and two of her main stage works Parramatta Girls and Run Rabbit Run are currently on the HSC Drama syllabus in NSW.
Artists are observant. Artists are trained to look closely at things, and to look beyond what everyone else is noticing. London's Central Saint Martins, the world famous art school which produced such fashion luminaries as Alexander McQueen and John Galliano, offers a short course called Cool Hunters, London. It's designed to teach students how to think like an artist, how to sharpen their powers of observation and see beyond the surface of now to the texture and shape of the future.
But what are the competing demands and pitfalls of becoming a cool hunter? And what role do socks with sandals play? Writer and broadcaster Alana Valentine went to London to find out.
This collection of short plays reflect Alana Valentine's expertise in writing compelling theatre for Cultural institutions, Museums and Schools. They are dynamic and dramatic interpretations of significant historical and contemporary subjects which sparkle with humor, poignancy and entertainment! Suitable to be performed by school children, amateurs and professionals alike in a variety of educational or entertainment contexts.
THE PROSPECTORS tells the tale of two miners seeking their luck on the Eureka goldfields in 1854.
THE MAPMAKER'S BROTHER follows Samuel Flinders as he journeys around Australia with his circumnavigating brother Matthew.
RADIO SILENCE goes inside the worried mind of a WWII WAAF as she waits for the return of a Lancaster bomber on a mission over Germany.
MOSES JOSEPH chronicles ten significant moments in the life of a prominent convict Jewish settler.
RATTICUS AND REIDAR are two Norwegian brown rats who take us behind the scenes of life in Sydney's Hyde Park convict barracks.
THE MODEST AUSSIE COZZIE dramatizes the early career of Arab-Australian burquini designer, Aheda Zanetti.
TALES OF GALILEO is three short plays where the Italian genius meets Charles Darwin, lsaac Newton and Caroline Hershel to talk about science that threatens religious doctrine.
Winner of the 1999 AWGIE for Best Original Radio Drama, nominated for a 2000 Premier's Literary Award in the Script Writing Category.
A man goes to a salon that can style his way of speaking, in the same way as a hair salon styles hair. Streaks of dry humour here, expletive extensions there, and a rather special wash to get rid of all those politically correct words.
• Radio play
• 9 Actors, non gender specific
Nominated for an AWGIE in 1998 in the Radio Category.
Commissioned by ABC Audio Art's programme Radio Eye as part of their month-long series on meat.
This is a programme which extends the concept of meat out into the notion of the 'meat of the spirit'. It investigates the meaning that people attach to the taking of the body and blood of a divine being, in this case, the lamb of God in Christ.
The piece combines edited interview excerpts with believers who in some way have been denied communion or have an ambivalent relationship to it because of their sexuality or ethnicity. Parallel to these interview segments is the dramatic journey of two characters, Faith and Doubt. Also in the programme two pastors, a man and a woman consecrate and serve the communion ritual.
• Radio play
• 2 Females
When Lawrence discovers that his mother Gladys is dead, he goes into shock. He refuses to accept it and against the advice of his lover, Marty, takes her corpse in a wheelchair to the football for the big South Sydney/Manly Grand Final.
Screamers juxtaposes emotional trauma with black humour to examine the nature of grief.
• Radio play, 60 minutes
• 2 Males
• 2 Females