PLAYS PRODUCED IN 2008 THAT WERE READ AT PARNASSUS’ DEN IN 2007
- Men, Love & the Monkey Boy (Winner of the 2007 Mitch Mathews Award) – by Caleb Lewis – produced by Darlinghurst Theatre & Parramatta Riverside Theatres, April 2008
- Hollow Ground – by Nick Parsons – produced by Old Nick Theatre Co ( Tasmania), June 2008
- Colder – by Lachlan Philpott – produced by Stablemates, Griffin Theatre, May 2008
Some of the other successes that writers have had after
readings of their work at Parnassus' Den in recent
Mary Rachel Brown
Mary's biting and controversial play "National
Security and the Art of Taxidermy", read
at PD in 2004 was produced by the Glynn Nicholas
Group as part of B-Sharp's 2005 season.
Ron's play "Wrongful Life" read at PD in 2004
was produced in Melbourne in 2005 at Chapel on
Chapel, directed by Dave Letch.
Caleb's play "Nailed" was read at PD in 2004.
The Griffin Theatre Company produced the play
as part of its 2005 season later this year starring
Tim Draxl and Ursula Yovich.
"Unspoken" - After a reading in 2004, Rebecca
Clake's amazing one woman show was performed in
May 2005 to rave reviews at the Old Fitzroy Theatre
Victoria's play "Jumping and All That " was developed
at PD in 2003/4. After its initial reading PD
selected it for a next stage development reading
which was presented at the NSW Writers Centre
in 2004. The play was produced at The Old Fitzroy
Theatre in May 2005
Parnassus' Den read Paul's magical play of blind
love titled "Night Swimming" in April 1996. After
redrafting the play and rewriting it as a radio
play, "Night Swimming" was the winner of the 2002
AWGIE for writing for radio.
Vanessa (one of the Parnassus' Den Writers and
Actors) had her play "Happy With Half of Your
Life" read at PD in late 2002, performed her play
at the Edinburgh Festival in 2003 as well as other
seasons in other European centres including Prague.
This followed a hugely successful season in Perth.
The play was produced in December 2004 as part
of Darlinhurst Theatre's IN THE RAW season PD
was involved with the early development of the
piece. Here's what the critics said:
"This is near perfect piece of monologue theatre"
- The Scotsman
**** "Heartfelt and courageous, clever and
funny, thought provoking and life affirming" -
The Scotsman, August 2002
**** " Engrossing.....elegant.....emotional"
- The List
"Scintillating, so bright she could even outshine
a mirror ball" - The West Australian
Vanessa is making big waves in the UK. Her play
"Camarilla" which was read at Parnassus' Den late
in 2002, transferred to the Old Red Lion Theatre
in London in October 2003, for a four week season,
after a stunning season at the Edinburgh Festival
this year. Critics have described her play as:
"Stunning" - The Independent
"Explosive" - The Guardian
"Startling" - The Scotsman
"It would be hard to imagine a more relevant
new play" - The Stage
"presents us with some strong writing from
a major hand that makes the evening, for the most
part, an event in which to rejoice." - Indie
Jon Williams and Steve
Jon and Steve's play "Purgatory Down Under" had
several readings at Parnassus Den had a sell-out
reading by actors John Howard, Tony Martin, Tina
Bursill and Jenni Baird at the Sydney Opera House
on World Refugee Day 2003.
It transferred to the Old Fitzroy Hotel Theatre
for a three week season in July 2003.
"The writing is brilliant. The dialogue sparkles
with wit and satirical bite. It's a comedy, but
with moments of high drama and true pathos."
- Green Left Weekly
Linda, a successful and published writer, had
her play "Seeking Djira" originally titled "The
Writers" read at Parnassus' Den on 3 June 2002.
It was selected for a Parnassus' Den "next stage"
reading at the NSW Writer's Centre on 21 March
2003. Subsequent to that it was produced at Fortyfivedownstairs
in Melbourne in August in 2003. The critics said:
"Jaivin's writing is racy, direct and wickedly
"The play is enormously enjoyable - a welcome
"translation" of a serious and shocking moral
issue into the kind of popular currency that might
achieve more than any tragic treatment of the
subject." - The Age (Melb)
Deborah's play - "Cry Wolf" which had a reading
at Parnassus' Den on 10 February 2003 has been
listed with an "honourable mention"
in the final 8 of the New York New Plays of Merit
Competition. Deborah writes :
"The reading we had in Feb enabled me to do
the necessary editing of the play to get it to
this point of such honour. Thanks. Deb".
Diana had her play "Havana Harlem" read at Parnassus'
Den on 16 June 2003, had the play workshopped
at the 6th Women Playwrights International Conference
in Manila in November 2003. The conference brings
together hundreds of playwrights from all
over the world, and has been held every three
years since 1988. It has been to Buffalo, Toronto,
Adelaide, Galway, and Athens.
"Howard the Arselicker" by D.B. Valentine was
read at PD early in 2004. A biting political satire
designed to be performed at the time of the federal
election, "Howard The Arselicker" was produced
at the Downstairs Theatre, Seymour Centre, Sydney
closing on election night itself.
After its reading at PD in 2003, Brenda travelled
to the UK and had her play "The Fulham Jesus"
performed in a season of pub theatre in London.
"The Fulham Jesus" has been allocated a season
at the SBW StablesTheatre, Sydney in December
Angus had his short play "Tea" read at PD in 1997.
A subsequent draft was submitted to the "Short
and Sweet" festival in 2003 held at the Newtown
Theatre in Sydney. "Tea" was selected as one of
the finalists in the festival and won the award
for best actress. The the play itself was picked
up by the festival and is being produced as part
of the "best-of" season of short plays touring
in Melbourne and transferring to the Sydney Opera
House studio in December 2004.