part one: phallacy of dramatic action

The patriarchy has a lot to answer for. That’s it, end of essay. —— For those who need more proof: The tentacles of patriarchy curl around, into, through so many aspects of our lives. It is so pervasive that it often goes unnoticed, unchallenged; if there’s an elephant in every room, you stop seeing it…

the puppet regime by georgie harriss

Hi readers! The Puppet Regime (a title I’m growing to hate) started life as a screenplay back in 2015 and has been struggling to find its rhythm ever since. People who read the screenplay agreed that it was far too claustrophobic for the screen, and its conversion to a stage play has been troublesome at…

quite drunk, very jesus-y by grace de morgan

No rest for the wicked. Two dinner and shows a week apart and we are READY. Our next writer is the wonderful Grace de Morgan, who reflects here on the intersection of faith, politics, and friendship.  A week out from doing this play development, I’m feeling quite nauseous. Postal votes have gone out and my Facebook…

sorry i love you by brendan mcdougall

Here are some thoughts from our upcoming dinner and a show writer Brendan McDougall on his new play Sorry I Love You. G’day reader! I’m Brendan and I’m trying to write this play called ‘Sorry I Love You’. I’m pretty garbage at writing about my own writing, and I’m still trying to work out whether this is…

wonder women by hayley lawson-smith

Our sixth D + S writer Hayley Lawson-Smith reflects on the Wonder Woman zeitgeist ahead of her session with us on her new work Fly. Strong women don’t come from other planets. Okay, to be honest, I had to Google the backstory of Wonder Woman to double-check where on earth, (if it was earth?), she came…