play thirty eight: black medea

Author: Wesley Enoch Published: 2007 Synopsis: “Black Medea is Wesley Enoch’s richly poetic adaptation of Euripides’ Medea. Blending the cultures of Ancient Greek and Indigenous storytelling, Enoch weaves a commentary on contemporary Aboriginal experience.” (Synopsis taken from here). What moved me: The brilliance of this work is the deftness with which Enoch has insinuated the Medea narrative…

play thirty: brothers wreck

Author: Jada Alberts Published: 2014 Synopsis: A Darwin family try to deal with their grief as it ripples out from the most recent death in their community. Young Ruben, Joe, and Jarrod had a good thing going with their patched up fishing boat, the Front Yard Challenge. Disaster strikes even harder, then, when Joe decides to kill himself. Ruben…

play twenty nine: moth

Author: Declan Greene Published: 2010 Synopsis: Sebastian and Claryssa live on the lowest rung of the high school ladder. Both 15, their friendship (perhaps by default, perhaps by choice) mitigates their unlovability. Something’s wrong with Sebastian, though. He keeps coughing up blood. It’s up to Claryssa to work out how loneliness and the cruelty of…

play twenty eight: love me tender

Author: Tom Holloway Published: 2010 Synopsis: Father is a fire-fighter, the local hero, and his youngest daughter has just been born. His love for her is unlike any other kind of love – deep, long, protective – but as she heads towards adolescence he has to confront how our hyper-sexual culture is forcing young girls…

play nineteen: the dark room

Author: Angela Betzien Published: 2009 Synopsis: A deep night in a hotel room somewhere in the Northern Territory spans time and space to show how six lost souls encounter and mark each other irrevocably. What moved me: the quality of tension Betzien creates in her work. The image that springs to mind is that moment in the…