dinner and a show was a two-year development program that brought new writing into a shared social space. All the writer needed was a willingness to share their work.
Every month, a different writer was invited to participate. Artists were arranged to read the work and a home-cooked meal was provided for all those attending. The writer’s draft was read by the group and then discussed over dinner. The discussion was facilitated by program directors (and cooks) Julian Dibley-Hall and Olivia Satchell.
It was our greatest pleasure to run dinner and a show. We wanted to provide a practice-based coming together by using the ritual of a shared meal as a framework for discussing new work.
This zine (above) is a collection of some of the work shared with us during this time. For each writer, you’ll find a statement of context for their excerpt, as well as a few pages from the script they brought to the dinner.
This program was only made possible by the generosity of the SBW Foundation and the Rodney Seaborn Playwriting Support Fund.
We would like to thank all our writers and readers for their generosity, and also extend a special thanks to the incredibly gifted Hannah Cox for these custom illustrations.
Liv and Jules x
Georgie Harriss – The Puppet Regime
Amelia Newman – Ghosts are Real
Jai Leeworthy – Dogshrine
Alberto Di Troia – Big Things
Fiona Spitzkowsky – Laura
Charles O’Grady – ghostboy
Hayley Lawson-Smith – The Nativity Play or We Three
Genevieve Atkins – Bedtime Stories for Girls
Jane e Thompson – Standing on the Steps of Private Planes
Angus Cameron – in the mirror, darkly
Christopher Bryant – The Great Dark Spot
Fiona Spitzkowksy – The View From Up Here
Jane E. Thompson – The Narcissism of Small Differences
Eric Gardiner – BARON バロン
Emily Sheehan – Fucked Up White Girls
Hayley Lawson-Smith – Fly
Brendan McDougall – Sorry I Love You
Grace De Morgan – Quite Drunk Very Jesus-y