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My Father’s Wars – live theatre

My Father’s Wars – live theatre

From 17 year old soldiers’ letters home to podcasts, to readings and conversations, to theatre… My Father’s Wars explores two journeys – that of a young man to adulthood in a war, and the intergenerational impact of that trauma on his family.  That young fella was my dad. He enlisted…

My Father’s Wars – the live read

My Father’s Wars – the live read

The My Father’s Wars podcasts are 5 episodes (45 minutes) about the experiences of a young lieutenant on the Western Front in 1917/18 (my father) and how they impacted him, and us, later, in family life.  They’re designed to be available to anyone, anywhere in the country who may have…

My Father’s Wars, as I Found Them… the development of the podcasts for live performance

My Father’s Wars, as I Found Them… the development of the podcasts for live performance

Okay – there’s a new thing in play: My Father’s Wars as a live theatre performance.  And this current development – My Father’s Wars, as I found them…  is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland, and by the Queensland Performing Arts Centre and by the Tivoli. My Father’s Wars began life as a series…

Put Out into the Deep

Put Out into the Deep

An audio thriller about a group of young Australian AWAS girls who intercepted for Douglas MacArthur’s secret Intelligence organisation in Brisbane, Central Bureau. Gradually, one of them becomes convinced there’s a threat right on the doorstep – just out in the Bay – but it’s elusive… By early 1942, the…

The Dogs in the Schoolyard | Flipside Circus

The Dogs in the Schoolyard | Flipside Circus

I approached Flipside Circus in 2017 with an idea I had for a show for a young audience – on the difficult subject of exclusion. I translated humans into dog-children: insiders and outsiders, pack dynamics, what happens when one dog is excluded from the pack…  but this work needed to…

The Reid Thorpe Files

The Reid Thorpe Files

This is a true crime podcast. This young man was murdered in March 1944. Two Australians, a 23 year old ‘domestic’ and a 40 year old taxi-driver, were charged with his murder… One of the extraordinary things about the process of research is serendipity.  The things you come across by chance…

Past

Gloria

Gloria

A few years ago, I wrote a play with songs (Gloria) about a rock diva/chanteuse who had left her 2 year old behind in Australia and gone to Europe in the 70’s.  In her 50s she returns to try to reestablish contact – but has a stroke and her mind fractures.  So,…

RISK

RISK

Metro Arts 2008 | Umber Productions Set in the state forests just north of Brisbane, RISK examines the lives of young people living in towns that live ‘between’ – between the city and the bush, between Friday night and Monday morning, between olds that come and go, between teenage dreams…

Water Wars

Water Wars

La Boite Indie 2011 | Umber productions Water Wars is a timely and darkly funny exploration of what happens between neighbours as the drought gets longer and tougher and then gets renamed as a ‘dry’… Set just into the future – when our communities face on-going water scarcity – Water…