STORYTELLERS 2019

27 AUGUST - 07 SEPTEMBER

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TUESDAY 3 SEPTEMBER 7.30 PM

Help Yourself by Keziah Warner

A comedy about the complexity of human relationships, real and imagined. Joni has the perfect relationship, in fact, it's too good to be true. When her mother invites Joni's imaginary boyfriend to dinner, hilarity ensues.

Directed by Lucy Clements With: Di Adams, Brandon McLelland, Chantelle Jameison, Claire Lovering, Jake Speer

WEDNESDAY 4 SEPTEMBER 7.30 PM

Mother Tongue A powerful night of female voices and stories

Stella Started It by Donna Abela • Dead Skin by Laneikka Denne • Tower Living by Hannah Grant • The Witch by Alison Rooke • Tampax? by Chloe Schwank • The Princess Party by Samira Spring • History by Lily Stewart

Directors: Kim Hardwick, Sophie Kelly, Jane Grimley With: Zoe Carides, , Deborah Galanos, Eloise Snape, Rizcel Gagawanan, Victoria Greiner, Camilla Turnbull, Chloe Schwank, , Lily Stewart, Hannah Grant, Alicia Fox, Andrew Guy, Meg Clarke, Jasmin Simmons, Alexandra Morgan

THURSDAY 5 SEPTEMBER 7.30 PM

Ties that Bind: Tales of inescapable human connection

The World According to Jerry by Xavier Coy • New Gods by Mark Langham • I Think I Hate Myself by Jasper Lee-Lindsay • Karma by Michelle Morgan • Crocodiles by Vidya Rajan • Lilac by Jackson Used

Directed by: Shane Anthony, Erica Brennan, Rebecca Blake, Patrick Howard With: Mark Langham, Lib Foster, Kieran Foster, Brendan Miles, Kate Skinner, Tom Matthews, Dilroop Khangura, Amelia Campbell, Tim Kemp, Brett Rogers, Samm Ward, Morgan McGuire, Suz Mawer, Abi Rayment, Eloise Snape, Guy O’Grady

FRIDAY 6 SEPTEMBER 7.30 PM

REINVENTIONS New stories inspired by classic works

Factory by Christopher Bryant (after Marat/Sade) • The Starchitect by Emma Gibson (afterThe Master Builder) • (We Ate) The Poisoned Apple by Lana Morgan (after The Twelve Dancing Princesses)

DIRECTORS: Kirsty Kiloh, Luke Holmes WITH Keila Terencio, Suz Mawer, Rizcel Gagawanan, Mary Haire, Dilroop Khangura, Kaitlyn Thor, Firdaws Adelpour, Alexander Spinks, Zeadala, Yana Morgan, Steve Corner, Madeline Stedman, Lucy Green

SATURDAY 7 SEPTEMBER 3.00 PM

You’re Not Special by Sam O’Sullivan

A dark romantic comedy about relationships, technology and the dangerous line between truth and fiction in a digital age.

Dir: Dom Mercer, with Aileen Huynh, Jack Angwin, & Kate Cheel

SATURDAY 7 SEPTEMBER 7.30 PM || FIRST OR WORST

Australia’s great writers share their s#!t for one night only. A hilarious night of writing that has deliberately been kept from public view, until now. Performed by a stellar cast, this is writing never to be seen again. Seriously.

With work from Lucy Bell, Lachlan Philpott, Caleb Lewis and more


TUESDAY 27 SEPTEMBER 7.30 PM

Rage Room by Angus Evans + bonus The Chair Light as a Feather by Andrew Lindsay

Dir: Fiona Hallenan-Barker With Claudia Barrie, Richard Cox, Will Bartolo, Lara Lightfoot, Helen Tonkin, Karlie Evans, Jasmin Simmons, Alex Kelly, Andrew Lindsay

WEDNESDAY 28 SEPTEMBER 7.30 PM

LAUNCH EVENT A taster of new work from Festival writers ++ a networking night for writers and industry on the KX Hotel rooftop.

THURSDAY 29 SEPTEMBER 7.30 PM

Ties that Bind: Tales of inescapable human connection

The World According to Jerry by Xavier Coy • New Gods by Mark Langham • I Think I Hate Myself by Jasper Lee-Lindsay • Karma by Michelle Morgan • Crocodiles by Vidya Rajan • Lilac by Jackson Used

Directed by: Shane Anthony, Erica Brennan, Rebecca Blake, Patrick Howard With: Mark Langham, Lib Foster, Kieran Foster, Brendan Miles, Kate Skinner, Tom Matthews, Dilroop Khangura, Amelia Campbell, Tim Kemp, Brett Rogers, Samm Ward, Morgan McGuire, Suz Mawer, Abi Rayment, Eloise Snape, Guy O’Grady

FRIDAY 30 SEPTEMBER 7.30 PM

Mother Tongue A powerful night of female voices and stories

Stella Started It by Donna Abela • Dead Skin by Laneikka Denne • Tower Living by Hannah Grant • The Witch by Alison Rooke • Tampax? by Chloe Schwank • The Princess Party by Samira Spring • History by Lily Stewart

Directors: Kim Hardwick, Sophie Kelly, Jane Grimley With: Zoe Carides, , Deborah Galanos, Eloise Snape, Rizcel Gagawanan, Victoria Greiner, Camilla Turnbull, Chloe Schwank, , Lily Stewart, Hannah Grant, Alicia Fox, Andrew Guy, Meg Clarke, Jasmin Simmons, Alexandra Morgan

SATURDAY 31 AUGUST 3.00 PM

REINVENTIONS New stories inspired by classic works

Factory by Christopher Bryant (after Marat/Sade) • The Starchitect by Emma Gibson (afterThe Master Builder) • (We Ate) The Poisoned Apple by Lana Morgan (after The Twelve Dancing Princesses)

DIRECTORS: Kirsty Kiloh, Luke Holmes WITH Keila Terencio, Suz Mawer, Rizcel Gagawanan, Mary Haire, Dilroop Khangura, Kaitlyn Thor, Firdaws Adelpour, Alexander Spinks, Zeadala, Yana Morgan, Steve Corner, Madeline Stedman, Lucy Green

SATURDAY 31 AUGUST 7.30 PM

The Greer Effect by Vanessa O'Neill

Keeping Time by Sophia Davidson Gluyas & Max Hopwood

A new work about Australia's most renowned and outspoken feminist, and a local story told with heart, humour and music.

Cathy Hunt With: Elizabeth Nabben, Amanda Stephens-Lee
Sophia Davidson Gluyas With: Ben Gerrard, Margarita Gershkovich, Graeme McRae, Dannielle Jackson

SUNDAY 1 SEPTEMBER 5.00 PM

Son of Byblos by James Elazzi

Adam and Claire, cousins from Lebanese Australian families, come to terms with their sexualities, at odds with cultural expectations. An urgent new play from the writer of Omar and Dawn.

DIRECTOR Dino Dimitriadis with Mansoor Noor, Nisrine Armine, Simon Elrahi, Deboarah Galanos

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What’s in it for writers? Storytellers Festival is a showcase of new work. The Festival provides an opportunity to share work and invite people to hear your work, to further generate audience interest in new Australian writing, create new networking opportunities for writers, and encourage industry to hear work that is ready for production. Last year many writers connected with directors, producers and other artists taking these relationships forward with their work. A number of writers had their work programmed or continued developing their work following its Festival presentation.

Ticket prices will be kept low to encourage repeat audience attendance throughout the Festival. Box office will cover costs (minimal) after which 100% of remaining box office will be shared as a remuneration for participating writers, in both Spotlight and House Lights categories.

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