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Blending fact and fiction — new perspectives on well-known plays. A take on theatre we don't get nearly enough. Celebrated voices honoring, dissecting, and elevating classics through today's lens.

Responses to classic plays

I Wanted (Even) More From Our Classics

As if we don't ask enough of the canon already

I'm happy to meet halfway, of course. More than, if the idea's good enough. And writers on writers is intriguing, however you cut it. Which is why I knew the best project management approach was to offer as much stakeholder autonomy as possible. Plus easy access to whatever they needed to make magic. Ironing out kinks wherever they buckled. From A - B - Z and beyond. Always in service of the work, but with plenty of awe and magic in the mix for kicks.

Magicians on Magicians

Each playwright stared down the barrel of the past

Who else would you as to connect veins between past and present than 17 of Ausralia's greatest writers? Each of them humanising well worn tales for the umpteenth time. To the delight of many that can remember when these tales changed their life's trajectory. Helping them breathe. Or laugh again. To trust and love. To be loved in return. And so it will be for those yet to come, and these 17 responses will be there to offer insight and reflections that shine a full spectrum of light upon these living, breathing legends, also known as classics.

Seventeen reflections on the same old pieces. Infused with surprise and delight. In ways only magicians can muster.

Project Manager & Series Editor

Greenlit, In The Can, Wrapped & Reported

I conceived of the idea and secured 2 rounds of grant funding from the Australian Copyright Council. I was the project manager and editor for both rounds. Getting some of our country's greatest writers paid what they deserve.

Secured grants from the Copyright Agency Limited over two years, which funded all writers' fees, designer's fees, and a sizeable portion of production costs.

Commissioned some of the most renowned and respected playwrights in Australia to write responses to classic plays, offering insights and personal reflections on the work of their peers.

Edited all responses in the series, working with playwrights to ensure their work was the most potent and visceral that it could be, whilst also being accessible and pertinent to the target market.

Commissioned Australian designer (Miranda Costa) to create cover art for all responses and the series overall.

Insights and personal responses to the work of their peers

Essayists

Jada Alberts, Van Badham, Hilary Bell, Angela Betzien, Wesley Enoch, John Harding, Tom Holloway, Finegan Kruckemeyer, Linda Jaivin, Andrea James, Noëlle Janaczewska, Kate Mulvany, Roslyn Oades, Hannie Rayson, Melissa Reeves, Stephen Sewell and Alana Valentine.

Plays

Stories in the Dark by Debra Oswald, The Removalists by David Williamson, Away by Michael Gow, Shafana and Aunt Sarrinah by Alana Valentine, The Secret River and Speaking in Tongues by Andrew Bovell, No Sugar by Jack Davis, Do Not Go Gentle and Boy Overboard by Patricia Cornelius, Radiance and Cosi by Louis Nowra, The Chapel Perilous by Dorothy Hewett, Blackrock by Nick Enright, Hotel Sorrento by Hannie Rayson, Neighborhood Watch by Lally Katz, Norm and Ahmed by Alex Buzo, and The Summer of the Seventeenth Doll by Ray Lawler.

Currency Press in association with the Copyright Agency Limited

Extra magic

Download all the titles in the series here. They're free of charge and available in PDF format, so you can read them anywhere, anytime.

Credits

Main image: 'Masque Romain Antique—Museo Pio-Clementino'

Photographer: Cortile Ottagono

Cover art by Miranda Costa

© Currency Press, 2016

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