The R E Ross Trust Playwrights’ Script Development Awards are designed to foster Victoria’s theatre industry by providing support to Victorian-based writers to develop their play scripts. Over the past decade the Awards have produced many wonderful new plays – and most have all had their first public rehearsed reading at fortyfivedownstairs.
Thursday 14 August
Oriel by Merrilee Moss
Told in a series of flashbacks, Oriel depicts the left wing bohemian world of the playwright Oriel in the early 1950’s. Oriel is played out in vibrant moments between Oriel’s passionate love life, and her involvement with New Theatre Sydney, and the Australian Communist Party. In 1955, Oriel Gray shared the prize for best play with Ray Lawler’s Summer of the Seventeenth Doll, but since then has faded from public memory.
WRITER: Merrilee Moss
DIRECTOR: Kim Durban
PERFORMERS: Sarah Hamilton, Adrian Dean, Spencer Scholz, Alyson Gale, Nicolette Minster