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50 Australian playwrights send a postcard to the nation.

A project of Playwriting Australia.

At a time when a pandemic has forced reflection and change, some of Australia’s best playwrights tell stories of where our nation is and where it might go. 50 fearless and inspiring short monologues have been self-recorded by 50 actors, many in their own homes, to explore the diverse voices of this country.

An impressive collective of Australian actors perform the monologues, including Jack Thompson, Miranda Tapsell, Helen Thomson, Danielle Cormack, Peter Carroll and Tasma Walton.

Participating playwrights include Richard Frankland, Nakkiah Lui, Anchuli Felicia King, Suzie Miller and Jada Alberts.


  All Dear Australia videos are closed captioned.

 

Part One

89 minutes, including a short break
Available until 1 September 2020

 


Part Two

80 minutes, including a short break
Available until 1 September 2020

 


Part Three

77 minutes, including a short break
Available until 1 September 2020

 

 

★★★★ “All theatregoers should watch this … polyphonic suite of dramatic shorts that holds a mirror to the national soul.”

The Age

 

“… at times the effect is uncomfortably intimate”

The Guardian

 

Warning

Some stories contain strong language, sexual references and adult themes, including references to miscarriage, suicide and domestic violence, and may be unsuitable for some audiences.

 

In Conversation

Filmed the evening before Part Three streamed live, three writers unpack some of the telling themes of the Dear Australia microplays, including their own, and comment on their context in a COVID world. Moderated by Nakkiah Lui and featuring Aainisa Vylet and Donna Abela. Recorded at Sydney Opera House as part of their Digital Season.

 

 

Notes

The scripts of the Dear Australia monologues have been published by Australian Plays.

 

Credits

Presented by Playwriting Australia

 

Dear Australia is inspired by a project of the Abbey Theatre, Ireland

 

 

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