VDL Awards Entries 2023

All My Sons

Williamstown Little Theatre Inc.
8 Feb 2023 - 25 Feb 2023

Joe and Kate Keller are at the heart of the American dream. They have an ideal family, raising two sons, Larry and Chris, live in a modest home and own a successful business building airplane parts during World War 2. However, their dream starts to crack when their elder son goes missing in action. Kate clings desperately to the hope that he is still alive and a familiar visitor arrives to divulge secrets from the past that will tear their lives apart.
All My Sons is a moving exploration of the human condition, guilt, justice and the mistaken belief of the American Dream.

Author: Arthur Miller

Director: Loretta Bishop

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Lilydale Athenaeum Theatre Co. Inc.
9 Feb 2023 - 25 Feb 2023

A celebrated federal judge, Roger.
His son, Michael, a born-again Christian.
His daughter, Emily, a Border Force officer.
Her partner, Noeline, the captain of a Border Force ship.
His other daughter, Lisa, a left-wing activist.
His wife, Sue, who has worked all her life to keep the family together.
Saba, an asylum seeker on the run from Nauru.
On the eve of his birthday, is it too much to expect his wife and three children to celebrate with him?

Agent: Cameron's Management

Author: David Williamson

Director: Ian Frost

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The Effect

Mordialloc Theatre Co. Inc.
17 Feb 2023 - 4 Mar 2023

The Effect is set during a clinical trial where paid volunteers test new pharmaceutical drugs in hopes of finding a cure for depression. Under the supervision of Dr. Lorna James, two patients, Connie and Tristan, are tested in more ways than one. Their attraction to each other becomes increasingly passionate and out of control as the dosage of the drug gets higher. The question is whether the growing intensity between the two is a side effect of the drug or real. Throughout the trial, opposing views within the medical profession are presented through Dr. James, the physician in charge, and the Pharma company doctor Toby Sealey. The sudden and illicit romance between Connie and Tristan forces the supervising doctors to face off over the ethical consequences of their work.

Author: Lucy Prebble

Director: Claire Abagia

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Heidelberg Theatre Co.
17 Feb 2023 - 4 Mar 2023

The Ladykillers is a classic thriller farce set in 1950s London, England. A sweet little old lady, alone in her house, is pitted against a gang of criminal misfits.

Posing as amateur musicians, Professor Marcus and his gang rent a ‘rehearsal room’ in the lopsided house of sweet but strict Mrs Wilberforce. The villains plot to involve her, unwittingly, in Marcus’ brilliantly conceived heist job. But, when Mrs Wilberforce becomes wise to their ruse, Marcus concludes there’s only one way to keep the old lady quiet. With only her parrot, General Gordon, to help her, Mrs Wilberforce is alone with five desperate men. Who will be forced to face the music?

An evening of hilarity with characters improvising at frantic speed.

Agent: ORIGIN TM Theatrical on Behalf of Samuel French Inc. A Concord Theatrical Company

Author: Graham Linehan

Director: Chris McLean

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The Revlon Girl

Brighton Theatre Co.
17 Feb 2023 - 4 Mar 2023

Winner of the 2018 Offie (Off West End) Award for Best New Play and nominated for a 2018 Olivier Award, The Revlon Girl is a story of grief, hope, guilt and make-up in the aftermath of the 1966 Aberfan disaster. In this tragic incident 144 people, including 116 children, were killed when a mountain of coal waste crushed homes and a school in the small Welsh town. While the immediate aftermath was recently portrayed in The Crown S3, this play is set eight months after the disaster and depicts four bereaved mothers who meet with a Revlon makeup artist in the local pub one evening to talk, cry and even laugh without feeling guilty – all while navigating how to cope with heart-breaking loss.

Agent: Origin Theatrical Pty Ltd

Author: Neil Anthony Docking

Director: Natasha Boyd

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Beaumaris Theatre Inc.
10 Mar 2023 - 25 Mar 2023

For seven years a certain boy wizard went to a certain Wizard School and conquered evil. This, however, is not his story. This is the story of the Puffs…who justbhappened to be there too. A tale for anyone who has never been destined to save the world.

Puffs is not authorised, sanctioned, licenced or endorsed by J.K Rowling, Warner Brothers or any person or company associated with the Harry Potter books, films or play.

Agent: ORiGiN Theatrical

Author: Matt Cox

Director: Kristina Doucouliagos & Dan Bellis

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The Laramie Project Ten Years Later

Off The Leash Theatre Inc
16 Mar 2023 - 18 Mar 2023

Agent: MTI

Author: Moises Kaufman, Leigh Fondakowski, Greg Pierotti, Andy Paris and Stephen Belber.

Director: Todd Miller

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Puffs, or Seven Increasingly Eventful Years at a Certain School of Magic and Magic

Essendon Theatre Co.
23 Mar 2023 - 1 Apr 2023

For seven years a certain boy wizard went to a certain Wizard School and conquered evil. This, however, is not his story. This is the story of the Puffs… who just happened to be there too. A tale for anyone who has never been destined to save the world.

Agent: Origin Theatrical

Author: Matt Cox

Director: Alexander Gibbs

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Things I Know To Be True

Frankston Theatre Group Inc.
24 Mar 2023 - 2 Apr 2023

Bob and Fran Price have loved each other for over thirty years. They have built a home and raised four strong children. At the end of it all, they are left asking: Was it worth it? Who are we, now that the children have gone?

Things I Know to be True is a funny and honest account of family life in the Australian suburbs. Over the course of one year, the four adult Price children struggle to establish their identities and deal with personal crises.

Bovell structures his play around a single year, and over its course each of the Price children hits a point of emotional rupture with their parents. Terrible words are said and entire life paths are questioned. Each one of the Prices must face the fact that (in Rosie’s words): ‘People aren’t perfect. Even the people you love. Especially the people you love.’

This classic play, written in 2016 , by Andrew Bovell (Lantana, The Secret River, When the Rain Stops Falling) is about growing up and moving on, even if you’re not ready to.

Author: Andrew Bovell

Director: David Dodd

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Six Characters in Search of an Author

Wangaratta Players Inc.
14 Apr 2023 - 23 Apr 2023

Six people arrive in a theatre during rehearsals for a play. They are the characters of a play that has not yet been written.
Trapped inside a traumatic event from which they long to escape, they desperately need a writer to complete their story and release them.
Intrigued by their situation, the director and his company of actors listen as the characters begin to describe and argue over the key events of their lives…
One of the most extraordinary and mysterious plays of the 20th century, Pirandello’s “Six Characters” speak directly to an age of uncertainty: where do we come from, where are we going, how do we become what we want to be?
A ground-breaking adaptation of the revered, internationally acclaimed stage show by Luigi Pirandello, David Harrower’s new version of Six Characters looking for an Author premiered in London in February 2001 (a huge success in the UK, the USA and right across Europe)’and is now set to take to the Wangaratta stage under the capable direction of our own Steve Thornycroft.
(Please be aware this show contains adult themes that some may find confronting).

Agent: Casarotto Ramsay & Associates Limited

Author: Luigi Pirandello

Director: Steve Thornycroft

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