VDL Awards Entries 2021

War Of the Worlds

Blond Productions, In Association with The 1812 Theatre
12 Feb 2021 - 6 Mar 2021

Broadcast from New York’s Mercury Theatre in 1938, this infamous radio play, based on the novel by H. G. Wells, had many terrified listeners
convinced that an actual alien invasion of Earth was taking place.
This incredible broadcast now comes to life onstage
to thrill and chill audiences.

Agent: ORiGin Theatrical

Author: Howard E.Koch

Director: Pip Le Blond

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Rabbit Hole

Off The Leash Theatre Inc
25 Feb 2021 - 28 Feb 2021

Becca and Howie Corbett have a picture perfect family life in the suburbs of Melbourne until a random, tragic accident takes the life of their four-year old son. Soon after, Becca’s younger, irresponsible sister, Izzy, announces that she is pregnant: there will now be a new child in the family. As Becca and Howie grow apart, Becca’s mother, Nat, badgers Becca about her grieving process, and Jason, the young driver who killed their son, continually shows up to ask forgiveness, the group is on a bumpy road to healing with no road map in sight. Rabbit Hole delves into the complexity of a family navigating deep grief, and learning what it means to live a fruitful life when things fall apart.

Author: David Lindsay-Abaire

Director: Annette O’Shea

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LOVES. LABOURS. WON (Or Much Ado About Nothing)

Skin Of Our Teeth Productions
5 Mar 2021 - 14 Mar 2021

Shakespeare’s wonderful comedy brought to glorious life in this glorious adaptation. Love, adventure, misadventure, mistaken identity – all to the tune of a World War One Hospital ward. Adapted and directed by Emma Louise Watson, presented by the award-winning Skin Of Our Teeth Productions.

Author: William Shakespeare adapted by Emma Watson

Director: Emma Watson

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Fool for Love

Strathmore Theatrical Arts Group Inc.
11 Mar 2021 - 13 Mar 2021

A dark story about two former lovers who reunite in a cheap hotel room in the Mojave Desert. Eddie is a transient presence in and out of May’s life and together they represent a co-dependent, toxic yet magnetic pair sorting through the emotional tumult of their lives in a constant power struggle. The old man contributes to their story from an insider’s perspective while Martin witnesses the story unfold without means to stop it.
Sam Shepard’s Fool For Love was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and was written during Shepard’s own personal struggles with relationships.

Agent: By arrangement with Hal Leonard Australia Pty Ltd, on behalf of Josef Weinberger Ltd London

Author: Sam Shepard

Director: Reschelle O'Connor

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Psycho Beach Party

Essendon Theatre Co.
18 Mar 2021 - 27 Mar 2021

Surf’s up, and murder’s afoot, as “Psycho Beach Party” mashes up ’50s psychodramas, ’60s surfer films and ’80s slasher horror flicks into a truly madcap comedy. Think Gidget meet’s Mommie Dearest! It’s 1962 and teenage tomboy Chicklet Forrest desperately wants to be a part of the surfer crowd on Malibu Beach. The one thing getting in her way, however, is her unfortunate tendency towards multiple personalities … and her most dangerous alter ego — voracious vixen Ann Bowman — has nothing less than world domination on her mind! Hilarity ensues as mischief, madness and the passionate pursuit of the perfect wave come crashing over the heads of the audience as beach blankets and Hitchcockian psychological suspense thrillers are tossed around in this rollicking, zany comedy.

Agent: Origin Theatrical on Behalf of Samuel French LTD

Author: Charles Busch

Director: Christopher Hill & Dawn Hinrichsen

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The History Boys

Frankston Theatre Group Inc.
19 Mar 2021 - 28 Mar 2021

The History Boys is a cheeky look into the English education system in the 80s. Eight history students are pursuing an undergraduate place at Oxbridge. Their headmaster is determined to see them break records and enlists a new teacher to coach the boys into intellectual shape. Seduced though they are by his promises, the boys are concerned that there is more to the pursuit of learning than exams and grades.

Agent: Origin Theatrical on behalf of Samuel French ltd

Author: Alan Bennett

Director: Sarah Jeffs

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Geelong Repertory Theatre Co. Inc.
16 Apr 2021 - 1 May 2021

Looped depicts an actual 1965 recording session in which an intoxicated Tallulah Bankhead required eight hours to dub a single line from her final movie Die! Die! My Darling! while antagonizing the film editor assigned to the job..
“Matthew Lombardo’s riveting new play is as funny as it gets in theatre! … A seductive, funny and frequently moving piece.” —The Hollywood Reporter


Author: Matthew Lombardo

Director: Geoff Gaskill

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Educating Rita

Malvern Theatre Co. Inc.
23 Apr 2021 - 8 May 2021

There must be more to life that this! For 26-year-old Rita, cutting hair all day is just not ‘cutting it’ anymore! And while a good night in the pub is enough for her friends and her husband, it’s not nearly enough for Rita. The answer, she decides, is to get an education, so she enrols in an Open University course to see if the giants of English Literature can guide her to a better way of life. But her tutor Frank has spent his life immersed in the classroom, and would now much prefer to be in the pub himself.

As the classes progress, and their friendship deepens, what they learn from each other will surprise them both. Willy Russell’s tender comedy about education, love, and the joy of self-discovery, has charmed audiences for years, and is sure to work its magic again at Malvern.

Agent: By Arrangement with ORiGiNTM Theatrical On Behalf of Samuel French A Concord Theatricals Company

Author: Willy Russell

Director: Nicholas Opolski

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Death of a Salesman

Essendon Theatre Co.
17 Jun 2021 - 26 Jun 2021

The story revolves around the last days of Willy Loman, a failing salesman, who cannot understand how he failed to win success and happiness. Through a series of tragic soul-searching revelations of the life he has lived with his wife, his sons, and his business associates, we discover how his quest for the “American Dream” kept him blind to the people who truly loved him. A thrilling work of deep and revealing beauty that remains one of the most profound classic dramas of the American theatre.

Agent: Music Theatre International

Author: Arthur Miller

Director: Michele Haywood & Nicola Taylor

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Tuesdays with Morrie

Geelong Repertory Theatre Co. Inc.
25 Jun 2021 - 10 Jul 2021

Tuesdays with Morrie is the autobiographical story of Mitch Albom, an accomplished journalist driven solely by his career, and Morrie Schwartz, his former college professor. Sixteen years after graduation, Mitch happens to catch Morrie’s appearance on a television news program and learns that his old professor is battling Lou Gehrig’s Disease. Mitch is reunited with Morrie, and what starts as a simple visit turns into a weekly pilgrimage and a last class in the meaning of life.

Agent: By arrangement with Hal Leonard Australia Pty Ltd, on behalf of Dramatists Play Service, Inc New York.

Author: Mitch Albom & Jeffrey Hatcher

Director: Greg Shawcross

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