VDL Awards Entries 2020

Crown Matrimonial

Malvern Theatre Company Inc.
14 Feb 2020 - 29 Feb 2020

Set in Marlborough House, it is 1936, and the English monarchy is facing its greatest crisis in 400 years. The new king, Edward, is determined to marry the twice-divorced American, Wallis Simpson, against the wishes of the Parliament, the Church and the English people. For his mother, Queen Mary, the prospect of a king abdicating his throne is too terrible to contemplate. Royce Ryton’s sensitive drama tells the story of the family at the very centre of the historic events – a family almost torn apart by the struggle between public duty and private love, leading up to the constitutional crisis and abdication of Edward VIII.

Agent: Hal Leonard Pty. Ltd.

Author: Royce Ryton

Director: Nick Opolski

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Warrandyte Theatre Company
20 Mar 2020 - 4 Apr 2020

When Annie’s husband John is diagnosed with leukaemia, she and her best friend Chris resolve to raise money for a new settee for the hospital waiting room. They manage to persuade some friends and fellow members of the local Women’s Institute (W.I.), to pose nude with them for an “alternative” calendar, with a little help from amateur photographer Lawrence, much to the horror of the their W.I. chairman, Marie.


Author: Tim Firth

Director: Susan Rundle

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Rabbit Hole

Off The Leash Theatre Inc.
27 Mar 2020 - 4 Apr 2020

Becca and Howie Corbett have a picture perfect family life in the suburbs of New York 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-Abair

Director: Annette O'Shea

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The River

Williamstown Little Theatre Inc.
22 Apr 2020 - 9 May 2020

On a moonless evening, a man brings his new girlfriend to a remote cabin for a night of trout-fishing. But before the night is over, it becomes clear that nothing is as it seems… and as memory collides with desire, the truth becomes the most elusive catch of all.
Described as “beautiful, slippery and unnerving”, the nature of the play and its inherent mystery means that the finer details of its plot and characters resonate long after the production.

Note – 80 mins – no interval
Strong language

Agent: Nick Hern Books

Author: Jez Butterworth

Director: Terese Maurici

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Scenes From A Separation

The Basin Theatre Group Inc.
15 May 2020 - 6 Jun 2020

There are two sides to every separation. Two truths. A story which will resonate with anyone who has ever loved and lost.

Matthew and Nina have been married for twelve years. He is forty; a successful publisher. Always in control, his pace is enormous and his path is littered with the discarded souls of those who tried to keep up. Nina’s thirty-eight; a journalist. She hasn’t worked since the birth of the children. She’s restless; looking for something. So when Mathew suggests she takes on the biography of Lawrence Clifford, tycoon, philanthropist and now Australian of the Year, she throws herself into the project with an all-consuming enthusiasm. This is a play about love and betrayal, about sex, sacrifice and survival, of break-ups and break-downs.

The play is a dissection of the breakdown of a marriage: with Andrew Bovell’s Act One taking the male point of view, and Hannie Rayson’s Act Two seeing the other side of the story (and scenery).

Agent: HLA Management Australia on behalf of the Rights Holders

Author: Andrew Bovell and Hannie Rayson

Director: Sharon Maine

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Still Alice

Lilydale Athenaeum Theatre Co.Inc.
21 May 2020 - 6 Jun 2020

Alice Howland is a university professor at the height of her career when she is diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease. Fiercely independent, with a husband and two children, Alice strives to make sense of her changing world as her memory begins to fail. This heartbreaking and hopeful adaptation of the award-winning book by Lisa Genova puts Alice onstage with Herself, providing the audience with an extraordinary window into the experience of living with dementia.

Agent: Origin Theatrical on behalf of Samuel French Ince

Author: Lisa Genova & Christine Mary Dunford

Director: Alan Burrows

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To Kill a Mockingbird

Peridot Theatre Inc.
5 Jun 2020 - 20 Jun 2020

Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize winning novel is brought to the stage by Christopher Sergel. The story of Jean Louise Finch, who shares her memories of growing up in Maycomb, Alabama during the summer of 1935. Known as “Scout” as a young girl, the nine-year old’s world is turned upside down when her widowed father, lawyer Atticus Finch, defends a young black man accused of raping a white woman. As tensions erupt and neighbours take sides in the life-and-death case, it is Scout’s clear-eyed courage in the face of ignorance and bigotry that ultimately brings hope to a damaged community.

Author: From the novel by Harper Lee, dramatised by Christopher Sergel

Director: Susan Rundle

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A Flea In Her Ear

The 1812 Theatre
30 Jul 2020 - 22 Aug 2020

A Flea in Her Ear is world-renowned as the funniest and most famous of all French farces. It’s perfectly formed in its comic timing, shamelessly saucy and completely bonkers. We’re in Paris, 1908. After years of married bliss, Madame Raymonde Chandebise suspects her husband is having an affair. In an effort to catch him in the act she causes a lot more trouble than she bargained for. Spiraling into a high-octane storm of sexual intrigue, mistaken identities and bed-revolving mayhem, a cavalcade of characters get in on the act. Some want sex and revenge, several want to preserve their honor. All want to avoid being shot. Nobody gets any sleep. You will laugh out loud.

Agent: RGM Artists Pty Ltd

Author: Andrew Upton

Director: Malcolm Sussman

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