VDL Awards Entries 2024

To Kill a Mockingbird

Peridot Theatre Inc
10 May 2024 - 19 May 2024

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.

Agent: ORiGiNTM Theatrical, on behalf of Dramatic Publishing

Author: Christopher Sergel

Director: Susan Rundle

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The Mount Players
10 May 2024 - 26 May 2024

During the Summer of 1965, celebrated actress Tallulah Bankhead entered a Los Angeles recording studio to re-record (or “loop”) just one line of dialogue from her final film Die, Die My Darling. What should have taken about 8 minutes ended up taking 8 hours.

Playwright Matthew Lombardo, using a great deal of theatrical licence, offers us a hilarious yet sympathetic guesstimation as to what may have happened in that room on that day.

Agent: Broadway Play Publishing Inc.

Author: Matthew Lombardo

Director: Peter Newling

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Steel Magnolias

Beaumaris Theatre Inc.
10 May 2024 - 25 May 2024

A beautiful, bittersweet human comedy set in America’s deep-south, it’s the story of six very special friends bonded together by their mutual triumphs and tragedies.

Despite their differences, beautiful and impulsive Shelby, her strong-willed mother, M’Lynn, beauty parlour owner Truvy, elegant widow Clairee, sharp-tongued Ouiser and mousy newcomer Annelle enjoy a friendship that spans the boundaries of age and status. Sharing each other’s strength and loyalty, these six remarkable women survive the cycles of life, birth, death and marriage to emerge stronger, closer and still laughing.

The funniest story to ever make you cry…

Agent: ORiGiN Theatrical, on behalf of Samuel French Ltd. A Concord Theatricals Company

Author: Robert Harling

Director: Deb Keyt

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Oedipus The King

Smart Artz Theatre Inc.
30 May 2024 - 2 Jun 2024


In a city gripped by chaos, the hunt for an elusive murderer begins.

Enter Oedipus, a charismatic leader navigating a web of political intrigue.

While unravelling the murder mystery and his own past, Oedipus becomes entangled in a high-stakes thriller, where every revelation builds to a shocking conclusion.

Smart Artz Theatre Inc presents Sophocles’ tragedy as a modern day political thriller, where one man’s determination to find the truth brings about his own downfall.

Author: Sophocles (R. Fagles Translation)

Director: Amy Anselmi

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The Effect

Torquay Theatre Troupe Inc.
6 Jun 2024 - 16 Jun 2024

‘The Effect’ is a clinical romance. Two young volunteers, Tristan and Connie, agree to take part in a clinical drug trial. Succumbing to the gravitational pull of attraction and love, however, Tristan and Connie manage to throw the trial off-course, much to the frustration of the clinicians involved. This funny, moving and perhaps surprisingly human play explores questions of sanity, neurology and the limits of medicine, alongside ideas of fate, loyalty and the inevitability of physical attraction.

Agent: Origin Theatrical Pty Ltd

Author: Lucy Prebble

Director: Doug Montgomery

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The Skin Of Our Teeth

Essendon Theatre Co.
13 Jun 2024 - 22 Jun 2024

Meet George and Maggie Antrobus of Excelsior, New Jersey, a suburban, commuter-town couple (married for 5,000 years), who bear more than a casual resemblance to that first husband and wife, Adam and Eve: the two Antrobus children, Gladys (perfect in every way, of course) and Henry (who likes to throw rocks and was formerly known as Cain); and their garrulous maid, Sabina (the eternal seductress), who takes it upon herself to break out of character and interrupt the course of the drama at every opportunity (“I don’t understand a word of this play!”). Whether he is inventing the alphabet or merely saving the world from apocalypse, George and his redoubtable family somehow manage to survive — by the skin of their teeth.

Completed by the author less than a month after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1971, The Skin of Our Teeth (1942) broke from established theatrical conventions and walked off with the 1943 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Combining farce, burlesque, and satire, and elements of the comic strip, Thornton Wilder depicts an Everyman Family as it narrowly escapes one end-of-the-world disaster after another, from the Ice Age to flood to war.

Agent: Origin Theatrical

Author: Thorton Wilder

Director: Kadey McIntosh

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Cathouse Players Inc
14 Jun 2024 - 23 Jun 2024

Jack Manningham has been relentlessly undermining and manipulating his wife Bella, to the extent that she begins to doubt her own sanity, and that she is mad, as Manningham insists. Alone, and in utter despair, in a room lit only by gaslight, Bella receives an unexpected visitor, a former police detective, named Rough. He listens attentively as she finds the courage to confide in him, then to her utter astonishment, reveals the reason for his presence.

Agent: Origin Theatrical

Author: Patrick Hamilton

Director: Bette Sartore

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Malvern Theatre Co. Inc.
21 Jun 2024 - 6 Jul 2024

William and Margaret will share forty years of marriage, with moments of joy, but also much sadness. In this poignant and moving play we see them in both their optimistic and joyful younger years, as well as in their latter years, as they experience both happy memories and regrets.
BAFTA awardee Abi Morgan has created a play touching on “magical realism” as ‘Bill’ and ‘Maggie’ intertwine poetically and musically with their younger selves in the home and garden in which they have always lived. British Theatre Guide described Lovesong as “A really beautiful, tender work … an unforgettable, elegiac drama”. This will be the premiere, non-professional staging of this very special play.

Agent: Nordiska Performing Rights Agency

Author: Abi Morgan

Director: George Werther

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Geelong Repertory Theatre Co. Inc.
28 Jun 2024 - 13 Jul 2024

Famed writer Paul Sheldon is ready to leave his popular series of romance novels featuring Misery Chastain behind in pursuit of work that offers more critical recognition. That is until he is involved in a horrific car accident during a snowstorm in Colorado. Upon regaining consciousness he finds himself in a remote cabin being nursed back to health by his self-proclaimed number one fan, Annie Wilkes.
Based on the bestseller by Stephen King (The Stand, Rita Hayworth And Shawshank Redemption) and adapted for the stage by Academy Award winner William Goldman (All The President’s Men, The Princess Bride), ‘Misery’ takes its audience on a harrowing journey through the depths of a writer’s worst nightmare.

By arrangement with Music Theatre International Australasia Pty Ltd, on behalf of Dramatists Play Service, Inc.

Agent: Dramatists Play Service, Inc mtishows.com.au

Author: William Goldman

Director: Greg Shawcross

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After Dinner

Wyndham Theatre Company
12 Jul 2024 - 20 Jul 2024

Set in a suburban pub-bistro on a Friday night. Two sexually dysfunctional and socially crippled males and three desperately unhappy and lonely women are brought together in a night of social tension and humour. They clumsily go about their courting rituals and displays of humanity as the influence of alcohol takes an ever-increasing hold.

Agent: HLA

Author: Andrew Bovell

Director: Fiona Scarlett

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