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Synopsis: Power Plays

Date posted: 25 Aug 2016Author: STC Production: Power Plays

CHAPTER 1: UNTITLED
BY MELISSA BUBNIC

In this first chapter, written as a stream-of-consciousness monologue, the power of capitalist consumption is in the spotlight. What is the real cost of a designer handbag? What darkness does it obscure? And how can we justify our own good fortunes?

 

CHAPTER 2: THE GREEN ROOM
BY NAKKIAH LUI

Backstage at a TV studio, the executive producer is trying to keep the show on schedule and ratings high. But, on this panel show, everyone else has a different agenda. In the mix are a terrified Treasurer, his horny adviser, a wayward host, and a political activist with a daring plan – what could possibly go wrong?

 

CHAPTER 3: OFF CENTRE
BY MICHELE LEE

When the embattled Minister for Social Services attends a conference at the Pullman Hotel, 26-year-old Donna – a food and beverage attendant – sees a chance to get square with Centrelink. 

 

CHAPTER 4: HESTER BECKENBAUER'S GOOD FORTUNE
BY HANNIE RAYSON

Famous children’s book author Hester Beckenbauer has just been awarded a prestigious prize. It won’t make her rich, but she has means, and she wants to leave a legacy. Unfortunately for her adult children, it’s not the legacy they had in mind – Hester has bought a wind farm. What follows is a comic take on that classic trinity: family, inheritance and renewable energy.

 

CHAPTER 5: FEMINAZI
BY DEBRA THOMAS

The wine is flowing, the night is young, the Minister for Women is hoping he might get lucky. Meanwhile, on Twitter, someone is trolling female journalists and commentators. Is the Minister being set up? Or is he hiding his misogyny behind an avatar? 

 

 

Power Plays, 17 Sep – 15 Oct 2016, Wharf 2 Theatre

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