Rough Draft #33: The Long Forgotten Dream

17 FEB 2017

Wharf 2 TheatreFree

Rough Draft = creative development² + a free public showing

The Long Forgotten Dream

By H Lawrence Sumner 

This ambitious first play by H Lawrence Sumner is inspired by real life cases of Aboriginal Australians’ remains being repatriated to Australia after previously being held in museums overseas. It focuses on one family coming to terms with the trauma of their past and examines the intergenerational consequences of colonialism.

“For what it’s worth, in my mind, the troubles your dad has with his health, your mum taking off, my Ivan dying early and anything else that falls apart… is because we haven’t done right by the dead.“

During the Rough Draft week, H Lawrence Sumner will work with director Leticia Cáceres to develop this early draft script. They’ll share some of their work and process with you at the free public showing.

Duration 2hrs (no interval)
Content warning Strong Language

About the Artists

Playwright H Lawrence Sumner

From the Ngarrindjeri nation in South Australia's Coorong, a writer and creative performer, "Howard" Lawrence Sumner has original works in film & theatre and has carved a niche as a singer / songwriter in the South Australian indie music scene. He is a directing graduate of NIDA.

Director Leticia Cáceres 

Leticia Cáceres has directed for most mainstage companies in Australia and her work has toured nationally, internationally. She was Associate Director for Melbourne Theatre Company from 2013 to 2015. She’s the co-founder of nationally-acclaimed RealTV with multi award winning playwright Angela Betzien.

About Rough Drafts

Rough Drafts is an opportunity to see fragments of a work in progress and to gain insight into the theatre making process.

Rough Drafts support the development of new Australian works by providing artists with an opportunity to experiment with and grow their ideas. Writers and directors are given access to a rehearsal space, a paid team of actors or creatives and dramaturgical support. They may use the week and resources to embark on something currently unscripted or they might choose to develop a script that is already complete in draft form. The outcomes vary greatly according to the project.

At the end of the workshop week, we invite you into the development process to have a sneak peak of a work in progress at the free public showing. These showings are an opportunity for the artists to try their ideas in front of an audience... and it’s a chance for you to learn about how new plays are made.

Rough Drafts are supported by The Girgensohn Foundation

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