Rough Draft 2019

29 Nov — 13 Dec 2019

Richard Wherrett Studio, Roslyn Packer TheatreFree

Rough Draft = creative development² + a free public showing


About Rough Drafts

Rough Drafts supports the development of new Australian works by providing artists with an opportunity to experiment and grow their ideas. Writers, directors and theatre makers 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 test 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 Girgensohn Foundation

Rough Draft #43 DEAD MEAT
By Natesha Somasundaram

Dead Meat is a new play by Melbourne playwright Natesha Somasundaram. A comedy speckled with the horrors of reality, Dead Meat is a detailed portrait of Australian contemporary life. What begins as a ludicrous comedy about an idiosyncratic family unit, delves into a much darker subconscious about the repressed traumas of seemingly well-adjusted family.

It follows three adult siblings; Roohi, Hari and Chalini; and their suddenly ailing mother. Someone in this house has committed a heinously violent act which the siblings and their omnipresent in-house caretaker, Joyce, attempt to resolve, with varying degrees of success.

Fri 29 Nov, 6.30pm
Richard Wherrett Studio, Roslyn Packer Theatre

Rough Draft # 44 ORANGE THROWER
By Kirsty Marillier

Orange Thrower is a South African diasporic story that follows a young woman, Zadie, whose life is turned inside out – as she works through tensions of displacement, trauma, and adversity in the land down under. Set during the heat of summer; this is a romp of citrus, natural disasters and long distance love.  

When something sinister starts going down at night, Zadie is determined to uncover the truth behind the happenings on Paradise Street. With the help of her sister Vimsy, the sexy, boy-next-door Leroy and the effervescent Stekkie, a stake out is planned and big risks are taken. But as things go awry and a more formidable force is revealed, Zadie must come to terms with the volatilities of her identity. 

Fri 13 Dec, 6.30pm 
Richard Wherrett Studio, Roslyn Packer Theatre

Initially developed by Green Door Theatre Company