Rough Draft #51

12 Mar 2021

Rough Draft = creative development² + a free public showing



by Daley Rangi
Directed by Shari Sebbens
Performed by Jamila Main, Ryan Smedley and Anthony Taufa


Rough Drafts are week-long workshops that give theatre makers the opportunity to develop a new work for the stage. 

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 complete a first draft of a play or they may choose to develop a script that is already complete in draft form. 

At the end of the workshop week, an audience is invited into the development process to have a sneak peek of a work in progress at the free public showing. These showings provide artists with a test audience and a platform to showcase their work to the industry. They also give audiences with an appetite for novelty access to the freshest playwriting. Some scripts are incomplete, some scripts are polished: the showing outcomes vary greatly according to the project and that’s what makes it exciting!

Our next Rough Draft is going digital. Join us Fri 1 Oct at 6.30pm for a free live-streamed reading of Curiosity by Daley Rangi, directed by Resident Director Shari Sebbens performed by the Jamila Main, Ryan Smedley and Anthony Taufa. 


In 2013, NASA programmed the Mars Curiosity Rover’s sample-analysis unit to vibrate to the tune of Happy Birthday, which it sang to itself on August 5th, one year after landing on the red planet. 

Curiosity is an intimate and evocative voyage of human connection through the eyes of Damien, and his relief teacher, Phoebe, who bond over a fascination with Mars and its lonely robot explorer.

An innovative and challenging work, Curiosity tears apart preconceptions of disability, as Damien, Phoebe, and Aaron, Damien's father, rocket through a galaxy of grief to find their place in the universe.


The reading will be streamed live via Facebook on Fri 1 October at 6.30pm. 

Simply click this link, then select ‘Get Reminder’ and you’ll be sent a notification via Facebook when the event goes live. Or, book a free ticket on this page using the calendar, and we’ll send you an email reminder with a link to the watch page.

Note: you do not need a Facebook account to access the stream, you can still access the broadcast via the link provided.

Live stream event Fri 1 October, 6.30pm AEST

Rough Drafts are supported by the Girgensohn Foundation.