DRIVING ME CRAZY
Driving me Crazy was the first short play that I wrote and was the culmination of the Saturday Playwright’s course with Timothy Daly at the NSW Writers’ Centre. The play was inspired by my personal experiences of teaching my son and daughter how to drive.
Driving me Crazy was performed at the Favourite Shorts Festival in Armidale in March 2009.
Synopsis: Jack has just got his learner’s permit and his Mum and Dad want to teach him how to drive – at the same time! His Mum has also booked a lesson with Judd, a driving school instructor, who tries to teach Jack the right way to drive, but with Jack’s Mum and Dad sitting together in the back seat, it’s a recipe for disaster.
TWO OF A KIND
The first draft of this play was workshopped and performed at Crash Test Drama in July 2010 under the working title: Thick as Thieves. The inspiration came from a story that a friend told me about a misunderstanding she had with a total stranger in a café.
Two of a Kind was performed at Short & Sweet Newcastle in November 2010.
Review article from the Newcastle Herald
Synopsis: A petty misunderstanding over a Mars Bar morphs into a war of words between Candice and Jamal, two strangers who meet in a railway cafeteria. They challenge each other relentlessly over cultural stereotypes and other misconceptions. This seemingly doomed relationship transforms after a railway guard intervenes and the truth is revealed.
The first draft of this play was called On the Sixteenth Floor and was set in an elevator. After readings at the Saturday Playwright’s course with Timothy Daly (NSW Writers’ Centre), I changed the setting of the play to a city street, and then changed the title to Taxi!
Taxi! was workshopped and performed at Script-in-Hand (Actors Anonymous) in October 2011. Program for Script-in-Hand 24 October 2011.
Taxi! was performed at Short & Sweet Sydney in January 2012.
Synopsis: Kate is trying desperately to hail a taxi on the day she gets divorced from her philandering husband, Sam. Kate wants to put the past behind her, but her best friend Paula just can’t seem to say the right thing, while Sam fuels the fire between them all. Why is there never a taxi when you need it?
I was inspired to write this play after attending a comedy scriptwriting workshop with Geoffrey Atherden at the NSW Writers’ Centre in 2010.
Eating Corfu was workshopped and performed at Crash Test Drama in August 2011.
It was also short-listed for Short & Sweet Sydney 2012, but as Taxi! was also short-listed, I could only have one play performed in the festival.
Eating Corfu was performed at Favourite Shorts 2012 in Armidale.
Synopsis: Family relationships are put to the test when Robyn celebrates her birthday on her sister’s birthday and can’t understand what all the fuss is about. Liz plays the game for as long as she can before the fireworks start when her husband, Tony, barges in.