Bold Girls

by Rona Munro
Directed by Michael Russo

SEPTEMBER 2009

Rona Munro’s play Bold Girls is a drama about the harsh realities of life, particularly for women, during the Troubles in Belfast in the early 1990s. It was commissioned by 7:84 Scottish People’s Theatre and first performed at Cumbernauld Theatre, Strathclyde, on 27 September 1990, and subsequently toured. The play won the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize for 1990-91.

The play is set in 1991 in West Belfast. With their husbands either locked up or killed, Marie, Cassie and Nora are trying to get on with their lives, despite the bombs, burning buses and soldiers trampling the flower beds. Life must go on – after all, there’s still laundry to do and kids to feed. But when a mysterious young woman turns up on Marie’s doorstep and disrupts their girls’ night out, the devastating revelations which ensue will shatter dreams and threaten their friendship irrevocably.

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Competitive Tenderness

by Hannie Rayson
Directed by Michael Borenstein

MAY 2009

Dawn Snow has a fierce reputation—she reformed the prison system in Uganda.  Now, with local government reform high on the agenda, she is called upon to perform a similar task within the City of Greater Burke.  COMPETITIVE TENDERNESS is topical, satirical and even a little anarchic.  Hannie Rayson’s inspired farce takes a swipe at bureaucracy, corruption, romance and just about anything else that comes her way.

HANNIE RAYSON has written this play in response to the way in which managerialism has impacted on all our lives in general and on local government in particular. It’s about how once we were citizens but now we are customers.  “The question needs to be asked, she insists, is managerialism actually working? Or are we witnessing merely an excess of bureaucratisation? Competition policy has seeped into the collective consciousness, like an eleventh commandment. It is rapidly becoming a world where we worship at the altar of individualism, material capital and user pays.”

In addition to Competitive Tenderness, Hannie Rayson’s stage plays include Room to Move, Hotel Sorrento, Sloth, Falling from Grace and Scenes from a Separation, co-written with Andrew Bovell.  Hannie lives and works in Melbourne.

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