The Covid Monologues

Thursday 10th June on Bay FM

In 2020  the restrictions associated with the Covid pandemic meant that the Drill Hall Theatre Co were unable to produce plays to be performed for the public.

After coming across a collection of Monologues titled ‘Dear Australia’ it was decided, as a project, the Theatre Company would record 10 of the monologues for broadcast on the Bay FM program Bohemian Beat.

The broadcast went to air on Thursday 10th of June.

As the Covid restrictions eased the monologues were also presented to a limited audience for the Drill Hall membership as a rehearsed play reading.

The monologues express a moment in history when a pandemic changed everything. They tell of the cracks opening up and of the darkness and light revealed. They are in turn both confronting and comforting.

They are a snapshot giving a glimpse of what playwrights around Australia were observing and thinking, not only about the present but also about the future.

Together they are a revelation and celebration of Australian voices.

Michael Borenstein (Director}

Hello Australia by Willow Weiland – read by Greg Aitken
The Stretching Cloth of Silence by Finegan Kruckemeyer – read by Peter Gough
Limbo by Stephen Carleton – read by Jill Benham
Distance by Mark Rodgers – read by Tin Winton-Brown
Woman at the Bottle-o by Catherine McKinnon – read by Sonia Borenstein
Delivery by Tasnim Hossain – read by Geoffrey Moon
Ladies Against Lockdown by Sam Nerida – read by Shelagh Pepper
Long-Gone Distant Future by Kathryn Ash – read by Mike Russo
Our Lot 44 by Anchuli Felicia King – read by Chis Benaud
Baby, I’m Home by Ellen van Neerva – read by Alex Benham

This week join Riddhi and special guest Michael Borenstein as they present Covid Monologues from the 2020 collection – Dear Australia – 50 playwrights send postcards to the nation, a project from Playwriting Australia, featuring pieces that capture a moment in history where a pandemic changed everything.

In conjunction with the Mullumbimby Drill Hall Theatre Company with production assistance from SAE Creative Media Institute in Byron Bay we present 10 of these stories.