2018 What do we really know about death and dying, and how do we remember our dead? In this pair of works experienced in sequence, participants gently contemplate these questions and reminisce about those who have gone before. This sequence begins with VIGIL, inviting participants to engage in solo contemplation. Following this, participants experience WAKE as a group encounter through performance. Creator & Performer: Peta Murray Scenographers: Rachel Burke, Jane Murphy and Sound Design: Thembi Soddell
2001 - When Meg the gourmet and Laurel - her glamorous mother and the world's worst cook - find themselves sharing a kitchen, they battle over more than just bench space and who gets to lick the bowl. Kitchen lore and kitchen wars are amongst the ingredients in this exquisite exploration of a mother-daughter dynamic.
The Keys to the Animal Room
About The Keys to the Animal Room
1993 - This play was commissioned on the subject of domestic violence by Junction Theatre Company, Adelaide. It charts the cycles of abuse within the relationship of Julia and Carl over a period of seven years and focuses specifically on a woman's experience of invisibility and terror. It challenges the community to look beyond the sanctity of the home and to 'break the silence' on family violence and abuse. The play was presented alongside a companion work, Flowers and Chocolates, by writer Glenn Perry. Both plays involve the same characters, but share different perspectives and points of view on family violence and abuse.
Gold AWGIE Winner: The Keys to the Animal Room
1991 - Wallflowering traces the uncertain steps of Cliff and Peg Small, an ordinary couple, as they attempt to save their marriage. One time prize-winning ballroom dancers, they now find themselves out of step with each other, and with the changing values of the world around them. Through the metaphor of dance, the play examines the dynamics of an evolving relationship. It looks at the impact on relationships when individuals embrace growth and change, and begin to tell the truth.
Things That Fall Over: an anti-musical of a novel, inside a reading of a play, with footnotes, and oratorio as coda
About Things That Fall Over
2014 - The creative work, Things That Fall Over (TTFO) is conceived in two parts: a libretto and oratorio for performance. It begins as a play, but over three acts and into a coda, the work becomes something entirely other - an (anti-) musical. Swansong!!! The Musical!!! is a detachable standalone work, and also the finale of this epic five-hour piece of promenade theatre. Its one and only performance to date took place on International Women’s Day, March 1st 2014, at Footscray Community Art Centre (FCAC). It was performed by an ensemble of women and girls, including a community ‘quire', professional actors, and a special appearance from singer Margret RoadKnight, as the Swan of Verity. Libretto by Peta Murray and music composed by Peta Williams
About Spitting Chips
1989 - Sybil, aka Spud, wants to be a drummer. She lives alone with her father, who refuses to discuss Sybil’s dead mother. Her reluctant friendship with an old woman helps both of them address their loneliness and deal with the future. Commissioned and produced by Toe Truck Theatre Company.
About The Diver
1991 - Follow Ziggy Baddeley's journey as she discovers a new sense of self. After her parent's marriage breakdown, Ziggy and her baby brother Jack move to a new suburb to begin again. In order to deal with the loss of security and changes thrust upon her, Ziggy decides to reinvent herself. She plans to start at her new school as a more colourful, more interesting person. At her new school Ziggy meets Theo and Karen who are both embroiled in similar struggles. The play takes a comic look at the many influences, pressures and choices faced by young people as they strive to develop their identities and strengthen their self esteem. This work was commissioned by Toe Truck theatre. (Photo credit: Léa Dubedout)Read Script
The Law of Large Numbers
About The Law of Large Numbers
2003 - Coral Reith, a middle aged woman, suddenly finds herself in an "empty nest" after years of being defined by her duties as mother and wife. Coral's attempts to find kindred spirits and meaningful community all lead to dead ends, until ultimately she takes solace in "the nearly machines" of local gaming halls. Meanwhile, her home town itself is experiencing a mysterious proliferation as it's overrun by ants and spectacular ant mounds. The play is a bizarre comedy designed to involve community members and audience in the performance. It was written for 5 actors plus a chorus of community members, but has a variable cast with 13 main roles plus chorus. (Archival image from premiere production, directed by Teresa Bell, Mainstreet Theatre Company)Read Script
About The Procedure
2000 - A "sick little comedy" about a bent politician who gets his comeuppance. Mike Newman, Minister for Health, has been promoting a new cancer prevention programme called GUTSCOUT. On the advice of his media people, he submits to a GUTSCOUT test himself, but a suspect test result sets in train an unravelling of epic proportions. The play was commissioned by Melbourne Workers Theatre as a virtuoso piece for a solo performer. It also requires 1 F and 4 M voices via audio. "Staggeringly funny ... agonisingly human ... a twisted little play about the comeuppance of a pompous git." David Crofts, Melbourne Times/Time Out Nov. 2000 (Photo credit: Kyle Mackie)Read Script
1999 - Adaptation of the novel by Tim Winton. Commissioned by Terrapin Puppet Theatre, Tasmania. In repertoire Spare Parts Puppet Theatre, WA. (Photo of Bec Bradley by Simon Pynt, 2015.)More Info
2006 - A site-specific microplay for two characters, written for Playworks & Melbourne Writers Festival, and performed in a hotel room. (Photo credit: Paul Postema)
The Carnival of Mystery: Sacrament / Two Hats
About The Carnival of Mystery: Sacrament / Two Hats
2010 - Short works, staged within Finucane and Smith’s Carnival of Mysteries, for Melbourne International Arts Festival. (Photo Credit: Max Anderson)More Info