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Alana Valentine

Artist, Writer

In March 2017 The Street Theatre in Canberra presented Alana’s adaptation of Frank Moorhouse’s Cold Light, and in December Belvoir will present Barbara and the Camp Dogs, co-written with Ursula Yovich. Also in 2017 the National Library of Australia will publish Dear Lindy, a compilation of letters from the Lindy Chamberlain-Creighton collection and Currency Press will publish Letters to Lindy, Cold Light, Barbara and the Camp Dogs and Bowerbird, a memoir about Alana’s verbatim writing. Alana will work this year as dramaturg on Bangarra Dance Theatre’s Bennelong. After recording their biggest box office ever with Alana’s Soft Revolution production in November 2016, Venus Theatre Company in the USA will world premiere the stage version of The Ravens, which won the BBC International Play Award in 2014. This stage version includes the Shakespeare poem The Phoenix and the Turtle and will premiere in November, 2017 at the Venus Theatre in Maryland.

In 2016 Griffin Theatre Company presented Ladies Day, Campbelltown Arts Centre presented One Billion Beats (co-written and co-directed with Romaine Moreton), the Tasmanian Theatre Company presented Tree Widows which Alana also directed and Merrigong Theatre Company, Canberra Theatre Centre and the Seymour Centre presented Letters to Lindy, a stunning new work exploring the public’s relationship with one of 20th Century Australia’s most iconic figures.

In 2015 Head Full of Love completed a National Tour. Other work included the acclaimed Parramatta GirlsRun Rabbit Run and Shafana and Aunt Sarrinah and Barefoot Divas (Hong Kong Concert Hall). Two new works written and directed for radio, Cool Hunter – London and Kimberley Queerboy, were broadcast on ABC Radio’s Earshot program. In 2014 Alana worked as dramaturg on Stephen Page and Bangarra’s Patyegarang. Alana co-wrote The Fox and the Freedom Fighters with Dharug Elder Aunty Rhonda Grovenor-Dixon about her father Aboriginal activist Chicka Dixon. The work was performed by Rhonda and her daughter Nadeena and opened at the Performance Space, Carriageworks in Sydney. Alana won the BBC International Radio Competition for The Ravens and an AWGIE Award for Community/Youth Theatre for Comin’ Home Soon. In 2013 she won three AWGIE Awards including the Major Award and the Inaugural David Williamson Award for Excellence in Writing for the Australian Theatre for Grounded. She was also nominated for Head Full of Love for Radio Adaptation.

In 2012 she won the 5th STAGE International Playwriting Award for Ear to the Edge of Time. This prestigious award is given to a play about science or technology and attracted over 200 entries from 19 countries. The judges were Pulitzer Prize-winning playwrights Tony Kushner, David Lindsay-Abaire and Donald Margulies, and Nobel Laureates Robert C. Richardson, Frank Wilczek and David J. Wineland.

Her plays Parramatta Girls and Shafana and Aunt Sarrinah are both currently on the NSW Schools Syllabus in Drama and English respectively. Her writing has also been nominated for a 2011 Queensland Premier’s Award for Best Drama Script, 2007 Helpmann Awards for Best New Australian Work and Best Play, awarded the 2004 Queensland Premier’s Award for Best Drama Script, the 2003 NSW Writer’s Fellowship, the 2002 Rodney Seaborn Playwright’s Award and an International Writing Fellowship at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in London. She also received a 2001 commendation for the Louis Esson Prize, a 1999 AWGIE Award, a residency at the Banff Playwrights’ Conference in Canada, the ANPC/New Dramatists Award in NYC and a Churchill Fellowship, the NSW Premier’s Award and a Centenary Medal.

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The Myth of the General Audience
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The Myth of the General Audience

The 2018 Philip Parsons Lecture: The myth of the general audience must go the way of the myth of the average Australian, says Alana Valentine.

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