These plays have been performed (or are to be performed) as part of the Legends of the Skies series at the National Aviation Museum, Moorabbin, VIC from 2014 to the present. They all deal with some aspect of Australian Aviation history.It’s both exciting and challenging to perform against such a backdrop!
The story of Maurice Guillaux, daredevil French pilot who delivered Australia’s first official airmail.
Some of Charles Kingsford Smith’s exploits.
The story of Friedrich (Fred) David, a Jewish aeronautical engineer. Fred fled Nazi Germany and Japan’s secret police only to end up in an internment camp in Victoria as a suspected enemy alien before being released to help the Australian war effort.
Lost in the Desert
A ballad. The sad story of pilot James Knight who came down in the desert. He scratched a message to his sweetheart on the fuselage of his aircraft before walking to his death.
A Sky Saga: the Story of Sir Thomas White.
Tommy White, parliamentarian and son-in-law of Alfred Deakin, was one of the first pilots to train for the Australian Flying Corps. This play takes a humorous look at some of his WW1 exploits.
Len Waters, the first Aboriginal military aviator.
I know where I’m going: the Peggy Kelman Story
Peggy Kelman defied convention to become one of Australia’s trail-blazing aviatrixes. With musical interludes!
Thirteen is lucky for some
Comedy: the story of WW1 reconnaissance pilot Eric Dibbs who survived 13 crashes.
Over the fields of France
In 1917, pilots James Sandy and Henry Hughes’s Reconnaissance Experimental 8 (RE8) went down in field near Armentières.
Performed with Melbourne Writers’ Theatre 2017, in the 1812 Board Shorts Festival 2018, in the UNESCO City of Literature OAP Festival in Dunedin 2019, and in Bendigo Theatre Company’s TENX10 Festival 2020.
Comedy 35 mins
4 M (35-60) 4 F (middle-aged)
In a bid to establish a name for himself, the new Vice Principal of Blackstone College persuades members of the Parents Association to replace the traditional speech night with a Lord of the Rings spectacular. Unfortunately, his big ideas rest on flimsy foundations. Just how “committed” is he?https://app.box.com/s/1mg928ab3yhiu7x3c13mgb9v1r2psrc1
Anna by Lamplight
Drama 15 mins
1 M (40+) IM (30+) 1 F (25-40)
Berlin, November 1938, two days after Kristallnacht. A dangerous time to be a Jew. But who presents the greater danger to Anna: the Nazis or her abusive husband Max? And who is the stranger in black, lurking under the lamplight?https://app.box.com/s/76n2yr64roqbwa0ti4u6qddxcrcr9el6
Performed at the 1812 Board Shorts, Bendigo Theatre Company’s TENX10 Festival and Peridot Theatre.
‘I thought your play was the standout on the day and one of the best pieces I have seen in a long time. Well done!’ Audrey
Over the Hill
Comedy 15 mins
2M (50-60) 2F (45-55)
‘You get to our age and you suddenly realise it’s all downhill from here.’ This gloomy conclusion prompts Lynne and Judy to seek excitement away from their obsessive compulsive husbands. And Ross and Barry are off on an adventure too—but things don’t go entirely to plan.
Performed in the 1812 Board Shorts and in the Monash One Act Play Festival.
Winner of the Best Original Script Award (MOAPF 2019)
Drama 15 mins
1 M (middle-aged) 2 F (21 and middle-aged)
“Germany calling, Germany calling. Even after all these years, the memory of Lord Haw-Haw chills me to the bones. Lord Haw-Haw was a traitor. After the war, he was hanged by the neck until he was dead. That’s what all traitors deserve. This story is about treachery. It starts in 1941, during those terrible days of the Blitz. I have learned to hate all traitors and there is no disease I spit on more than treachery.”-Constancehttps://app.box.com/s/gsz5xs82vckrwwvurudk678uigiz76er
Performed in the 1812 Board Shorts 2016
Drama 15 mins
1 M (40-ish) 1 F (35-40) 1 M/F (any age)
Every year, Jenny and Peter celebrate their daughter’s birthday in the local park. But Bonnie died six years ago. While Peter wants to let Bonnie go, Jenny is lost in a digital fantasy land created by the predatory company Elysium. https://app.box.com/s/qhw7lylwhjgv40k7gqom3hokll34832g
Performed by Melbourne Writers’ Theatre 2020
Emma Choy and Amir Rahimzadeh. Photo courtesy Melbourne Writers’ Theatre
‘ “Wormholes” by Alison Knight is a surprising and lively piece that acknowledges the very early days of the site on which the Queen Victoria Market stands. Knight takes us into a haunted underground space or cemetery where the present, in the person of a market worker (Emma Drysdale), meets an amazing theatrical past in the form of egocentric actor (Jonty Reason) and his assistant Scamp (Ruben Francis). Apparently the ‘great actor’ was killed by a critic!’ -Susan Sandow, Stage Whispers.
The Art of Fiction
Comedy 15 mins
1 M (middle-aged) 1 F (middle-aged)
Recently divorced Perry moves in with his widowed sister Carol. While Perry immerses himself in the fantasy Kakapopo blog, Carol takes refuge in romantic fiction. Comedy ensues when fiction and reality collide.
Performed in the 1812 Board Shorts 2011 and at Peridot Theatre 2016