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By Claire Christian

Synopsis: Jacob wants good grades. Albert wants to be taken seriously. Denzel wants to make a difference. Fetu wants to be a champion. Rangi wants a second chance. Luis wants to be like the other boys. And they all want to get laid. Welcome to Book Club. 

Once a month, the boys meet at Book Club to study, help (and roast) one another. They’ve known each other for what feels like forever, and apart from the usual Grade Twelve stress, family and relationships, things seem pretty good. But, when Rangi returns to the club differences surface and the world both inside and outside Book Club begin to unravel. All too soon, the boys will graduate into a world that doesn’t see them the same way they see themselves. A world they are hopelessly unprepared for. Can the books they read tell them what they need to guide them through this uncertain future? And if they can, will the boys be even listening?

Book Club is as inspirational as it is hilarious and unflinchingly honest. It will lay bare a crucible on which contemporary Australian masculinity is forged, while redefining adolescence, brotherhood and family.

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Claire Christian is a writer, podcaster, youth arts facilitator and theatre maker from Brisbane. Her debut Young Adult novel Beautiful Mess won the 2016 Text Publishing Text Prize and will be released in August 2017. She just directed the critically acclaimed season of Michelle Law's play Single Asian Female at La Boite Theatre Company. Her plays Hedonisms Second Album, The Landmine is Me (both with David Burton) and Talking to Brickwalls are available through Playlab. Claire currently works administering and delivering Youth Arts programs at La Boite and Queensland Theatre. She digs dancing in her lounge room, her pug, Mexican food and has been lucky enough to win awards with fancy words in their title like, “100 leading women.” She blogs about her (mis) adventures at www.claireandpearl.com


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Dry – Working Title

By Katy Cotter

Synopsis: Lara’s Sunday has been non-stop panic. After waking up to discover that her partner, John, and his young daughter, Veronica, are nowhere to be found, Lara has spent the day calling a phone that is constantly unavailable, checking with friends if they have seen them and bracing herself for the worst because their relationship and John’s PTSD have been in flux lately.

When the usual time to drop Veronica off to her mother, John’s ex-wife and Lara’s ex-best friend, Kathleen, comes and goes, Kathleen turns up demanding her child. This forces Lara to confront uncomfortable truths about John’s unreliable, unfaithful, and unstable past turning her manhunt into an all out war against a woman she thought she knew, and the man she thought she loved.

With a touch of venom and twist of humour,Drydeconstructs modern relationships, the cost of the help we give to others, and the help we need to give ourselves.

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Katy Cotter is Brisbane-based Actor and Writer. In 2009, she graduated with a Diploma of Arts in Acting at Southbank TAFE and has since been working with independent companies in creating new work. In June 2015, Katy obtained a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from QUT. In that same month her first play Dust Covered Butterfly was presented at Metro Arts, which she also performed in.

Katy first became involved with Playlab when she was accepted into the Incubator program for aspiring playwrights. Her new play Dry has been selected for further development in their Alpha Processing program.



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Fractured Minds (and Ballet Tights) – Working Title

By Bryan Probets

Synopsis: In an act of delayed defiance and retribution, Bryan, a middle aged cleaner with fading aspirations to be an actor, breaks into a primary school classroom in the middle of the night. Not just any classroom but that of his grade seven teacher, Mr Bradford. THE Mr Bradford who once gave him six percent on a maths exam and proceeded to shame him with a clip around the ears in front of his classmates. THE Mr Bradford who called him spaghetti legs relentlessly because he did ballet. THE Mr Bradford who was totally unsympathetic towards his family’s troubles! Now it is his turn to make Mr Bradford realise the pain he caused him.  

The chairs and desks, the paintings on the wall, school projects etc. conjure memories from his childhood: the teachers who were actually nice, the bullies who called him “poofta”, his neighbours who were all a little strange, the Footes who looked after him when his family couldn’t and the kisses Julie would give him before Ballet that confounded him.

When Bryan finds a letter that is neither from or to him in the small backpack that he is carrying, his memories are challenged and he must renegotiate his past before his future runs out.Fractured Minds (and Ballet Tights)is a bittersweet misadventure that challenges the notion “Give me a child until he is seven and I will show you the man”.

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Bryan is an award-winning actor who has pursued a career in both theatre and film, acting with several of Australia’s major theatre companies and appearing in many international and locally made films over the recent years.  For the stage he has appeared in many productions including  Ruddigore, Kiss Me Kate, Candide (Opera Queensland), St Mary’s in Exile, Much Ado About Nothing, The Odd Couple, Australia Day, Design for Living, Pygmalion, Waiting For Godot, The Alchemist, The Importance of Being Earnest, Private Fears in Public Places, A Christmas Carol, The Venetian Twins, Scapin, The Lonesome West, Mano Nera, The Cherry Orchard, and The Road to She-Devil’s Salon, (Queensland Theatre Company), Edward Gant’s Amazing Feats of Loneliness (Sydney Theatre Company/La Boite), and As You Like It, The Wishing Well, The Danger Age, The Year Nick McGowan Came to Stay, Operator, Creche and Burn, Way Out West, and Milo’s Wake (La Boite Theatre Company). Other theatre credits include George’s Marvellous Medicine, 1984, Animal Farm, Tequilla Mockingbird  (Shake & Stir Theatre Company) Hamlet (Matrix/QPAC,) The Composer is Dead (Out of the Box,) and Australia The Show!  (HotHouse Theatre Company).

In 2003 he was a member of Queensland Theatre Company’s Emerging Actor’s Ensemble and that year won the MEAA Award for Best Emerging artist. From 2004-2006 he was an Artistic Associate with the company. Simultaneously to the theatre, Bryan has focused on film work over recent years appearing in In Like Flynn, Don’t Tell, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, Tracks, The Great Gatsby, The Railway Man, Singularity, A Heartbeat Away, Daybreakers, Triangle, The Proposition, Nim’s Island, Subdivision, The Horseman, Punishment and Hildegarde. Television appearances include Monarch Cove, Starter Wife, Fat Cow Motel, and Love Weights. He is also a voice-over artist for television and radio and has provided character voices notably for the CGI animated international children’s series, Farmkids.

He is a recipient of several awards including a Gold Matilda Award for his overall contribution to theatre in 2012, and a Silver Matilda Award (also for 2012) for his performance in As You Like It.

He is a graduate of the University of Southern Queensland.

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