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Sugarland by Rachael Coopes and Wayne Blair


THEMES: Indigenous themes, Regional Australia, Displacement, Growing up

CHARACTER AGES: 16 - 18, Adult

LENGTH: 1.5 Hours
Target Audience
$ 23.95
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Sugarland provides a glimpse into a teenage Australia that feels like a foreign country. This haunting new play will make you pause, make you smile, make you wonder how much can be real.

Erica's Dad is in the RAAF so her life gets a transplant every few years. Now she's in year eleven she's stopped trying to fit in. What does it matter; she'll be out of there in a few years anyway. Nina's good at school but that's not important. She needs a house to live in. And she needs it soon. She's been living at her Auntie's so she can go to school in town, but that's not working out.

The only thing Erica and Nina have in common is the music they listen to. Sometimes that's enough.

Inspiring and award-winning, the national youth theatre company, ATYP, is excited to present Sugarland a brand new Australian work inspired by the young people of Katherine in the Northern Territory.

In 2011, playwrights Rachael Coopes (Art House) and Wayne Blair (The Sapphires, Bloodland, The Gods of Wheat Street) engaged in a series of residencies in the town of Katherine (NT). The aim was to create a story that would allow audiences around the country to gain a personal understanding of what life is like growing up in remote Australia.

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"This exceptional new play from Australian Theatre for Young People (ATYP) will make you laugh, cry and stay with you long after you leave the theatre." - ARTS REVIEW

"Sugarland is a powerful story of life from young people in regional Australia, a story told with integrity and urgency that we do not usually get to see or experience.” - Performing Lines



Sugarland was presented back to the community of Katherine before opening at the Old City Hall Ruins as part of the Darwin Festival in August 2014. It was then performed at ATYP in Sydney for a 3 week season. 

ISBN: 978 1 921390 82 1


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