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Just how bad can our country get?

Perfect for a politically charged classroom!  This new work by award-winning playwright Lachlan Philpott covers themes of oppression, revolution, and influence while encouraging conversation around our own countries current political climate.  Get your students thinking about the big picture by adding this new play to your 2018 syllabus. 

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It’s 2022 and Queensland is now part of China to resolve a civil war. The rest of Australia has become Nation One, with a conservative government and a return to traditional values. The regime's hopes and dreams are pinned on the next generation and the school formal is a chance for them to celebrate their achievements and history.

After the difficult exams and aptitude tests, the formal is the last night of freedom before these young citizens step up to serve their government. But this formal will end more than their time at school and it will change their future forever.

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Playlab will be closed from Thursday the 21st of December and will reopen on Tuesday January 2nd. All orders placed during this period will be shipped as soon as possible upon our return.

We wish everyone a merry and safe Holidays, and look forward to seeing you in the new year!

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Discounts Across Our Large Cast Collection
(Offer Ends 31/10/17)

talkingtobrickwalls coverTalking To Brick Walls:
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Hey! We need to talk!  And we've needed to talk for over 8000 years.  Talking to Brick Walls is a hybrid verbatim piece exploring adolescent and parent relationships.  It was co-created be eleven young artists alongside facilitators Claire Christian and Ari Palani over a period of three and a half months.  This is the conversation they wanted to have.  The story the wanted to tell.  The show they wanted to make.



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Cast Size - 14
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Penelope is a 17 year old girl who feels as if she has the weight of the world on her shoulders.

Everyday she travels to and from school on the train. It is the only time she has to herself; before the responsibility of being a mother figure to her younger sister, and housekeeper for her father, takes a hold of her. She listens to her iPod and the playlist becomes a soundtrack to imaginative episodes as she moves in and out of her own subconscious.

In this place, Penelope meets an assortment of characters that 

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represent the many roles she has to play in life; her rational and irrational self. Through each episode, a dilemma in her life is expose

d and reflected through her interaction with the exaggerated characters. The characters know everything about Penelope. They are a manifestation of her emotions, beliefs and internal logic.

Penelope's journey through this story is about coming to terms with responsibility and making the tough decisions we all have to in life.

Screen Shot 2017 10 04 at 11.20.14 amIn a Heart Beat:
Cast Size - 17
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In a Heart Beat follows the story of Jamie, a frustrated teenager with big ideas to leave his school and family all behind at the very first chance he gets. An outsider in his town, Jamie is suddenly hurtled into a journey beyond his known parameters.




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kaboomfrontcoverThe Kaboom Collection:
Orbit Cast Size - 20
The Landmine Is Me Cast Size - 27
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Orbit: Orbit is a science fiction adventure about 20 young people, of which two will be chosen to carry on humanity’s bright future on planet Mars. The teenagers must compete in a series of grueling tests, deciding their best strategies for survival. Will they form an alliance or go it alone? Admit their weaknesses or cover them up at all costs?
 

Kaboom ShopNOwThe Landmine Is Me: There’s a bomb in the school. It's going to explode. Do you know who did it?

The Land Mine is Me is a comic and contemporary take on the life of an adolescent. The school has been evacuated and we meet the misfits, the perfectionists, the drama queens and the socially awkward. More than an angst-riddled exploration of “teenage issues”, The Land Mine is Me asks the audience to consider, how far do you have to push before someone explodes.

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Please Be Seated Cast Size - 7 - 16
Australian Drama Cast Size - 17
Duty Free Cast Size - 11
Was $34.95
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Please Be Seated: 
This is a performance that knows it’s a performance. Collaboratively devised, drawing on verbatim, movement and music, Please be Seated tracks romantic relationships from reflections on the experience of elders, through childhood, into adolescence, then into the turbulent process of falling in and out of love: something that nobody can teach you how to do. It’s open-ended and messy. Lifelike. Like life. Take a seat. Let’s talk about love.

Black Shop NOwAustralian Drama: The drama class is about to start, and that’s not the only thing that’s beginning. These young people love Drama. So does their teacher, but not quite as much as he loves himself. He throws scraps of scripts at them. Fragments of Australian Drama. They all face unusual characters, unfamiliar settings, and blurry motivations as they try to find themselves in the work. Before they can connect with the script they must connect with one another, but how can they possibly make their scene work when they’re so busy working the scene? Australian Drama playfully plays with the playing of plays.

Duty Free: Combining monologue with blog, the spoken word with the social networking update, Duty Free explores the overseas adventures that fill some people’s ‘gap year’. The itinerary is not inclusive of a three-act structure, a hero’s journey, or blinding and timely revelations where it all makes sense. Monologue-based, with interludes of music and movement, it’s a quiet, concentrated, intimate show that travels through identity formation in both lived and described experience. Off on a journey to find yourself? Bon Voyage. There you are.

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This year we've compiled a meticulous short list of gift ideas for the theatre lovers in your life.  Plus every order we receive that contains one of our suggested titles will receive a free play as a bonus gift from us to you to ensure that your holiday season is merry and bright. 


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Do you have a rising star in your family?  From zombies to chat rooms our ‘Prodigies’ selection has something for both primary and senior school aged students that will fuel their curious and creative minds this holiday season.     

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Sensational Scholars




The ‘Sensation Scholars’ selection is filled with a range of contemporary Australian plays with challenging themes and conventions perfect for friends or family studying in the creative arts.  Each can be read either for pleasure or for deeper contemplation with a pencil in hand scratching thoughtful musings in moleskin journals. 

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Seasoned Pros

A collection of acclaimed works sure to be treasured by any ‘Seasoned Pro’. Containing works from around the country that span across different cultures and perspectives these critically praised titles are sure to bolster any library. 

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2017 Edition Digital Downloads: Summer Wonderland + Chasing The Whale

PLB2017 SummerWonderland 13JUL17Summer Wonderland began its life back in 2006. After a meeting at La Boite Theatre Company, I was trying to come up with an idea that would meet their request — “Bring new audiences to La Boite.” 

It was a trip out to see the annual Christmas lights that gave me the answer. Street after street of houses, covered in lights and decorations, celebrating a time of year when we let magic take over for a while. But there was something else. Owners would sit in chairs on their driveway, or cook sausage sizzles on their lawn. They would watch the smiling crowds walk by, looking for a response to their creation. 

Here, deep in the suburbs, an artistic exchange was taking place. Here the very idea of home was art. 

The La Boite production was a huge success, extending its season to meet demand. But it was what happened afterward that surprised me the most. 

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Requests started coming in from community theatres across Australia and New Zealand to perform the play. A play that spoke to their own sense of place. Their own experiences. Their own homes. 

Summer Wonderland has changed a lot over the years. Like a person, a play gathers a better sense of itself over time. I’ve made cuts and strengthened journeys. But always in the spirit of the original idea — that no matter who we are or where we’re from, we’re all in some way going home. 

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Chasing The Whale began its life back in 1999 when a strange image popped into my head. A man in a suit being chased by a desk. 

Intrigued, I began unpacking a story out of that image. 

I’ve been doing it ever since. 

The first version was performed at the Australian Theatre For Young People, directed by David Berthold. The second was at La Boite Theatre Company, directed by Sean Mee. Both were called The Dance of Jeremiah (a name I later abandoned), though they shared little in common. And what it is now is different as well. 

ShopNow WhaleTime and time again, I’m drawn back to this play. The central idea remains the same. The tired man, damaged by ambition, haunted by his creations. Yet every time it shifts and changes, absorbing who I am now. Ideas that once worked fall away and new ideas grow in their place. Over and over. Coming and going, like waves on the shore. 

I’m certain I’ll never be done with it. I’m sure it’s waiting for me down the road, ready to reflect who I’ll be when I get there. 

But here it is now. Here I am now. 

Still chasing the whale.

 - Matthew Ryan  


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