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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.

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"This is theatre for teens, played largely by teens, and the absolute best thing about it is that it doesn’t patronise them. It doesn’t dumb things down, it doesn’t cushion them, and it doesn’t trivialise or worse, blow things up to overwrought proportions." - Stage Noise



In 2011, playwrights Rachael Coopes (Art House) and Wayne Blair (The SapphiresBloodlandThe 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.

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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