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There’s a lot going on in my world right now but one item at a time…as you’ll see in the press release below, 7-ON Playwrights, the playwrights’ group with which I’ve been associated for the last 16 years (where did the time go?!), is publishing a third anthology. This time the book will be a volume of chamber plays published by the national treasure, Currency Press.

We’re having a launch – Covid-permitting of course – on June 4th at Gleebooks with Louise Gough, the inaugural CEO/Executive Director of Australian Plays Transform (the amalgamation of Playwriting Australia and doing the honours. See our press release below.

We’re pleased as punch, not just because we’re proud of the work, but really, corralling seven playwrights into an achieved accomplishment is no mean feat! Sharp Darts: Chamber Plays by 7-ON is now available for order online from Currency Press.

So… hope to see anyone and everyone in the theatre world in Sydney, and friends and frenemies to boot! Louise will launch, and a couple of the actor-writers amongst us will perform. And – because I am a secret show-off – I will be acting as MC!


Published by Currency Press, 19th May 2021

To be launched by Louise Gough at Gleebooks, June 4, 6 pm.

"Collaborating with 7ON is like mixing a cake full of all sorts of exotic ingredients that somehow make wonderful eating when baked." Ned Manning

Sharp Darts: Chamber Plays by 7-ON (Currency Press) is the latest collaboration of 7-ON playwrights’ group. 7-ON has been together for 16 years as a small group of seven (very different!) established playwrights, no formal leader, no core intention beyond supporting each other in the making of new theatre in 21st century Australia. 7-ON’s third book collaboration is a collection of 15 short plays reflecting our very different voices, but all of them love-notes to the theatre. They exploit the limitations of the short play form to its best advantage, honing language, action and visual imagery to their sharpest point. Written for professional production, they also hold plenty of appeal for drama students, amateur companies, reading groups, auditioning actors – anyone who wants to experience myriad worlds between two covers. Sharp Darts is a snapshot of new writing for theatre right now.

7-ON is: Donna Abela, Vanessa Bates, Hilary Bell, Noëlle Janaczewska, Verity Laughton, Ned Manning, and Catherine Zimdahl.

Please contact or Currency Press for more information.

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