Barbara and the Camp Dogs, co-written with Ursula Yovich, and presented at Belvoir in 2017 was nominated in the 2017 Sydney Theatre Awards for Best New Australian work and Best Original score. Ladies Day, produced at Griffin in 2016 was nominated for the Nick Enright Prize for Drama (NSW Premier’s Literary Awards, 2017). Alana is the recipient of two Tasmanian Theatre Awards 2017 for The Tree Widows, which received the Best Writing in a Professional Production Award as well as the Judges Award for ‘creative integration of community, culture and heritage’. Alana was also nominated for best director for a Professional Production for that work. In November 2017, Venus Theatre Company (USA) world premiered The Ravens which also won the BBC International Radio Writing Award in 2013 and the National Library of Australia published Dear Lindy. Her plays Parramatta Girls and Shafana and Aunt Sarrinah are both currently on the NSW Schools Syllabus in Drama and English respectively.
In 2018 Currency Press published a mentorship memoir called Bowerbird: The art of making theatre drawn from life. In May, Belvoir presented The Sugar House, and in October, Sport For Jove presented Ear to the Edge of Time at Seymour. This play won the 5th STAGE International Playwriting Award whose judges, in 2012, were Pulitzer Prize-winning playwrights Tony Kushner, David Lindsay-Abaire and Donald Margulies, and Nobel Laureates Robert C. Richardson, Frank Wilczek and David J. Wineland. Also in 2018, Merrigong Theatre Company toured Letters to Lindy nationally, and Alana again worked with Bangarra Dance Theatre as dramaturg on Dark Emu, after successful collaborations on Bennelong, Patyegarang and ID.
In 2019 Belvoir will remount the AWGIE Award nominated Barbara and the Camp Dogs. Also in 2019 a jazz song cycle Flight Memory will be presented at The Street Theatre in Canberra and the Seymour Centre will present Made To Measure, a commission from the Charles Perkins Centre, University of Sydney, where Alana was Writer in Residence in 2018.
Many of Alana Valentine’s plays are available for school, non-professional and amateur productions. A full description of each of her plays is available at alanavalentine.com
To apply for performance rights, please email [email protected] with your contact details, title of play and performance dates and venue.
The licence fee for amateur productions is $200 per performance (plus GST) or 10% gross box office, whichever is greater.