The myth of the general audience

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Alana Valentine

In her 2018 Philip Parsons Memorial Lecture, playwright Alana Valentine speaks about the power of the collective experience and those rare moments when a work of art becomes a conduit for spontaneous community expression.

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Playwright Alana Valentine. Photo credit: Vicki Gordon.

About the author

Alana Valentine’s Barbara and the Camp Dogs, co-written with Ursula Yovich, was nominated in the 2017 Sydney Theatre Awards for Best New Australian work and Best Original score and Ladies Day, 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, and was also nominated for an Errol for Best Director. In 2018 Alana is again working with Bangarra Dance Theatre as dramaturg on Dark Emu, after successful collaborations on Bennelong, Patyegarang and ID. In November 2017, Venus Theatre Company (USA) world premiered The Ravens which also won the BBC International Radio writing Award in 2013 and the NLA published Dear Lindy. In 2018 Belvoir will present The Sugar House, Sport For Jove will present Ear to the Edge of Time and Merrigong Theatre Company will tour Letters to Lindy nationally. A jazz song cycle Flight Memory, written with composer Sandra France will be presented at The Street Theatre in Canberra late in 2018. Alana is currently the co-recipient of a writing fellowship at the Charles Perkins Centre, University of Sydney.