This Was Urgent Yesterday

This Was Urgent Yesterday is the resulting publication of the 2019 Writing Place Residency which was a joint project of Country Arts SA, Carclew and Australian Theatre for Young People (ATYP) supported by the Regional Arts Fund Strategic Initiatives. 


Over eight days emerging regional writers aged 18-26 from across Australia gathered to learn, connect and write mentored by leading Australian playwrights Caleb Lewis, Mary Anne Butler and Emily Steel. During Writing Place each participant generated and refined a monologue for teenage performers. With the support of Arts South Australia, invited industry and local guests joined the participants and mentors for a behind-the-scenes reading of the works.


The writing generated from Writing Place is now published by Currency Press. This Was Urgent Yesterday is a collection of single-actor scripts written by and for young people from regional Australia.


Where Does It Hurt? by Alex Travers
It’s Not A Bad Word by Emma Richardson
This Is Yours by Lily Hensby
Abyss by Isidora Pandilovska
Crossroads and Dusty Boots by Jordan Clayden-Lewis
Like Butter by Wallea Eaglehawk
I Wore Heels, So She Wore Heels by Lisa Semmler
Australian Strays by Rebecca Duke
All But You Who Looked At Me And Smiled by Charlotte Smith
On Burning Day by Michal I. Hughes
I Need Gourmet by Danielle Aquilina
The Appointment by Rosemary Cann
I Found You by Cate Robbins
Swallows by Betty Sweetlove