This Was Urgent Yesterday
Publication date: 22 April 2020
Publisher: Currency Press
Video by Eloise Holoubek
You’re suffocating and you don’t even have the strength to call Chief Inspector Mum to tell her you’re choking for air and slowly dying in a space shuttle 367 million light years away from home.
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
Written by Alex Travers
Supported by The Laboratory; a writer’s circle program for developing work, peer networking and dramaturgical support by Montague Basement in partnership with bAKEHOUSE.
ALICE: It just keeps going. Everything keeps going.
I’m standing still and the whole world just keeps going.
A daughter dances in a sequin dance costume.
A mother threads time.
A father forgets.
As memory collides with fragmented narrative in a world rendered by empty promise, a husband and wife play a lullaby on loop; tantalisingly close to finding their daughter and losing themselves. Set somewhere between the 1970s and now, Oblivion plays an uncanny host to a tiny kingdom of marital habit, family ties and love at every cost.
Oblivion is a work of magical realism and was first performed as a staged reading at KXT as part of The Lab Report in December, 2020. The work was directed by Saro Lusty Cavallari with actors Pip Edwards, Shane Russon and Nicola Bowman.
Oblivion is a one-act play and is available for production.
Written by Alex Travers
Supported by ATYP's National Studio
What could you possibly have left to explore?
You’ve seen every face this side of puberty.
ATYP's National Studio is an invaluable mentoring opportunity connecting young adult writers from around Australia with leading playwrights and dramaturgs. The National Studio is about nurturing emerging playwrights nationally, connecting them with mentors and creating a community of writers that will sustain each other for years to come.
In 2020, the National Studio went online and was supported by the mentorship of Mary-Anne Butler, Vanessa Bates, Jane Fitzgerald and Chris Isaacs.
Face Off is the culmination of the mentoring received at the National Studio and is a new short script for two youth actors.
The script follows two pimples as they risk possible extinction from a face, in a world where being pretty is the worst thing ever.
Alex is currently developing the work for production.