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Cyberbile / Grounded
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Multi-award winning playwright Alana Valentine brings us two plays that deal head-on with teenage issues fraught with difficulty -- bullying, belonging, isolation, identity. "Cyberbile" is a candid, moving and sometimes shocking glimpse into the on-line world of today's teen generation. Based on interviews conducted by students -- from PLC Sydney -- with teachers, parents and their fellow students, the play is a verbatim-based drama which speaks from and to the hearts of Australia's young adults. Sometimes frightening, more often courageously funny, "Cyberbile" is a play for any parent who is worried about their child's relationship to the on-line community or any young person who wants to understand how to survive the bullying that technology can uniquely unleash. Set against the backdrop of one of the most intriguing events in Newcastle's recent history -- the grounding of the Pasha Bulka -- "Grounded" is a coming-of-age tale centred around Farrah, a young Novocastrian with a fascination for Newcastle's industrial port, a fascination none of her peers share or comprehend. Through her obsession, the play explores universal themes of isolation, belonging and identity and that time in your life when the obsessions of childhood, get grounded in reality.
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Alana Valentine's writing has been awarded the 2004 Queensland Premier's Award for best Drama Script, 2003 NSW Writer's Fellowship, the 2002 Rodney Seaborn Playwrights' Award and an International Writing Fellowship at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre in London. She has also received a 2001 commendation for the Louis Esson Prize, a 1999 AWGIE Award, a residency at the Banff Playwrights' Conference in Canada, the ANPC/New Dramatists Award in NYC, a Churchill Fellowship for England and Ireland and a NSW Premier's Award. In 2012 she won the prestigious STAGE Award for Ear to the Edge of Time. Her stage plays include Butterfly Dandy, Covenant, The Prospectors, Run Rabbit Run, Titania's Boy, Savage Grace, Row of Tents, The Conjurers, Ozone, Spool Time and Swimming the Globe. Alana has written numerous award winning radio plays as well as episodes of the television series McLeod's Daughters and Fat Tuesday.

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"There is a truth to the dialogue that's rare; there's a truth to the dialogue that makes this play profound." Cassie Tongue, AussieTheatre.com

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