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Jane Harrison

JANE HARRISON  (1960 - )

Nationality:    Australian
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Jane Harrison, a Muruwari descendant, was commissioned by Ilbijerri Theatre Co-operative to write Stolen, about the Stolen Generations. Stolen premiered in 1998, followed by seven annual seasons in Melbourne, plus tours to Sydney, Adelaide, regional Victoria, Tasmania, the UK (twice), Hong Kong and Tokyo, and readings in Canada and New York. Jane was the co-winner (with Dallas Winmar for aliwa!) of the Kate Challis RaKa award for Stolen. Stolen is studied on the VCe English and NSW HSC syllabi. On a Park Bench was workshopped at Playbox and the Banff Playrites Colony, and was a finalist in the Lake Macquarie Drama Prize. Rainbow's end premiered in 2005 at the Melbourne Museum and toured to Mooroopna, and will tour to Japan in 2007. Jane was the 2006 Theatrelab Indigenous award winner for her most recent play, Blakvelvet. She contributed one chapter to Many Voices, Reflections on experiences of Indigenous child separation, published by the National Library, CanberrA. Her most important creation has been her two daughters.

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below is a list of Jane Harrison's plays - click on a Play Title for more information

        Blakvelvet         On A Park Bench         Rainbow's End         Stolen



Blakvelvet

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the 2006 theatrelab Indigenous Award winner

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On A Park Bench

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a finalist in the Lake Macquarie Drama Prize.

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Rainbow's End

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Set in the 1950s on the fringe of a country town, Rainbow's end creates a thought-provoking and emotionally powerful' snapshot of a Koori family to Dramatise the struggle for decent housing, meaningful education, jobs and community acceptance

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Stolen

Stolen
Stolen tells of five young aboriginal children forcibly removed from their parents, brought up in a repressive children's home and trained for domestic service and other menial jobs. Segregated from society from their earliest years, not all of them successfully manage their lives when released into the outside world. the pain, poignancy and sheer desperation of their lives is seen through the children's own eyes as they struggle to make sense of a world where they have been told to forget their families, their homes and their language. This tender and moving story, awash with childlike humour, brings the tragic history of the Stolen Generations to the Australian stage.

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C.U.B Malthouse Theatre, Melbourne, ANZ    1998

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the Ibijerri aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Theatre Company

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Currency Press, Australia >>>, 1998   978-0868197975

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