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Katherine Lyall-Watson


Nationality:    Australian
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Katherine was a finalist in the 2008/09 Queensland Premiers Drama Award for her first play Tinder, which was also selected for a Playlab/ Varuna Fellowship. Her second play, Rosie Littles Cautionary Tales for Girls (an adaptation of the novel by Danielle Wood), was selected for the Graduate Program in the National Script Workshop and read at the National Play Festival, 2010. Katherines third play, Motherland, was shortlisted for the 2013 Patrick White Playwrights Award. Katherine has a long history in theatre having worked as an actor, director and theatre reviewer before starting playwriting. As a theatre reviewer and arts writer, she has been published in The Courier-Mail,, Brisbane News and Time Off. Katherine has a doctorate in philosophy from the University of Queensland.


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Sweeping through the Russian Revolution, World War II, and Brisbane history, Motherland is an epic new work of historical fiction, informed by actual events. Three women, exiled from their homelands, find their stories are woven together across continents and decades. Nell Tritton, the Brisbane wife of a deposed Russian prime minister, forms a close friendship with Nina Berberova, who is exiled in Paris. The woman who would tell their story is Alyona, a Russian curator who finds her dreams of a new Australian paradise crushed by bankruptcy and the Fitzgerald Inquiry.

Shortlisted for the 2013 Patrick White Playwrights' Award, Motherland is a tapestry of friendship, displacement, home, and identity  a fine crafted story of the casualties of love, ambition, and politics.

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Drama, historical fiction

Male:  4            Female:  3            Other:  Opportunities for doubling of male characters

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