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Patrick Van Der Werf

PATRICK VAN DER WERF

  

Nationality:    Australian
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Patrick Van Der Werf has been writing plays for about a dozen years and has had ten produced. Breath is his most recent. In this century: Owl Song was presented at the 2001 National Playwrights' Conference; Presence was co-winner of the Griffin 2002 Playwriting Award, and was produced by Griffin the same year, under the direction of Ros Horin (it won a 'Glugs' award for best new Australian play of 2002); Moon Babies was performed at La Mama in 2002 and 2003, directed by Peta Hanrahan. Moon Babies was on the 2003 VCE drama syllabus and has been published by Currency Press.

Research:    http://www.ausstage.edu.au/pages/contributor/231410

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below is a list of Patrick Van Der Werf's plays - click on a Play Title for more information

        Bird Raising         Breath         Habitat         Moon Babies         Owl Song         Presence         Shelter         Sweet Dreams



Bird Raising

Synopsis:
Van Der Werf has isolated one of the ways the weak in our society deal with the strong: by having a smart comeback

Notes:
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1st Produced:
Fringe Studio, St Kilda, VIC    02 Mar 1995

Organisations:
Patrick Swamp Parrot Productions

1st Published:
-   -

Music:
-

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Genre:
family drama

Parts:
Male:  2            Female:  2            Other:  -

Further Reference:
http://www.ausstage.edu.au/pages/event/32926

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Breath

Synopsis:
A federal Liberal backbencher (Christie) is kidnapped. He assumes the 'terrorists' must be Muslim. It is only much later than he realises the issue is personal and that his kidnappers are the children of an old friend, Bob. The friends were once fellow travellers, would-be anarchists, but they've taken different paths. Bob is on a disability pension, and clinging desperately to what's left of his idealism. His children, Lucy and Jude, are indoctrinated with their father's yearning for a time where ideals mattered, and music came with the crackle of an imperfect technology.

Notes:
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1st Produced:
Bakehouse Theatre, Adelaide, SA    13 Jul 2005

Organisations:
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1st Published:
http://australianplays.org/,    -

Music:
-

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Genre:
Tragedy 90 min

Parts:
Male:  3            Female:  1            Other:  -

Further Reference:
http://www.ausstage.edu.au/pages/event/67011

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Habitat

Synopsis:
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Notes:
part of "Whineing and Dying"

1st Produced:
C Block Theatre, Braddon, ACT    20 Jul 2005

Organisations:
Canberra Youth Theatre

1st Published:
-   -

Music:
-

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Genre:
one act comedy

Parts:
Male:  3            Female:  -            Other:  -

Further Reference:
http://www.ausstage.edu.au/pages/event/67255

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Moon Babies

Synopsis:
Disorientated and close to death an old man stumbles into an abandoned house. It is being used as a hideaway by two teenagers. He is at their mercy as they taunt him

Notes:
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1st Produced:
La Mama, Carlton, VIC    20 Feb 2002

Organisations:
-

1st Published:
Currency Press,    -

Music:
-

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Genre:
2 Act 60 mins Comedy

Parts:
Male:  3            Female:  -            Other:  -

Further Reference:
http://www.ausstage.edu.au/pages/event/14586

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Owl Song

Synopsis:
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Notes:
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1st Produced:
National Playwrights' Conference, Australian    2001

Organisations:
-

1st Published:
-   -

Music:
-

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Genre:
-

Parts:
Male:  -            Female:  -            Other:  -

Further Reference:
-

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Presence

Synopsis:
Molly Kaufman is taking in a new boarder, Sam, a young man infected with a lust for life, dreaming of freedom and a car. Molly's son, Jake, has been witness to intense betrayal and horror in his childhood; his mother is still a haunted woman. Penny, who is drawn into their lives, wakes up each morning to evil standing at the foot of her bed. Presence is a contemporary allegory about young people's struggles to overcome their fears in a daunting world. The lives of these intensely flawed but lovable characters cross in the shared confines of the boarding house, but they also inhabit the complex region of each other's inner worlds and fears. Each character crosses riveting dramatic territory in the search for the presence of the loving other. This is a play that will locate, in the midst of darkness, a compelling light... in the heart of 'presence', a glaring absence.

Notes:
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1st Produced:
Stables Theatre, Darlinghurst, NSW    05 Jul 2002

Organisations:
-

1st Published:
http://australianplays.org/   -

Music:
-

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Genre:
2 Act 90 minsAustralian gothic drama

Parts:
Male:  3            Female:  2            Other:  -

Further Reference:
http://www.ausstage.edu.au/pages/event/17813

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Shelter

Synopsis:
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Notes:
part of "Red shorts". The three winning short plays from among more than 200 entries in Red Stitch's inaugural competition for new Australian writing are good acting pieces that together constitute a varied and eminently satisfying night of theatre

1st Produced:
Red Stitch Actors Theatre, St Kilda, VIC    12 Nov 2003

Organisations:
Red Stitch Actors Theatre

1st Published:
-   -

Music:
-

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Genre:
30 min play

Parts:
Male:  -            Female:  -            Other:  -

Further Reference:
http://www.ausstage.edu.au/pages/event/60762

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Sweet Dreams

Synopsis:
Set entirely within a dream world. . .attempts to explore the inner motivations of its protagonists - two unhappy teachers.

Notes:
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1st Produced:
Organ Factory, Clifton Hill, VIC    01 Mar 1994

Organisations:
Ken Oath Productions

1st Published:
-   -

Music:
-

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Genre:
comedy

Parts:
Male:  -            Female:  -            Other:  -

Further Reference:
http://www.ausstage.edu.au/pages/event/23685

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