My Brilliant Career


Adapted from the novel by Stella Miles Franklin, My Brilliant Career is the story of Sybylla Melvyn - a girl growing to woman, growing to adventurer. Life on the land is difficult for a young, independent woman with spirit and ambition and when Sybylla meets the eligible and rich Harry Beecham, she must decide whether her future lies in marriage or a career.

This is the narrative of a burgeoning nation, a forming feminism, a woman coming into her own as a human, an artist and an independent thinker. My Brilliant Career is a tale of language, landscape and love set to the rhythm of a complicated national consciousness.

This theatrical re-imagining is also the story of Stella Miles Franklin herself and her role within the creation of her timeless classic. The two women - creator and creature - weave and dance through the narrative.

  • adaptation, comedy, drama, musical, political, theatre for, by or about young people
  • 60
  • 6 total
  • 3 female identifying, 3 male identifying
  • australian history
  • 12 to 16, 16 to 18, 18+
  • yes
  • teen, all ages, children
  • Australian Plays Transform


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Female | Adult | 3 to 5 minutes
Starts on page 5

EXTRACT: And every woman from Goulburn to Grassmere, Melbourne to Mittagong, every woman storming into this sparkling new century, waving at this baby nation, every woman, whether she knows it, or wants it, or dreams that it's possible, every one has a purpose - to be a breathing, watching, about-to-pounce life force, pushed on by the prize in sight, the shaking of the iron gates, the spirit gathering momentum in the pit of her lungs, the glowing, aching, almost touchable view to the stretching horizon out there in the distance, waiting to be caught and captured.

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