'I wonder if she felt she saw the reality… that it’s all a play within a play.'

Carlton, 1967. Schoolteacher Betty Burstall begins sketching plans for what will eventually become La Mama Theatre: the pre-eminent independent home of new, experimental and previously unseen Australian work. Stratford-upon-Avon, 1975. Politically charged director Buzz Goodbody – founder of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s The Other Place, a theatre of new, experimental and previously unseen theatre – is about to begin rehearsing her production of Hamlet. Both women are attempting to drag their surroundings into the future and reshape the world’s artistic landscape. One of them is about to end her life.

The Other Place is a theatrical and philosophical rumination on two influential women: the ways their lives were mirrored in the theatre they produced, the misogyny they experienced, and the lives they changed.

  • postmodern, black comedy
  • 90
  • 2 total
  • 2 female identifying
  • history, gender, women
  • 18+
  • teen, young adult, adult
  • Australian Script Centre


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Female | 30s | Unspecified
Starts on page 10

EXTRACT: I’ve had a lot of practice sleeping without you, now, and for whatever reason I actually seem to be getting worse at it. It’s gotten so that I put off going to bed later and later each night ‘till I can’t possibly stay awake any longer; ‘till my eyelids sit like lead upon my face and my brain screams out for rest.


Female | 20s | under 3 minutes
Starts on page 30

EXTRACT: There sits that beautiful girl, brow furrowed; etched in gorgeous hues of black and white and perfect liner; strip of sloe demarcating those doe eyes from the rest of her translucent features, pale and calm and impenetrable, save for a knowing twinkle in the kindness of her eyes, and –



Theatre Works and Before Shot Present ///The Other Place/// By Christopher Bryant

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