Ned ManningAmateur License Form

Playwright

Ned Manning is a writer of plays, films, short stories and books. His latest work, Playground Duty, has recently been published by NewSouth Books. He has written many plays including short and full length plays. His most recent short plays have been included in 7ON’s anthology of monologues for performance No Nudity, Weapons or Naked Flames (Federation Press). His children’s play Alice Dreaming (Cambridge) is being used widely in schools both in Australia and abroad. He has written an adaptation for ABC Radio National of Women of Troy as well as a schools version of the same play (Australian Script Centre). Ned has written two plays dealing with the Stolen Generation, Luck of the Draw and Close to the Bone. Other plays include Us or Them, Milo, Last One Standing, Kenny’s Coming Home (Australian Script Centre). Plays for schools include Kim, Not This Little Black Duck, Gods of War, The Flash Stockman and The Bridge is Down (Australian Script Centre). He has written ten plays for Bell Shakespeare’s Actors at Work program which will soon be published by Cambridge.

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Plays

Luck of the Draw

A young Aboriginal woman, Annie, and her brother, Pat, escape from their respective “Homes” in the 1940’s and find their way to a Mission on the South Coast of NSW.

The first half of the play explores their attempts to survive in what is often an oppressive environment. In Act 2, twenty years later, the play follows Annie’s daughter Pearl as she attempts to come to terms with her Aboriginality and then is encouraged to re-unite with her estranged mother.

The play explores questions of identity and white Australia’s relationship with its Aboriginal past.

2 acts
2 males
3 females

Milo

As Australia moves into a new millennium, two couples in their thirties wrestle with their changing relationships and their relationship with the Land.

Milo, a well-meaning if misguided dreamer, battles to cope with reality whilst his partner Di, a committed social reformer, battles with the conflicting demands of relationship and career. Toby, a fourth generation farmer, struggles with the life in the 21st century whilst his wife, Peg, contemplates her future as a mother and wife.

The play examines the evolving relationship in Australia between the City and the Bush and explodes a few inherent myths.

2 acts
2 males
2 females

Close to the Bone

An Aboriginal family is split and then re-united in a triumphant story of survival.

This play with songs and music is written for school and community groups and was devised in collaboration with the EORA Centre’s Aboriginal Performing Arts students.

2 acts
4 males
15 females
doubling possible

Us or Them

The school as a Battlefield.

Teachers and students confront each other in an uncompromising environment. The younger idealistic teachers side with the students against their more experienced and occasionally embittered senior colleagues. The System remains intractable and dehumanising for both students and teachers.

2 acts
4 males
3 females
doubling possible

Kenny’s Coming Home

A suburban family is torn apart when the head of the household’s sister decides to run against him in a By-Election thus pitting new Labor against old Labor. The children are embroiled in the conflict whilst mum tries to survive the madness. Dad’s trump card is the return of his footy legend son who has, unknown to him, discovered motor bikes and junk food. Chaos ensues.

A play with music.

2 acts
2 males
3 females

Last One Standing

The hopes and dreams of the generation that survived WW 2 are sold down the river in the name of the economic imperative. Matters of the soul have no place in a world that is purely result driven as Australia closes its doors and deadens its heart. Ghosts of the past haunt only those who can see them.

Four generations, living and dead, battle for the spoils in a country that appropriates its past and sells out its future.

This play asks us to question who we are and where we are heading.

2 males
2 females

Alice Dreaming

A teenage girl, struggling with her identity, feels trapped by the expectations of those around her. She escapes into the world of her imagination where she is befriended by an Albatross who guides her on a journey of self-discovery.

Cast: 29 Speaking Roles, plus chorus. Can use fewer with doubling.

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