Rosalba ClementePlaywright

Rosalba Clemente is a writer, director and actor. She was the Artistic Director of State Theatre Company of South Australia for five years where she directed The Club, Don’s Party, Unidentified Human Remains and the True Nature of Love, Carrying LightBlithe SpiritHow I Learned to DriveHouse Among the StarsHoly DayMy Life My LoveThe CrucibleDeath of a Salesman and Trojan Women. She has also directed productions for Vitalstatistix, Belvoir St Theatre and Playbox. As a performer, she has appeared on stage with the State Theatre Company of South Australia, Sydney Theatre Company, Belvoir St Theatre, Playbox, Vitalstatistix, Griffin, Bay St Theatre, Melbourne Comedy Festival, and in various television series and film roles.

Rosalba has been nominated for and received many awards for her acting and directing work. Helly’s Magic Cup, her first play, won the Rodney Seaborn Australian Playwright’s Award for 2008. It was also selected for the New Voices/New Visions workshop at The Kennedy Centre in Washington DC in 2006. Her play Disarming Rosetta: a genuine Italian fiasco, premiered with HotHouse Theatre.

Rosalba is Head of Acting at the Flinders University Drama Centre.

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  • Cast: 4 women
  • Rosetta Ritorto was born knowing she was destined to become a great actress. She channels Nina from the Seagull, Lady Macbeth and even Martha from Who’s afraid of Virginia Woolf! The problem is Rosetta’s parents think she is possessed by the devil and summon the local priest to perform an exorcism. Join Rosetta’s chaotic journey through the top acting school in Australia, her career as an actress and her breakdowns and breakthroughs. See 39 characters (and one seagull) brought to life by just four stunning actresses. An audacious, unrepentant and hilarious view of life as an Italo- Australian actress. This blend of comedy, song and wild performative acrobatics could be described as a Genuine Italian Fiasco.
  • Originally co-commissioned by HotHouse and Playwriting Australia
  • Not currently available for amateur license
  • Cast: 3 women, 3 men
  • Helly’s family struggles on a drought ridden farm in South Australia. They are on the brink of losing everything they cherish, including one another and her dad is sick and puts the sprinkler on the roof so he can hear it rain. When Helly sets out to find her family’s saviour, she discovers he knight in shining armour is not who she thought it would be. Inspired by one of the world’s greatest quests – the legend of the Holy Grail – this contemporary story about a young girl’s coming of age reminds us that time is short and that the wasteland is upon us. Our children’s hopes, dreams and struggles tell us that there is a future world we should be fighting to give them now. A blend of magic realism, drama and humour for families.
  • Winner of the Rodney Seaborn Award 2007
  • Published by American Dramatic Press and The Kennedy Centre as Grail
  • Available for purchase through Australian Plays
  • Not currently available for amateur license

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