Staging the Nation
As we stand in a complicated present, and face a hopeful future, we’re looking back through the contemporary Australian canon and shining a light on some of the writers that have grappled with the big questions of who we are as a nation and the complexity of marginalised and underrepresented experiences.
Hosted by Dino Dimitriadis, each episode of this interview and podcast series will spotlight an Australian playwright, one of their key plays, and a broader discussion around the playwright’s inspirations and body of work.
STAGING THE NATION is a special initiative for our creative community and audiences, supported by the Australia Council’s Resilience grants. We opened an expression of interest to our creative community to join us in a script reading program with participants taking part in a Q&A with Dino and our guest playwright.
Our community will also have access to the podcast series of these conversations.
Episode One: Paul Capsis (Angela’s Kitchen)
In the first episode of the series, Dino Dimitriadis and national treasure Paul Capsis talk ‘Angela’s Kitchen’, Capsis’ deeply personal first play. A candid and intimate conversation about writing and performing autobiography, navigating personal history and the importance of giving voice to the migrant experience.
Episode Two: Donna Abela (Jump for Jordan)
In the second episode, Dino Dimitriadis speaks to Donna Abela about her play ‘Jump for Jordan’, the issue of Australian identity and the ebbs and flows of multiculturalism in the arts.
Episode Three: Alana Valentine (Parramatta Girls)
In the third episode of the series, Dino Dimitriadis and Alana Valentine talk ‘Parramatta Girls’, Valentine’s multi-award-winning play. An intimate look at drawing theatre from life, and the challenges and joys of making ‘close-work’ art.
Episode Four: Wesley Enoch (The 7 Stages of Grieving)