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Playwriting Australia is thrilled to visit Broome in regional Western Australia for a special showcase of new plays by local Kimberley writers

For the first time, Playwriting Australia is presenting free readings of new plays by local writers in Broome, in partnership with Goolarri Media and Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company.

Over two performances at the Gimme Club on Thursday 27 June and Friday 28 June, we’ll be featuring readings of wonderful new plays by local playwrights Jub Clerc, Dan Lee, Jacqui Wright, Deb Hannagan and Sermsah Bin Saad.

These are exciting new voices telling stories that can only come from the Kimberley:

‘We listen to the story of a family being displaced by mining, about decisions and the consequences of them. When the play is read out aloud by actors, it comes alive.’
Jub Clerc on her play ‘Dust’ (National Play Festival, 2012)

Yirra Yaakin’s Artistic Director Kyle Morrison will direct the presentations, working with the playwrights, dramaturg Mari Lourey and a cast of local actors, including Uncle ‘Baamba’ Alberts and Aunty Sylvia Clarke.

Check out some photos from the event on our Faceb0ok page

Event details


Dates: Thursday 27 June & Friday 28 June
Times: 5pm – 8pm
Venue: Goolarri Gimme Club (Blackman Street, Broome)

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About the Broome Playwrights project

We began developing a playwright initiative in 2009 as a way to uncover new theatre writers in Broome, one of Australia’s most diverse and exciting artistic centres. This has been supported through Playwriting Australia’s Outreach programme and made possible by the Theatre Board of the Australia Council.

Over the last two years, we”ve delivered playwriting workshops in Broome and have brought together a group of emerging playwrights. The Broome Salon have developed their first, full-length plays under the guidance of playwright mentor Stevie Rodgers and our Associate Director Susanna Dowling.

The Broome writers have wowed audiences with their Broome-inspired stories in a presentation at the  in Melbourne and Yellamundie, the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Playwriting Festival held in Carriageworks in Sydney in February 2013. As the final stage of the project, we so excited to be sharing that experience with the community in Broome.

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About the writers

Dan Lee

Dan relocated from Melbourne to Broome in 2009, after visiting for about fifteen years. Before leaving Melbourne, Dan ran Northcote Storytellers, a weekly comedy event was closely involved in the spoken word scene. He has written and performed a number of one man shows over the years at the Melbourne Comedy Festival and Melbourne Fringe Festival.

His writings have been published in the odd journal and anthology. Dan hold a degree in Performance Studies and Creative Writing and works at the Broome Public Library.

Jacqueline Wright

Jacqueline began her career in the north-west of Western Australia as a teacher/linguist working on Indigenous Aboriginal language and cultural programs.
She wrote her novel ‘Red Dirt Talking’ as part of her Creative Arts Doctorate and won the first prize in the 2012 TAG Hungerford Award, including a publishing deal with Fremantle Press. Parts of ‘Red Dirt Talking’ have also been adapted for radio, by Radio National’s Airplay, and stage as part of the ‘Maj Monologues’ at Her Majesty’s Theatre, Perth. She is published in Mattoid, Bodylines, Summer Reading, Sauce and Tiny Epics.

Jacqui works as an intern for Magabala Books, an Indigenous publishing house, and as a sports producer at ABC radio, Broome.

Jub Clerc

Jub Clerc is a Nyul Nyul/Yawuru woman from the Kimberley. A graduate of Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA), Jub performed for numerous theatre companies around Australia including Sydney Theatre Co, Black Swan Theatre, Yirra Yaakin, Ilbijerri, and Darwin Theatre Company.
In film and TV  she worked as Actor, Casting Director, Associate Producer, Extras Casting Coordinator and Dramaturg on award winning productions including  “The Circuit”, “Bran Nue Dae”, “Mad Bastards”, “Satellite Boy” and “Jandamarra’s War”. She has written and directed shorts films, “Storytime” and “Music Men” which have been successfully screened on TV and festivals around the world.  Jub has just completed a short, “Abbreviation”, for the feature film adaptation of Tim Winton’s “The Turning”. Jub is also a stringer for a new entertainment tonight style TV show on NITV – “Around the Traps”.

Dust was presented as part of the Yellamundie Festival, the inaugural Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander playwriting festival held at Carriageworks (Sydney).

Deb Hannagan

Deb Hannagan is a teacher who has lived in Broome for the last 5 years.  Her first teaching position was in a remote Aboriginal community, which sparked her interest in Indigenous languages and cultures.  She studied linguistics and has an interest in exploring the variance between ways of communicating, which provides some of the inspiration for her writing.

Deb runs a small writers group in Broome. She has had some of her short stories published in journals and performed her poetry as part of the Perth Fringe Festival.  Solid Ground is her first foray into playwriting.

Sermsah Bin Saad

Sermsah Bin Saad is a dancer, singer, actor and published author of children’s poetry.
As a performer Sermsah has worked with companies such as Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company (Whalloo, Muttacar, 2004), Marrageku Dance Company (Burning Daylight, 2009) and is a regular dancer for Ochre Contemporary Dance Company. He also appeared on ‘Brand Nue Dae’, the SBS TV series ‘The Circuit’ and on Channel 10 in ‘So you think you can dance?’.

His first play The Lighthouse was presented as part of the Yellamundie Festival, the inaugural Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander playwriting festival held at Carriageworks (Sydney).

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