The stage is a magical place. Imagine - live actors speaking your words in front of a live audience! A playwright follows the basic fundamentals - planning and preparation, outlining and formatting - asking the how, when, where and with whom they are going to choose to tell their story while paying attention to the elements of genre, structure, character analysis, plot definition and dialogue.
Hello Beautiful! This effervescent greeting is also the title of Hannie Rayson’s witty and candid 2015 memoir and totally engaging one-woman storytelling show.
Hannie Rayson was born in Melbourne and graduated from the University of Melbourne and the Victorian College of Arts. She has worked as a freelance journalist and editor in addition to her primary career as playwright and screenwriter.
Her first major success was Hotel Sorrento, which is still regularly performed by regional theatre groups; has appeared on university and high school syllabuses and was also made into an award-winning film.
Her plays have been performed throughout Australia and overseas, in English and in translation. They include Falling from Grace, Scenes from a Separation (written with Andrew Bovell), Competitive Tenderness, Life After George, Inheritance, The Glass Soldier, The Swimming Club and Extinction. Her TV writing credits include two episodes of Sea Change.
Hannie has been awarded two Australian Writers’ Guild Awards, four Helpmann Awards, two NSW Premier’s Literary Awards and a Victorian Premier’s Literary Award as well as the Age Performing Arts Award and The Sidney Myer Performing Arts Award - and made playwriting history when Life After George was the first play to be nominated for the Miles Franklin Award.
Hannie’s success is based on her ability to tell simple, engaging stories about ordinary and extraordinary moments and familiar people and places.
Aside from writing, Hannie was the co-founder of Theatreworks Community Theatre Group in St Kilda and has been writer-in-residence at Geelong's Mill Theatre, Playbox Theatre, La Trobe University (which has awarded her an Honorary Doctorate of Letters), and Monash University.
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