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Description - Songket / This Territory by Noelle Janaczewska

Songket: What happens when one person's culture is another's crime? Koua Neng Vang, a Hmong migrant is accused of raping Chan, a young textile designer. Was it sexual assault? Or did Koua recognise, in Chan's confused signals, the enduring rituals of courtship? Songket is about different cultural notions of love and how the law does, or doesn't, accommodate cultural diversity. This Territory was developed in the wake of the 2005 Cronulla riots through a 6-month research and consultation process with young people across Sydney. The play centres on a violent incident witnessed by a large group of young people, but they disagree about its details and their significance. In trying to get the story straight, the characters start to navigate relationships across the boundaries of ethnicity, gender, education and prejudice. They are Australia - a hotbed of cultures, and they are on fire.Australian playwright Noelle Janaczewska is one of eight writers to win the 2014 Windham Campbell Prizes, presented by the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library at Yale University. Janaczewska's plays include the Queensland Premier's Literary Award-winning Mrs Petrov's Shoe (Playlab) and This Territory and Songket (both Currency Press).

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780868198309
ISBN-10: 0868198307
Format: Paperback
(137mm x 210mm x mm)
Pages: 160
Imprint: Currency Press Pty Ltd
Publisher: Currency Press Pty Ltd
Publish Date: 1-May-2008
Country of Publication: Australia

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Author Biography - Noelle Janaczewska

The author of some 30 produced plays, performance texts, monologues and radio scripts across fiction and non-fiction, Noelle Janaczewska's numerous nominations and prizes include: the 2006 Queensland Premier's Literary Award for Mrs Petrov's Shoe (Theatre @ Risk, 2006); the 2002 Griffin Playwriting Award and first prize in the 2001 Playbox-Asialink Playwriting Competition for Songket, produced by the Griffin Theatre Company and The Studio at the Sydney Opera House to a sell-out season in 2003; four AWGIE Awards for radio writing; a Centenary Medal for radio scriptwriting; an Asialink Literature Residency in Korea, and Fellowships from the Theatre and Literature Boards of the Australia Council.

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