Writing

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Publication: A collection (working title Five Plays) is in preparation for publication in 2020.

Upcoming production:

Ça Va Productions and Flight Path Theatre will present the World Professional Premiere of The Sculpture Garden in August 2020. The play will be directed by Kim Hardwick. It will run from the 12th – 29th August at The Flight Path Theatre 142 Addison Rd, Marrickville.

Introductory graphic used at the Flight Path Theatre season launch in November 2019. The play will run August 12th- 29th 2020.

From the Australian bush to the streets of Paris The Sculpture Garden sends its roots through two continents, eight lives, a new generation and bravery born of lost and found love. The play teases the past into the present as secrets are revealed and hope rises with the light of a new day.  In this light, everything is possible.

An earlier version of The Sculpture Garden was produced in November 2018 by The Valley Artistsa community theatre group in the Hunter Valley. The Director was Bob Philippe.

“‘Grief and love are forever intertwined,’ wrote Nick Cave recently. Noel Hodda’s play The Sculpture Garden brings this powerful truth right into the room. It’s a moving journey through great love and deep grief, interweaving the lives and emotional journeys of four people over alternating time periods spanning 25 years.” Bronwyn Duncan. From review of Valley Artists 2018 production.

The play is available from australianplays.org

Note: Since lodging the play with australianplays.org some further small cuts have been made, none of which change the overall tenor or shape of the play. After obtaining the script from there make contact with BMEG or through the Contact page of this website to receive an updated version of the play.

1980s. At the spot Van Gogh stood to paint ‘Wheatfield With Crows’ just outside Auvers-sur-Oise in France. A key scene in ‘The Sculpture Garden’ is set here.

New Work:

Threat: A triple bill of discrete one act plays – Norma, Norm and The Dog  – under the umbrella title Threat. The plays can be presented together or separately. 

Work In Progress:

Easter: A play set in Europe in the early years of the Twentieth Century.

Bright September: “Does the composer make the music or does the music make the composer?” A play set in the world of modern music.

Past Work:

Early Griffin logo

Early Griffin logo

The Secret House: First produced by The Griffin Theatre Company at The Stables Theatre in 1987, this play marked the directorial debut of Michael Gow, who was also an extraordinary dramaturge for the project. Subsequent productions at The Hole In The Wall Theatre Perth and Playbox Theatre Melbourne as well as amateur and student productions including The National Theatre Drama School in Melbourne. 2 M / 2 F. The play is available from australianplays.org.

Pat Thompson, David Franklin, Bob Hornery and Susan Leith in The Secret House at Griffin

Pat Thompson, David Franklin, Bob Hornery and Susan Leith in The Secret House at Griffin

“…a humorous, fascinating yet horrific study of a family; …tunes the humour and the horror so that both empathy and revulsion are pitched against each other in fine tension.” Angela Bennie. The Australian

“…a ripper, full of passion and anger and sorrowful humour.” Bob Evans. The Sydney Morning Herald

…a wonderful play, a play of great sensitivity and a most poignant piece of theatre.” Susan Bredow. The Daily Telegraph

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Early RTC sign

Half Safe: Originally commissioned by The Griffin Theatre Company in Sydney and first produced in 1990 in a co-production with the Riverina Theatre Company, a company I was a founding member of. Des James directed and the production toured the Riverina before playing at The Stables Theatre in Sydney. Half Safe is a discrete companion play to The Secret House.  2 M / voices off. Available from         australianplays.org

Poster for the Griffin season of Half Safe

Ron Graham and David Nettheim in Des James’ production of Half Safe

 

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Poster for RTC production of Half Safe

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“The play’s structure is beautifully controlled…Hodda’s achievement as playwright is profound. …I recommend this play unreservedly.” Adrian Wintle. The Daily Advertiser.

“…hilarious, terrifying and moving. …a rare blend of the laconic vernacular…with a disturbing resonance of the absurd in Pinter.” David Gilbey. The Leader.

“Hodda constructs an often haunting filigree of thoughts and hints and guesses which reach to the very heart of being human.” Brian Hoad. The Bulletin.

Photographs: Commissioned for and performed by the graduating performance students at Charles Sturt University Wagga Wagga under the direction of Ray Goodlass. This play was later revised for the Griffin Theatre Playreading Network and with new scenes and associated re-writes it was presented as a smaller cast version in a rehearsed reading. David Lynch directed and the reading had a stellar cast including David Wenham, Sancia Robinson and Karen Vickery.

The two versions of Photographs (larger cast: 9 F / 4 M {adjustable} and sundry characters played by company; smaller cast: 6 F / 2 M) are most suitable for production by student ensembles or community groups. Enquiries can be directed through BMEG at the contacts above.

Poster for Charles Sturt Uni production of ‘Photographs’

Later: The premise and some of the material of Photographs were used for a new play titled Later which was workshopped in 2003 at the Rex Cramphorn Studio at Sydney Uni under the direction of Des James before then being chosen to be workshopped in 2004 at the Banff playRites Colony in Canada.

Across The Water: A group of actors in Sydney became enthusiastic about Later and proposed a production at The Darlinghurst Theatre. At their behest and encouragement the play was re-written, changing the time period and the approach to the characters and so with new scenes, cuts and re-writes it was re-born with a new title, Across The Water. However, because of the subsequent unavailability of members of the group, the mooted production became impossible.

Drayton Morley at Parnassus’ Den offered to present the play as one of their featured monthly rehearsed readings and with some further quick dramaturgy, more new scenes and other re-writes it was presented to the Parnassus’ Den audience to great acclaim.

ATW posterThe play had its premiere production in November 2013 at The Valley Artists under the direction of Bob Philippe. A newspaper article about the production can be found here. More adjustments to the script have been made as a result of that production. 3 M / 2 F. The pre-production version of the play is available from  australianplays.org. After obtaining the script from there make contact through BMEG or via the Contact page to receive the minor changes for inclusion.

“…a beautifully evocative and poetic elegy. It’s dense and structurally complex, but always clear, amusing and moving…” John Senczuk.

Karen Jones & Bob Philippe in the Valley Artists production 2013

Bob Philippe in ‘Across The Water’ 2013

The play had a very successful rehearsed reading at the Bowen Library Maroubra in July 2016 as part of their cultural program. The reading was directed by Bill Conn.

Poster for Bowen Library Playreading

More Past Work:

On The Public Record: Commissioned for and performed by the graduating performing arts students at The University of Wollongong and presented as part of a double bill with Under The House by Wendy Richardson. The director was John Senczuk. 4 M / 3 F and doubling/sundry characters played by company. Enquiries can be directed through BMEG or the Contact page.

Never A Moment’s Peace: Local history based one-act play presented as part of the Pyrmont/Ultimo Festival.

The plays The Sculpture Garden, Across The WaterThe Secret House and Half Safe are available for purchase through australianplays.org and amateur rights for those plays can be secured there as well. Enquiries re Photographs, On The Public Record, Threat and any monologues or other writing can be addressed through BMEG or through the Contact page.

Television and Corporate: Blind Freddy and The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, episodes of the ABC television series GP.  Multiple Corporate Videos and Training Films for Optus Communications, State Rail and private companies.

Non-Performance Writing: Contributions to Grapeshot, a literary magazine published in Wagga in the late 1970s. Was also co-editor of several issues. Short Stories And Landscapes: Poems 1989-1992, a limited edition self-published poetry collection.