Writing

Enquiries re. performance rights etc can be sent to my Literary Agent, BMEG.

p: +61 7 3122 7603 e: info@bmegonline.com

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I have a new short one-act play. It is titled ‘Norm’. A two-hander on a single set. Running time approx. 15 mins. 2M or 2F or 1M/1F (intrigued?)

I have a new one-act play. It is titled ‘The Sculpture Garden’. 2F/2M (5 characters with one double). Running time approx. 45 mins.

Across The Water was produced in November 2013 by The Valley Artists. The Secret House was produced in October/November 2013 at The National Theatre Drama School in Melbourne.

The plays Across The WaterThe Secret House and Half Safe are available for purchase through The Australian Script Centre and australianplays.org and amateur rights for those plays can now be secured there as well.

Current Projects:

Several works-in-progress at various stages of development.

Until something new appears it always looks as if the writing side of my work is quiet but that couldn’t be further from the truth. “Several works-in-progress at various stages of development” is not just a space-filler on the web page but the reality. Play writing is, for me at least, a long process, full of periods of intense activity and then dormancy, interrupted by acting jobs and the assessment of other writer’s work. At the moment I have two ongoing projects of my own vying for supremacy and completion. Time will tell which one wins!

Past work: 

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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. 2 M / 2 F. The play is available from The Australian Script Centre and australianplays.org. Download a PDF info sheet and photographs by clicking this link: TSH proposal

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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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. The play is available from The Australian Script Centre and 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: I used the premise and some of the material of Photographs 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 I rewrote it, 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. The mooted production never eventuated.

Drayton Morley at Parnassus’ Den eventually offered to present the play as one of their featured monthly rehearsed readings and with some further quick dramaturgy, 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. I have made some more minor adjustments to the script as a result of that production. 3 M / 2 F. The pre-production version of the play is available from The Australian Script Centre and australianplays.org. After obtaining the script from there contact me through BMEG (see top of page) and I will forward 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. 

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

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 at the contacts above.

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

Television and Corporate: Blind Freddy and The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, episodes of the ABC television series GP.  Corporate writing for Optus Communications, State Rail and others.

Non-Performance Writing: Contributions to Grapeshot, a literary magazine published in Wagga in the late 1970s. Was also co-editor of several issues. Words and Music, a limited edition self-published poetry collection.