Writing

Enquiries re. performance rights etc can be sent to Noel’s Literary Agent, BMEG.

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Latest project:

In This Light, a play set in France & Australia.

In this light, everything is possible.

In This Light sits at the nexus of loss, translation, understanding, misunderstanding, love and denial as an estranged couple are brought together again by the arrival of a stranger from overseas and the devastating actions of one of the characters.

As we emerge from Covid-induced isolation, blinking into the light, we yearn for connection with a simpler, much more personal world. In This Light provides that connection. It teases the past into the present as secrets are revealed and lost worlds are found again. It ends on a note of high hope and with a new world of possibility ahead for all the characters, just as there will be for us all in the post-Covid world.

It is a play about reconciliation – reconciliation between past lovers, reconciliation within families and reconciliation with one’s own actions. It opens up a future redolent with possibility. It is set in a world both familiar and foreign with characters isolated by choice or fate until part of the past literally walks into the middle of the hidden world, changing it irrevocably.

From the Australian bush to the streets of Paris In This Light sends its roots through two continents, eight lives, a new generation and bravery born of lost and found love. Secrets are revealed and hope rises with the light of a new day.

In This Light is available for production.

Noel Hodda in the 1980s in the wheat field at Auvers Sur Oise where Van Gogh stood to paint ‘Wheatfield With Crows’. A key scene in the play In This Light is set here.

A round table reading of In This Light was conducted in May 2021 with a stellar cast…

L-R clockwise Jamie Oxenbould, Di Adams, Jonathan Lagudi, Mia Morrissey, Glenn Hazeldine, Di Smith & Noel Hodda at the round table reading of In This Light.

Other recent work:

Threat: Norma, Norm & The Dog: A triple bill of discrete one act plays – Norma, Norm and The Dog. The plays can be presented together in any combination or separately. 2F/2M/2F & 2M. Minimum cast of complete trilogy 4: 2F & 2M, or more to suit. Threat: Norma, Norm & The Dog is available for production.

Audio project:  An audio version of Norm, Part 2 of the trilogy of one act plays that make up Threat: Norma, Norm & The Dog. Recorded by Bill Conn & Noel Hodda, directed by Noel Hodda. The play was recorded at the home studio of Bill Conn.

Bill Conn

Short film:

As a Covid Lockdown Project a short film based on Norma, Part 1 of Threat: Norma, Norm & The Dog was shot in late 2020. Two extraordinary actresses, Di Smith and Di Adams, came on board and a great production team in Leo Bosi (Camera), Ken Moffatt (Lighting & Production Mgr) & David Lynch (9th Best Boy) handled all the technical aspects. The film was directed by Noel Hodda.

Watch the film on Vimeo by hitting this link.

Di Adams
Di Smith

The film was shot in The Flight Path Theatre in Marrickville and a huge thanks goes out to Kate Bookalil & Siobhan Lawless for offering their theatre.

 

An audio version edited by the writer from the film soundtrack of NORMA featuring Di Adams & Di Smith can be played below:

 

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. Available for production.

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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The poster for the original Griffin production. Poster design by AntArt (Anthony Wyld)

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 Noel 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 for production.

Poster for the Griffin season of Half Safe
Ron Graham and David Nettheim in Des James’ production of Half Safe
Half Safe poster
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. Both versions available for production.

Poster for Charles Sturt Uni production of ‘Photographs’

Later: The premise and some of the material of Photographs were used for a new more concise 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. The play was completely re-written, changing the time period and the approach to the characters and 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. After further dramaturgy and with extra scenes and other re-writes the new play was presented to great acclaim at Parnassus’ Den as one of their featured monthly rehearsed readings.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.  3 M / 2 F. Available for production.

“…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 of ‘Across The Water’ in 2013
Bob Philippe in ‘Across The Water’ 2013

Across The Water is a discrete companion play to The Secret House and Half Safe. Each play stands alone but taken together they form The Lake Cycle. They could be produced together in any combination.

Across The Water also 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. Available for production.

Never A Moment’s Peace & Our Doors Were Always Open: Site-specific local history based one-act plays presented as part of the Pyrmont/Ultimo Festival in Sydney.

Enquiries re any of the plays or other writing can be addressed through BMEG.

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. Noel was also co-editor of several issues. Short Stories And Landscapes: Poems 1989-1992, a limited edition self-published poetry collection.