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It’s been a dramatic few months. I’m thrilled to announce that my 10-minute play Errata has been selected as one of 10 plays to be produced and published in Gemco Players Little Gems 10-Minute Play Festival from 23-25 August 2013.

I’ll be in Paris then (shucks!) so will be very disappointed to miss it, but I’m hoping that all you passionate theatre-goers and supporters of emerging playwrights will support all the successful entrants and enjoy a great few days of theatre at The Gem.

The Little Gems festival is in its third year and attracts entries from all over Australia and beyond.

The festival encourages new, experienced and young playwrights by performing and publishing their work.

My play Presence, (a play for everyone who hates Christmas) was performed and published as part of the 2010 Little Gems Festival.

Gemco is a non-profit theatre company that has been performing for more than 30 years. The theatre is nestled in the picturesque town of Emerald, 44 kilometres south-east of Melbourne in the Dandenong Ranges. 

Errata will appeal to anyone who has wondered how Christianity really began!

The Gemco Players Group, a newly formed sub-group in the company, has also expressed interest in performing my 10-minute play A Bedtime Story, which contains no dialogue. That’s right – not a word. I’ll keep you posted if it does end up being produced.

I am also thrilled to announce that my first full-length play, The Journey, which is about the relationship between an intended parent and a surrogate mother, will be workshopped by the New Performance Company, directed by actor, director and dramaturg, Brenda Palmer, in October.

While in Melbourne recently, I worked on the script under the guidance of Brenda and NPC actor Carolyn Masson, and am very excited that the play is now on the way to be produced thanks to their support and encouragement.

We’re looking for funding and sponsors, so if you are involved in organisations that focus on issues of infertility and what it means to be a mother to day and would like to support a play that explores these issues in an entertaining way, please contact me.

If you would like to know more about the New Performance Company or Gemco Players, click here



Also, on a lighter note, if anyone out there is interested in producing my one-act play, Supersnout, it is also available.

Supersnout was one of four comedies collectively titled “Four Slices of Fun Cake” produced by Hartwell Players as part of its One-Act Play Festival for 2012.

Supersnout is about a woman who is confronted with a problem, and how her best friend helps her solve it. It has a cast of four (A man and two women in their 30s, and somebody young and agile to play a dog.) It runs for about 40 minutes. Supersnout was nominated for Best Comedy and Best Original Script in the 2012 Dandenong Ranges One-Act Play Festival.

And if you’re a woman in our late 40s or early 50s, you might like to perform my one-woman play, Advice to Young Lovers on Valentine’s Day. This was first performed by Carolyn Masson at a Melbourne Writers’ Theatre monologue evening at the Carlton Courthouse Theatre in Melbourne last November. It runs for about 20 minutes and will appeal to anyone woman who has been married more than once, or is thinking about getting married.

My aim is to write plays that are thought provoking, but above all entertaining, and which focus on social issues and what it means to be a woman in today’s world. 

I am keen to hear from fellow writers and thespians and anyone who is interested in collaborating, keeping in mind that I live in Singapore, but return frequently to Australia.

Please feel free to contact me on jane.cafarella@gmail.com or to leave a comment.






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Same, same – but same

I have a friend who once trekked all the way up a mountain in Nepal. She figured it was worth it, as when she got there she was enthralled with the rich local culture, and brought back some beautiful little brass bowls as souvenirs.

That is until she saw the same bowls in Aldi in Melbourne some years later.

Exactly the same. And made in Nepal, not China.

The queue at the checkout was a lot easier than lugging the heavy brass back down the mountain track, but nowhere near as satisfying.

I know how she feels.

Here in Singapore, I eat cake at Brunetti’s, I buy homewares at Ikea,  I buy electrical goods at Harvey Norman, have my shoes fixed at Mr Minit, get my vitamins from GNC and our clothes at Guess, Esprit and Forever New. At night, we watch the Australia network and listen to the ABC news on the radio.

“I feel like I’ve never left home,” I complain to Rob, as we watch Australian Story. Admittedly, this is a repeat, but then so is my life – or so it feels.

This homogeneity of culture is not unique to Singapore.

When we were in Sydney for Christmas last year, we decided not to bother shopping for clothes, as most of the stores, such as Sportsgirl , Esprit, Myer and David Jones, were exactly the same as those in Melbourne.

Even a charming little Japanese stationery shop here in Singapore was not unique. “Oh, they have one of these in Box Hill,” Greta said as we went past.

This feeling of “same same – but same”, rather than “same, same – but different”, was reinforced when we went to see Wicked at Singapore’s Esplanade Theatre a few weeks ago.

The show wonderful, as was the Wicked we saw in Melbourne a year or so before.

It wasn’t just that the cast was Australian, it was the fact that the two stars, Jemma Rix as Elphaba, and Suzie Mathers, as Glinda, were physical clones of the original Broadway stars Idina Menzel and Kristen Chenoweth respectively: right down to the short-waisted perky blondness of Kristen and the dramatic profile of Idina. The set looked exactly the same, too, and the same merchandise was being sold in the theatre shop with the same logo stamped on everything.

In the old days, it was the star that was promoted, not the brand….Ethel Merman in Gypsy! or Mary Martin in Peter Pan, or Howard Keel in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. Now the logo is the star.

I guess this is why I always get lost in the underground malls in Orchard Rd.

“It’s just near the Coffee Club,” I tell Greta when trying to remember the location of a particular shop.

But around every corner, it seems there is another Coffee Club, or Guess, or Prada, or Starbucks, making my directions useless.

But I am grateful that there is a Brunetti’s here. That’s where Greta and I often met for coffee when I lived in Melbourne, and where we are meeting for coffee again next Friday: Greta in Brunetti’s in Carlton and me in Brunetti’s in Singapore. We plan to meet at a set time, order our usual fare, and facetime each other on our iphones.

It makes it easier to say goodbye after our Easter holiday here. I type into my calendar “Coffee with Greta – Brunetti’s” and for once, I feel grateful for my pasteurised and homogenised life.

Next time, we might go to a movie together: me at the Shaw cinema in Orchard Rd and her at Hoyts in Melbourne Central. I see that both are screening, Mirror, Mirror.

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