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Williams, Paula (Australian playwright, short story writer, dabbler in other genres, 1925__-____), “Patterns,”

a bare-stage 30-minute comedy in English, set anywhere, the present, Australia, 1992,

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; © 1992 by Paula Williams; • in Paula Williams’ Patterns,” (Bangalow, Byron Shire, New South Wales, Australia: The Author); • script/rights available from Maverick Musicals, Bergann Road, Maleny Queensland 4552, Australia, telephone +61 7 5494 4007, fax +61 7 5494 4007, e-mail gail@mavmuse.com; contact Paula Williams, telephone -61 2 6687 2728, e-mail miathara@linknet.com.au. • Cited by Paula Williams via ftp, July 29, 2003; Williams says,

  §  Dramatis Personae Bob/Dylan/Selkirk/Mike (m), 35, four roles; "Shirley (f), 39,introspective.

  §  Synopsis “Shirley replays and reviews previous relationships, with a wry humour, which begins to falter in the last relationship and takes her to the brink of . . . ??

  §  Comment “Bare stage except for round table and two chairs. Lighting is important. Props are mimed. • An amusing insight into patterns of human relationships. • ‘Patterns’ made the finalists for the Noosa National One Act Play Competition and three public performances. Subsequently produced by Lismore Theatre Company (1992) Goose Quill Stage Company (1992) & Baywrite Theatre Company (1995) and six more performances (2003) by Baywrite Theatre, Inc. • Research could include http://www.bangalow.com/bangalow/writers/paula_williams.htm. • “Paula Williams, 78-year old playwright, began her association with the stage with Sydney University Dramatic Society (SUDS) in 1948-49, running around backstage with a string of safety pins, and delivering her one Shakespearean line with all the aplomb of a terrified mouse. She married in New Guinea highlands an engineer; they have two children. Subsequently they lived in Sydney many times, Hong Kong, and the Gove Peninsula, Northern Territory, Australia, until they 'dropped out' to become elderly self-sufficiency dudes on a rundown property on a mountainside near Nimbin, site of the Aquarius Festival. Has moved all her life, before during and after marriage. Likes change, hates cities, has been a questioner all her life. Began writing plays at he age of 61, after leaving her 37-year-old marriage. She and her husband are now good mates. Her plays sketches and monologues have been performed many times. In 2002, two one acts were published; another was shortlisted in an International One Act Play Competition in Malibu, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.. She writes with insight and humour gentle plays about relationships. Once a member of ANPC (Australian National Playwrights Centre), Sydney’s Griffin Theatre, and Brisbane’s Playlab (Playwrights Laboratory) and FAW (Fellowship of Australian Writers). Now confines her membership to Playworks (National body based in Sydney) and helping run Bangalow Writers’ Group (mixed genres) and the script/workshop arm of Baywrite Theatre, Inc. (Byron Bay) Has always done volunteer work wherever she’s lived. Does tai chi, aerobics and aqua-robics, and maintains a difficult, terraced vegetable garden.”

  §  Themes courtship, human relationships,multiple roles.

See also Paula Williams'

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