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“The Grip”


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Jobling, David (aka David Paul Jobling, Australian playwright, 1961-____), “The Grip,”

a 60-minute drama in English about women, set on a living stage of pine trees and dirt—or in an outdoor venue,


;  •  © 2001 by David Jobling;  •  in David Paul Jobling’s Short Performance Works (Surry Hills, New South Wales, Australia: All Men Are Equal: 1998), ISBN 0 9585625 8 X;  •  script/rights available from All Men Are Equal, 7/163 Devonshire Street, Surry Hills, New South Wales, Australia 2010, telephone (61 2) 8399 0540, e-mail dpj@loom.net.au, www.loom.net.au/home/dpj/index.html.  •  Cited by David Jobling via ftp August 23, 2001; Jobling says,

  §  Dramatis Personae Nick (m), a wood-cutter; The Woman (f), multiple characters.  §  Synopsis “Three generations of women share sacred stories and rituals before the social and spiritual climate becomes dominated by men.

  §  Comment “Based on material from The Hammer of Witchcraft. Suitable for teen and youth. ‘The Grip’ has toured widely through Australia, it is a story told in dreams, parable and simplicity. Much has been made of the positive images and information for young women about the menstruation cycle in the work, as well as the dramatic telling of the major story.”  •  “The richness of this story is largely conveyed through dreams and nightmares. Many secrets have been passed down and only remain in the dreamings of individuals”—Krissie Scudds, Rip It Up Magazine, November 22, 1992.  •  “In the secret places of the forest, the mother teaches the daughter the folklore and the power of femininity and the female cycles. In the seclusion of the house, the father seeks to break the folklore of the women, sexually violating his daughter.”—Tim Lloyd, The Adelaide Advertiser, November 22, 1992.  •  “Basically ‘The Grip’ is a series of powerful reflections on the traditional vice-like grip of the patriarch in society.”—Peter Goers, The Sunday Mail, November 29, 1992.

  §  Themes adaptation, educational theatre, health, magic, mythology, sexual abuse, spirit, spirituality, young women.

David Paul Jobling’s background:


  • “Filling In” (1998, cLUB bENT, The Performance Space)
  • “Cum See Cum Sour” (1997, Performance Positive, PRIDE)
  • “HIV on the Internet” (1997, Sydney Star Observer)
  • “My Life As An Equation” (1997, with Peter McGill, Performance Positive)
  • “Judy Judy Judy” (1996 – , an ongoing interactive script on the internet, INK MAG)
  • “Torch Song Tragedy” (1996, music by Pat Wilson, Performance Positive & Keeping It Up Treatments Workshops)
  • “Breakfast” (1995, The Famous Reporter literary biannual #14; performed @ Off The Page National Short Play Competition, finalist, Australian National Playwrights Conference)
  • “The Grip” (1993. DC Peacock Productions, Adelaide Festival Centre Trust Brave New Works ’93, Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras Festival ’94)
  • “Hairy Dyke and Useless Poofter Out on a night” & ‘Open Line’ (1993, UpFront Theatre, SA Writers’ Centre New Works Performed)
  • “Grown-Up’s Playroom” (1993, Adelaide Festival, Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras Festival! ‘94)
  • “A Positive Attitude” (1992, Video Documentary, The Positive Living Centre SA)
  • “The Bridge” (1991, Street Theatre, Darwin Gay & Lesbian Society community production)
  • “Hello Immovable Valour” (1991, radio play, 8Top FM Darwin); “Kick off” (1989, IBM in house)
  • “Little Big Black Dog” (1987, Browns Lane Theatre)
  • “Onkaparinga” (1986, DT2 Theatre, Brown’s Lane Theatre)
  • “Ssh! Unicorn” (1985, DT2 Theatre & Griffin Theatre Company & Umbrella Theatre)
  • “Puppy Love” (1985, by Bruce Keller with David Paul Jobling; ANTHILL Theatre & National tour)
  • “The Last Unicorn” (1982, Adelaide Theatre Group)
  • South Sydney Area Health service
  • National People Living With HIV/AIDS Conference
  • 2nd National Bisexuals Conference
  • New Theatre
  • PRIDE Centre
  • PLWHA NSW Inc.

  • Queerstage Digest
    See alsoDavid Jobling’s
    See also David Paul Jobling and Bruce Keller’s


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