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Puppy Love: The Play

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Jobling, David Paul (Australian playwright, actor, lyricist, 1961-____), and Bruce Keller (Australian playwright, lecturer, 1955-____), “Puppy Love: The Play,”

a 60-minute play in English,


;  © 1985 by Bruce Keller and David Paul Jobling;  •  in Bruce Keller and David Paul Jobling’s Puppy Love: The Play (South Melborne, Australia: Australian Nouveau Theatre Publications, 1985), ISBN 0868192880, 39 pp.; • script/rights available from Currency Press, P.O. Box 2287, Strawberry Hills, NSW 2012, Australia, telephone: (61 2) 9319 5877, fax: (61 2) 9319 3649, e-mail enquiries@currency.com.au, http://members.ozemail.com.au/~qstage.  •  Cited by David Paul Jobling via e-mail, August 22, 2001.

  §  Dramatis Persona Pat (m), the puppy-dog.

  §  Synopsis “Pat the puppy-dog tells tales from his back yard about learning his new responsibilities. Interactive games are included, such as ‘Puppy in the Middle’ a simple ball game, and ‘Garding the Garbage,’ a game involving everyone and crawling on hands and knees.”—Jobling.

  §  Comment “The stories are suitable as an introduction to the concept of theatre for quite young children.  •  David Paul Jobling’s other work includes ‘Little Big Black Dog,’ ‘Sssh! Unicorn,’ and ‘Onkaparinga River’ plays about identity, environment and imagination.”—Jobling.  •  “The stories of Pat-the-Dog have been much loved by thousands of Australian children since Bruce Keller began touring ‘Puppy Love’ to schools and theatres in 1985. This volume contains the complete tales and a variety of supporting material for the performer, together with games to play with young audiences.”—Australian Plays, http://www.currency.com.au/newsite/plays.htm#Keller, accessed August 22, 2001.

 •  David Paul Jobling, born in Whyalla, South Australia, 1961, has survived childhood sexual assault, teenage sexual abuse, long-recurring homophobia as well as HIV/AIDS related discrimination and abuse. He grows bonsai and delights in native flora and fauna wherever he is. David enjoys new people and new activities. His creative pursuits and art activism have taken him around Australia and New Zealand. His work includes: “Last Unicorn” (1982), “Puppy Love” (with Bruce Keller) (1985), “Ssh! Unicorn” (1986), “Onkaparinga River (1986), “Little Big Black Dog (1987), “Mortal Coils (1994), Joint programme of “The Grip” (1992) and “Grownup’s Playroom” (1993), “Breakfast (published in the Famous Reporter) 1996, short stories “In the tiny room,” “Liquid Pink,” “Life Chip,” “Youth,” “New Book of Job” (1996).—Survivors Art Foundation, http://survivorsartfoundation.org/gallery/theater.html, accessed August 22, 2001.  •  Jobling adds that he is the Publishing Editor of Qstage, providing noncommercial opinion and views of the arts, http://www.loom.net.au/home/dpj/index.html. Additional information about Jobling is at http://cf.vicnet.net.au/ozlit/writers.cfm?id=6.

  •  “Bruce Keller is co-founder of Melbourne’s Anthill Theatre, where he worked for 7 years as a performer, facilitator and occasional writer.  In 1985 he wrote the acclaimed children’s play ‘Puppy Love,’ which continues to be performed both nationally and internationally. Since returning to Sydney in 1987 he has worked extensively as a performer, dramaturg, director, writer and teacher—particularly with Entr’acte Theatre (Sydney) and Jigsaw Theatre (Canberra). Since 1991 he has been forging cultural links with Asia, especially Vietnam. His plays ‘Puppy Love’ and ‘Monkey See, Monkey Do’ have been produced in Hong Kong, he has toured Indonesia as both a performer and director, and wrote and directed Monkey Business for Practice Theatre Ensemble in Singapore. In 1994 he directed Vietnam’s first full length contemporary movement piece The Leper Poet in Hanoi, and in 1996 taught at the major drama schools in Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi during a 4 month residency funded by Asialink. He was dramaturg for Binh Ta’s The Return in 1994, and for Citymoon, director of Conversations With Charlie in 1996, dramaturg for The Monkey Mother in 1998, and writer for both Dat Nuoc (Earth/Water=Country) in 1998 and Journeys West in 1999. He currently lectures at the School of Contemporary Arts, University of Western Sydney (Nepean).”—repertoire, http://www.newmusicnetwork.com.au/SeymourGroup/repertoire.htm#bruce, accessed August 22, 2001.

  •  Additional information about Jobling is at School of Contemporary Arts, http://www.uws.edu.au/arts/undergrad/theatre/staff.htm, accessed August 22, 2001.

 •  Research should include the lyrics to “Puppy Love,” http://members.aol.com/deutschfox/page/donny3d.htm, accessed August 22, 2001.

  §  Themes adaptation, educational theatre, Pat-the-Dog, touring.

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