The Telephone Exchange
Other Plays by Samantha Bews
Bews, Samantha (Australian playwright, freelance actor, performer, theatre maker/director, 19__-____), “The Telephone Exchange,”
a 60-minute drama in English, set in the telephone exchange, Melbourne, Australia, 1952,
© 2000 by Samantha Bews;
• in Samantha Bews’ The Telephone Exchange (Hobart, Tasmania, Australia: The Author, 2000), 43 pp.;
• script/rights available in print and electronically through The Australian Script Centre, 77 Salamanca Place, Hobart, Tasmania 7000, Australia, telephone (03) 6223 4675, fax (03) 6223 4678, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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“The plot revolves around a moment of betrayal for the main character, a moment when the world as she knows it falls apart."
• “The play . . . charts two distinctive narrative lines. The first examines the resonance of image as it travels through the psyche of the main character. The second follows the effect and associations of image for all four characters, focussed through the Themes of loss and desire. Part 1 is unconventional in form and takes place in three Areas. Area 1, we witness the characters as they travel to work and their ‘interior’ selves. Area 2, set in the foyer to the Post Master General's Building, is where the audience is seated. The characters move through the audience and we witness their public personas. Area 3 is set at the working station at the telephone exchange, and as the characters talk to each other we witness how they would like to be seen."—Script Search, http://www.verdant.com.au/ozscript/search.asp, accessed August 30, 2002.
• ”Audience age is adult.—Script Search.
• “The '01 Collection is the third annual Collection from the Australian Script Centre, profiling the work of 30 contemporary Australian performance writers and giving details of the 100 other plays registered with the Centre during 2001. (NB: DOES NOT INCLUDE THE ACTUAL PLAYS.)—The '01 Collection - Australian Script Centre, http://www.ozscript.org/collection.php?id=3, July 8, 2008.
• “Samantha Bews has been an active and innovative member of the artistic community since her graduation from the Victorian College of the Arts in 1989. In 2000, her one act play ‘So Wet‘ was produced by Playbox Theatre Co. and published by Currency Press. Her work as a theatre maker/director includes: My Heart Belongs To Daddy but I like Your Dick (1994); Marching Girls Present a Guide To the Morally Righteous (1994-5); The Zing of the Warbler Woo (various primary schools 1998). She was a founding member of the Hildegard Theatre Co., collaborating in the production of three major works Al-Andalus, The Wedding (nominated for Green Room Award for Best Music Theatre 1993) and Woman in the Wall (nominated Green Room Award for Best Music Theatre 1992.) Under the banner of her production company Fanny Box Productions she has created a series of corporate and private events and performs at nightclubs, galleries and other openings. She has worked as a freelance actor for the Melbourne Theatre Co., Playbox Theatre Co.—Author: Samantha Bews - Australian Script Centre, http://www.ozscript.org/author.php?id=342, July 8, 2008.
• Research could include Peta Tait and Elizabeth Schafer’s Australian Women’s Drama: Texts and Feminisms (Sidney, Australia: Currency Press, 1997), ISBN 0 86819 497 2, a survey of Australian women’s writing for theatre from 1971 to 1996; this anthology charts feminist thinking over the past twenty-five years.
1952, betrayal, desire, ethnicity, gender, image, interior self, loss, race, religion.