Other Plays by Tobsha Learner
Learner, Tobsha (Australian playwright, novelist, screen writer, 1959-____-____), “Witchplay,”
a __-minute black comedy-drama in English, set in Sydney, Australia, 1995,
© 1995 by Tobsha Learner;
• in Heather Nimmo and Tobsha Learner’s One Small Step and Witchplay: Plays (Strawberry Hills, New South Wales, Australia: Currency Press Pty Ltd, 1995), 210 pp., ISBN 0868194182, published with Heather Nimmo’s “One Small Step”;
• script/rights available from Currency Press, P.O. Box 2287, Strawberry Hills, New South Wales 2012, Australia, http://www.currency.com.au/contact.aspx, telephone 61 (0)2 9319 5877, fax 61 (0)2 9319 3649;
• Cited by Currency Press catalog sent by Claire Grady, firstname.lastname@example.org, November 25, 2002.
Batcha (f), __, a medium.
Batcha is a medium searching for the spirit of Narelle’s mother, who has electrocuted herself with a hairdryer. Along the way, she encounters some unhappy spirits eager to be heard.
“A many-voiced monologue of black humour and stylistic agility. Batcha, the sole survivor of the Blattstein family, who met their deaths in Auschwitz, is a medium living in Australia. In her quest to find the spirit of her neighbour Narelle’s mother, who has electrocuted herself with a hair dryer, she encounters a flurry of unhappy spirits eager to be heard. Two of these are Lario, a priapic nineteenth century Sicilian goatherd who murdered his wife and is tormented by her memory; and Elspeth Southerns, whose attempts at social work and medicine in seventeenth century England lead to her persecution as a witch.
• "A monologue of many voices and black humour. . . . Published with Heather Nimmo’s “One Small Step.”
• “Pain and suffering caused by fear and ignorance echo down the ages, tempered with flashes of wisdom and wit.”—Currency Press - Australia's performing arts publisher, http://www.currency.com.au/, accessed August 26, 2002.
• “Tobsha Learner was born in the United Kingdom and has lived in the UK, US and Australia. She has worked extensively for stage, television, radio and film. Among her plays are the highly acclaimed Glass Mermaid and Wolf. Her first collection of short stories was published under the title Quiver, and her first full-length novel, Madonna Mars was recently published.”—Penguin Books Australia - What's New, http://www.penguin.com.au/authors/author-author-profile.cfm?AuthorId=0000001080, accessed August 26, 2002.
• “Tobsha Learner tells why she believes her latest book [Soul] to be her most cerebral. Defensive and humourless, Tobsha Learner is intense. Very intense. The former sculptor turned playwright and novelist is chatting about her latest book, Soul, and it's one long roller-coaster of an awkward conversation. Especially when asked about sex. This is surprising as Learner is probably best known for writing erotica, such as her first collection of short stories, Quiver, which sold 150,000 copies when it came out in 1996. Her latest novel, Soul, has several of the graphic sex scenes her fans and detractors have come to expect: hungry exchanges and acrobatic couplings that are unquotable in this newspaper. Asked whether she enjoys writing erotica, Learner does not reply. I ask if the sex scenes are difficult to compose. ‘Most writers will tell you sex scenes are difficult to write. (With) Soul, the physicality between the characters is a natural extension of their relationships and is in context of the narrative. The only book I have written that is pure erotica was Quiver and that was 11 years ago. More recently, my short story collection Tremble I regard as really more a fusion of myth and sensuality; a lot of the sex in Tremble has a mythical and at times metaphysical aspect, as well as a great deal of humour.’ In short, Learner doesn't won't to be labelled a sex writer. Speaking from her London home, Learner proves prickly. One minute, she's furtive and snappy; the next, expansive and friendly; then, just as unexpectedly, closed off. It is an hour packed with inconsistencies. At the beginning, she claims to be well pleased with Soul: ‘Yes, I am happy with it. It was an interesting (writing) process. Structurally it was very challenging (but) I'm happy with its seamlessness.’ Towards the end of our chat, in wistful frustration, she says, ‘I'm obsessive and fiercely self-critical. I am never happy with anything I've written. It can drive me mad.’” [Lily Bragge, September 24, 2006]”—Sex on the brain - Books - Entertainment - theage.com.au, http://www.theage.com.au/articles/2006/09/22/1158431885624.html, accessed September 8, 2008.
• Research could include Tobsha Learner’s Quiver: A Book of Erotic Tales (New York: Plume, 1998), 224 pp., ISBN 0452279844, ISBN 978-0452279841.
• Also, 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 twenty-five years.
accident, Auschwitz, Australia, black humour, communication, electrocution, England, fear, goatherding, hairdryer, ignorance, marriage, medicine, medium, memory, mother-daughter relationship, murder, neighbour, Nineteenth Century, paranormal, persecution, priapism, quest, search, Seventeenth Century, Sicily, social work, spirit, survival, witchcraft