LIFE AFTER GEORGE
Das australische Erfolgsstück
von Hannie Rayson
Hannie Rayson is a graduate of Melbourne University and the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA
). She was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from La Trobe University in 1997. Hannie co-founded Theatreworks in 1980 and has been Writer-in-Residence at the Mill Theatre, Playbox Theatre, La Trobe University, Monash University and VCA
. Her theatre credits include Please Return To Sender (Theatreworks, 1980), Mary (Theatreworks, 1981), Leave It Till Monday (Mill Theatre, 1984), Room To Move (Playbox/Theatreworks 1985), Hotel Sorrento (Playbox 1990, Hit Productions, Australian Tour 1999), Falling From Grace (Playbox 1994, Tokyo and Kobe, Japan 1998) Scenes From A Separation (Co-written with Andrew Bovell, Melbourne Theatre Company 1995) and Competitive Tenderness (Playbox 1996). For television, Hannie wrote Sloth (ABC
, Seven Deadly Sins) and co-wrote two episodes of Seachange (ABC
/ Artists Services).
Room To Move won an Australian Writer’s Guild Award (AWGIE
) for Best Original Stage Play of 1986 and Hotel Sorrento won an AWGIE
, a NSW
Premier’s Literary Award and a Green Room Award for Best Play of 1990. Falling From Grace won a NSW
Premier’s Literary Award and The Age Performing Arts Award. A feature film of Hotel Sorrento was produced in 1995 and was nominated for ten AFI
Awards. In 1999 Hannie won the Magazine Publishers’ Society of Australia, Columnist of the Year Award for her regular contributions to HQ Magazine.
Life After George first opened at Melbourne Theatre Company in January 2000 achieving critical acclaim and commercial success. The MTC
production transferred to the Optus Playhouse during the Brisbane Festival and later toured nationally for four months. Sydney Theatre Company presented their own production in October 2000. Life After George won the 2000 Victorian Premier Literary Award and was nominated for the Queensland and NSW
equivalents. The play also won the 2001 Green Room Award for Best New Australian Play and Best New Australian Work at the 2001 Helpmann Awards. It was the first play to be nominated for the prestigious Miles Franklin Award, in its 44 year history. Life After George opened on the West End of London at the Duchess Theatre in February 2002 starring Stephen Dillane and was directed by Tony award winning director Michael Blakemore.
Hannie’s latest play Inheritance, directed by Simon Phillips, opened to critical acclaim at Melbourne Theatre Company in March 2003 and moved to Sydney Theatre Company in April where it broke box office records.