Stage plays

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The fantasy factor

The Fantasy Factor

‘Cameron says this, her first play, was written in one sitting, with minimal rewriting. This is hard to believe, as the script is so well balanced and cleverly paced, suggesting a long process of development and refinement. With a deft comic touch, Cameron captures a slice of small-scale human futility…there is barely a false note in the entire script.’  

James Harper. Courier Mail 12/3/2000

Duration: 30 mins
Cast
  • 2 Female. (early 20’s/elderly)
  • 2 Male. (early 20’s/elderly)
Production & Awards
  • 1995 Off the Page. Harold Park Hotel. Sydney
  • 2000 Metro Arts. Brisbane. Sheila’s Shorts Festival. Funded by Playlab

Valerie and Munro

‘This is a lovely piece of writing full of nuance and bereft of bludgeoning. Watch out for playwright Cameron in future years. If Valerie and Munro is typical of her work, then she’s destined for great things.’

Krissy K. Time Off. 2001 

Duration: 30 mins
Cast
  • 1 male. (elderly)
  • 1 female. (teenager)
Production & Awards
  • 1996 NIDA Playwright’s Studio
  • 1996 Sydney Short Play Festival, Bondi Pavilion
  • 2000 La Boite Theatre. Development only
  • 2001 Metro Arts, Brisbane, deBase, Sheila’s Shorts Festival

The Melon Meets Botticelli

A musical play for young adults, co-written with Beverley Callow. Music by Mark Zadro.

With our current, unhealthy emphasis on physical ‘perfection’, fatal diseases such as anorexia nervosa and bulimia continue to prevail. ‘The Melon Meets Botticelli’ is an hilarious, yet moving exploration of this phenomenon, which raises some deadly serious questions.

Duration: 55 mins
Cast
  • 2 male. (teenagers)
  • 2 female. (teenagers)
  • Production & Awards
    • 1996 -1999 Toured NSW, ACT and SA. Troubadour Theatre Company/Starrs Productions
    Valerie and Munro by DM Cameron - Playwright
    Blame it on the Moon

    Blame it on the Moon Purchase at Australian Plays

    The outback comes to the city, under the full moon, as four unforgettable characters converge to reconcile their tragic pasts with the riddle of the present. A comic tragedy exploring the curse of alcohol abuse in Australia in all its larrikin joy, chaos and ultimate regret.

    Duration: 70 mins
    Cast
    • 2 female. (20 something/50 something)
    • 2 male. (20 something/50 something)
    Production & Awards
    • 1999 winner Queensland Theatre Company/Australian Writer’s Guild Award
    • 2000 development/public reading Queensland Theatre Company
    • 2000 development/public reading Tropicline Theatre
    • 2001 Produced by Bunderberg Players
    • 2008 long short-listed Queensland Premier’s Award

    The Salt Maiden Purchase at Australian Plays

    A woman moves to an island to conquer her fear of drowning, but to cross the strait, she must place her life in the hands of the ferryman. With each trip the tide rises as the characters are pulled closer together, until memory, myth, past and present merge shockingly into one.

    Duration: 40 mins
    Cast
    • 1 male
    • 2 female
    Production & Awards
    • 2001 Development/public reading Queensland Theatre Company
    • 2001 Hook Line and Sinker New Short Works Festival
    • 2002 Metro Arts, Brisbane. Debase Productions
    • 2002 Winner Glen Eira Literary Award. Publication
    • 2005 ABC Radio National production and broadcast
    • 2011 Short and Sweet Sydney
    • 2013 Film version released

    How Green Was My Grocer

    Set in a dystopian future of genetically modified food and mutant babies, one small green grocer dares to undermine the ‘big brother’ corporation that controls their every move.

    Duration: 30 mins
    Cast
  • 3 male
  • 1 female
  • Production & Awards
    • 2000 4:PLAY, Princess Theatre. Brisbane
    • 2005 Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts. Map Theatre Company Emerge Project
    • 2007 Kantara House. Dandylion Theatre
    How green was my grocer

    Voltaire's Seed

    Famous advertising guru, James Mclelland, seemingly has it all. Then why is his life falling apart? When Freya, a strange and mute innocent, wanders into his life, she seems to be the answer to James’ problems, or is she just the beginning?

    Duration: 80 mins. 2 Act
    Cast
    • 3 female
    • 4 male, or
    • 2 female/2 male with doubling
    Production & Awards
    • 2000 Queensland Theatre Company, Playshop development
    Shopping for life forms

    Shopping for Life Forms

    A surreal tale of two sister’s journey towards grief, exploring our modern dependence on consumerism and consequent lack of spiritual strength when confronted with the ultimate reality of death.

    Duration: 40 mins
    Cast
    • 3 female
    Production & Awards
    • 2001 La Boite Theatre. 4Play Festival
    • 2003 Shortlisted Glen Eira Literary Award
    • 2005 ABC Radio National production and broadcast
    • 2008 Kantara House. Dandylion Theatre Co

    Convict. A Musical

    After moving from their small village to London, in the hope of finding work, Mansfield and Sarah Mortlock’s newborn baby takes ill. During a desperately futile attempt to save the baby’s life, Mansfield is captured and sent to the newly formed penal colony of Botany Bay ‘at the end of the world’.

    Heartbroken, Sarah conspires to take the harrowing journey out to Botany Bay with the hope of finding the man she loves. But circumstance and the shocking reality of the new colony keeps them apart. Will they ever find their way back to each other?

    Music by Damon Riley.

    Duration: 90 minutes. 2 Acts
    Cast
    • 6 female
    • 6 male
    Production & Awards
    • 2006 Regional Arts Development Fund Grant
    Jinx Infinity

    Jinx Infinity

    A modern exploration of the Narcissus and Echo myth.

    Trapped high in a penthouse suite on the Gold Coast, ex Aussie soapie star and now Hollywood golden boy, Nolan Lang, struggles to stay afloat in the whirlpool that his life has become. Surrounded by sycophants and security personnel, Nolan finally realises the only one who may be able to save him from himself, is the one person left in his life that he can trust; childhood sweetheart and oldest friend, Alicia Preston. But Alicia never wants to see him again.

    Duration: 90 mins
    Cast
    • 3 male
    • 2 female
    Production & Awards
    • 2007 Written as part of MA. QLD University of Technology
    • 2011 Queensland Premier's Award. Long listed

    The Flowering Purchase at Australian Plays

    ‘My overall impression of The Flowering is that it is like a piece of intricately woven embroidery. Years of skilled crafting is required to compile and create the completed piece, which is the product of many hundreds of threads. The play displays elements of simplicity and minimalism in portraying demanding and complex episodes but does not lose any depth in doing so. The Flowering is a play that almost defies description as it breaks genre in its exploration of expression. Knowledge of the Demeter and Persephone myth provides an extra edge to your appreciation of the play, but it is by no means a must for comprehension. The Flowering does require undivided attention but if prepared, you will be richly rewarded as the story unfurls.’

    11/May/04 Leah Huxley. Scene Magazine.

    Photo by Suzon Fuks

    Duration: 70 mins
    Cast
    • Solo female
    Production & Awards
    • 2001/2002 Regional Arts Development Fund/Arts Queensland grants
    • 2004 Metro Arts. Brisbane
    • 2008 Mudlark Theatre. Earl Arts Centre. Launceston
    • 2009 Fresh Ground Project Recipient. Judith Wright Centre of Performing Arts
    • 2010 Judith Wright Centre of Performing Arts. Brisbane
    Oh Sister

    Oh Sister

    Set against the backdrop of the cut-throat fashion industry, renowned designer, Mia Maninsky, daughter of the famous fashion icon, Howard Maninsky, battles for supremacy against another leading Australian designer, Adriana Lewis. Although equal in talent, Adriana, unlike Mia, feels she has achieved her status through hard work, rather than connections. These two women, whose bond appears unbreakable, fight for dominance at the cost of their friendship in an elite industry where only the toughest can survive.

    Photo by Bev Jensen

    Duration: 70 mins
    Cast
    • 2 female
    Production & Awards
    • 2010 Regional Arts Development Fund Grant
    • 2011 Fresh Ground Project Recipient. Judith Wright Centre of Performing Arts

    Bangers

    A satire about a pair of exploding breasts.

    Jolene loves her new breasts and Hunter can’t get enough of them. Carrie is really worried about Jolene’s mental health and Lex doesn’t know what to think. Little do they know how explosive the situation is going to get.

    Duration: 20 mins
    Cast
    • 2 female
    • 2 male
    Production & Awards
    • 2009 Winner Central Coast Short and Sweet Festival
    • 2010 Short and Sweet Festival, Sydney