Plays and Drama Resource Books

Performance rights to all plays written by Susan Battye and copies of most scripts unless otherwise stated may be obtained from Playmarket.

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by Susan Battye – libretto
Music and Musical Recording by Trevor Thwaites
2012

The musical is a documentary drama about the life of one of New Zealand’s most famous son’s, Sir Edmund Hillary. Script, score and CD available on request from Playmarket.

Cast: 30
 
by Susan Battye (Editor)
Phoenix Education, Australia 2010

 ISBN 978 1 921586 27 9

This anthology features 13 extracts from contemporary Commonwealth plays, in English.

Drama Cuts is a resource for secondary English and Drama consisting of extracts from thirteen plays from across the Commonwealth. Read a review of Drama Cuts by the Senior Lecturer in Drama at Victoria University, David O’Donnell here.
This title is available from Playmarket.
 Drama cuts - a Teachers Resource
by Susan Battye
Phoenix Education,  Australia 2010
ISBN 978 1 921586 30 9

Drama Cuts Teacher’s Resource Book provides background resource for Drama Cuts - information on the play texts with a detailed synopsis of the entire play; writing and performing activities on individual plays and groups of plays and notes on the playwrights.

Drama Cuts is a resource for secondary English and Drama consisting of extracts from thirteen plays from across the Commonwealth.  Read two reviews of Drama Cuts Teacher’s Resource Book by the Senior Lecturer in Drama at Victoria University, Wellington, David O’Donnell here

This title is available from Playmarket .

 Telling Tales Book A
Telling Tales:  Book A
by Susan Battye
User Friendly Resources Ltd, Christchurch 2008
Book Code 634A
ISBN 978-1-86968-534-8
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This title is available from User Friendly Resources Ltd .
Telling Tales Book B
Telling Tales Book B
by Susan Battye
User Friendly Resources Ltd, Christchurch 2008
Book Code 634B
ISBN 13: 978-1-86968-535-5
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This title is available from User Friendly Resources Ltd .
Finding Your Way with Drama
Finding Your Way With Drama
by Susan Battye
User Friendly Resources, Christchurch 1996
Book Number 366A
First Published in November 1994 as Dramaworks, Book A. Republished as a new edition in May 2004
ISBN 1-868968-085-5
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Ths title is available from User Friendly Resources,
 Finding Your way with Plays
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Finding Your Way With Plays
by Susan Battye
User Friendly Resources, Christchurch 1996
Book Number 366B
First Published in October 1996 as Productionworks, Book B.
Republished a new edition in May 2004
ISBN 1-86968-086-3
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This title is available from User Friendly Resources Ltd, and Playmarket .
 Jigsaw
by Susan Battye
Harcourt Education, Auckland 2003
ISBN 1-8773 4803 1
Jigsaw is a drama text suitable for classroom study by secondary school students, centring itself around our search for identity. Author and educator Susan Battye uses key topics such as body image, adoption, animal rights and the 1981 Springbok rugby tour to tell an endearing story of four young women, and their developing relationships with parents and each other. With Rangitoto Island rumbling ominously in the background, Jigsaw uses comedy, satire and the language of contemporary New Zealand to reflect on various dilemmas that will engage young adults.
Cast: 13
Copies of Jigsaw are available for purchase from Drama Magic Ltd POA. Email: info@dramamagic.com
Performance rights are obtainable from Playmarket.
 
by Susan Battye and Thelma Eakin
Oxford University Press, Wellington 1980
ISBN 0 19 558058 3

On March 26, 1896, sixty five men lost their lives following an explosion in the coal mine at Brunnerton, a small West Coast coal-mining town. This documentary play deals with the impact of the disaster on the Grey Valley community and traces attempts to gain compensation from the coal company. Songs and orchestral score.

Cast: 39

The script is available from Playmarket

 New Audition Scenes and Monologues  New Audition Scenes and Monologs from Contemporary PlaywrightsEdited by Roger Ellis (2005) Meriwether Publishing Ltd Colorado ISBN 1-56608-105-X — ISBN 9781566081054Tagged by Susan BattyeNo Pain No Gain by Susan BattyePerformance Rights obtainable from Playmarket.
 
by Susan Battye
The mostly female workers at the Perky Pie restaurant unite to assert their rights over the profit-making demands of their bosses. Written for young people.
Cast: 12
Included in:
On Stage Book 3
Longman Paul Ltd, Auckland 1989
ISBN 0 582 66291 5
Performance Rights obtainable from Playmarket.
 
by Susan Battye
This play is based on the short story of the same title by Katherine Mansfield, and devised with a fifth form drama class from Epsom Girls’ Grammar School. It is set in a classroom in 1990 and be played with up to 17 women. Written for young people.
Included in:
Choices: Plays for Young People
On Stage Book 4
Longman Paul, Auckland  1992
ISBN 0 582 85975 1
Cast: 17
Script is available from Playmarket.
 
by Susan Battye
Drama with clear development and strongly delineated characters about women’s solidarity in face of a factory closure. Marlene gears up battle lines in the cutting rooms as the expected confrontation approaches. There is a witty counter-turn at the end. With one male voice. Written for young people.
Cast: 16
Included in:
On Stage  1
Editor David Dowling
Longman Paul 1983
ISBN: 0 582 68387 4
The script is available from Playmarket
 Drama
By Susan Battye
It’s the beginning of the school year and there’s a funny smell coming from the Seventh Form Common Room, as the students get ready to welcome the new arrivals and meet a new international student Sunila, from Mumbai, India. While the students have a powhiri to deal with, the school has fundraising issues, and as the students get ready for a new year they learn how stories of our ancestors are important to all of us. The play can be done with an all female cast and two of the roles may be doubled.
Cast: 18
Script is available from Playmarket.
   Back Where You Belong

Susan Battye

Teenager Zaria, sent by her Montenegran parents to live with relatives in New Zealand, struggles to perform well in her all-girls school where institutional and peer group understandings challenge her ability to her new hosts culture. A play dealing with teenagers coming of age and cultural difficulties.

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Script is available from Playmarket.
 Drama
by Susan Battye, Shona hear, Helen Pearce, and Frances Salt
New Zealand Post Primary Teachers’ Association,
Auckland 1993
A play celebrating the history of girls’ education in New Zealand.
Cast: 20
The script is available from Playmarket or PPTA’s Auckland office.
Drama
by Susan Battye and Nadia Godoy

The arrival of the Chilean naval vessel Esmeralda in Auckland in 1983 leads to demonstrations by Amnesty. The Esmeralda has a black history and events surrounding the 1973 Chilean coup are brought to light. Written for young people.

The script is available from Playmarket.

Cast: 17
Drama
by Susan Battye

Caught graffiti-ing a West Coast coal miners’ hall, Keisha and Sunny are trapped inside with its ancient guardian. When Shorty orders the pair to clean up the mess, they quickly proclaim their ‘right to strike’. Fired up, he describes the role the hall had to play in ensuring the right to strike and the fight for the eight hour day that is cemented in our social history.

Cast: 24
Script is available from Playmarket.
 Drama
by Susan Battye
Set against a background of surfing, concerns issues of love, trust and friendship among a group of teenagers. Has potential for larger chorus. Written for young people.
Cast: 12
Script included in Finding Your Way With Plays by Susan Battye [User Friendly Resources Ltd]
 Drama

by Susan Battye and Tim Bray

Gay life in Ponsonby Road. The script features a bookshop dealer, real estate agent, the leader of a women’s outdoor experience group, a closet lesbian and a male and female chorus. We witness the everyday happenings of gay friends including mix-ups, relationship issues and a successful pregnancy for a gay couple. A happy ending.

Cast: 13

Script is available from Playmarket.

 

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