Monday, 25 August 2014

Hilary Bell

Darren Gilshenan, The Hypochondriac
Robert Catto, 2018

Hilary Bell writes for stage, radio, screen and music theatre. Plays include Wolf Lullaby (Atlantic, Steppenwolf, Griffin Theatre), Fortune, The Falls (Griffin), The Anatomy Lesson of Doctor Ruysch (Vitalstatistix; The University of the South in Tennessee), Shot While Dancing (shortlisted for the Susan Smith Blackburn Award), Memmie Le Blanc (Vitalstatistix, Deckchair), Open-Cut (WAAPA), The Mysteries: Genesis (Sydney Theatre Company) with Lally Katz, Angela’s Kitchen (Griffin) with Paul Capsis and Julian Meyrick, The White Divers of Broome (Black Swan / Perth International Arts Festival), The Splinter for STC,  Victim Sidekick Boyfriend Me for the National Theatre’s Connections Programme, and Mrs President, composed by Victoria Bond and produced by Anchorage Opera. 

As well as opera, she has written libretti for musicals (The Wedding Song, comp. Douglas Stephen Rae, dir. Jim Sharman), song cycles (Talk Show, comp. Elena Katz-Chernin, for the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Choir, Gothic and After Julia, both with composer Andree Greenwell), and for Phillip Johnston’s score to Murnau’s silent film Faust, premiered at the New York Film Festival and performed internationally. And the uncatagorisable: Seven Stories with Ensemble Offspring and a bevy of brilliant composers.

Her adaptation of The Seagull was produced by both State Theatre Company of South Australia and Perth's Black Swan in 2014, and also for Black Swan, the AWGIE-winning The Red Balloon, adapted from Lamorisse's film. Other adaptations include The Hypochondriac (Darlinghurst Theatre Company) and Strindberg's The Stronger (Adelaide Festival). 

She is co-creator with illustrator Antonia Pesenti of the best-selling 'Alphabetical Sydney' and 'Numerical Street', with 'Summer Time' due to hit the shelves this Christmas. Also with cartoonist Matthew Martin, 'The Marvellous Funambulist of Middle Harbour, And Other Sydney Firsts'. All published by NewSouth Books.

Current projects: The Red Tree, based on Shaun Tan's book and composed by Greta Gertler Gold, has a return season at the Sydney Opera House and Arts Centre Melbourne in July/August '19. Ha Ha Woops: A Comedy of Errors opens in September '19, as does Griffin Theatre's production of Splinter. A musical, an adaptation of an obscure Restoration comedy and a new play are in the works. 

Hilary is a graduate of the Juilliard Playwrights’ Studio, NIDA, and the Australian Film, Television and Radio School. She was the 2003-04 Tennessee Williams Fellow in Creative Writing at the University of the South in Tennessee. Hilary also works as a mentor and dramaturge, and as a playwriting teacher. Her work has been developed through the Australian National Playwrights' Conference, the Eugene O'Neill Playwrights' Conference (USA) and the Russian Playwrights' Conference.

Hilary is represented by RGM Artists
PO Box 128, Surry Hills NSW 2010
Tel. 612 9281 3911

Hilary's plays can be purchased via Currency Press (Fortune, Wolf Lullaby, Angela's Kitchen, Short Circuits); The Australian Script Centre (The Anatomy Lesson of Doctor Ruysch, Conversations With Jesus, Memmie Le Blanc, The Falls, Short Circuit, Wolf Lullaby, The White Divers of Broome, Angela's Kitchen, and others); Bloomsbury (National Theatre Connections 2012); NewSouth Books (Alphabetical Sydney, Numerical Street, The Marvellous Funambulist of Middle Harbour); Federation Press (No Nudity, Weapons or Naked Flames) and by direct email for everything else: Email Hilary Bell.

AWGIE (Australian Writers Guild) for Children's Theatre, 'The Red Balloon' 2016
Patrick White Fellowship, 2013
Inscription Finalist, 2013
Inscription Award for 'Memmie Le Blanc' 2007
Tennessee Williams Fellowship, University of the South, Tennessee, USA 2003-2004
AWGIE for Music Theatre, ‘The Anatomy Lesson of Doctor Ruysch’ 2003
Bug’n’Bub Award for ‘The Falls’, UA 2001
ASK Theatre Projects Writers Retreat, USA 2000
Susan Smith Blackburn Award finalist, 1999
Hegebrook Writers’ Colony, USA1998
Juilliard Playwright Fellow, USA 1997 and 1998
LeCompte du Nouy Award, USA 997 and 1998
Eric Kocher Award, USA 1997
Jill Blewett Playwrights' Award, 1996
Aurealis Award for Young Adult Fiction, 1996
Philip Parsons Memorial Young Playwrights’ Award, 1994

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