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Emily Steel

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Emily Steel
  • 19 weeks

Emily Steel is a playwright most of the time and a producer some of the time. She is interested in local stories, unheard voices and saying the things you're not supposed to say. She is currently writing and producing two new works with director Daisy Brown, 19 weeks and Rabbits. Together, Emily and Daisy tell untold stories in unusual ways, with truthful, vulnerable and complicated female characters who find humour in darkness.

As a playwright, Emily has worked with the BBC, Sherman Theatre Cymru, State Theatre Company of South Australia, AC Arts, ActNow, Company AT and Polygraph Collective. 

After moving from the UK to Adelaide in 2010, she wrote, directed and produced her first show in Australia - Rocket Town for Adelaide Fringe 2011. Rocket Town is a two-hander about teenagers growing up in Woomera, the isolated defense town in the middle of the South Australian desert. It won the Adelaide Fringe inSPACE Award.  Emily produced the 2012 remount of Rocket Town, directed by Daisy Brown, which toured to the Bondi Feast festival (presented by Tamarama Rock Surfers) and to regional SA (presented by Country Arts SA).  

For Adelaide Fringe 2012, Emily wrote and produced Sepia, directed by Nescha Jelk and co-presented by RiAus (Royal Institution of Australia). Sepia was based on the controversy around the disappearance of the Giant Australian Cuttlefish from its breeding ground near Whyalla, SA. It won the Tour Ready Award and toured to Melbourne Fringe 2012.  

Since 2013, Emily and Daisy have been developing Rabbits through the Adelaide Festival Centre's inSPACE program and State Theatre Company SA's R&D. Rabbits began as an investigation of the parallels between animal pests in Australia and the arrival of human migrants, but has evolved into an irreverant one-woman show based on Emily's experiences of being new here. Rabbits will be STCSA's 2017 State Umbrella production, presented by Steel & Brown in association with STCSA and inSPACE.

Unexpected events in 2016 have led to the rapid-response premiere of 19 weeks at Adelaide Fringe 2017. In June, Emily had a termination after her baby was diagnosed with Down Syndrome. 19 weeks is the story of that experience, told honestly and publicly, because there are so many more stories out there and we so rarely hear them. It will be a one-woman show performed by Astrid Pill in the swimming pool of the Adina Hotel. 
Emily is now looking for presenters to tour 19 weeks after its Adelaide Fringe season.

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