This study guide to accompany What I Wrote: Hannie Rayson has been written for senior secondary students. It pro- vides information and suggestions for learning activities in English, Literature, Theatre Studies and Drama.
What I Wrote: Hannie Rayson is a short film about Australian playwright Hannie Rayson. Dr Tess Brady interviews Ray- son and provides a critical introduction to Hotel Sorrento, Inheritance, Life After George and Two Brothers. What I Wrote: Hannie Rayson also includes a discussion of many of Rayson’s other plays and an investigation of her ap- proach to writing for the stage.
What I Wrote: Hannie Rayson is one title from a four-part series spotlight- ing Australian playwrights. The series offers students information about the ideas and processes of the playwrights as well as the opportunity to hear what the playwrights have to say about their work. Other titles available in the What I Wrote series include:
What I Wrote: Matt Cameron
What I Wrote: Louis Nowra
What I Wrote: Katherine Thomson
Further information about the series can be found at <http://www. whatiwrote.com.au>.
Hannie Rayson is a graduate of Mel- bourne University and the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA) and has an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from La Trobe University. A co-founder of The- atreworks, she has served as Writer-in- Residence to the Mill Theatre, Playbox Theatre, La Trobe University, Monash University and Victorian College of the Arts.
Rayson is recognized as one of Austra- lia’s most significant playwrights. Her first major success was Hotel Sorrento, a Playbox/Theatreworks co-production, which won several prizes including the Australian Writers Guild Award. Her next two plays Falling From Grace and Competitive enderness premiered at
Playbox. Rayson has also written the highly acclaimed plays Scenes from a Separation, Life After George, Two Brothers, Inheritance and The Glass Soldier. Her television writing credits include Seachange and an episode of the ABC series Seven Deadly Sins.
Rayson was the joint recipient of the Sidney Myer Performing Arts Award in 1996 and has won both the Victorian and NSW Premier’s Literary Awards. In 1999 Rayson received the Maga- zine Publishers’ Society of Australia’s Columnist of the Year Award for her regular contributions to HQ magazine. Rayson made playwriting history when Life After George became the first play to be nominated for the Miles Franklin Award.
About the filmmakers
Dr Tess Brady – Presenter
Dr Tess Brady is a highly respected editor, researcher and teacher of writ- ing at university level. She was the co-founding editor of the international online scholarly journal TEXT and has published children’s picture books, adult radio drama, crime fiction, short stories and popular non-fiction. Her most recent publication is Creative Writing: Theory beyond practice, with Nigel Krauth.
Catherine Gough-Brady is a documen- tary filmmaker. She has made works for a variety of media. Gough-Brady has produced and directed educational videos and web sites. Her ‘docugame’ Docks Dispute <http://www.docks dispute.com> is currently used in tertiary management and industrial relations courses.