10 in 10 Online Readings



An exciting online mini-festival of 10-minute play readings, shining a spotlight on new First Nations scripts, read by actors from the ILBIJERRI Ensemble.

ABOUT 10 IN 10

Applications came flooding in for First Nations writers of all experience levels – to write a ten-minute play in ten days – with the help of a $2000 commission as part of ILBIJERRI Theatre Company’s 10 in 10 project.

The successful applicants had just ten days from 3 to 12 November to flesh out a ten-minute script – all based on a provocation of ‘circles’– with ‘campfire pitstops’ offered by the ILBIJERRI professional creative team along the way.

ILBIJERRI also invited participation from New Native Theatre, based in Minnesota (US), as part of an ongoing cross-cultural partnership. Three of their works will form part of the program of readings.

The fifteen successful scriptwriters are: Jada Alberts, Marlanie Haerewa, Monica Harland, Barb Hostalek, Nicola Ingram, Kalina Lauer, Brodie Murray, Melodie Reynolds, Maurial Spearim, Rudi Louis Taylor-Bragge, Laila Thaker, and Ruby Williams. From the US, Montana CypressMichael Nephew and Lini Wilkins.

Their works will be read by ILBIJERRI Ensemble actors, under the guidance of five ILBIJERRI directors and dramaturgs, with a different program of script readings each night.

Duration: 120min per night

ILBIJERRI Ensemble is also supported by City of Melbourne; and the Helen Macpherson Smith Trust.

See programs below for full details

All hosted by Kungari Comedy creator Kimmie Lovegrove, with a different line-up of 10-minute plays each night!



Program 1: Friday 26 November 2021


Segment 1: Director Lisa Maza

More Dots
by Laila Thaker

Read by Taeg Twist, Gregory Fryer, Phoebe Grainer.

Ode for Leviticus
by Montana Cypress

Read by Glenn Shea, Jaydon Brown, Miela Anich, Kylie Doomadgee

Wallanbirrang Lalgomak
by Rudi Taylor-Bragge

Read by Kimberley Benjamin, Gregory Fryer

Segment 2: Director Lauren Swain

Bayou Bart
by Kalina Lauer

Read by Zach Blampied, Thomas Bevan, Zachary Smith, Taeg Twist

Shame vs Pride
by Monica Harland

Read by Carissa Lee, Blayne Welsh, Ella Ferris

Scrubbing My Skin Bare
by Marlanie Haerewa

Read by Ella Ferris, Kimberley Benjamin
Segment 3: Director Rhiana Yazzie

Mushrooms Will Make You Go Blind
by Lini Wilkins

Read by Corey Saylor-Brunskill, Zach Blampied, Zachary Smith, Naarah

You Promise, I Promise
by Ruby Williams

Read by Corey Saylor-Brunskill, Kimberley Benjamin, Zachary Smith



Program 2: Saturday 27 November 2021

Segment 1: Director Rhiana Yazzie

by Maurial Spearim

Read by Corey Brunskill, Ella Ferris, Carissa Lee, Blayne Welsh, Phoebe Grainer

Segment 2: Director Corey Brunskill

by Brodie Murray

Read by Glenn Shea, Thomas Bevan, Jaydon Brown, Kylie Doomadgee

by Melodie Reynolds

Read by Phoebe Grainer, Zach Blampied, Taeg Twist, Gregory Fryer

Coming Home
by Michael Nephew

Read by Miela Anich, Jaydon Brown, Kylie Doomadgee, J-Maine Beezley

Segment 3: Director Kalarni Murray

by Nicola Ingram

Read by Monica Karo, Blayne Welsh, J-Maine Beezley

by Jada Alberts

Read by Glenn Shea, Monica Karo

by Barbara Hostalek

Read by Monica Karo, Thomas Bevan, Jalen Sutcliffe



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