Jennifer Paynter

Plays and Short Stories


WAWGTM Griffin Program

When Are We Going To Manly? was produced by the Griffin Theatre Company in 1984 and nominated for the 1985 NSW Premier's Literary Awards and the Sydney Theatre Critics’ Circle award, with the Griffin eventually winning the Critics' Award for its season of outstanding new Australian plays. The cast included Noel Hodda, who has posted a photo at the end of his Stray Images. Publicity for WAWGTM included an interview and summary review.

The artist, Mauri, created this montage of scenes from WAWGTM after watching the Griffin production.

WAWGTM was also staged by Macquarie University's Dramac in a 1993 student production directed by John Bellamy.


My next  play, Balancing Act, was produced by the Canberra Theatre Company in 1990 and directed by Carol Woodrow. It was afterwards adapted for an ABC Radio production, directed by Alana Valentine. An earlier draft of the play, Shackleton, was runner-up for the Australian Elizabethan Theatre Trust's Bicentennial Play Award.


I’ve also written short stories:
  •     Fifty-eight cents, published in Suzanne Falkiner's anthology of Australian women's short stories, Room to Move, and  in The Sydney Morning Herald.
  •    The Sad Heart of Ruth, which won the State of the Art Short Story in the ABC Bicentennial Literary Awards, and was published in Fictions 88 edited by Frank Moorhouse and in Goodbye to Romance edited by Elizabeth Webby and Lydia Wevers.