Presenting: The ICRAR Monologue Winners!

Updated: Aug 25

In partnership with National Science Week 2020, International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research(ICRAR) and Claire Bowen Management (CBM) welcomed new writers, emerging writers, established writers, creative writers, and science writers to engage with ICRAR research and researchers to produce a Creative Nonfiction monologue for performance.


The monologue could be inspired by a word, an image, a sentence, or a concept from ICRAR research and researchers – the only limit was their imagination.


CBM produced a series of videos of the winning monologues so they could be accessible across Australia for National Science Week, and we bring them together here for your entertainment.

It is with great pleasure that Inspiring WA and the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR) announce the winners of the National Science Week ICRAR Monologue Competition:

[1] Zone of English

Western Australian writers created monologues about our science & scientists for National Science Week 2020. The winner for most innovative monologue format was 'Zone of English' by Greg Wah, performed by Susie Conte.

PLAYWRIGHT Greg Wah

PERFORMER Susie Conte

ICRAR COLLABORATORS

Dr Barbara Catinella

Dr Luca Cortese


[2] The Emu in the Sky

Western Australian writers created monologues about our science & scientists for National Science Week 2020. The monologue most commended by the Judging Panel was 'The Emu in the Sky' written & performed by Rosie Sitorus.


PLAYWRIGHT & PERFORMER Rosie Sitorus

WARRIYANGGA AND THIINMA CULTURAL AND LINGUISTIC CONSULTANT Peter Salmon

ICRAR COLLABORATOR Dr Natasha Hurley-Walker

ICRAR ASSESSOR Dr Richard Dodson


[3] Missing: 1 sock and half the universe

Western Australian writers created monologues about our science & scientists for National Science Week 2020. The winner for best monologue based on ICRAR research was 'Missing: 1 sock and half the universe' written & performed by Nigel Luck.

PLAYWRIGHT & PERFORMER Nigel Luck

ICRAR ASSESSOR Kevin Vinsen

Inspired by the work of Associate Professor Jean-Pierre Macquart


[4] Black Holes and Coffee

Western Australian writers created monologues about our science & scientists for National Science Week 2020. The winner for best monologue based on ICRAR researcher was 'Black Holes and Coffee' by Nigel Luck, performed by Vivienne Glance.

PLAYWRIGHT Nigel Luck

PERFORMER Vivienne Glance

ICRAR COLLABORATOR Dr Guillaume Drouart


[5] An astronomer walks into a bar

Western Australian writers created monologues about our science & scientists for National Science Week 2020. The winner for best emerging writer was 'An astronomer walks into a bar' written & performed by Mia Walker.

PLAYWRIGHT & PERFORMER Mia Walker

ICRAR ASSESSOR Kevin Vinsen

[6] Supernova

Western Australian writers created monologues about our science & scientists for National Science Week 2020. The runner-up for most innovative monologue format was ‘Supernova’ written and performed by Michael Shoebridge.

PLAYWRIGHT & PERFORMER Michael Shoebridge

ICRAR ASSESSOR Kevin Vinsen

EDITING & ANIMATION Alexandra Nel

ILLUSTRATIONS Michael Shoebridge and Mia Walker


[7] The Messenger from Afar

Western Australian writers created monologues about our science & scientists for National Science Week 2020. The runner-up for best monologue based on ICRAR researcher was ‘The Messenger from Afar’ by Chris McRae, performed by Zac James

PLAYWRIGHT Chris McRae

PERFORMER Zac James

ICRAR COLLABORATOR John Curtin Distinguished Professor Steven Tingay


[8] Just Look Up

Western Australian writers created monologues about our science & scientists for National Science Week 2020. The runner-up for best emerging writer was ‘Just Look Up’ by Kate O'Sullivan, performed by Lachlan Stokes.

PLAYWRIGHT Kate O’Sullivan

PERFORMER Lachlan Stokes

ICRAR ASSESSOR Kevin Vinsen


Special thanks to: Pete Wheeler

Kirsten Gottschalk

Cass Rowles


ICRAR acknowledges the Noongar people as the traditional custodians of the land on which these videos were created.


We thank Claire Bowen Management for contributing this information. We acknowledge that the content has not been altered from the original intent of the author.

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