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Pham’s ‘The Coconut Children’ to be adapted for stage

A stage adaptation of Vivian Pham’s debut novel The Coconut Children (Vintage) has been commissioned as part of Playwriting Australia’s Ignition program.

The Coconut Children is one of seven major commissions worth $25,000 each, with significant additional investment in ongoing creative development from partnering theatre companies. The adaptation will go into creative development with Belvoir, and Pham will work on the commission with playwright Shakthi Sivanathan, who won the overall Victorian Prize for Literature earlier this year, as well as the New South Wales Premier’s Literary playwriting award for his play Counting and Cracking.

The Ignition program aims to enhance the ambition and diversity of Australian playwriting by investing in landmark works in partnership with producing companies. A total of $370,000 worth of commissions and support was awarded to over 40 playwrights, including published authors Ellen van Neerven, Kirli Saunders and Yvette Walker.

For more infomation about the program and recipients, see the Playwriting Australia website.


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