Glace Viede is an Australian writer and performer. They won the prestigious 2008 Griffin Award for their debut play Whore, which premiered at the Belvoir St Theatre in 2009 and was closely followed by a New York production. In 2010 Glace was awarded the Queensland Premiere’s Literary Award for Whore. In 2008 they were an Affiliate Playwright with the Griffin Theatre Company, working on two commissions, Autumn and Poised, and were also commissioned to write a new play, Gull, for the Bell Shakespeare Company.
Glace’s play, A Hoax, was performed at the National Play Festival as part of “Kicking Down the Doors” and also won the 2011 Griffin Award. It was then performed as part of the 2012 season for both La Boite Theatre, Queensland and the Griffin Theatre, New South Wales. Their play, Oranges & Lemons, received a Highly Commended at the 2012 Max Afford Playwrights Award and was shortlisted for the Patrick White Playwrights Award. Glace’s latest play, Nobody’s Girl, had its premiere season in September 2015 at the New Jersey Repertory Company in the United States. Broadway World called Nobody’s Girl a ‘revealing satire… a stunning story that resonates and intrigues.’
Glace has been shortlisted for numerous awards and won the Shaw Prize for essays. They also created the satiric “Aspiring Personality” character Glace Chase, a self-described “total bottom”, who they have played to critical acclaim throughout Australia, including seasons at the Belvoir St Downstairs Theatre, the Melbourne Comedy Festival, the Mardi Gras Festival, The Butterfly Club, and Feast Festival. Glace Chase traverses stand up comedy, cabaret, printed opinion pieces and dubious investigatory reportage with savage wit and vivacious humour. They received a Highly Commended mention at the SPAA Fringe Pitching competition in 2010, and were shortlisted for Movie Extra Network’s WebFest for their concept Glace Chase vs. New York. Glace can currently be found leading unsuspecting tourists on fun, hilarious and strangely informative tours of NYC with their own tour guide business, Glace Chase’s DREAM QUEEN TOURS, and is in production for their YouTube infotainment show, Glace, on the Total Bottom Network (TBN).
Glace holds a B.A. from Monash University and has completed a Graduate Diploma in Screenwriting at the Australian Film, Television and Radio School (AFTRS).
(published by Currency Press)
Winner of the 2011 Griffin Award
When social worker Ant discovers Currah, a young indigenous girl with a horrific past, he’s certain he’s found the way to make a difference. When literary agent extraordinaire Ronnie Lowe discovers Currah, she’s certain she’s found marketing gold.
Now Currah’s got the world at her feet, an army of fans and isn’t returning any of Ant’s calls. Finding himself flung aside, Ant will do anything to be part of the spotlight.
Inspired by the recent spate of fabricated “misery memoirs”, A Hoax is a vicious satire on the politics of identity, modern celebrity and the peddling of abuse culture.
“Viede’s riveting text is sharp, pacy, daring and plumbs some dark depths of the human spirit” – The Courier Mail
Cast: 2 female, 2 male
Winner of the 2010 Queensland Premier’s Award and 2008 Griffin Award
Young, fearless and full of wanderlust Sara finds herself in London selling cleaning products in a call centre. Then she meets Tim, and her path takes an unexpected turn. For these two Aussies living it large in London everything is exhilarating, delightfully dangerous and full of possibility. When a body is discovered in the apartment upstairs the thrill of anonymity gives way to rising horror as Sara finds herself at the very edge of the person she once was.
With originality and poetic wit, Whore is an unflinching exploration of the price of freedom, ambition and the high-risk ride that is coming-of-age. Already a cult figure in the cabaret world, Glace Viede exploded onto the Australian playwrighting scene in 2008 with this Griffin Award-winning debut.
Whore is also available in a US version
“A remarkable debut play…”—SX
Cast: 1 female, 3 or 4 male
Winner of the judge’s commendation for the Max Afford Playwriting Award
Three voices emerge from the dark; overlapping, contradicting and supporting each other’s story.
An aspiring classical musician (1) tells of his relationship with a powerful arts administrator (2). 2’s powerful friends decide to help 1 win a highly sought after trust, but there are strings attached. With 1 pushing himself to achieve his ambitions an unwelcome blast from his past comes back to visit; a girl from his childhood (3). She does not like the new life 1 has forged for himself and seeks to disrupt and dismantle it. A public recital, crucial to 1 winning the trust, is held, but 3 seeks to ruin it.
Oranges and Lemons dissects class and power from inside a piece of spoken music.
It is ultimately a story of hope and transcendence, about the power of the human spirit to heal itself.
Cast: 1 female, 2 male.
Must a girl always run back to doe-eyed feminine subjugation at play’s end? Elizabethan and Restoration comedies often feature a heroine donning male garb in order to obtain their desires. One quarter of all Restoration plays featured ‘breeches roles’; Shakespeare had his ‘cross gendered comedies’; and Ben Jonson had his assuredly post-modern Epicene: boy playing boy playing girl… Confused?
Gull is a modern investigation of the battlefield that is sex and gender set during a postmodern 1665. At the outbreak of the plague, breeches girl and boy-player gate crash the mansion of a leading conservative and his vapid wife in order to try and get the hell out of the city. But the Earl’s libertine brother has bought home a hideous pantomime dame fiancé as well. Now everyone wants the Earl’s money. And they’ve all got to be out London by morning. And is being married really worth it anyway?
A vicious sex farce on our modern sexual mores Gull questions what you’re meant to do in matters of love and sex in a world filled with so much chaos.
And maybe the heroine can even keep her pants at play’s end?
Initially commissioned by Bell Shakespeare Company
Cast: 2 female, 4 male (but all gender irrelevant).