Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

USQ Hosts First Reading of New Play Big Heart

Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

USQ Hosts First Reading of New Play Big Heart

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THOSE privileged enough to attend the first reading of a new play, Big Heart, at the University of Southern Queensland by nationally acclaimed playwright Patricia Cornelius, will be both engaged and challenged by its story.

Set in Australia, Big Heart is a study in identity. It is a play about relationships, multiculturalism, imperialism, racism and ultimately the love between a mother and her children.

A woman adopts a child from each of the continents. She believes she offers the children a better life, free from poverty, war, and neglect. Big Heart follows their lives from babyhood to adulthood and is punctuated by unexpected problems and joys.

The play was commissioned following a competition established by the University of Southern Queensland, which sought to recognise emerging and established Australian female playwrights and give them the opportunity to receive financial and artistic support to develop new work.

Scott Alderdice, head of theatre at USQ's School of Creative Arts, said that Ms Cornelius' submission was chosen from a strong field of entries. …

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