Bruce Hoogendoorn photoWelcome to my website. The purpose of the site is to promote my plays to prospective producers around the world. The plays are comedy/dramas, a number of which have already been performed. The most successful of my plays so far is The Role Model, which has had four productions in Australia. It also won the Inscription Open award in 2006, and as a result was workshopped at The National Institute of Dramatic Art in Sydney with Edward Albee. Warts and All was performed in Canberra in April 2014, and was awarded the runner-up prize in B.A.T.S. Theatre Company’s Edythe Brook Cooper Playwriting Competition in the same year. The Underground Ark was performed in Canberra in June 2012, and was performed by Goldfields Rep Club in Kalgoorlie, Western Australia, in March 2013. Alice of Hearts was produced by Helena College in Western Australia in May 2012; by Helsinki Attic Theatre, Finland, in May 2013, and will be performed by The Young Company Theatre in Cairns in December 2015.

The plays have been through the usual hoops all playwrights have to jump through these days: dramaturges, staged readings and audience feedback. Fortunately, the plays have survived these (in fact, thrived on them), with feedback leading to only mild anger and violence on my part. So I now feel confident that they are good enough to present them to anyone who cares to read them.

The plays were written with the intention of them being performed for adults, but some of them are suitable for youth theatre groups as well, such as The Role Model and Alice of Hearts.

Also available are two ten minute plays and three one act plays. Both the ten minute plays were performed in Short and Sweet Sydney in the final ninety, and The Urban Jungle also made the final ten of Canberra Short and sweet 2009.

So feel free to read any of the plays, and I hope you like them. More importantly, I hope you decide to produce them. I look forward to hearing from you.

Happy theatre-producing!

Bruce Hoogendoorn

The Clever Country | Reviews

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  1. City News, October 2010
  2. The Canberra Times, October 2010
Posted on December 20th 2010 in Reviews

The Role Model | Reviews

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  1. Stage Whispers, May 2009
  2. On Stage (and walls) Melbourne, 8 May 2009
  3. Australian Stage Online, 25 July 2008
  4. AussieTheatre.com, 15 October 2009
Posted on December 20th 2010 in Reviews

The Clever Country | City News Review

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The Clever Country City News reviewA STATISTIC revealing that university science enrolments had dropped by 3000 in five years provided the inspiration for this biting satire by Canberra Playwright Bruce Hoogendoorn.

Cataloguing the travails of scientist Andrew Dean (Bruce Kavanagh), who invents a machine supposedly capable of stimulating minds to improve the ability to draw and play music, provides Hoogendoorn with plenty of grist for wicked comment on the ethics of the science, fashion, advertising and television industries.

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Posted on December 19th 2010 in Reviews

The Clever Country | The Canberra Times Review

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The Clever Country The Canberra Times reviewBruce Hoogendoorn’s The Clever Country is a neatly sardonic piece taking declining Australian university science enrolments as its starting point. Research scientist Andrew (Brian Kavanah) is happily experimenting with a machine that can apparently improve the subject’s artistic ability and is using it on Philip (Clinton McRobert) to help him improve his guitar playing.

But his funding is pulled by boss Stephanie (Fiona Fox) because results are too slow in coming. However, a visit from the wonderfully ignorant and loud Minuster for Science (David Villanti) and his devious PA.

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Posted on December 19th 2010 in Reviews

The Clever Country

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Duration: 100 mins | Cast: 4 men, 3 women

A wild romp of a comedy that asks, what’s our country coming to when university science enrolments have fallen so low it now takes a higher tertiary entrance score to study fashion design? And what can be done about it? The Minister for Science decides there is only one way to get students enrolling again– make science sexier! Prepare to be delighted as science, fashion design, fame and sex appeal collide and combust in this outrageous comedy on a serious subject.

It was produced by Long Run Theatre Productions in October… read more »

Posted on December 9th 2010 in All Plays, Full Length Plays

Simon Says

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Alice Of HeartsDuration: 95 mins | Cast: 4 women, 3 men

Caroline suddenly left school just before her final exams to live and work at a weight loss centre in the country. She has refused all contact with her family since. An expert tells her it is a weight-loss cult!

Sandra, her mother, hires Harry, an exit counsellor, to kidnap Caroline and takes her to a farmhouse in the country to educate her about the Centre so she will not return to it.

However, Harry has an enormous problem to overcome: Caroline is much healthier and happier than she was before moving… read more »

Posted on December 9th 2010 in All Plays, Full Length Plays

The Role Model II

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The Role Model IIDuration: 90 mins | Cast: 4 male, 2 women

Scott is up to his neck in it again. This time he manages to get a vase stuck in his anus – he says he slipped on it – and someone in the hospital photographs him in this embarrassing pose. Wanda and Scott then have to deal with a blackmailer over the photo. But when it gets loose on the internet things fall apart not only for Scott, but for everyone else who’s involved with the Beating the Blues. And when all seem hopeless, an unlikely romance could be what saves… read more »

Posted on December 9th 2010 in All Plays, Full Length Plays

Adults Only

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Alice Of HeartsDuration: 60 minutes / Cast: 3 men, 2 women

Frank, John and Julie work in the Complaints Unit of a sex toy company called Adults Only. However, they are not getting any complaints due to people being too embarrassed to complain. Just when it looks like the unit will be closed down they get a shocking complaint against a mail order telephonist. John says he knows who it is – Rex Barrington, a former colleague he claims to have heard abusing a client on the phone. Julie doesn’t believe it because Rex won the company’s client service award, and she… read more »

Posted on December 9th 2010 in All Plays, One Act Plays

The Too Hard Basket

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Alice Of HeartsDuration: 40 minutes | Cast: 3 men, 2 of either gender

Gordon and Adrian are public servants tasked with giving hope to people who have none left. However, their jobs are in danger as they are about to be audited and if their success rate is judged as poor they will lose their jobs.

They are stressed out of their brains because the case they are working on is getting nowhere. Two tramps who have been threatening suicide await Gordon’s and Adrian’s advice to determine if their lives are worth continuing. Gordon and Adrian are terrified if they give the… read more »

Posted on December 9th 2010 in All Plays, One Act Plays

Closet Professionals

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Alice Of HeartsDuration: 30 minutes | Cast: 2 men, 2 women

Max and Dave are strangers hiding upstairs at a fancy dress party. Max claims he’s just having a break from the party, while Dave claims he’s there to choose a fancy dress costume. However, neither is willing to tell the other the truth. And when Dave asks Max his profession Max refuses to answer because he says people are judged on their professions rather than who they really are. Max is clearly sensitive about what he does.

However, Dave is persistent and shortly they descend into a fantasy world where they… read more »

Posted on December 9th 2010 in All Plays, One Act Plays
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