Morning Coffee Lecture Series: Dr Stella Kent

Next date: Wednesday, 28 August 2019 | 10:30 AM

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Launceston playwright Stella Kent started out as a teacher at Riverside High, Broadland House and Launceston College, and as Head of the English Department at Alanvale College, attempting to entertain and involve her students, an invaluable experience for a playwright. Having acquired a Masters degree and Ph.D. based on the theory of drama, she taught in the UTAS Drama Department in Launceston where, surrounded by the inspirational creativity of staff and acting students, she dared to commit to being a playwright.

Her works have been performed on stages, a barge on the Tamar, on radio, at QVMAG and in the Gorge by CentrStage, the Australian Script Centre, Tasmanian Theatre Company, Theatre North and ABC Radio. Four of her plays have won or been nominated for Australia’s most prestigious theatre awards, the AWGIE and Griffin Awards.

Many of her works explore hidden nooks in Tasmania’s history. What galvanized the good citizens of late 19th century Launceston to blast their way into the Gorge and build sedate paths leading to a pleasure garden? How did Captain Bligh, fleeing from the Rum Rebellion, cause another mutiny in Hobart?

Currently she is collaborating with brilliant local composer Karlin Love on a musical celebrating the journey of Marjorie Bligh - the Devonport housewife rumoured to be the inspiration behind Edna Everage - from domestic drudge to domestic goddess.

Fortunately, her husband Harry Kent, formerly Assistant Principal at Launceston College, supports her, as theatre folk do not earn much.


As these functions are popular RSVP is essential by Monday 26 August 2019.

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  • Wednesday, 28 August 2019 | 10:30 AM


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