Donna Abela    
Vanessa Bates     Hilary Bell     Verity Laughton 



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                                Ned Manning    
Noelle Janaczewska     Catherine

                          Donna Abela     Vanessa Bates     Hilary Bell     Verity Laughton

                               Ned Manning     Noelle Janaczewska     Catherine Zimdahl


We are 7-ON. Seven minds that don’t think alike but are simpatico in this—our belief in the transformative properties of our artform and its place in Australian culture. Over 150 plays between us (and still counting)... Our work has been produced in Botswana, the US, the UK, the Czech Republic, Sweden, Hong Kong, Ireland, New Zealand, Germany, Denmark, France, Canada, Korea and Japan. Productions have been staged in Australia in just about every major theatre company in every state, and smaller theatres including Gunning Shire Hall. Over 30 awards include: best play London New Play Festival, the Adelaide Critics’ Circle Prize, the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award, the Phillip Parsons Young Playwright’s Award, the Human Rights Award for Drama, 3 Griffin Playwriting Awards, 5 Australian Writers’ Guild Awards and many more.

We have been together for over 7 years now and have collaborated on a wide variety of works.

Check out our blog spot to follow our projects together and individually:




Click on image to order your copy from Federation Press

No Nudity, Weapons or Naked Flames – Monologues by 7-ON Playwrights

This book has something for every actor, from professionals looking for a rich array of audition pieces to those studying for their HSC. For acting students there are notes designed especially for them and their instructors written by each writer to help along the way.


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Over three years, Australia's new writing theatre, Griffin Theatre Company, presented fourteen unique short plays across its mainstage seasons. These plays began with 7-ON Playwrights The Seven Needs based on Maslows’s hierarchy of Human Needs. Each ‘7’ took on a Need and it was produced for one night only, also included are The Fates and the Seasons play cycles.

This book is available by order from the 7-ON blog-spot.

Who we are…

NOËLLE JANACZEWSKA – WRITER: Noëlle Janaczewska writes plays, performance texts, lyrics & libretti, monologues, poetry, essays, gallery and on-line explorations, and radio scripts across drama and non-fiction. Her work has been performed, broadcast and published throughout Australia and overseas. The recipient of 6 AWGIE Awards, her stage plays have won the Griffin Playwriting Award, the Playbox-Asialink Playwriting Competition (Songket) and the 2006 Queensland Premier’s Literary Award (Mrs Petrov’s Shoe). Recent productions include: Random Red and Weeds Etc for ABC Radio National in 2011 and 2010 respectively, Eyewitness Blues for the BBC, and The Hannah First Collection, 1919—1949 for the Zendai Museum of Modern Art in Shanghai. Noëlle has a Creative Fellowship from Arts Queensland/University of Queensland (2012/2013), is a member of the 7-ON Playwrights group, and is developing new works for performance, radio and print media. As well as revisiting an early play from her ‘backlist’. Find out more about her work and read excerpts at http://noelle-janaczewska.com

VERITY LAUGHTON – WRITER: Verity’s work includes adult drama, a promenade community event, a musical, adaptations, plays  for  child and family audiences, as well as pieces for dance, for puppets, for  theatre of image and a ‘neutral script’. Some of her plays are The Lightkeeper (AWGIE for Community Theatre, 2004) , The Snow Queen, Burning (Griffin Prize 2001) , Carrying Light  and three productions of The Mourning After  . Verity’s radio play, Fox, for ABC Radio National won the 2004 AWGIE for Best Radio Play.  A recent production was Gondwana (Erth Physical Theatre); her most recent play is Sweet Thing (runner–up Griffin Prize, 2006/short-listed Warehouse Theatre (London’s) International Playwriting Festival. Her adaptation (for Erth Inc.) of Patricia Wrightson’s The Nargun and the Stars was featured at both the Sydney Festival and the Perth International Festival in 2009. Recent productions include The Sweetest Thing at Belvoir Downstairs and A Crate of Souls for the Adelaide College of the Arts, both in 2010.

VANESSA BATES – WRITER: Vanessa writes for theatre, radio and television. Vanessa’s plays include Every Second, The Magic Hour, Porn.Cake and Checklist for an Armed Robber. Productions include Deckchair Theatre, STC, Griffin, Malthouse Theatre, Vitalstatistix, Belvoir B-Sharp, Black Swan Theatre and theatre@risk as well as ABC Radio National’s Airplay. She is an AWGIE recipient and been shortlisted for the Griffin award (3X), Patrick White playwrights award and the Vic premiers Literary Award. She received residencies at Cite International des Arts(Paris) and Varuna. This year she is Griffin Theatre’s PWA Playwright In Residence. Her play Every Second is also selected for showcase in Washington DC by the National New Play Network. She has had several plays and monologues published as well as a narrative non-fiction book “Legs Up & Laughing”.

HILARY BELL – WRITER: Hilary writes for radio, screen and stage. Plays:  Wolf Lullaby, Memmie Le Blanc, Fortune, The Anatomy Lesson of Doctor Ruysch, The Falls, The Mysteries: Genesis (with Lally Katz), Angela’s Kitchen (assoc. writer), The White Divers of Broome, Take Up Thy Bed And Walk, Victim Sidekick Boyfriend Me and The Splinter. Radio plays: Wreckage, Love's Delightful Labours, Is It You?, The Claimant, Beautiful Hands and adaptations of Wolf Lullaby and Doctor Ruysch. Libretti: The Wedding Song (comp. Douglas Stephen Rae); Talk Show (comp. Elena Kats-Chernin); Mrs. President (comp. Victoria Bond); Faust (Phillip Johnston’s score to Murnau’s silent film). In progress is the musical Do Good And You Will Be Happy, with Phillip Johnston. Awards: Philip Parsons Young Playwrights’ Award; Jill Blewitt Playwrights’ Award; Bug’n’Bub; Aurealis; the Eric Kocher Playwrights’ Award; Inscription Award, a Helpmann and an AWGIE. Hilary is a graduate of New York's Julliard Playwrights’ Studio, AFTRS and NIDA, and was the Tennessee Williams Fellow at the University of the South, Tennessee.

NED MANNING WRITER: Ned's first play Us or Them was performed in an extended season first at the Stables Theatre for the Griffin Theatre Company in 1984, then at the Philip St Theatre and on to the Q Theatre in Penrith. It has been performed throughout Australia and has been particularly popular in schools. Kenny's Coming Home, collaboration with Shane McNamara, was performed at the Q and was subsequently recorded for radio on ABC National. Close to the Bone was written in collaboration with the Aboriginal students at the EORA Centre for Performing and Visual Arts in Redfern and toured extensively before a production by the Q Theatre. Milo premiered at the STC’s Wharf Theatre before productions at the Q Theatre, Theatre Up North in Townsville, and Theatre South, and touring to extensively. Milo has been recorded for Radio National and has had numerous other productions. Luck of the Draw was produced by the Darwin Theatre Company and then by Kooemba Jdarra in Brisbane. Other produced plays of Ned's include Not This Little Black Duck, Gods of War, The Flash Stockman Us or Them, Close to the Bone, Milo and Luck of the Draw are all published by Currency Press. Most recent work was broadcast of radio adaptation of Women of Troy in 2012. Ned has written ten scripts for Bell Shakespeare’s Actors At Work. He is currently teaching at Monash University. His book, Playground Duty was published in 2012.

DONNA ABELA  - WRITER: Donna Abela has written over 20 plays for audiences of all ages. They have been heard on radio, and performed in theatres great and small, schools, museums, youth theatres, community centres, schools of arts, town halls, and in a semi-derelict power station. Her credits include Fathom (Airplay ABC Radio), Tales From the Arabian Nights (Kim Carpenter's Theatre of Image), The Daphne Massacre  (Parramatta Riverside Theatres), Snipe (Shopfront Theatre), Quest (Pact Youth Theatre), Circus Caravan  (Jigsaw Theatre Company), Highest Mountain, Fastest River  (Salamanca Theatre Company) and One in a Million (Death Defying Theatre). Donna co-founded Powerhouse Youth Theatre in 1987, and for fifteen years, was actively involved with the company. Donna is a dramaturge, script assessor, and scriptwriting lecturer, and served on the board of Playworks National Women Performance Writers' Network from 2002 to 2007. She studied at UNSW, UTS, City Art Institute, and the NIDA Playwrights' Studio. She won the 2012 AWGIE Award for Radio (Adaptation) for Aurora’s Lament.

CATHERINE ZIMDAHL – WRITER: Catherine Zimdahl is a playwright, screenwriter and visual artist. Her plays include Gifted, Step Up Stare Down, Deviant Art for the Degenerate (film adaptation nominated for IF Best Unproduced Screenplay), A Day Too Great, HereNowThenThere, Clark in Sarajevo, Family Running For Mr Whippy, Left Breathless A Question, The Fox, A World into A Child, A Child into the World and Moonfleet. Her film credits include  Sparks and Life on Earth as I Know It.  Catherine’s plays have been produced around Australia by the Sydney Theatre Company, Melbourne Theatre Company, the Griffin Theatre Company, Windmill National Children’s Theatre and ABC Radio, amongst others. Awards include Griffin Playwriting Award, Victorian Premier’s Literary Award, New Dramatists Exchange and AACTA Awards for Best Short Film and Best Screenplay.  Catherine studied screenwriting at the Australian, Film, Television and Radio School where she was the recipient of the Qantas Travel Award graduate prize. Catherine is a member of 7-ON writers theatre, in 2012 No Nudity, Weapons or Naked Flames a book of monologues was published by Federation Press, which includes three monos by Catherine. Her feature film script The Ego Trip is currently in development. Cathrine’s visual art has featured in several recent solo and group exhibitions in Sydney in 2011 and 2012.