Richard Frankland has a passion for live theatre and has written and performed plays on stage.
In 2002 he wrote and directed the award winning play Conversations with the Dead. In 2005 he adapted the Australian cinema classic Walkabout in conjunction with the Chamber Made Opera and it played at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image in Federation Square, Melbourne.
In 2012, Richard wrote The Brady Bunch which debuted in November 2012 at La Mama theatre in Melbourne.
The Australian Arts Council awarded Richard a fellowship to produce a new work , War of our World, and this is in the early stages of research and writing. The play will retell Australian History through an Indigenous Eye. Watch out for this in 2015.
Richard’s new play, Walking Into the Bigness, premieres at The Malthouse Theatre in Melbourne on the 1st of August 2014 until the 22rd of August 2014..
“Walking into the Bigness / tallies the experiences, losses and learnings that amount to a man. From a 12-year-old abattoir worker, to an investigator for the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody, these are Richard Frankland’s yarns exactly as he spins them – unvarnished and rich in blackfella humour.
Under the direction of Wayne Blair (The Sapphires, Redfern Now), Richard’s tales are given universal voice by a diverse cast. Acoustic melodies lift the storytelling as Richard himself accompanies on guitar. In turns moving and funny, this intimate work traverses life’s undulating terrain / on a hunt for meaning. – The Malthouse Theatre”