“This Rose Has Thorns” wins award in Australia

The company that produced my play THIS ROSE HAS THORNS in Melbourne, Australia in April 2018 has won an award for the show. BustCo — aka, the Burwood Student Theatre Company at Deakin University — won an Adjudicator’s Award from the Victorian Drama League, the theatre association for the state of Victoria. The award was given out on Dec. 1. It was the first time BustCo has entered the competition. I’m told that the talk at the table afterwards was “we’ve got to tell Dwayne!” So they messaged me while the banquet continued. It was 3:30 a.m. on the east coast of North America but I was up late writing so got the word right away. Congrats, mates! Here’s video of the moment the BustCo attendees found out they won. More photos below.

Director John Jennings, at left, and some of the cast and crew from THIS ROSE HAS THORNS. Photo by BustCo.

The award. Photo by Bianca Heard.

The scene at the banquet. Photo by BustCo.

The program. Photo by BustCo.

Here are some of the contenders. Photo by Bianca Heard.

And here are the others. Photo by Bianca Heard.

More on THIS ROSE HAS THORNS:

* Backstage photos.

* Review: Shakespeare Oz likes “This Rose Has Thorns”

* Photos from the show

* Meet the cast and crew

* Rehearsal photos

* Photos from first read-through

* New poster for THIS ROSE HAS THORNS

* First round of posters

* Cast list for the show

* Amazing audition poster

* First international production of a full-length script announced

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