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A Thoroughly Wet Mess / ABC RN / 2015

Posted on Jun 8, 2015
A Thoroughly Wet Mess / ABC RN / 2015

A Thoroughly Wet Mess is a quick-witted radio serial set on the high seas. Based on the unsolved mystery of the Mary Celeste, this eight-part series features the talents of Toby Truslove (Utopia, The Strange Calls), Tina Bursill (Neighbours, The Moodys) and Mark Lee (Gallipoli, Packed to the Rafters). Aden wrote and directed the eight-part […]

Rhyming the Dead / Red Room / 2015

Posted on May 10, 2015
Rhyming the Dead / Red Room / 2015

Rhyming the Dead is a Red Room radio series that commissioned 10 writers to create and perform new work inspired by a dead poet of their choosing. For this project Aden produced three poems after Australian poet John Forbes: ‘Emerald City’, ‘Damaged Glamour’ and ‘Last Drinks’. Episodes were broadcast through the Community Radio Network.

Like a Writing Desk / ABC RN / 2014

Posted on Jan 23, 2014
Like a Writing Desk / ABC RN / 2014

Like a Writing Desk is a dark comedy about the power of myth and the failure of ego. It’s also about crows. And ravens. Written and co-directed by Aden, this radio mockumentary features the talents of Marcus Graham (Home and Away, Mulholland Drive), Zoe Carides (Mystery Road, Not Suitable for Children) and Mitchell Butel (South […]

New Work – Emerging Writers grant / Australia Council for the Arts / 2013

Posted on Aug 5, 2012
New Work – Emerging Writers grant / Australia Council for the Arts / 2013

Aden was recently awarded an Australia Council grant to write a new comedy work for radio, ‘A Thoroughly Wet Mess’, in 2013. Dealing with the unsolved mystery of the Mary Celeste – the archetypal ghost ship – the final work will be a production-ready script for a one-hour radioplay. The Literature Board selected Aden’s project […]

Dying Words / ABC Radio National / 2008

Posted on Feb 28, 2012
Dying Words / ABC Radio National / 2008

“Dying Words” was a radioplay commissioned by ABC Radio National, and was first broadcast on Airplay in 2008. The work is a black comedy about Max Predesh and his publishing house, Dying Words, which specialises in the niche area of last gasps. As Max tries to convince a client of the merits of euthanasia, we […]

Meet Me at the End / Briohny Doyle / Dramaturge / 2009

Posted on Jan 22, 2012
Meet Me at the End / Briohny Doyle / Dramaturge / 2009

Aden was dramaturge for Briohny Doyle’s apocalyptic monologue, “Meet Me at the End”. Doyle premiered the work in the Campbell Arcade at the 2009 Melbourne Fringe Festival, and later staged it in The Lock-up (the old Newcastle Police Station) for Critical Animals 2010.

The Night Air / ABC Radio National / 2006–2007

Posted on Jan 16, 2012
The Night Air / ABC Radio National / 2006–2007

From 2006 to 2007, Aden completed a radio production internship with the Radio Arts department of ABC Radio National. The internship culminated in a full-length, library-themed episode of “The Night Air”, co-produced with Ella O’Keefe, Lawrence Champness and John Jacobs. For this, Aden adapted the Walter Benjamin essay “Unpacking My Library”. Aden also produced segments […]

Diamond Eye / Out of the Blue / 2003

Posted on Jan 10, 2012
Diamond Eye / Out of the Blue / 2003

Aden wrote the book* for “Diamond Eye”, a musical conceived by David Hollywood, with music and lyrics by Aidan Roberts and Liam Judson. Created by Out of the Blue for Railway Street Theatre Company, “Diamond Eye” is a romantic musical comedy set in a department store, an intimate production first staged at the Q Theatre […]

The Other Ones / Mountains Youth Theatre / 2001

Posted on Jan 8, 2012
The Other Ones / Mountains Youth Theatre / 2001

Aden’s first full-length theatre work, “The Other Ones” was staged by Mountains Youth Theatre at the Q Theatre in Penrith in 2001. A comedic ensemble piece, “The Other Ones” took a tongue in cheek approach to popularity and perception in high school.

Young Playwrights’ Award / Sydney Theatre Company / 2000

Posted on Jan 6, 2012
Young Playwrights’ Award / Sydney Theatre Company / 2000

Aden’s first foray into performance writing earned him the Sydney Theatre Company Young Playwrights’ Award for “The Job”, a one-act satire of the gangster genre, set in a public urinal. “The Job” was staged at The Wharf by director Benedict Andrews, featuring Bruce Spence and Arky Michael, with dramaturgy by Adam Macaulay.