COUNTING AND CRACKING WINS AUSTRALIA’S RICHEST LITERARY AWARD Source: LimeLight Shakthidharan’s Counting and Cracking, an epic play encompassing four generations of a Sri Lankan family, has received Australia’s richest literary award, the $100,000 Victorian Prize for Literature, at this year’s Victorian Premier’s Literary Award. Shared with associate writer Eamon Flack, who also directed the acclaimed production for Belvoir and Co-Curious, the pair also took home the $25,000 Prize for Drama. It marks only the second time a play has received both awards after Leah Purcell’s double win in 2017 for The Drover’s Wife. S. Shakthidharan and Eamon Flack. Photograph © Ken Leanfore “Counting and Cracking is a play of great scope and sweep – taking place as it does over several international locations and time periods, folding in a nation’s rawest wounds and crises – that also manages to speak intimately of the ties that bind people within and between cultures. Highly ...

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  Counting & Cracking- A cracker of a play – By Raj Gonsalkorale   Counting and Cracking made through ongoing collaboration between Belvoir and Co-Curious, and S. Shakthidharan and Eamon Flack – across writing, producing and direction was indeed a cracker of a play. It was brilliantly acted, tightly and yet meaningfully directed, and above all, the pathos that befell Sri Lanka in July 1983 depicted as the tragedy it was for the entire country. Politically speaking, the greatest tragedy was the active complicity of the then government in that dark episode. Many may not recall that the President and head of the government and head of the cabinet did not appear on TV to appeal for calm for nearly a week after the outbreak of violence, that many within the Police and Armed forces had been given orders to virtually look away when Tamil shops and homes were being burnt and human ...

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