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Playwright Angus Cerini on how theatre saved him, and examining Australian masculinity in Wonnangatta, The Bleeding Tree – ABC News

The Australian writer has two plays in three states this year — including one starring Hugo Weaving. But the path to the main-stage has not been easy.

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The year 1996 was one of those ‘best of times, worst of times’ for Angus Cerini. In perhaps its defining moment, he was beaten up on a train by a group of young men after intervening when they harassed a couple of older women.
A first-year creative arts student at Melbourne University, he’d stopped smoking weed in order to get his head together to play a war criminal in a Student Union production of Daniel Keene’s Because You Are Mine, about the civil war and ethnic cleansing in former Yugoslavia…

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