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Published
12 August 2016

Rachael Coopes wins Helpmann Award

​​Actor and playwright Rachael Coopes (Class of 92) has won a Helpmann Award, the premier Australian accolade for achievement in live performance. Rachael won the Helpmann for Best Regional Touring Production for her play Sugarland, a story which follows the lives of five teenagers in the Northern Territory.

In researching the play, Rachael spent a total of two months working with and listening to the stories of hundreds of teenagers in Katherine, the adjoining Tindal air force base and surrounding indigenous communities.

"Sugarland gives a snapshot of what life is like for young people in remote towns such as Katherine but also other parts of Australia. I was very conscious to tell a story that was common enough and representative of being young in that part of the world but at the same time search for the universality of that experience," said Rachael.

Congratulations Rachael!

Lyndall Stewart
Acting Alumni Relations Coordinator | Class of 1989​