Author(s): Louis Nowra
Radiance, is an exuberant black sabbath for three great Indigenous dames. Cressy, Nora and Mae are half-sisters with little in common except the ghosts of their childhood. They gather, in the tropical Queensland landscape, for Mum's funeral. These three sisters are a force of nature, and they haven't been in the same room for many, many years. It isn't long before that old house can't contain the joy and pain of them all being together again ...
Louis Nowra was born in Melbourne. His plays include Page 8 (with David Page), The Woman With Dog's Eyes, The Marvellous Boy, The Emperor of Sydney, Inner Voices, Visions, Inside The Island, The Precious Woman, Sunrise, The Golden Age, Capricornia, Byzantine Flowers, The Watchtower, Summer of the Aliens, Cosi, Radiance, The Temple, Crow, Miss Bosnia, The Incorruptible, The Jungle and The Language of the Gods. He has translated The Prince of Homburg, Cyrano de Bergerac and Lulu for the stage. He has also written the libretti for Whitsunday and Love Burns. For television he has written Displaced Persons, Hunger and The Lizard King and for film Map of the Human Heart, Cosi, Heaven's Burning, Radiance, K-19: The Widowmaker and Black and White. His radio plays include Albert Names Edward, The Song Room, The Widows, Sydney and The Divine Hammer. Other writings include nonfiction works The Cheated, Warne's World and Walkabout (in Currency's Australian Screen Classics series); four novels The Misery of Beauty, Palu, Red Nights and Abaza; and two memoirs, The Twelfth of Never and Shooting the Moon. Nowra has won multiple awards and prizes, and lives in Sydney.