When the National Rugby League thought they could jettison the Rabbitohs to streamline their competition they were in for a shock. South Sydney, a proud club that had won more premierships than any other, wouldn't lie down. This play is a verbatim piece about the battle to overturn the decision. Based on extensive interviews with both public faces of the campaign and grassroots supporters. This is a story of passion and politics that goes beyond football. For when South Sydney came out fighting they showed the importance of community and the power of momentum. Their battle through the courts, and in the streets of Sydney, captured the imagination of the wider population as they successfully fought to regain the right to play league football at the top level. (3 Acts, 6 male, 4 female).
Alana Valentine's writing has been awarded the 2004 Queensland Premier's Award for best Drama Script, 2003 NSW Writer's Fellowship, the 2002 Rodney Seaborn Playwrights' Award and an International Writing Fellowship at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre in London. She has also received a 2001 commendation for the Louis Esson Prize, a 1999 AWGIE Award, a residency at the Banff Playwrights' Conference in Canada, the ANPC/New Dramatists Award in NYC, a Churchill Fellowship for England and Ireland and a NSW Premier's Award. In 2012 she won the prestigious STAGE Award for Ear to the Edge of Time. Her stage plays include Butterfly Dandy, Covenant, The Prospectors, Run Rabbit Run, Titania's Boy, Savage Grace, Row of Tents, The Conjurers, Ozone, Spool Time and Swimming the Globe. Alana has written numerous award winning radio plays as well as episodes of the television series McLeod's Daughters and Fat Tuesday.