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David Paul Jobling: Actor/Playwright
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A survivor of childhood sexual assault, teenage sexual abuse and long term survivor of Homophobia and HIV/AIDS related discrimination and abuse, David Paul Jobling was born in Whyalla, South Australia 1961. He grows bonsai and enjoys native flora and fauna wherever he is. David is always interested in meeting people and doing new things. His creative pursuits and art activism have taken him around Australia and New Zealand.

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This is me in the ANTHILL/Sydney Theatre Company production of Moliere’s ‘The Misanthrope’ directed by Jean-Pierre Mignon (1986).

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A rare shot of me as myself taken at the 1994 Australian National
Playwrights Conference while I wasn’t looking. Just for the record I was not drinking from the can in the shot – it was being used by the person next to me. Both ‘The Grip’ and ‘out On A Night’ are available in ‘Short Performance Works by David Paul Jobling’ published by all men are equal productions.

Excerpts from: “The Torture Song Trilogy”
David Jobling & Pat Wilson.
(Song 1)


Caught a bloody virus what a thing to do.
Caught a bloody virus (ach-hoo!)
Passed it on to you, can you forgive me
ever dear for that sneeze?
Hours in the bathroom wretching deep
on our knees.

Never meant to hurt you
what more can I say?
Never meant to hurt you I adore you
help me face the day
I understand the pain you feel
mortal friend and you know
I never meant to give you anything.

Life becomes a bloody mine field
when you’re young and free
Love romantic. Wild hypnotic.
Ah love.

Caught a bloody virus
what a thing to do.
Caught a bloody virus
then I went and passed it on to you
seroconverting HIV
fools for love
I’m sorry darling – never meant
you harm.

1996© David Jobling

Coordinator & Tutor of HIV+ Gay Mens’ Workshop, PRIDE Sydney Gay & Lesbian Community Centre
Writer, director, producer, “With Love” (short video, Celluloid Salon Screening 1996) All Men Are Equal Productions
Tutor, Introduction to writing for CD Rom, “INTERACTIVITY,” NSW Writers’ Centre
Writer-in-community residency, Darwin Gay & Lesbian Society/Brown’s Mart Theatre
Tutor, Improvisation, Play Building, Advanced Class Acting, Darlinghurst Theatre
Project Manager & Director, develop an original one-woman play, South Australian Youth Arts Board
Project Coordinator (Designer/Mentor), to create a unique promotion campaign for new South Australian theatre, South Australian Youth Arts Board & Department for Arts & Cultural Heritage
Writer/PLWHA Representative, National Steering Committee World AIDS Day, Commonwealth Department of Health
Community Artist, writing and self-expression workshops for young people affected by HIV/AIDS and their families, Prospect City Council, Community Arts Workshop
Tutor, refresher courses for Primary school teachers in Drama, SA Drama Teachers Association
Tutor, Gay Youth Theatre Workshops at Port Youth Theatre
Tutor, ENGLISH WEEK drama classes on play building, Mary McKillop College (SA)
Tutor “Play building and Theatre Production” Adelaide Festival Fringe Youth Education Program (YEP)
As a Community Writer/Artist:
“Filling In” (1998, cLUB bENT, The Performance Space)
“Cum See Cum Sour” (1997, Performance Positive, PRIDE)
‘HIV on the Internet’ (1997, Sydney Star Observer)
“My Life As An Equation” (1997, with Peter McGill, Performance Positive)
“Judy Judy Judy” (1996 –, an ongoing interactive script on the internet, INK MAG)
“Torch Song Tragedy” (1996, music by Pat Wilson, Performance Positive & Keeping It Up Treatments Workshops)
“Breakfast” (1995, The Famous Reporter literary biannual #14; performed at Off The Page National Short Play Competition, finalist, Australian National Playwrights Conference)
“The Grip” (1993. DC Peacock Productions, Adelaide Festival Centre Trust Brave New Works ’93, Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras Festival ’94)
“Hairy Dyke and Useless Poofter Out on a night” & ‘Open Line’ (1993, UpFront Theatre, SA Writers’ Centre New Works Performed)
“Grown-Up’s Playroom” (1993, Adelaide Festival, Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras Festival! ‘94)
“A Positive Attitude” (1992, Video Documentary, The Positive Living Centre SA)
“The Bridge” (1991, Street Theatre, Darwin Gay & Lesbian Society community production)
“Hello Immovable Valour” (1991, radio play, 8Top FM Darwin)
“Kick off” (1989, IBM in house)
“Little Big Black Dog” (1987, Browns Lane Theatre)
“Onkaparinga” (1986, DT2 Theatre, Brown’s Lane Theatre)
“Ssh! Unicorn” (1985, DT2 Theatre & Griffin Theatre Company & Umbrella Theatre)
“Puppy Love” (1985, by Bruce Keller with David Paul Jobling; ANTHILL Theatre & National tour)
“The Last Unicorn” (1982, Adelaide Theatre Group).

Feature Articles:
“Creating Positive Culture”,”Discriminating Evidence”, ‘A Short Play by David Jobling’ Talkabout Magazine
“Jones=Art” Burn Magazine feature
“Tales From The Backroom #7” Man2Man Gay Men’s Health Project. Creative prose for adults concerning positive sexual practise and erotica, Sydney Star Observer/ACON.

Performance Material and Dramaturgy for:
South Sydney Area Health service
National People Living With HIV/AIDS Conference
2nd National Bisexuals Conference
New Theatre; PRIDE Centre
Queerstage Digest

For further information see:
‘A Guide to Gay & Lesbian Writing in Australia’ by Michael Hurley (Allen & Unwin)
‘Australian Gay & Lesbian Plays’ edited by Bruce Parr, ref: Introduction, (Currency Press).

David Jobling’s work includes:

1. Last Unicorn (1982)
2. Puppy Love (with Bruce Keller) (1985)
3. Ssh! Unicorn (1986)
4. Onkaparinga River (1986)
5. Little Big Black Dog (1987)
6. Mortal Coils (1994)
7. Joint programme of ‘The Grip’ (1992) and ‘Grownup’s Playroom’ (1993)
8. Breakfast (published in the Famous Reporter) 1996
9. Short Stories: ‘In the tiny room’, ‘Liquid Pink’, ‘Life Chip’, ‘Youth’, ‘New Book of
Job’ (1996)

See also David’s poetry.


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