Top: The Riders, Victorian Opera/Malthouse Theatre 2014
Bottom: Mayakosvky, Sydney Chamber Opera, Carriageworks 2014
Alison's theatre writing includes several opera libretti. In 2014 three operas were performed: Mayakovsky, score by Michael Smetanin (Sydney Chamber Opera), The Riders, score by Iain Grandage (Victorian Opera/Malthouse Theatre) and Flood, score by Gerardo Dirie (Queensland Conservatorium of Griffith University, Brisbane Festival). The Riders and Mayakovsky played to sell-out houses, and The Riders was nominated for four Green Room Awards and was named Choral/Vocal Work of the Year in the 2015 Art Music Awards. It won Best New Australian Opera and Barry Ryan won Best Male Lead. The libretto for Mayakovsky was shortlisted for the Drama prize in the 2015 Victorian Premier's Literary Awards.
Also with Michael Smetanin, she wrote Gauguin (Chamber Made Opera, Melbourne Festival 2000) and The Burrow (WA Opera/Song Company, Perth Festival, Sydney, 1994; Chamber Made Opera, Melbourne 1995; and broadcast by ABC Radio). Her performed plays include Lenz (Mene Mene Theatre Company, Melbourne Festival 1996), Samarkand and The Famine (Rules of Thumb season, Red Shed Company, Adelaide 1997 and ABC Radio 1998), Blue (CIA, La Mama, Melbourne and the Street Theatre, Canberra, 2001). ABC Radio commissions include Monologues for an Apocalypse (2001) and Specula (2006). She also wrote lyrics (music by Alan John) for Confidentially Yours (Playbox Theatre 1998, Hong Kong Festival 1999). she co-wrote a music theatre work for young adults, Night Songs, with her husband Daniel Keene and composer Andreé Greenwell for Bell Shakespeare's Mind's Eye.
In 2015 she was invited by the Centre National des Écritures du Spectacle, as part of the Odyssée-ACCR Program in the French Ministry of Culture and Communication, for a month long residency at La Chartreuse de Villeneuve lez Avignon.