For our nation — Dear Australia

This is a direct and urgent response to the COVID-19 crisis.

The project will be presented by Playwriting Australia working in association with 25 organisations from across Australia.

Each organisation has nominated two playwrights for commissioning. 

PWA will commission these 50 playwrights from across the nation to each write a two-minute monologue, to be performed by 50 actors. The results will be presented to a worldwide audience on our digital channels in June or July 2020.

These snapshots will be a unique account of these times – a national, creative conversation led by our playwrights.

Playwrights will address questions such as:

What is happening right now? 

What is being revealed about us?

What are we not paying attention to? 

What do we want to be to one another? 

What do we want our society to look like? 

Where do we want to go next?

What is our postcard to Dear Australia?

PWA will then work with partnering companies and individual playwrights on the casting and recording of the monologues.

The participating organisations are Australian Theatre for Young People, Barking Gecko Theatre Company, Contemporary Asian Australian Performance, Blue Cow Theatre, Brink Productions, Brown’s Mart, Griffin Theatre Company, Hothouse, Ilbijerri Theatre Company, Jute Theatre Company, La Boite Theatre Company, La Mama, Merrigong Theatre Company, Monkey Baa Theatre Company, Moogahlin Performing Arts, National Theatre of Parramatta, NORPA, PlayLab, Red Stitch, South Australian Playwrights Theatre, The Street Theatre, Terrapin Puppet Theatre, Theatreworks, Windmill Theatre Company, and Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company.

(Dear Australia is inspired by a project of the Abbey Theatre, Ireland)

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