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the chain play

One of our most ambitious projects to date – the Chain Play is a celebrity fundraising gala crammed full of what Playwriting Australia does best; filling stages with the greatest Australian voices.

20 of Australia’s most exciting and celebrated playwrights will join forces to create the inaugural PWA Chain Play. Each have been asked to write a scene of a brand new play upon completion of which they will pass it on to the next playwright to take forward in their own unique style.

The Chain Play will be performed in a one-off gala performance by the cream of Australian actors. It promises to be a raucous night of humour, surprise and imagination.

The Chain Play is the centrepiece of PWA’s fundraising gala and will be followed by a back-stage party with the writers, actors and creatives.

2015 Chain Play writers
Angela Betzien, Jane Bodie, Andrew Bovell, Mary Rachel Brown, Angus Cerini, Declan Greene, Lally Katz, Phil Kavanagh, Michele Lee, Nakkiah Lui, Suzie Miller, David Milroy, Ross Mueller, Kate Mulvany, Tommy Murphy, Joanna Murray-Smith, Lachlan Philpott, Hannie Rayson, John Romeril and David Williamson.

Director   Tim Roseman
Dramaturg Iain Sinclair
Assistant Director Rachel Chant
Starring    Roy Billing, Luke Carroll, Jeanette Cronin, Ashleigh Cummings, Guy Edmonds, Harry Greenwood, Haiha Le, Claire Lovering, Mandy McElhinney, Damien Ryan, Harry Tseng, Sara West.

Chain Play  Artistic Director of Playwriting Australia, Tim Roseman, joins Michael Cathcart on RN Books and Arts alongside participating playwright Jane Bodie to discuss The Chain Play.Listen to the podcast here

Event info

This event is now over.

19 November 2015, 7pm

Bangarra Theatre
Pier 4, 15 Hickson Road
Walsh Bay
(underneath Sydney Theatre Company)

$200 (show, party & $100 tax-deductible donation)


Time:             The reading begins at 7pm. Doors open 6.45pm
General Admission – no numbered tickets
Duration:    The reading is approx 100 minutes including interval.
Party:             The post-reading party will wrap up at 11pm


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Where applicable, tickets include GST
Ticket confirmation will be sent by email. Tickets will be sent by email.


Get involved

For any questions, contact our Philanthropy Manager Amelia Morgan-Hunn by email or phone 02 8274 0902 and find out how to sponsor a scene of the play, sponsor an actor’s part or or sponsor the event at large.


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