For the first time in 2015, the National Play Festival took place in Adelaide, offering local and national audiences the chance to celebrate some of the country’s best new writing for the stage, and be inspired by leading playwrights and theatre artists.
Over four days, from 22 – 25 July at the Adelaide Festival Centre, the National Play Festival saw more than 1500 people attend an exclusive program of new play readings, thought-provoking discussions, writers-only events and industry forum sessions. A feast for anyone with an interest in local stories and storytelling for the stage!
Catch up on the many highlights, behind-the-scenes and other exclusive content below or revisit our #NPF15 Twitter stream.
|In a deeply personal and poetic keynote address, internationally acclaimed playwright Joanna Murray-Smith called for Australian artists to stand up and be counted.|
We were thrilled to host the launch of the #CreateDiversity Pledge, an initiative of the Equity Diversity Committee encouraging TV, film and theatre writers to put a statement alongside their character briefs to promote more diverse casting.
Read this interview with Pearl Tan, Co-Chair of Equity Diversity Committee to know more.
Homegrown, our South Australian emerging playwrights showcase was a definite highlight of this year’s Play Festival. Playwrights Ben Brooker, Elena Carapetis, Sophia Simmons and Emily Steel offered us a subtle and colourful palette of new plays, directed by Jon Halpin with dramaturgy by Nicki Bloom.
We invite you to meet Ben Brooker and Elena Carapetis in this interview with Adelaide Matters.
Videos & Podcasts
|Our friends at AustralianPlays.org created a special behind-the-scenes look into the Play Festival, featuring interviews with the participating playwrights and directors. Literary Manager Tom Healey explores the relationship between the writer and their creative team.
Watch all the video interviews online: http://australianplays.org/npf
|Podcasts from the Artist Talks series are now available via SoundCloud.
Hear Adelaide theatre leaders Rob Brookman, Andrew Bovell, Murray Bramwell, Elena Carapetis and Jane Howard discuss the city’s cultural landscape and listen to our festival playwrights speak about what inspired their play in a discussion with Tim Roseman.
Interviews & Articles
|The National Play Festival Media Room is your first destination to accessing exclusive articles and playwright interviews.
|Adelaide theatre critic Jane Howard offers a personal overview of this year’s event and the state of playwriting in Australia. A must read blog piece!|