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national play festival

Promoting the finest new Australian writing

A celebration of richness and imagination, the National Play Festival is a glorious palette of new Australian stories. Curated from work developed through Playwriting Australia’s core programs, the Play Festival is an explosion of unseen invention for industry and audiences.

Over four days we present public readings of a selection of the most dynamic new plays in Australia from our leading artists and freshest new voices.

Public Talks
We ignite the National Play Festival with a provocative exploration of the purpose of art in our wider society and the role of the writer in inventing new lenses to view the world.

Playwrights’ Program
We invite playwrights to masterclasses and gatherings to discover new frontiers in craft and ambition.

Industry Forum
The Play Festival remains a key annual gathering of creatives and producers working with new writing from around the country.


#NPF15 Save the Date

Playwriting Australia is thrilled to announce the National Play Festival will travel to Adelaide for the first time in 2015, presented in association with the Adelaide Festival Centre, the State Theatre Company of South Australia and Flinders University.

Read the Full Announcement here

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Past Play Festivals


National Play Festival 2014

2014: Sydney, New South Wales



2013: Perth, Western Australia


2012: Melbourne, Victoria

2011: Western Sydney, New South Wales

Visit the Playography to explore the full list of supported plays


Photo credit: Reading of Mortido by Angela Betzien at the National Play Festival 2014. Photo Stephen Godfrey

featured blog posts

national play festival 2015: adelaide

News / national play festival 2015: adelaide

BIG announcement: the eighth annual National Play Festival will be hosted in Adelaide for the first time


Andrew Bovell’s Keynote Address

News / Andrew Bovell’s Keynote Address

See the full transcript of Andrew Bovell’s landmark Keynote Address for the opening of the 2014 National Play Festival, a call to action to Australia’s theatre-makers