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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.

Artist Talks & Public Forums
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 Program
The Play Festival remains a key annual gathering of creatives and producers working with new writing from around the country.


2015 Announcement

Playwriting Australia is thrilled to announce the National Play Festival will travel to Adelaide for the first time in 2015, from 22 to 25 July at the Adelaide Festival Centre.

Head to the PWA Blog for more details

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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: Songrites @ the National Play Festival 2014 by Daniel Boud 

featured blog posts

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


NPF14: that’s a wrap!

News / NPF14: that’s a wrap!

Catch up on all the highlights from this year’s National Play Festival, held in Sydney from 12 to 15 June