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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.

FREE SPEECH 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
This year playwrights are invited to bespoke sessions 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.

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Past Play Festivals


2013: Perth, Western Australia


2012: Melbourne, Victoria

2011: Western Sydney, New South Wales


Visit the Playography to explore the full list of supported plays