We’re bursting at the seams with the range of programs we’re offering. As the national company charged with developing new writing for the stage, our job is simple –to ensure there are more astonishing new plays in Australian theatres; to ensure those plays are always extraordinary; and to ensure the range of those writers is as wide as possible to reflect the Australia we live in. No small task.
This is our biggest year yet. More programs than ever before. More opportunities for playwrights to develop their work with us. More workshops. More readings. More writers doing what they do better than any of us –imagining and shaping new worlds.
At the core of Playwriting Australia’s work is a fervent commitment to extending the craft of writing plays. How do we match the bravery of our biggest and boldest ideas with the skills needed to make those plays unignorable? Our range of creative development work extends this year to include one-on-one dramaturgical support, and Rapid Fire bursts of activity around your new play.
Following our most successful National Play Festival yet in Sydney last year, in July we decamp to Adelaide to revel in all that’s magical about writing for the stage, stacked with incendiary new plays and inspiring conversations.
Playwriting Australia has long been recognised as an incubator of the very best new talent, and we seek out and celebrate writers of exceptional promise from every region, culture and background we can find. In 2015, we present readings of new Asian Australian plays in three cities and launch a unique retreat for our leading Indigenous playwrights.
In Melbourne we’ll be working with a group of mid-career artists to hone and extend their dramaturgy skills, and we’ll be searching nationally for the country’s hottest emerging directors to participate in our Directors’ Studio.
And, as if that weren’t enough, we end the year with the Chain Play, a raucous and magnificent celebration of playwriting. We invite a cohort of twenty phenomenal writers to contribute one scene each to a brand new play.
There’s something magical underpinning our expanded program –it’s a belief and assertion that new plays change the way we think about our lives.
I hope you’ll join us throughout the year.
Start Exploring the 2015 Program Brochure on ISSUU