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Announcing the projects supported through the  inugural PWA Lab

As part of the very first round of PWA Lab development workshops, Playwriting Australia is proud to support two collaborative ventures between artists exploring non-traditional forms of theatre.

The PWA Lab is a new workshop opportunity encouraging artists to examine the possibilities of including playwrights in innovative processes, aiming to bring the unique skills of a writer to an ever-widening theatre-making practice.

We received more than 30 applications for this new opportunity, with a broad range of artists and projects demonstrating the vibrancy of cross-artform collaborations in the sector.

Our Artistic Director Tim Roseman met with the selection panellists Kate Champion, Artistic Director of Force Majeure and Jeff Khan, Artistic Director of Performance Space to choose two projects for the 2014 PWA Lab. The two selected teams will be given a week-long development workshop to  experiment with their idea and access dramaturgical support from the PWA artistic team.

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Supported projects 2014

Creative team: Melissa Lee Speyer, Grant Moxom & Felicity Nicol

A comparative investigation between Orwell’s world of 1984 and our own. Seven uninitiated audience members become the subjects of Orwell’s world, directed via pre-recorded, synchronised instructions delivered by their mobile phones (using a re-purposed call-centre system). The event is watched by a seated audience. Project ’84-Part One received an inaugural Setting the Stages award from Crack Theatre Festival in Newcastle.

Melissa Lee Speyer (Writer/Devisor) graduated fromNIDA’s playwriting course in 2011.Her NIDA graduation play,Seekers,received a Highly Commended mention in the Di Cranston Script Award from the Fellowship of Australian Writers. Her other writing credits include Machine, a devised creative development for Old 505 Theatre’s Freshworks Program and her first full-length play, TickTickBoom. Melissa received an Artstart grant from the Australia Council in 2012.

Grant Moxom (Devisor/Technical designer) is an artist working at the intersection of media and live performance. He has collaborated with a number of companies and individuals as a media and performing artist including dLux Media Arts, Shopfront, Blast Theory [UK], PACT and Belvoir.

Felicity Nicol (Devisor) has directed and dramaturged contemporary Australian and German work, and devised multi-disciplined physical theatre for the Adelaide and Sydney Fringe Festival, receiving critical acclaim and an award nomination for Best New Theatre. In 2013 she collaborated with The Border Project and Ontroerend Goed on their most recent interactive devised work, Fight Night.  Felicity is the current Artistic Director of Ashfield Youth Theatre.


Creative team: post & Patricia Cornelius

Looking at three lives, over the passing of ten years. Using themselves as their subject, Births, Deaths and Marriages goes through recorded conversations to investigate what it is to come into adulthood. Examining the ways in which lives can intersect, the ways our life choices define our values, our similarities and our differences.

Patricia Cornelius (Playwright) is an award-winning playwright who has written over 20 plays, including Slut, The Call, Good, Do Not Go Gentle…, Boy Overboard, Cunning, Love, Jack’s Daughters, Opa – a sexual odyssey, Max, Platform, Lilly and May and Hog’s Hairs and Leeches. Fever and Who’s Afraid of the Working Class? were written in collaboration with Andrew Bovell, Melissa Reeves, Christos Tsiolkas and Irine Vela. Patricia’s many awards include numerous AWGIEs, including a GOLD Awgie, a Green Room Award, the Jill Blewett Award and a Patrick White Playwrights’ Award. Her first novel, My Sister Jill, was published by Random House in 2002. Patricia is a founding member of Melbourne Workers’ Theatre.

Natalie Rose (Devisor) is a theatre-maker and one third of the collective POST. Her work has been seen at FUNPARK and Belvoir for Sydney Festival 2014, Sydney Theatre Company, PACT centre for emerging artists, Arts House, Brisbane Festival and Next Wave Festival. She has worked extensively with young people for the past fourteen years at Shopfront, Bankstown Youth Development Services, Urban Theatre Projects and in the UK. She is currently working on a interactive children’s work supported by Blacktown Arts Centre.

Mish Grigor (Devisor) is one-third of the collective POST. Their most recent work Oedipus Schmoedipus, was a joint commission from Belvoir and Sydney Festival, supported by Performance Space, Artshouse and Bundanon. Their previous work Who’s The Best? was commissioned by the Sydney Theatre Company and toured nationally through Performing Lines’ initiative ‘Mobile States’. In 2010 Everything I Know About The Global Financial Crisis In One Hour was jointly commissioned by Belvoir and Version 1.0. In 2014 Mish is presenting Man O Man at Arts House for FOLA. The work will be presented at Vital Statistix in Adelaide in November.

Zoe Coombs Marr (Devisor) is a writer, performer, theatre maker and Co-Director of Imperial Panda and Cab Sav. She has performed solo in Sydney, Melbourne and New York. Her first show And That Was The Summer That Changed My Life debuted at Next Wave in 2010 and was nominated for the MICF Best Newcomer. She won the Phillip Parsons Playwright Award in 2011. She co-wrote and co-directed POST’s Oedipus Schmoedipus for Sydney Festival 2014 and her new solo work Is this thing on? will premiere at Belvoir in late 2014.


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