For Landmark Works – Ignition

Ignition sets out to enhance the ambition and diversity of Australian playwriting through the substantial commissioning and development of landmark works in partnership with producing companies.

In 2020, PWA has commissioned and supported seven major new works. Each work will then be developed in partnership with companies, ahead of a prospective production. This close relationship with producing companies is also a long term goal of the new entity we are envisioning with Australian Plays.

PWA will provide each of the seven playwrights with a commissioning fee of $16,000 as well as a development/living stipend of $9,000 to help ‘buy time’ in the creative development phase. Partner companies will make additional significant investment in creative development.

The seven works and collaborations are:

Big Name, No Blankets by Ursula Yovich and Anyupa Napangarti Butcher, with Sammy Butcher and Kumanjayi Butcher, is a work with live music telling the story of the iconic, much-loved Warumpi Band. Creative development is with Ilbijerri Theatre Company.

The Market by Elena Carapetis is a large-scale immersive experience, part concert, part ritual and part food safari, based on the true histories of the stall owners of Adelaide Central Markets. Creative development is with State Theatre Company South Australia.

Black Summer by Campion Decent builds on Decent’s 2003 verbatim play Embers and examines how the public conversation around large scale bushfires has grown from a matter of regional concern to an issue of national and global significance. Creative development is with HotHouse Theatre.

The Coconut Children by Vivian Pham is a stage adaptation of Pham’s debut novel of the same name, a teenage love story set in the vertigo of 1990’s Cabramatta. Creative development is with Belvoir.

Going Home by Kirli Saunders is a story told in two parts, across two timelines and two First Nations lands in the regional communities of the south coast of NSW. Creative development is with Merrigong Theatre Company.

I Am Always With You by Emele Ugavule tells the story of three cousins who we meet on the 99th day of mourning for the passing of their Bubu (grandmother) and discover the creatures of Fijian spiritual and aqua life. Creative development is with Monkey Baa Theatre Company.

Mudskipper by Walter Waia and John Harvey is a play that traverses love, loss and longing for home, when a man collapses and begins to speak threads of his forbidden language Kala Lagaw Ya from Saibai Island in the Torres Strait. Creative development is with Queensland Theatre.

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