Max Afford Playwrights' Award

The $30,000 Max Afford Playwrights Award, offered by Perpetual in association with PWA, is an initiative of the late Thelma May Afford, whose will established a fund to offer a periodical prize in memory of her husband.

The biennial award was created “to promote interest in Australian drama and to encourage the writing of plays in Australia, to help and give incentive to young writers of plays.” For this award, young playwrights are between the ages of 18 and 40.

The award is $30,000, which includes $15,000 in prize money to the playwright and up to $15,000 towards creative development with a director, dramaturg and a cast of actors facilitated by Playwriting Australia.

The winner of the 2020 Max Afford Playwrights Award is Kirsty Marillier (VIC) for her play THE ZAP, a high intensity, schoolgirl, coming-of-age play set in Helix, a town feeling the brunt of an impending bushfire disaster. THE ZAP is a feminist, genre-bending work exploring the complexity of gender within marginalised groups.

Two playwrights were highly commended for the Award – Dylan Van Den Berg for Way Back When and Laura Lethlean for Pillow Fight.

The Max Afford Playwrights’ Award is offered by Perpetual as Trustee

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