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Playwriting Australia is thrilled to support Australian playwrights featured at Mexico’s DramaFest in 2014

Mexico’s annual DramaFest is a national event promoting participation in theatre, through a plays showcase, readings and workshops led by Mexican and international writers.

In 2014, DramaFest will feature an extensive Australian program and the festival organisers have invited high calibre Australian artists to participate in the event. With the assistance of the Australia Council for the Arts, Playwriting Australia is able to support acclaimed playwrights Joanna Murray-Smith and Stephen Sewell to travel to Mexico in August 2014.

Stephen and Joanna will join fellow Australian theatre artists playwright Lally Katz and Malthouse Theatre‘s Artistic Director Marion Potts in presenting a wonderful and diverse Aussie program of productions, readings and workshops presented in Mexico City and Cuernavaca City.

For the past 10 years, DramaFest has curated a specific international focus for each event. Previous collaborations have seen artists from include UK, Germany, the USA, Spain, Argentina, Chile and Finland present their work at the festival as well as lead skills development workshops for local artists.


DramaFest 2014 Australian Program

In production

Rapture by Joanna Murray-Smith
Directed by Aurora Cano
5 – 28 August (Mexico City), 6 September (Cuernavaca City)

Latitud by Verónica Musalem
Directed by Marion Potts
5 – 31 August (Mexico City), 7 September (Cuernavaca City)

Stories I want to tell you in person by Lally Katz
Directed by Anne Louise-Sarks
25 August (Mexico City), 5 September (Cuernavaca City)

Play readings

It just stopped by Stephen Sewell
11 August (Mexico City), 3 September (Cuernavaca City)

8 Gigabytes of Hardcore Pornography by Declan Greene
18 August (Mexico City), 4 September (Cuernavaca City)

Playwriting workshops

Playwriting workshop with Stephen Sewell and Lally Katz
25-29 August (Mexico City), 1-5 September (Cuernavaca City)


Meet the playwrights


Joanna Murray-Smith’s plays have been performed around the world and translated into dozens of languages, including True Minds, Fury, Day One A Hotel Evening, Songs for Nobodies, Ninety, Redemption, Rockabye, Nightfall and Love Child amongst others. Several of her plays have appeared on Broadway, at the Royal National Theatre and on the West End, including Honour, The Female of the Species (nominated for an Olivier), Bombshells and her acclaimed adaptation for Trevor Nunn of Scenes From A Marriage. Rapture, Honour and The Gift have allwon Premier’s Literary Awards.

Joanna was awarded the Commonwealth Medal for Services to Playwriting and has been nominated for many prizes. She was a 2014 finalist for the prestigious international Susan J. Blackburn Award for her next play, Switzerland.


Stephen Sewell

Stephen Sewell is a highly acclaimed Australian playwright, novelist and screenwriter. He is the recipient of numerous awards – including the prestigious Australian National Playwrights’ Centre Award for Significant Contribution to Australian Theatre.

Stephen’s work includes his AFI award- winning script The Boys
and plays such as The Blind Giant is Dancing, The Secret Death of Salvador Dali and Myth, Propaganda and Disaster in Nazi Germany and Contemporary America.

Myth, Propaganda and Disaster… has garnered a swag of critical awards, including the 2004 Green Room Award, both the New South Wales and Victoria Premier’s Literary Awards 2004 and the 2004 AWGIE for stage play. It received its London premiere at the Orange Tree Theatre in 2004 to rave reviews, and had a sell-out production in Germany in 2005 and in Scandinavia in 2005-6.

Three Furies which Stephen wrote for director Jim Sharman premiered to enormous acclaim at the 2005 Sydney Festival, before transferring in 2006 to successful seasons for the Adelaide, Perth and Auckland Arts Festivals. Stephen’s play It Just Stopped a comedy set at the end of the world and directed by Neil Armfield, premiered to sell out houses at Company B Belvoir and Malthouse Theatre in 2006. Stephen’s play The Gates of Egypt was another box office success for Company B Belvoir in 2007.

Sewell was appointed Head of Writing at the National Institute of Dramatic Art in 2012. He was on the Board of Directors of Playwriting Australia from 2008 – 2012.


This project was made possible by the generous support of by the Australia Council for the Arts, the Australian Government’s arts funding and advisory body and Malthouse Theatre.

Australia Council


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