Queer Playwriting Award

Image credit: Suzanne Balding (New Wave by Margot Morales Tanjutco, QPAS 2020)

Queer Playwriting Award

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Applications for the 2021 Queer Playwriting Award have now closed, please contact Marisa at Gasworks Arts Park with any questions - [email protected]

 

Presented by Gasworks Arts Park in association with Midsumma Festival.

The annual Queer Playwriting Award (previously Playtime Staged Readings), a collaboration between Gasworks Arts Park and Midsumma Festival, is part of the Midsumma Presents Program. 

This development program aims to identify, support and develop new playwriting talent and get queer issues out there for mainstream audiences to consider and enjoy. The LGBTQIA+ community is diverse, exciting and full of stories and ideas that deserve to be heard on the stages of performing arts venues throughout the country. This is the chance you have been waiting for to tell a bold, funny, new, important, or exciting story to Australian theatre audiences.

Creators of new or developing works of theatre are invited to submit their proposals for consideration by a panel of supportive industry professionals. If you have an idea for a show, a completed script, or anything in between, we want to hear from you. Up to four works will be selected by the industry panel, and invited to present a 15 minute staged reading at Gasworks Arts Park as part of Midsumma Festival. One work will be selected to receive ongoing support and development with a view to becoming a full-scale work to be presented in Midsumma Festival 2022 or beyond. The ultimate aim of the Queer Playwriting Award is to tour the work nationally to expose it to a wide range of metropolitan, regional and rural audiences.

If you have any queries, contact Gasworks Arts Park on 03 8606 4200 or email [email protected]

For updates and more information, keep an eye on the Gasworks and Midsumma websites, and follow us on social media.

Queer Playwriting Award Guidelines 2020-2021 

To submit your work as part of Queer Playwriting Awards 2021, please read the overview, submission info and key date notes below.

Midsumma and Gasworks present up to four new play readings each year, selected from a large pool of entrants. There will be one winner who will receive ongoing support and development with a view to becoming a full-scale work to be presented in Midsumma Festival 2022 or beyond. 

A one-night event is held during Midsumma Festival to give you a chance to experience the finalist's entries in 15-minute excerpts, meet the creators and have your say to help select the Queer Playwriting Award Showcase favourite (the Showcase will be held on Tuesday 2 February 2021). Your vote and feedback as an audience member will be heard. 

Queer Playwriting Award Guidelines 2020-2021 

Creators of new or developing works of theatre are invited to submit their proposals for consideration by a panel of supportive industry professionals. If you have an idea for a show, a completed script, or anything in between, we want to hear from you. Up to four works will be selected by the industry panel and invited to present a 15 minute staged reading between 17 January and 7 February at Gasworks Arts Park as part of Midsumma Festival 2021.

One work will be selected to receive ongoing support and development with a view to becoming a full-scale work to be presented in Midsumma Festival 2022 or beyond. Preview the submission form questions here.

Applications for the 2021 Queer Playwriting Award have now closed, please contact Marisa at Gasworks Arts Park with any questions - [email protected]

If you have any queries, contact Gasworks Arts Park on 03 8606 4200 or email [email protected].

 

  • Queer Playwriting Award call-out commences: 19 August 2020
  • Call out closes: 6 September 2020
  • Selection Panel Meets (to select finalists): Mid-September
  • Applicants notified and participation/details confirmed: Early October 2020
  • Gasworks Midsumma Opening Function: During Midsumma Festival 2021
  • Queer Playwriting Award & Showcase: 2 February 2021
  • Selection Panel Meets (to select Award recipient): January / February 2021
  • Award recipient announced: February 2021

The 2020 list of finalists:

WINNER: Home Fires Burning by Maeve Marsden
Ruth and Judith are breaking up, but they’ll be damned if they let their Sunday family lunch tradition go. A lesbian divorce farce, Home Fires Burning satirises society’s obsession with the nuclear family, via food fights, fierce debates and overpriced cheese.
 
Butterfly Kicks by Jamila Main
Butterfly Kicks follows three teenage girls as they experience queer self-discovery and first love, fuelled by teenage adrenaline, salt water, and underage vodka.
 
Gravity by Bradford Elmore
Bradford Elmore’s semi-autobiographical debut play is a poignantly unapologetic story about one man’s need to understand his bisexuality, and the ways love moves us when gender is only part of the question.
 
New Wave by Margot Morales Tanjutco

New Wave is a punk-fuelled coming-of-age comedy about rebellion, rebranding revolutions, and the first love you might meet along the way.

Queer Playwriting Award Showcase 2019 featured excerpts from new plays by playwrights Angus Cameron, Rachel Edmonds and Glenn Saunders.

WINNER: Cavemen by Angus Cameron – Tim's a cub from the country, whereas Mike's an outer-suburbs otter. Oscar's more of a wolf (from the wealthy inner-east). And Chris? He's a bear from the bush. Categories. Conflict. Couples. Comrades. Change?

When You Had Braces by Rachel Edmonds – Following the death of her daughter, Lily leaves to stay with her estranged sister Paige. As childhood rivalries arise, they challenge the boundaries of sisterhood.

The Book of Ducks by Glenn Saunders – A brand new fairy tale for everyone who never got to be the main character in the old ones. When Callie and George discover a duck in their backyard, they realise they've adopted more than they expected, and learn to declare what they believe in.

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