Queer Playwriting Award

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

Queer Playwriting Award

Submissions for Queer Playwriting Awards 2021-2022 have now closed. Thank you to everyone who submitted your work.

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. 

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 2023 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.

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.

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.

Download the Queer Playwriting Award Guidelines 2021-2022.

Presented by Midsumma Festival and Gasworks Arts Park.

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 2023 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 25 Jan 2022). Your vote and feedback as an audience member will be heard. 

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. 

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 2023 or beyond. Preview the submission form questions here.

Submissions for Queer Playwriting Awards 2021-2022 have now closed. Thank you to everyone who submitted your work.

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

  • Queer Playwriting Award call-out commences: 18 June 2021
  • Call out closes: 4 July 2021
  • Selection Panel Meets (to select finalists): Mid-July 2021
  • Applicants notified and participation/details confirmed: Late July 2021 
  • Queer Playwriting Award & Showcase: 25 January 2022
  • Selection Panel Meets (to select Award recipient): February 2022
  • Award recipient announced: February 2022

Lucy Holz takes home the 2021 Queer Playwriting Award with “Coming Out”.

In its seventh year the Queer Playwriting Award Showcase presented to Midsumma Festival audiences at Gasworks Arts Park with the selection panellists, announcing on 11 May, that Coming Out by Lucy Holz will take home the award for Queer Playwriting 2021. Holz is set to work alongside Gasworks and Midsumma over the next year to deliver a full work for Midsumma Festival audiences.

The two other works that made up the finalists were; Mummy’s Boy by Patrick Livesey. A play about time, loss, love and mental illness. Patrick finds himself in a park looking out over Adelaide on the day his Mum is to be taken off life support. Patrick’s Mummy, Naomi Jean Fornarino, took her own life in 2015; this is her story, as told by her Boy. And, Recollection by George Ketels. Britney Spears’ Fantasy, a spent joint, a hairbrush. This is the story of Olivia, a mother, who pieces her deceased daughter's life into a perfume.

 

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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