Queer Playwriting Award Showcase 2022 Finale

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Following the Queer Playwriting Award Showcase in Midsumma Festival 2022 highlighting eight shortlisted works, our top four finalists will present extended rehearsed readings of their new queer plays where 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. 
Join us for a unique night of theatre, engage with new playwriting talent and have your say in the 2022 Award selection. Your feedback guides the industry panel to select an overall Award winner who will receive support to develop their work for presentation at Gasworks in Midsumma Festival 2023.

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.  
Your top four finalists are:
Emmanuelle Mattana – The Reasonable Grounds: It is the biggest night of Melbourne’s academic calendar, the Grand Finale of the Year 12 Interschool Debating Tournament, and the all-boys team from the elite St Imperium College are ready to totally annihilate their sister school - until... The Reasonable Grounds is a queer black comedy about power, privilege and high school debating.
Andrew Undi Lee – No Asians: Set on the fringes of Sydney’s housing commission, we follow a delicate relationship between two Korean Australian boys and their devastating fear of letting go.
Rory Godbold – CROSS: CROSS is set within an inner city religious school of Christian origins. New teacher to the college Jasper quickly bonds with co-workers Sarah and David. When David does not intervene after a homophobic comment is made about Jasper by a student, the relationships between the teachers are tested and the fallout leads to the sacking of Jasper. In the wake of Jasper's sacking, the characters are forced to confront their values, actions and relationships to their sexuality and faith.
Alice Tovey & Ned Dixon – Besties: A musical about love & self-loathing set in the world of an on-screen romantic comedy. When two straight presenting leading women fall in love, their gay best friends have a full-on identity crisis.
"“We were absolutely blown away by the quality of submissions this year. The 8 shortlisted finalists were of such high quality, variety and diversity, the audience and the panel were spoilt for choice. It was a delight and a privilege to present such a breadth of queer stories and voices on our stage, and I’m so proud of all of the participating artists. The growing success and popularity of the program would not be possible without Midsumma’s support. We are so excited to hear more of the 4 Finalists’ writing in March.”"
— Marisa Cesario – Programming Coordinator, Gasworks

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Assistive Listening
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Dates & Times

WHEN 22 Mar | Tue 6:30
DURATION 1hr 30m


FULL $18.00 - ($18.00 + $0.23 fees)
Wheelchair Accessible $15.00 - ($15.00 + $0.20 fees)
Group 6+ $15.00 - $15 pp ($15.00 + $0.20 fees)
Locals Discount $15.00 - ($15.00 + $0.20 fees)
Concession $15.00 - ($15.00 + $0.20 fees)


Gasworks Arts Park - Gasworks Theatre

21 Graham St, Albert Park

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1 to stop 31


236 to Graham/Pickles St | bus 606 to Bridport/Richardson St

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New Work


Coarse language, Reference to drug use, Suicide references, These are new works. Check back closer to the event for further details.

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