Queer Playwriting Award Showcase

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Witness the first staged readings of brand new queer focused theatre works.

Read about the Queer Playwriting Award 2022 Finalists, who will compete in the Queer Playwriting Award Showcase 2022 Finale on 22 March 2022.

Join us for 2 unique nights of queer-focused theatre featuring fresh 15 minute excerpts from our finalists. Experience new work, engage with new playwriting talent and have your say in the 2022 Award selection.

Your feedback guides the industry panel to select a top 4 to present extended excerpts at the Showcase on Tue 22 March. The 2022 Award winner receives support to develop their work for presentation at Gasworks in Midsumma Festival 2023.

Mon 24 Jan 2022

  • Emmanuelle Mattana – The Reasonable Grounds:
    A queer black-comedy about privilege, power 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.
  • Reuben James – Coming Home To You:
    An intimate, authentic play about the lives of three queer people, and the inherent dichotomy between monogamy and queerness. A raw and emotionally-charged piece of LGBTQIA+ theatre.
  • Bravo Arts – Woolf:
    A queer adaptation of Edward Albee’s iconic play ‘Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?’, exploring themes of family and domestic abuse through a queer lens.

Tue 25 Jan 2022

  • Rory Godbold – CROSS:
    Jasper’s a teacher, and he’s gay. When a colleague David ignores a homophobic slur made about Jasper in his class, their lives begin to unravel.
  • Alice Tovey – 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.
  • Guy Stephen Webster – Driftwood:
    Two brothers come together to pack up their Father's apartment after his death. They soon discover what really haunts the empty apartment, while a storm threatens to bring the place down into the Pacific.
  • Emily White – That’s Not Big Mac Sauce, That’s Ectoplasm:
    This is the story of a Maccas playground and the ghosts that haunt it. Some dead, some living, all gay as hell.

Please be advised that due to current government regulations all visitors over the age of 12 years and 2 months attending Gasworks Arts Park events and performances will be required to show a valid Covid-19 digital certificate of vaccination or medical exemption that has been issued by the Australian Immunization Register, to one of our friendly staff.

More information around valid certificates can be found here: https://www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/how-we-live-vaccination-status

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Dates & Times

WHEN 24-25 Jan | Mon, Tue 7pm
DURATION 1hr 30m


FULL $15.00
3-SHOW PKG 10% off all 3 eligible shows
EARLY BIRD 15% off if purchased prior to 13 December


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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