Frequently Asked Questions
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What is the purpose of australianplays.org?
To showcase, sell and facilitate new productions of outstanding playscripts by contemporary Australian playwrights.
What type of plays are sold on the site?
Well-crafted, production-ready plays that cover a wide variety of themes, styles and formats. The vast majority have been professionally produced and many have won significant awards.
How can I find the play that best matches my interests?
You can use our extensive search facilities to find plays that meet a range of criteria. You can enter a play title or playwright's name in the home page search box. You can also click 'advanced' on the homepage which will take you to the script search screen. Here, you can browse alphabetically by play title or author, search by keywords, categories, suppliers, target audience, length, and cast age, size and gender. The playwrights page allows you to browse alphabetically by play title or type a search query.
Why are some plays available in digital format while others are available only as print-published books and still others only on CD ROM?
Scripts on the website come from several different suppliers, including the Australian Script Centre, Currency Press, Playlab Press and Full Dress Publishing. Many titles are only published in book form at present but this is changing and the number of titles available in both print and digital formats is steadily increasing. Scripts in the Australian Script Centre's catalogue are all available as digital downloads. The Australian Script Centre also publishes a number of anthologies on CD ROM.
What if I can't find the play I'm looking for?
The Australian Script Centre may be able to help you locate the play through another publisher. If the play you’re looking for is unpublished, they may be able to contact the playwright on your behalf and arrange for a copy of the play to be made available to you. Contact us with your query.
Some of the playscripts for sale are in manuscript form while others are published as proper books. How can I tell what I’m buying?
If the script is in the Australian Script Centre catalogue, it will arrive in the form of an electronic (PDF) file of the manuscript as provided by the playwright. All other suppliers to the site are traditional publishers, most of whose titles are published in book form.
Why is it that some plays on the site have extracts available while others don't?
The availability of extracts is at the discretion of the relevant supplier. We provide extracts wherever possible.
How do I buy a playscript?
First, select your play and add it to your shopping cart. Once you’ve completed your selections and are ready to proceed to checkout, click on the yellow trolley icon at the top right of the screen. Review your order and, if you are satisfied, follow the ‘Continue’ prompts which will take you to the secure PayPal payment screen.
For scripts ordered in digital format, once payment is processed, you will receive within minutes an emailed receipt, which contains a link to your script download.
For orders in print or CD form, you should allow up to ten days for despatch and delivery from the relevant supplier. Don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions about delivery of your order.
I haven't received the link to download my PDF script. What do I do?
If paying by credit card, you will receive two email receipts; one from PayPal and another from AustralianPlays.org with the subject 'Your order details - AustralianPlays.org'.
Check to see that you have received this second email. It will contain an instruction and a link to download any purchases that are made available electronically.
We would normally expect receipt of this email within minutes. If it has not been received after an hour, please contact us.
Which postal service provider do you use?
Depending on the quantity of your order, goods will be sent via courier or using Australia Post (and its contracted carriers). Our shopping cart facility will calculate postage and handling payable on your order when you fill in your delivery details and click 'calculate'.
Why do plays purchased in one transaction sometimes arrive separately?
AustralianPlays.org is a shopfront for a collective of independent Australian publishers and goods are shipped directly from their respective offices. It is for this reason that goods purchased in a single order may arrive separately.
How much do the playscripts cost?
Prices vary according to format and publisher. Hardcopy prices range from about $15 to $30, plus postage and handling. Scripts in PDF format sell for $9 and $14, depending on length. All prices on this site are quoted in Australian dollars and include GST for Australian customers. Our shopping cart facility includes a link to a currency converter where you can check prices in your local currency.
Do I need to use a credit card in order to buy products from this site?
Yes. We use PayPal to securely handle our transactions allowing you to pay by credit card or your PayPal account should you have one. Standard and Premium Organisation Library Pass holders also have the option to select payment by invoice at the point of purchase, with orders filled upon receipt of payment by cheque or direct deposit.
Do I need a PayPal account to make a purchase?
No. We use Paypal to process credit card transactions over the site but you are not required to sign-up to PayPal to make a purchase. When processing a payment you'll be redirected to our secure PayPal gateway where you'll find a link that reads, "Don't have a PayPal account?" Follow this link to proceed without signing in to PayPal.
Is my credit card and other personal information secure?
Absolutely! AustralianPlays.org does not hold any credit card information, as it is handled by PayPal. For more information on issues associated with credit card security, visit the online PayPal Security System.
I am having trouble with a financial transaction on this site. What should I do now?
Please contact us for assistance.
Do I need to pay in Australian dollars?
All prices on this site are quoted in Australian dollars. If you are an overseas customer, our shopping cart will debit the equivalent amount in Australian dollars from your credit card account. For the benefit of our overseas customers, we have included a link to a currency converter in the cart, so you can work out the price of orders in your local currency.
What happens if a play I have ordered from this site is no longer available?
We make every effort to ensure that titles are promptly removed from the site if they become unavailable but orders for unavailable titles may occasionally slip through the net. In this event, we will contact you to advise when the title will become available or to arrange a refund.
What is a Library Pass?
A Library Pass is a paid feature of AustralianPlays.org that allows users to read the full text of large number of scripts online. A Library Pass is a great resource that allows you explore the depth and diversity of Australian playwriting while taking the guess work out of your next script purchase.
Do I need to a Library Pass in order to buy a play?
No, anyone can access the online catalogue and buy a play from this site.
How do I find scripts to read with my Library Pass?
When you have logged in with your username and password, you can search for scripts as you would normally; using the simple search field in the top right hand corner of the site or via the 'Power search' option listed just below. Within your search results, titles that are available to read online are highlighted in grey. Simply visit a highlighted script's product information page by clicking on the title of the play and look for the 'read script' button.
Why isn't the play I want to read available online?
Although most of the titles listed on AustralianPlays.org can be read online with a Library Pass (approximately 80% or 1200+ titles), the availability of digital copies and differing agreements with our partnering publishers mean that some scripts are not available for online reading.
What are the costs and benefits of a Library Pass?
Library Passes range from $15 for an Individual one-month pass, to $120 for a Premium twelve-month pass. You can find out about our different Library Pass options here.
If I submit my email address to this site, will you share or on-sell to a third party?
Can I order one play from this site and make additional copies of the play for the cast and crew?
You are not permitted by law to reproduce more than 10% of any of the scripts on this site without permission from the copyright holder. This includes representatives of institutions covered by a Copyright Agency Limited (CAL) copy licence. Permission to make multiple copies of scripts purchased in digital format can be arranged by adding a copy licence to your trolley when you purchase the script or later by completing and returning the photocopy licence form attached to the front of your script. Permission to copy whole scripts which are published in book form must be arranged directly with the relevant publisher.
If in doubt, please contact us.
If I buy a copy licence to a play, does this mean that I have the right to produce the play?
No. Before producing a play, you must first obtain production rights for the play and arrange to pay royalties to the playwright or his/her agent.
If I am not charging admission to a play, do I need to pay royalties?
In most cases, yes. Typically, playwrights and agents do however offer a reduced rate for school and amateur productions. The production royalty payable is a matter for negotiation between yourself and the relevant rightsholder which is usually the playwright or their agent. AustralianPlays.org strongly supports the principle of playwrights being paid for all productions of their work.
Can I obtain production rights for a play from this website?
We do not sell production rights directly from this site but we welcome production enquiries about any play featured. We can assist by putting you in touch with the relevant rightsholder. Just click on the ‘Production enquiry’ icon for your chosen script and submit the short form, including basic information about the dates, number of performances, venue and nature of your proposed production.
Further information about production rights is available under rights and royalties.
How do I get in touch with a playwright whose work is featured on the site?
We can forward a message to the playwright or their agent on your behalf. Simply send us an email and mark it for the attention of the relevant playwright. If we do not have contact details for a particular playwright, we will let you know.
I wish to direct one of the plays I have purchased from this site. Can I cut down or otherwise change the wording in the script?
AustralianPlays.org strongly supports playwrights' moral right to attribution and integrity. This means that any use of scripts sold on this site must acknowledge the playwright and preserve the integrity of the work in the form provided by the playwright. No alterations may be made to a script without first obtaining permission from the playwright or his/her agent.
I am a interested in making a film of one of the plays in your catalogue. How do I obtain the film rights?
You will need to contact the playwright or his/her agent. For contact information, please contact us.
I belong to an organisation that holds a Copyright Agency Limited (CAL) copy licence. Doesn’t that cover me for photocopying the script?
Not the whole script. CAL licences only cover copying within the limitations of the Australian Copyright Act 1968. As a general guide, this only includes up to 10% of a work, not the entire work. If you intend to produce the play you will also need to negotiate production rights with the playwright or their agent.
How do I submit my play for inclusion on this site?
I am a publisher of Australian playscripts. Can I sell plays on this site?
If you are a publisher of contemporary Australian plays and would like to sell your works on this site, we welcome your enquiry. Please contact us.