2013 NSW Premier's Literary Awards: Nick Enright Prize

21 May 2013

Congratulations to Reg Cribb


Reg Cribb and director Andrew Lewis discuss The Damned 
at the 2011 National Play Festival.

The team at the Australian Script Centre and AustralianPlays.org offers hearty congratulations to Reg Cribb, winner of the 2013 NSW Premier's Literary Awards: Nick Enright Prize.

Reg took out the award for his epic drama, The Damned, which tells the story of two young girls who confess to a shocking crime that shakes their hometown to its core.

The Damned is featured in the Australian Script Centre collection and was developed as part of Playwriting Australia's 2011 National Play Festival in Parramatta. Later that year it received its premier season with Black Swan State Theatre Company.

The NSW Premier’s Literary Awards have a proud history, both in celebrating achievement by Australian writers and in helping to establish values and standards in Australian literature. These annual awards honour distinguished achievement by Australian writers, contribute to Australia’s artistic reputation, and draw international attention to some of our best writers and to the cultural environment that nurtues them.


The Damned

250 kilometres apart, two 16 year-old girls walk into two police stations to make a confession. A confession of a crime so unimaginable that the full extent of what they are saying only slowly dawns on the police. And in their hometown, nothing will ever be the same again. What drives two teenage girls to commit a crime that shakes their hometown to the core and shocks the entire country?

Exploring the rural subculture of drugs, alcohol and the alienation of today’s youth, Reg Cribb weaves a disquieting tale of crime and inhumanity.


Congratulations also go to the other playwrights shortlisted this year:

Return to Earth by Lally Katz
"A fantastical play that looks deeply to the strangeness within." 

Day One, A Hotel, Evening by Joanna Murray-Smith
"Love, seduction, envy, desire and revenge are the strands that wrap around their shiny lives..."

Happy Ending by Melissa Reeves
"How much do white Australians really know, understand or even care about our Asian neighbours?"

Food by Steve Rodgers
"A moving and emotionally involving drama."

A Hoax by Rick Viede
"A Hoax is a valuable warning that conviction does not justify deceit." 


For a list of previous winners and nominated works available on AustralianPlays.org, check out our awards pageFor full details from the NSW Premier's Literary awards, visit sl.nsw.gov.au

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