Andrew Bovell Andrew Bovell is an award-winning writer for theatre, film and television. His AWGIE award-winning play Speaking in Tongues has been seen throughout Australia as well as in Europe and the US and Bovell adapted it for the screen as Lantana.
Cameron Creswell Cameron Creswell is a theatre, film, television and literary agency representing many of Australia's most talented playwrights. For more information visit http://www.cameronsmanagement.com.au
Christine Evans In Australia, Christine Evans' plays have been produced by the Adelaide International Festival of Arts, Belvoir St Theatre, Vitalstatistix, Deckchair Theatre, Spare Parts Theatre, Monash University and ABC Radio. Her play 'My Vicious Angel' was nominated for five national literary awards and the Summer Locke Elliot Exchange Award with New Dramatists, NY.
Collections If you're not quite sure what you're after and need a few options, why not check out this selection of collected works from the australianplays.org catalogue. These titles contain between 2 and 30 scripts each, covering a range of themes and genres. We have many more collected works available. Simply click 'advanced' in the top right hand corner of this page, then select 'anthology' from the categories menu.
Currency Classics This bundle contains a selection of quality plays from Currency Press.
David Williamson David Williamson’s first full-length play, The Coming of Stork, premiered at Melbourne's La Mama Theatre in 1970. He went on to pen over thirty plays and become Australia’s most successful playwright.
Deckchair Theatre Deckchair Theatre’s mission was to develop, create and present innovative and original contemporary text-based theatre that engaged with their home state of Western Australia, told stories about their society, their environment, their heritage and their future, and reflected the world we lived in. The company produced in its 26 year history over 80 new Australian plays that from their first productions in Fremantle,toured around the country and the globe, winning awards locally and internationally. Deckchair promoted risk-taking in the arts and created brave and original new work of the highest quality, intended to challenge its audience and stretch the boundaries of the artform. Below are previously produced plays in reverse chronological order.
Exceptional Value The items in this bundle represent our best value material.
Griffin Theatre Company For three decades, from its diamond stage in Kings Cross, Australia's leading new writing theatre has been a small but spirited engine room, consistently breaking new ground to create theatre experiences that are innovative, provocative and transformational. Visit Griffin's website
Hannie Rayson Hannie Rayson has established a reputation for topical, complex dramas written with wit and humour. Hannie made playwriting history when Life After George was the first play to be nominated for the Miles Franklin Award.
HLA Plays HLA Management is a theatrical agency representing many of Australia’s best known playwrights. Here’s a small selection from the agency’s current list. For more information: http://www.hlamgt.com.au
HotHouse Theatre Company The HotHouse purpose is to enable great artists to make great work that places a regional voice on the national stage, brings a national voice to the regional stage and gives value to the local voice in the creative conversation. They live by their motto: created locally, recognised nationally. Below are previously produced plays in reverse chronological order. Visit HotHouse: http://www.hothousetheatre.com.au
Indigenous This bundle contains plays with indigenous themes that have been put forward by our publishers.
International Spotlight Many great Australian playscripts are receiving significant attention on the international stage. The scripts represented in this bundle have either had a recent production, are currently performing or are making their way to an international production in coming months. When selecting your next playscript, why not consider some of our high achievers?
Justin Fleming Justin Fleming has been vice-president of the Australian Writers' Guild and a board member of the Australian National Playwrights' Centre. His works have been produced and published in Australia, USA, Canada, UK, Belgium, Poland and France.
Large Cast Anthology The Australian Script Centre proudly presents Large Cast, a downloadable anthology featuring twelve contemporary Australian plays for secondary schools and young adults. More info.
Louis Nowra An accomplished playwright, Nowra has won multiple awards and prizes.
Michael Gow Michael Gow has extensive writing credits for stage, screen and radio. His best known play is the multi-award winning Away, a modern classic of Australian Theatre and one of the most performed Australian plays.
National Play Festival 2010 The National Play Festival and AustralianPlays.org are pleased to bring you six plays from the 2010 Showcase Season. The Showcase Season is the beating heart of the National Play Festival, presenting a selection of the very best new plays hand-picked from across the country. With new works from our country’s best-loved writers, and new discoveries from the finest emerging talent, the Showcase Season is where festival goers discover what’s happening in Australian theatre. The 2010 National Play Festival ran from February 15 - 20. To find out more visit nationalplayfestival.org.au Click here to find scripts from the 2008 and 2009 Showcase seasons.
National Play Festival 2011 The National Play Festival showcases the best in new Australian playwriting to inspire playwrights, producers and audiences about new writing as a critical, living part of our story-telling culture.
Nick Enright With Justin Monjo he adapted Tim Winton's Cloudstreet for the stage. He has also written for film and television, including co-writing with George Miller the screenplay for Lorenzo's Oil which was nominated for an Oscar.
Noelle Janaczewska Noelle Janaczewska is a Sydney-based writer whose 30-plus plays, radio scripts, libretti, open texts, essays, stand-up poetry and on-line explorations, across drama and non-fiction, have been performed, broadcast and published throughout Australia and overseas.
Patricia Cornelius Patricia Cornelius, a founding member of Melbourne Workers' Theatre, is an award-winning playwright, as well as director, dramaturg and novelist. She has written over twenty plays and won the prestigious Patrick White Playwrights Award in 2007.
Perth Theatre Company Perth Theatre Company leads Western Australian theatre in the creation of new, energetic and adventurous theatre that challenges and excites audiences and creates new opportunities for WA artists. Perth Theatre Company is supporting West Australian playwrights through their new initiative, 'The Writers' Lab' as well as through their auspice program 'Umbrella!', which supports independent artists to produce their own work. Perth Theatre Company tours annually throughout regional Western Australian, visiting small, isolated areas as well as large cities and towns. Perth Theatre Company also tours nationally and internationally with works of critical acclaim. Perth Theatre Company has an outstanding reputation for producing works of exceptional quality. Below are previously produced plays in reverse chronological order. Visit Perth Theatre Company: http://www.perththeatre.com.au
Phoenix Education Phoenix Education is an Australian publishing company established in 1992. Amongst their diverse catalogue of resources and texts is a quality selection of Australian playscripts, which we are pleased to make available for online purchase.
Plays for schools These plays are suitable for and have been tried and tested by schools. Your next school production starts here. For further suggestions check out the young cast bundle and category. Also the child cast, large cast and on Australian school curricular categories.
Plays for tertiary These are some quality plays tried and tested tertiary productions.
Queensland Theatre Company Queensland Theatre Company is the state’s flagship professional theatre company established in 1970 by an Act of Parliament. It is currently under the artistic direction of multi-award winning playwright and renowned director Wesley Enoch. Below are previously produced plays in reverse chronological order. Visit Queensland Theatre Company: http://www.qldtheatreco.com.au/
Risky Plays The scripts in this bundle represent a more 'risky' selection. Risky style, risky subjects, risky themes etc....
Script Centre's Choice This bundle contains a selection of quality plays from the Australian Script Centre.
Showcase Collection The showcase season of new plays is the centrepiece of the National Play Festival. Across four days it showcases six of the best new plays from around Australia, hand-picked by PlayWriting Australia, directed by some of the country’s finest directors and performed by a company of our best actors. Presented following two weeks of intensive rehearsals as polished readings, the Showcase season is your first look at what’s new in Australian theatre. Below are the plays showcased by PlayWriting Australia in 2008 and this year in 2009.
Support Material Below is a collection of support material relevant to Australian plays and playwrights. We hope you enjoy.
Tommy Murphy Tommy Murphy is an award-winning playwright with recent productions in New York, San Francisco, Indiana, Auckland, Melbourne and Sydney. His latest work ‘Saturn’s Return’ transfers to the Sydney Theatre Company’s main-stage in 2009. Murphy is the only playwright to win the NSW Premier's Award, a prestigious national writing prize, in successive years. In 2006, he was the youngest recipient of the award with 'Strangers in Between'. This play toured nationally in 2008 and is published by Currency Press in a joint volume with ‘Holding the Man’, which had five Australian encore seasons after breaking box office records in Sydney. Tommy is a graduate of the National Institute of Dramatic Art (Director's Course) and a former writer in residence at Griffin Theatre Company. His plays include an adaptation of Marlowe’s 'Massacre at Paris' (ATYP), 'Troy’s House' (TRS in Sydney and La Mama in Melbourne) and ‘Precipice’ (Young People’s Theatre). He is currently working on a commission for Company B Belvoir.
Van Badham Van Badham is the award-winning writer of more than 30 internationally-produced plays for stage and radio. Her plays have had seasons in Australia at the Sydney Opera House Studio, Wharf 2, the Seymour Centre, the Arts Centre (Melbourne), Perth’s Blue Room and the Adelaide Festival.
Wesley Enoch Wesley Enoch is the eldest son of Doug and Lyn Enoch who hail from Stradbroke Island and is the current Artistic Director of Queensland Theatre Company. Wesley is renowned as a director and writer for the stage. His written body of work includes The 7 Stages of Grieving (co-written with Deborah Mailman), Little White Dress, A Life of Grace and Piety, Black Medea, The Sunshine Club, Grace and The Story of the Miracle at Cookies Table, for which he won the 2005 Patrick White Playwright’s Award and was shortlisted for both the New South Wales and Victorian Premier’s Literary Award. Wesley’s play, The Story of the Miracles at Cookie’s Table was directed by Marion Potts and staged at Hothouse Theatre Melbourne and the Griffin Theatre in Sydney to critical acclaim.