'Hard-core' win for Declan Greene
Max Afford Award winner announced and three playwrights commended
The winner of this year's Max Afford Playwrights' Award was today announced as Melbourne-based writer Declan Greene, for his play Eight Gigabytes of Hard-core Pornography.
The award is a $20 000 prize as well as a creative development opportunity at PlayWriting Australia's National Script Workshop.
Declan Greene is a 27-year-old Melbourne-based playwright.
An excerpt from the judges' comments:
A mordant updating of the Prince/Princess Charming fantasy, a rom-com gone horribly wrong, this is an ethical cautionary tale of powerful modernity. This is a play ready for production that would thrill, appal and entertain a general audience, anyone who has looked at the internet and seen both hope and danger, glory and ruin, love and contempt just a keystroke away. Emotional truths, real vulnerability and real pain—this is hard core.
The judges of the 2012 award include Chris Mead, artistic director of PlayWriting Australia; playwright, director, and dramaturge, Damien Millar; and actor, writer and teacher, Katrina Foster.
Three playwrights were also highly commended this year. They are Duncan Graham for Dreams in White, Rick Viede for Oranges and Lemons and Chris Summers for Roots.
The Max Afford Playwrights’ Award was set up by the will of the late Thelma May Afford, in memory of her husband, playwright and novelist Max Afford. Applicants must be aged between 18 and 40 years old.
Last year’s winner was Tom Holloway with the play Faces Look Ugly.