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20 Jun 2014

2014 National Play Festival

For the last few year's we've been pleased to provide a behind-the-scenes look at the festival's showcase presentation of readings, chatting with the artists who have shaped these stories from the ground up. Often sleep deprived, usually buzzing with nervous energy, this year's collective of festival playwrights offer some fascinating insights into the development process - reworking, polishing or, sometimes, starting from scratch.
17 Jun 2014

Tom's picks for June - Tertiary

Every month or so our Literary Manager Tom Healey delves into our extensive catalogue and suggests plays suitable for tertiary study.
10 Jun 2014

Tom's picks for June - Schools

Every month or so our Literary Manager Tom Healey delves into our extensive catalogue and suggests plays suitable for secondary teachers.
4 Jun 2014

Australian plays on stage - June 2014

Selected highlights from across the country this month.
2 Jun 2014

An apology and a response

I write regarding Jana Perković’s essay published on this website last week. Its publication has attracted much comment, both on this site and in other forums, which require my response.
29 May 2014

The Australian Bad Play

Jana Perković weighs in on the pitfalls of Australian playwriting: I'd like to introduce you to Australian bad plays. All of them, however disparate they may seem, have failed in the same way – the Australian way. Plays of this kind appear on dozens of Australian stages every week between Wednesday evening and Sunday afternoon. And at the end of each one, the audience comes out of the theatre saying to each other, politely, but without conviction: "Well, that was interesting, wasn't it?" And the choice of timid non-commitment instead of passionate rage expressed here, outside of our half-dozen hypothetical theatres, is only another instance of the rhetorical substitution of niceness for truth that had happened inside. The failure of the Australian play is the same as the failure of the Australian dinner conversation, television discussions, and public debates. Not all Australian plays, dinner conversations, and public debates fail in their purpose; but when they do, they fail similarly.
27 May 2014

Tom's picks for May - Community Theatre

Every month or so our Literary Manager Tom Healey delves into our extensive catalogue and suggests plays suitable for community theatre groups.
21 May 2014

Tom's picks for May - Tertiary

Every month or so our Literary Manager Tom Healey delves into our extensive catalogue and suggests plays suitable for tertiary study.
20 May 2014

Tom's picks for May - Schools

Every month or so our Literary Manager Tom Healey delves into our extensive catalogue and suggests plays suitable for secondary teachers.
1 May 2014

Australian plays on stage - May 2014

Selected highlights from across the country this month.

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