This list represents a broad selection of plays that have been developed through the National Play Festival since 2008. Stay tuned for the latest plays as they become available.


National Play Festival Scripts

BONDI DREAMING by Sam Atwell

Two young Aussies await execution in a south-east Asian prison cell for drug smuggling. Th...

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DO NOT GO GENTLE by Patricia Cornelius

In this wondrous play, Scott's ill-fated Antarctic expedition is a metaphor for the elusiv...

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ROCK, PAPER, SCISSORS by John Fraser

Pat and Ronnie work the lighthouse at Muckle Flugga—neighbour to 46,000 gannets, 200...

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SWAMPLANDS by Van Badham

The Diplomat, the Spy, the CIA, Rudyard Kipling, Lord Byron, Dick Cheney (a 10 foot lizard...

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GOODBYE VAUDEVILLE CHARLIE MUDD by Lally Katz

Published with CP-an36 Return to Earth Set in Edwardian Melbourne, this play is an evoc...

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HELLY'S MAGIC CUP by Rosalba Clemente

There’s a hundred fire-breathing dragons and a million bees that will sting you to d...

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HEAVEN by Kit Brookman

When a schoolgirl, Angela, dies in a random road accident Max gathers a ragtag group of te...

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EIGHT GIGABYTES OF HARDCORE PORNOGRAPHY by Declan Greene

They met online. She’s a nurse in her forties, brats for kids, trapped in a loop of cata...

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DIRTYLAND by Elise Hearst

What won’t Anya do to get away from her dirty, dirty land? Anya has chipped her t...

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SMALL LIFE by Zoe Hogan

One child teaches a younger one the complexity and intricacy of begging on a street corner...

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AUSTRALIAN GOTHIC by Mary Rachel Brown

Clair, an activist and nurse, is being held without charge as she is interrogated by ASIO ...

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REVOLUTION by Jonathan Ari Lander

A play that takes a running leap at a disenfranchised, bleak and bloody future. What if...

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QUIVER by Kit Lazaroo

A small group of underground scientists attempt to re-green the Earth’s now toxic su...

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STUDENT BODY by Alana Valentine

Kai Chai is a student who has come to Australia for a university education. So have Fon an...

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RUST AND BONE by Caleb Lewis

Three men, each a ball of tightly coiled fury. Eddie is a fighter, too old and broken to w...

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THE NEW BLACK by Robert Reid

The New Black was prompted by two media events during 2008—the first being the contr...

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THE REAL WORLD by Melissa Reeves

Frank: I believe in no god and I don’t need one. I don’t know why we’re ...

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19 TRAINS by Angus Cerini

Writer's notes: A young man performed in a play I had written. His extraordinary skill ...

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SWEETEST THINGS by Kate Rice

Through interviews, emails, letters and legal documents a playwright pursues the truth lef...

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WATER FALLING DOWN by Mark Swivel

Water Falling Down is an intimate two-hander, a closely observed portrait of a father and ...

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CROSSED by Chris Summers

Five initially disparate urban Australian lives intertwine and intersect, ultimately all l...

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THE MAN WITH THE SEPTEMBER FACE by Kylie Trounson

It’s 1983. Jesse wants to make it big in roller skates. His coach (and Mum) Naura, r...

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A BEAUTIFUL GESTURE by Ross Mueller

St Paul’s Church sits beside “Ground Zero”. A tiny building on Broadway,...

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