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

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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THERESE RAQUIN by Gary Abrahams

Newlyweds, Therese and Camille, have just moved to Paris with Camille’s mother. Pari...

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IN THE VIOLET TIME by Sue Smith

Set in inner city Sydney in 1931, and narrated by 12-year-old Violet, In the Violet Time t...

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TILT by Catherine McKinnon

Tilt is an exploration of a question: How does terror influence the people we love and the...

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WAR CRIMES by Angela Betzien

What do you do when your country is at war, your town is at war, your friends are at war a...

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WIREDANCER'S WALTZ by Sven Swenson

Elderly, deaf Artie Fuchs leaves his door key out each day for home helpers. Today he̵...

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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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