Though firmly a national organisation, Australian Plays has a strong Tasmanian focus. This is partly as a result of having our office base in Hobart, partly because of our origins as a project of the Salamanca Theatre Company but also because in sharing our skills and knowledge, through partnerships, we contribute to and are part of the theatre culture of the State.
The rich history of literature on the Island is apparent in our new Tasmanian collection – Of the Island. It can be seen in hugely significant contemporary works like Nathan Maynard’s The Season or Campion Decent’s The Campaign, works grappling with difficult history like Tom Holloway’s Beyond The Neck or Stella Kent’s New Tasmanians and across time in works like Jim Everett’s We Are Survivors. Of the Island primarily spotlights work by authors born, raised or residing in Tasmania but will also include a number of significant plays that deal directly with Tasmanian history, location and concerns.
Whilst this collection is a curated list rather than an attempt at a full record – it aims to capture the depth, scale and longevity of Tasmanian playwriting and will grow over time. As a living compilation it will grow as new works emerge and old ones are rediscovered and re-shared – so please keep visiting this wonderful snapshot of the theatrical talents of Tasmania.
Literary Manager, Australian Plays