Patrick White winners announced

19 May 2012

Winners announced by Sydney Theatre Company


The winner of the 2011 Patrick White Playwrights’ Award was announced last night in Sydney. It's young South Australian playwright Phillip Kavanagh, for Little Borders.

Little Borders was given a live reading at the Sydney Theatre Company event. The prize includes $7500 cash. 

The winner of the prestigious Patrick White Fellowship has also been announced.

It's Melbourne-based playwright Patricia Cornelius.

The $25,000 prize acknowledges Patricia's many successful plays, including The Call, Love and Do Not Go Gentle.

Do Not Go Gentle has always been awarded four other major awards.  It has yet to be picked up for a main stage production, however, since its debut production at fortyfivedownstairs in 2010.

This Sydney Morning Herald article quoted Cornelius as saying that she'll use the money to cover daily expenses:

''I don't necessarily have a great income from my craft. It is a gift, especially as an older playwright, not to be obsessed about coin.''

Phillip Kavanagh, meanwhile, has already enjoyed success with his play Plain Jane, which won the TCSA Young Playwrights’ Award. Little Borders was development through PlayWriting Australia's National Script Workshop last year.

The other plays shortlisted for the prestious award were:


TRIANGLE by Glyn Roberts

MERMAN by Kylie Trounson

THE BAY by Alexandra Wood

These unproduced plays were submitted to readers and judges of the award anonymously.

The judges were Jonathan Biggins (playwright, director and actor), Jane Bodie (playwright), Joanna Murray-Smith (playwright), and Tom Wright (playwright and Associate Director at Sydney Theatre Company).

For more information about the award, go to the Sydney Theatre Company website.


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