DEAR AUSTRALIA

by Donna Abela, Jada Alberts, Kathryn Ash, Janis Balodis, Chris Beckey, Kamarra Bell-Wykes, Mary Anne Butler, Elena Carapetis, Stephen Carleton, Rachael Chisholm, Claire Christian, Lucy Combe, Peter Cook, Kylie Coolwell, James Elazzi, Bumpy Favell, Future D. Fidel, Richard Frankland, Eric Gardiner, Dan Giovannoni, Matt Hawkins, Brendan Hogan, Tasnim Hossain, Barbara Hostalek, Anchuli Felicia King, Finegan Kruckemeyer, Nakkiah Lui, Kathryn Marquet, Tariro Mavondo, Nathan Maynard, Catherine McKinnon, Suzie Miller, Sam Nerida, Julianne O’Brien, Mark Rogers, Susan Rogers, Morgan Rose, Liv Satchell, Glenn Shea, Bjorn Stewart, Diane Stubbings, H Lawrence Sumner, James Taylor, Merlynn Tong, Emele Ugavule, Ellen van Neerven, Gretel Vella, Aanisa Vylet, Willoh S. Weiland

DEAR AUSTRALIA

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DEAR AUSTRALIA

by Donna Abela, Jada Alberts, Kathryn Ash, Janis Balodis, Chris Beckey, Kamarra Bell-Wykes, Mary Anne Butler, Elena Carapetis, Stephen Carleton, Rachael Chisholm, Claire Christian, Lucy Combe, Peter Cook, Kylie Coolwell, James Elazzi, Bumpy Favell, Future D. Fidel, Richard Frankland, Eric Gardiner, Dan Giovannoni, Matt Hawkins, Brendan Hogan, Tasnim Hossain, Barbara Hostalek, Anchuli Felicia King, Finegan Kruckemeyer, Nakkiah Lui, Kathryn Marquet, Tariro Mavondo, Nathan Maynard, Catherine McKinnon, Suzie Miller, Sam Nerida, Julianne O’Brien, Mark Rogers, Susan Rogers, Morgan Rose, Liv Satchell, Glenn Shea, Bjorn Stewart, Diane Stubbings, H Lawrence Sumner, James Taylor, Merlynn Tong, Emele Ugavule, Ellen van Neerven, Gretel Vella, Aanisa Vylet, Willoh S. Weiland

What is happening right now?
What is being revealed about us?
What are we not paying attention to?
What do we want to be to one another?
What do we want our society to look like?
Where do we want to go next?
What is your postcard to Dear Australia?


These 50 stories express a moment in history when a pandemic changed everything. They tell of the cracks that opened up, and of the darkness and light revealed. They are, in turn, confronting and comforting. Together, they are a revelation and celebration of Australian voices. They deal with where our nation is and where it might need to go.

They are a potent record of a perturbing time. They have arrived, fearless and fun, because more than 30 organisations, small and large, believed in the mission. They are a snapshot giving a glimpse of what 50 wondrous playwrights around Australia were observing and thinking, not only about the present, but about the future. They are postcards to keep and treasure. They are for Dear Australia.

All three parts of Dear Australia are available to watch online until September 1, 2020. You can view the performances here.

Warning: Some stories contain strong language, sexual references and adult themes and may be unsuitable for some audiences. If any of these stories raise concerns for you or someone you know, you can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1300 22 4636, or visit The Arts Wellbeing Collective