Stages - a WA retrospective

Western Australia is known for nurturing incredible talent across all the art forms and has produced many exceptional playwrights, among them Jack Davis, Dorothy Hewett, Ian Wilding, and David Milroy, to name only a few.

The curated collection on this page represents a brief retrospective of the last 15 years of WA scripts that Stages has financially supported in development. A mixture of historical, comedic, movement-based, and dramatic works, these scripts have variously opened Perth Festivals and/or played to 6 people in an independent production, but all have proved delectably memorable in their own right.

All the playwrights showcased have achieved success – some are established, some emerging, and one is no longer with us, but all need to be congratulated on their contribution to our industry.

STAGES (WA Playwright’s Consortium Inc.) was formed in the late 1980’s with the aim to raise funds to provide script development resources. In 2013, Stages' goals are to promote and nurture the development of Western Australian playwrights and promote the commissioning and production of quality plays written by Western Australians.

With recent programmes receiving positive interest nationally, such as Ground Floor (supporting emerging playwrights with a ten-month mentorship) and the Co-Commissioning Program (contributing funds to a “new” script commission by a professional theatre company), Stages is well on track to achieving its aims.

On this page you will find gems you may not have heard of before amongst those you may have read a decade ago. I encourage you to read them all with an open heart and mind.

Enjoy!

 

     

Featured scripts

WELCOME TO BROOME by Richard Mellick

Welcome To Broome follows the break down of an inter-racial relationship in Broome, WA. Ch...

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ALIWA! by Dallas Winmar

Traces the true story of three Aboriginal sisters whose mother was determined to keep her ...

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AFTER THE FAIR by Melissa Cantwell

A dilapidated side show rolls into town and its disastrous reception forces the family to ...

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BURNING TIME by Nicholas Flanagan

A portrait of an affluent Melbourne artistic family seen through the eyes of their precoci...

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A COMPLETE HISTORY OF ZACK ADAMS by Shane Adamczak

Ever since he first appeared in the year two Nativity play, Zack knew he was destined for ...

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COX FOUR by Robert Jeffreys

The dominant theme of Cox Four is the Australian male's fear of appearing feminine and hor...

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THE FREMANTLE CANDIDATE by Ingle Knight

A political drama set against the background of what seemed like the imminent collapse of ...

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THE GHOST'S CHILD by Sally Richardson

One afternoon, an elderly woman, Matilda, finds a strange young man standing dripping wet ...

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HEARTWORM by Shirley Van Sanden

Laughter, tears, dogs, cats, cars, Pizza. One Actor. Ann Hill is an ordinary person. Sh...

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THE JUDGEMENT OF PARIS by Bill Warnock

Hitler ordered his Paris Commander to stage a last ditch fight against the allied invasion...

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MESH by Hellie Turner

Late May in a northern outback town, the kids are running wild and the patience of at leas...

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MUSIC FROM THE WHIRLWIND by John Aitken

Music from the Whirlwind is an insightful, searingly funny and poignant exploration of the...

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THE OTHER WOMAN by Heather Nimmo

A comedy of manners - bad manners - played out in the corridors of Parliament House. Do wo...

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REFRACTIONS by Damon Lockwood

Refractions delves into the fractured relationship between a wife and a husband with a dar...

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