National Play Festival 2016

Published by: Playwriting Australia | 8-Jun-2016
The National Play Festival celebrates Australian playwriting excellence and showcases the best new Australian plays from 27 "“ 30 July in Melbourne at The Coopers Malthouse.
Venue: The Coopers Malthouse
Address: 113 Sturt Street, Southbank
Date: 27 - 30 July 2016
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Call: 02 8274 0900
A celebration of the richness and imagination of playwrights, the National Play Festival showcases new Australian stories. There will be public readings from some of the most dynamic new plays by leading writers and the freshest new voices. A series of public talks will explore the role of the writer in society; plus a range of masterclasses and workshops to discover new frontiers in the craft of writing.

This year, the key note address will be presented by one of Australia's most celebrated playwrights, Michael Gow, entitled The Agony and the Agony.

Six Showcase Plays will be presented during the Festival. They will have full public readings with professional actors and include: The Zen of Table Tennis by Melissa Reeves; Skylab by Melodie Reynolds-Diarra; King of Pigs by Steve Rodgers; I Sat And Waited But You Were Gone Too Long by Olivia Satchell; Hell's Canyon by Emily Sheehan (Winner 2015 Rodney Seaborn Playwrights Award); and Pedagogy by Chris Summers (Winner 2016 Max Afford Award).

'This year's National Play Festival presents a snapshot of some of the most inspiring, uplifting, revelatory and jolting stories being written in Australia,' says Tim Roseman, Artistic Director, Playwriting Australia. 'From outer space to motel rooms, we peer into the magical minds of great artists and let our imaginations run wild. For four days, Malthouse Theatre in Melbourne will be host to a hive of wonderful new plays, panels, workshops and lectures, all celebrating the unique brilliance of new writing for the stage.'

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