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It’s Playtime at Gasworks Arts Park this Midsumma… Exciting new program for playwrights announced!

Playtime is an exciting new partnership between Gasworks Arts Park and Midsumma, which cements many years of Midsumma arts events every summer at Gasworks. Midsumma Festival is Melbourne’s annual LGBTIQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex and Queer) celebration of arts, culture and sport; and will take place in January and February 2015.

Playtime is a professional development program for playwrights whose work deals with queer themes. The team from Gasworks Arts Park frequently attend national performing arts markets and showcases, and noticed that the plays presented for touring to mainstream audiences seldom deal with queer themes.

It is time to change that!

Playtime aims to identify, support and develop new talent and get queer issues out there for mainstream audiences to consider and enjoy.

The LGBTIQ community is diverse, exciting and full of stories and ideas that deserve to be heard on the stages of performing arts venues throughout the country.

Creators of new or developing works of theatre are invited to submit their proposals for consideration by a panel of supportive industry professionals.

Midsumma Board Member Adam Gardnir says, “Playtime is a great chance for storytellers to pitch a new, bold, funny, important or exciting story to Australian theatre audiences. It’s a chance to get our themes, ideas and stories out to stages throughout Victoria and beyond.”

Playtime is now calling for submissions. If you have an idea for a show, a completed script, or anything in between, we want to hear from you. Four works will be selected by the industry panel, and invited to present a 15 minute staged reading as part of Midsumma 2015.

One work will be selected to receive ongoing support and development to become a full scale work and be presented at Midsumma 2016. The ultimate aim of Playtimeis to tour the work nationally to expose it to a wide range of metropolitan, regional and rural audiences.

Applications close Sunday 2 November 2014, and successful applicants will be notified by 30 November 2014.

Tickets will be on sale soon for the Playtime Staged Readings, Thursday 29 January 2015 at Gasworks Arts Park. The event is presented as part of the Midsumma Festival, and will be on sale when the Midsumma program is live.

For more information and to apply, visit www.gasworks.org.au/playtime

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