Queer Playwriting Award

Queer Playwriting Award

The Queer Playwriting Award (formerly Playtime) is an initiative presented by Gasworks Arts Park in partnership with Midsumma Festival. This development program aims to identify, support and develop new playwriting talent and get queer issues out there for mainstream audiences to consider and enjoy. The LGBTQIA+ 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. This is the chance you have been waiting for to tell a bold, funny, new, important, or exciting story to Australian theatre audiences.

Creators of new or developing works of theatre are invited to submit their proposals for consideration by a panel of supportive industry professionals. If you have an idea for a show, a completed script, or anything in between, we want to hear from you. Up to 4 works will be selected by the industry panel, and invited to present a 15 minute staged reading on Tuesday 28 January 2020 at Gasworks Arts Park as part of Midsumma Festival. One work will be selected to receive ongoing support and development with a view to becoming a full-scale work to be presented in Midsumma Festival 2021 or beyond. The ultimate aim of the Queer Playwriting Award is to tour the work nationally to expose it to a wide range of metropolitan, regional and rural audiences.

Read through the eligibility requirements and selection criteria in the information pack and submit your application online here. We suggest you preview the application form here.

If you have any queries, contact Gasworks Arts Park on 03 8606 4200 or email marisa@gasworks.org.au

Applications close Sunday 8 September 2019, and applicants will be notified of the outcome by late September.

Tickets for the Queer Playwriting Award Showcase on Tuesday 28 January 2020 at Gasworks Arts Park will be on sale from mid-November 2019 in line with the official Midsumma 2020 program launch.

For updates and more information, keep an eye on the Gasworks and Midsumma websites, and follow us on social media.

“Midsumma is proud to support new artistic voices. Each of the works presented as part of Gasworks’ Playtime Staged Readings represents a fresh new playwright each with their own unique artistic vision and insights into contemporary queer life.” – Daniel Santangeli, Midsumma Program Manager

“Playtime is a fantastic initiative for the LGBTQIA+ community and cements Gasworks Arts Park’s commitment to support independent artists. There is a noticeable lack of new queer theatre works available in performing arts markets to be toured to venues in Victoria, and it is important to Gasworks Arts Park that we play a part in changing that.
It is no easy feat for artists to present a work in development to an audience, especially during its very early stages. It was especially gratifying to see how enthusiastic and generous the artists were in offering feedback and assistance to each other. I think that this is one of the most beneficial parts of Playtime – it offers the opportunity for independent artists to network with each other and potentially even find opportunities to collaborate.”

Marisa Cesario, Programming Coordinator, Gasworks Arts Park
Photograph: Suzanne Balding (The Book of Ducks by Glenn Saunders, Playtime 2019)