Playtime Staged Readings 2018 – Call for Entries

Call for Entries

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.

Call for Entries closes Sunday 29 October at 11.59pm
Playtime Readings: Wednesday 17 January 2018 at 7.30pm

Playtime aims to identify, support and develop new 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.

If you have an idea for a show, a completed script, or anything in between, we want to hear from you. Three to six works will be selected by the industry panel, and invited to present a 15 minute staged reading as part of Midsumma 2018.
One work will be selected to receive ongoing support and development with the hope of becoming a full scale work to be presented in Midsumma 2019. The ultimate aim of Playtime is to tour the work nationally to expose it to a wide range of metropolitan, regional and rural audiences.

Playtime Staged Readings invite developing voices in queer theatre to summit works for consideration. The shortlist are then shared with a Midsumma at Gasworks audience, with a panel of judges providing feedback. For Playtime in 2017, four plays were presented by five playwrights and each one was a strong contender for an authentic voice that merits further artistic development. We cannot wait to hear the stories brought to life for Playtime 2018.

“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