Winner Announced of Playtime Staged Readings
Developed to foster playwrighting talent in LGBTIQ community, Playtime is a cherished part of our performing arts program. Zoe won with her work-in-development, My Big Fat Lesbian Greek Wedding, a comedic and autobiographical account of her experiences in Melbourne’s Greek Community.
Playtime Staged Readings invite developing voices in queer theatre to summit works for consideration. These 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.
Gasworks Arts Park Director and CEO, Tamara Jungwirth, says: “My Big Fat Lesbian Greek Wedding was the firm audience favourite at this year’s Playtime readings so we can’t wait to see the full-length production develop here at Gasworks Arts Park. Historically, dramatic theatre, particularly that based on new Australian writing, is a genre that has a long lead time in its genesis and needs some support to develop so that LGBTIQ issues can be represented on stage.”
As the winner of Playtime, Zoe will be offered further development of her work and supported to find new performance opportunities. This will extend the life of the work and present it to audiences in greater numbers, bringing authentic and humourous LGBTIQ+ experiences to an even wider audience.
Zoe tells us “I can’t thank Gasworks Arts Park and Midsumma enough for the opportunity to bring my work to such a supportive audience. Being involved in Playtime Staged Readings was invaluable as it helped me gain immediate feedback on my writing, and connect with a crowd who may not have otherwise seen my work”
“Midsumma is proud to support new artistic voices. Each of the works presented as part of Gasworks’ Playtime Staged Readings represented a fresh new playwright each with their own unique artistic vision and insights into contemporary queer life. We are excited to have worked with Gasworks Arts Park to select Zoe Brinnand as the winner of Playtime. My Big Fat Lesbian Greek Wedding is not only heart-achingly funny, but also poignantly captures the experience of coming out to a Greek Australian family.” – Daniel Santangeli, Midsumma Program Manager
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