Queer Playwriting Award Showcase

The annual Queer Playwriting Award (previously Playtime Staged Readings) is part of the Midsumma Presents program, a collaboration between Gasworks Arts Park and Midsumma Festival.

Please check our COVID-19 Information page to see any changes to this program.

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 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 2023 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.

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

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


Image credit: Suzanne Balding (No Asians by Andrew Undi Lee, QPAS 2022)

  • Event Details
    Date & Times:
    • Queer Playwriting Award call-out commences: Monday 6 June 2022
    • Call out closes: Sunday 3 July 2022
    • Selection Panel Meets (to select finalists): Mid-July 2022
    • Applicants notified and participation/details confirmed: Late July 2022 
    • Queer Playwriting Award & Showcase: Monday 23 January 2023
    • Selection Panel Meets (to select Award recipient): February 2023
    • Award recipient announced: February 2023
  • 2022 Winner
    A headshot of Rory Godbold, wearing a blue shirt & jacket, and looking at the camera.

    Congratulations to Rory Godbold, our winner of the Queer Playwriting Award 2022 as part of Midsumma Festival!

    “Developing CROSS through QPAS with the support of Midsumma and Gasworks has been an incredibly fruitful experience. It's been a unique opportunity to be in conversation and collaboration with the Melbourne theatre and queer community as the play has taken shape, found it's voice and solidified core issues. I'm excited to make a piece of theatre that interrogates and activates Queer issues around education and sexuality and I look forward to bringing CROSS to a wide audience in the near future!"
    – Rory Godbold, QPAS Award Winner 2022

    Well done to all participants and finalists.

  • Applications for 2023 will close 3 July 2022

  • “QPAS 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 is 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 this program – 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

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