Jill Blewett Playwright’s Award
This prestigious Award, established in memory of former Company Chair Jill Blewett, is granted biennially and includes a full fee paid to the winner, along with a week-long creative development program.
The call for entries closed on 30 June 2017 and the winner will be announced at a special event on Saturday 3 March as part of Writers’ Week at the 2018 Adelaide Festival.
Finalists for the 2018 Jill Blewett Playwright’s Award are:
• Prodigal Jones by Duncan Graham
• 19 Weeks by Emily Steel
• Strata by Peter Beaglehole
Previous winners have included Nicki Bloom (Vale) and Phillip Kavanagh (Tartuffe). The 2016 Jill Blewett award winners were commissioned to write new productions for the State Theatre Company’s 2018 season: Fleur Kilpatrick’s Terrestrial, and Duncan Graham’s Creditors.
Government of South Australia through Arts South Australia
Jill Blewett Playwright’s Award Endowment Fund donors:
Hon John Bannon AO
Hon Dr Neal Blewett AC
Rob Brookman AM & Verity Laughton
Prof John Chalmers AC
Creative Partnerships Australia
Malcolm Gray & Laura Healy
Peter & Elizabeth Hambly
Lady Patricia Harewood
Hon Chris Hurford AO
Hon Anne Levy AO
Guy Ross & Ellen Poyner
Pat & Hugh Stretton AC
Thyne Reid Foundation
Kim Williams AM
Trevor & Jane Wilson
The Flinders University Young Playwrights Award supports rewards emerging writers from high school – age 25. Click here to learn more.
At State Theatre Company, our vision is that the Company will, alongside its work with reinvigorated classics and extant Australian repertoire, be a powerhouse for the development of outstanding new work. At the heart of that process is our commissioning program.
The 2018 Season will feature several new commissions, including:
In The Club – Patricia Cornelius – 23 February – 18 March
Terrestrial – Fleur Kilpatrick – 23 May – 2 June
Creditors – Duncan Graham – 20 July – 5 August
The Gods Of Strangers – Elena Carapetis – 9 November – 2 December
Writers currently under commission include:
The Kreutzer Sonata – Sue Smith
Hedda Gabler – Joanna Murray Smith
Maggie Stone – Caleb Lewis
The Seagull – Hilary Bell
Jesikah – Phillip Kavanagh
Little Bird – Nicki Bloom, with songs and music by Cameron Goodall and Quentin Grant
Gorgon – Elena Carapetis
Things I Know To Be True – Andrew Bovell
Tartuffe – Phillip Kavanagh
Since 2013 we’ve shepherded a massive number of new works through our best practice development model achieving over an 85% ‘page to stage’ success rate.
We do not receive unsolicited submissions from unproduced writers.
Professionally produced playwrights and agents should contact our Resident Artist Elena Carapetis