JILL BLEWETT PLAYWRIGHT’S AWARD
This prestigious Award, established in memory of former Company Chair Jill Blewett, is granted biennially and includes a full commission for the winner to write a new play for State Theatre Company South Australia, along with a week-long creative development on the resulting script.
The winner of the 2018 Award was Emily Steel for her play 19 Weeks. An unflinchingly honest work about her own experience with pregnancy and abortion, 19 Weeks has been performed as part of Adelaide and Perth Fringe Festivals.
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
1992: Jimmy Chi Bran Nue Dae
1994: Melissa Reeves Sweetown
1996: Daniel Keene Because You Are Mine
1998: Hillary Bell Wolf Lullaby
2000: Andrew Bovell, Irine Vela, Christos Tsiolkas, Patricia Cornelius, Melissa Reeves Who’s Afraid of the Working Class?
2002: Josh Tyler Small Faith
2004: Sean Riley Beautiful Words
2006: Finegan Kruckemeyer This Unchartered Hour
2008: Duncan Graham Merger – art, life and the other thing
2010: Nina Pearce This Place
2012: Nicki Bloom A Cathedral
2014: Phillip Kavanagh Replay
2016: Fleur Kilpatrick Blessed and Duncan Graham Dreams in White
2018: Emily Steel 19 Weeks
Since 2014, winners of the Jill Blewett Playwright’s Award have been commissioned by State Theatre Company South Australia to write new plays for consideration for programming in future seasons. Commissions include:
As One by Phillip Kavanagh
Terrestrial by Fleur Kilpatrick (part of Season 2018)
Creditors by Duncan Graham (part of Season 2018)
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