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Flinders University Young Playwrights Award

The State Theatre Company’s major award for the encouragement and support of new writing talent is commencing its 18th year. Flinders University Young Playwrights Award winners will receive the opportunity to have their work developed under the guidance of professionals in the industry.

Entries for Flinders University Young Playwrights Award 2018

Serious about writing for the stage and consider yourself a budding Shakespeare, Beckett, Young Jean Lee or Joanna Murray-Smith? Get cracking on your entry for the 2018 Flinders University Young Playwright Award… it’s never too early!

Entries are accepted for the following categories:

Junior Award (High School Students)

  • $500 cash prize
  • 4 Play Subscription to our 2019 season (valued at $128)
  • A script development session under the guidance of a professional director and mentoring playwright.

Senior Awards (Age 18 – 25):

  • $1000 cash prize
  • 4 Play Subscription to our 2019 season (valued at $128)
  • A script development session under the guidance of a professional director and mentoring playwright.
  • A public reading of their work

Entries will open in early 2018. Check back for important dates and information.

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  • Jack Cummins won the award in the 2017 Junior Category for his work Clanstow, which he has begun developing further with his acting school Actors Ink for a performance at the 2018 Adelaide Fringe. The Year 11 St Ignatius student was inspired to submit for the competition after completing the 2016 State Theatre Company work experience program.

    The 2017 Senior Award winner was CJ McLean, whose play The River explores the relationship between love, hatred and jealousy, and the poisonous effect of this mix on life decisions. CJ completed his Honours in Creative Arts (Creative Writing) at Flinders University in 2015. During his degree, he also attended Oxford University’s Creative Writing Summer School, and travelled to Guangzhou, China as part of the AsiaBound project to mentor creative writing students at Sun Yat-sen University.

    In 2015, CJ was nominated in the Express Media Awards for Best Piece Published in Buzzcuts, and he has received two Commendations from the State Theatre Company in the Young Playwrights Award. The emerging Adelaide writer developed a seven-minute monologue, Changing Room, which was later reworked and broadcast on ABC Radio National’s Pocketdocs program in late 2016, and published by Currency Press in an anthology of the same name. In 2017, CJ mounted his first one-man cabaret show for the Adelaide Fringe, Love & Anger, which explored themes of lost love and self-identity.

    As winners of the Flinders Young Playwrights Award Jack and CJ were awarded script development with Dramaturg and Director Sarah Dunn, with CJ’s development culminating in a public reading at the Dunstan Playhouse with actors Annabel Matheson and Matilda Bailey.

    2016 Flinders Young Playwrights Awards

    Senior Winner: Peter Beaglehole – Strata

    Junior Winner: James Watson – Empty Vanity