JILL BLEWETT PLAYWRIGHTS AWARD
This prestigious Award, established in memory of former Company Chair Jill Blewett, is granted biennially and includes a full commission for the award recipient, along with a week-long creative development on the script with State Theatre Company’s Artistic Director and wider artistic team. Creative developments are critical in the creation of any new play. They allow the playwright, directors and actors time to unpack the ideas within the text and to refine a play’s ‘mechanics’.
We, as much as the playwright, are heavily invested in the success of our Jill Blewett Playwrights Award-winning plays and view them as making up a core part of our programming in future years.
State Theatre Company’s charitable Foundation proudly administers the Jill Blewett Playwrights Award Endowment Fund. State Theatre Company is committed to growing the Jill Blewett Playwrights Award and their impact in the future. Your generous gift plays a critical role in fostering talented playwrights and writing powerful new stories for the stage.
We hope to build this endowment fund in order to continue offering the Jill Blewett Playwrights Award to foster talented playwrights as they write powerful new stories for the stage. You can support the Jill Blewett Playwrights Award by giving online or by contacting our Philanthropy Manager Cath Bauer at firstname.lastname@example.org
Government of South Australia through Arts South Australia
Jill Blewett Playwrights 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
Emily Steel is the recipient of the 2018 Jill Blewett Playwrights Award 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.
Emily is originally from Wales and has lived in Adelaide since 2010. Her work as a playwright includes: the award-winning 19 Weeks (Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature 2018; Melbourne Fringe Tour Ready Award, Adelaide Fringe 2018; Best Theatre Award, Adelaide Fringe 2017), Sepiafor RiAus (Tour Ready Award, Adelaide Fringe 2012), Rocket Town (inSpace Award, Adelaide Fringe 2011), Rabbits, and State Theatre Company’s 2017 State Umbrella production, Paris Nesbit.
She has also written an adaptation of Ben Jonson’s Volpone for State Theatre Company, Impersonal Space with Company AT, Frozen Girl with Tutti’s Performing Arts Ensemble, three works for BBC radio 4 (Frank and the Bear, Bite, Boom Boom and a radio version of 19 Weeks), and Station and Six for Sherman Cymru Theatre in Wales.
Photo by Sia Duff.
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
Since 2014, winners of the Jill Blewett Playwrights 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 featured 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