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Flinders University Young Playwrights' Award

State Theatre Company’s major award for the encouragement and support of new writing talent is commencing its 19th 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 2019

Are you addicted to theatre? Do you find yourself scribbling down dialogue or harassing your friends to perform your latest play? Have you imagined yourself as the next Arthur Miller, Kate Mulvany or Nakkiah Lui?

State Theatre Company is seeking submissions from young writers for the 2019 Flinders University Young Playwrights’ Award. Entries are accepted for the following categories:

Junior Award (high school students)

  • $500 cash prize
  • 8 Play Subscription to our 2020 season
  • A script development session under the guidance of a professional director and mentoring playwright

Senior Award (ages 18 – 25)

  • $1000 cash prize
  • 8 Play Subscription to our 2020 season
  • Script development and dramaturgy workshops under the guidance of a professional director and mentoring playwright
  • A public reading of their work

Guidelines

Entries should be only one act, involve no more than eight actors and be no more than 100 pages. If the work is longer than one act or is more than 100 pages, you are welcome to provide a short summary of the act/s or scene/s not included in the submission.

Submission

To enter the competition, please email your play script to education@statetheatrecompany.com.au or post to Education, State Theatre Company, PO Box 8252, Station Arcade, Adelaide SA 5000.

A full list of the terms and conditions for 2019 is available here and should be reviewed prior to submission.

Entries for the 2019 Flinders University Young Playwrights’ Award close at 5pm on Thursday 30 May, 2019.

Playwriting tips

Don’t know where to start? We’ve created a list of playwriting tips here and asked our Resident Artist Elena Carapetis to share her wisdom in a video here.

More information

For more information about the Flinders University Young Playwrights’ Award, please email education@statetheatrecompany.com.au.

 

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  • The 2018 Senior award winner was Jamie Hornsby, whose psychological thriller Ascend was inspired by his extensive research of cults, and the notion of living in a ‘post-truth’ world.

    Currently an Honours student specialising in Playwriting at UniSA, Jamie is also an actor, director and musician.

    His play because there was fire, commissioned by Jopuka Productions, won Best New Work at the 2018 Newcastle Fringe awards and will tour nationally this year.

    Three of his short plays have appeared in Jopuka Productions’ Whatever Theatre Festival, and he has been commissioned to write an ambitious piece of youth theatre, Transcendence.

    Jamie is a graduate of the Adelaide College of the Arts and in his time there served as the head writer on the devised theatre piece, Canto. As an actor, he has toured South Australia with Waxing Lyrical Productions’ Romeo and Juliet and toured Disneyland, California with Adelaide Youth Theatre. His music also appeared in Adelaide University Theatre Guild’s Much Ado About Nothing.

    Zoe Muller won the award in the 2018 junior category for her work Rattling the Keys and has been working on the script under the guidance of director Corey McMahon.

    Fascinated by the small towns of rural South Australia, Zoe was inspired to write a story that would connect with young adults and focus on a prominent issue within that community. In this play, Zoe explores the issue of methamphetamine addiction through the lens of teenagers living in Coober Pedy.

    The high school student, who says the award has inspired her to keep writing, wrote a stage adaptation of Puberty Blues in 2017 and made her directing debut at the Adelaide Fringe. She is also the co-creator of Deadset Theatre Company, which aims to produce shows for young audiences.

    Find out more about the 2018 winners here.

  • 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