For the past five years, Australian Plays has proudly published the scripts of new Australian works featuring (and often premiering) in the Sydney Festival. These texts live online fleetingly, available only for the duration of the festival - expanding an audience’s interaction and experience of how modern performance texts are constructed.
The NIMROD 50 Collection – an extensive and exciting collection of previously unpublished, out of print or never published works celebrating 50 years since the founding of the Nimrod Theatre Company in 1970.
Australian Plays continued to celebrate and promote Australian playwrights during the extraordinary year that was 2020.
Inspired by our friends at Methuen Drama, we launched a campaign to keep us all reading and sharing great plays using the hashtag #australianplayaday
We’ve asked some prominent theatre artists to nominate three Australian plays from our collection that have made an impact on them.
Our new collaboration with the Atelier Theatre Company marks the beginning of another exciting partnership; Atelier Theatre Company is a powerhouse theatre company led by Kuljeet Singh, bringing high-quality theatre to New Delhi and beyond with its touring Atelier Campus Theatre Festival.
Of the Island spotlights work by authors born, raised or residing in Tasmania but will also include a number of significant plays that deal directly with Tasmanian history, location and concerns. This is a living collection and will be added to over time.
Moogahlin Performing Arts through the Yellamundie National First Peoples Playwriting Festival is proud to present the Yellamundie Collection in association with Australian Plays.
Yellamundie National First Peoples Playwriting Festival identifies, develops, and presents new First Peoples writing for the theatre. Yellamundie is a Darug word for ‘Storyteller’.
Since 2011, Australian Plays has teamed up with the Australian Theatre Forum to document and share the insights, observations and opinions that emerge from this biennial gathering of the country's leading theatre-makers. Featuring keynotes, panels and plenary sessions, this video archive complements range of audio, transcripts and media coverage also available at australiantheatreforum.com.au
The National Play Festival, produced by Playwriting Australia, brings theatre-makers, producers and audiences together in an annual celebration of Australian playwriting and theatre. This showcase brings together the scripts that have emerged through the Festival since 2008, accompanied by interviews with many of the featured playwrights.
State of Play is a series of long format, commissioned essays by some of the leading voices in Australian theatre. You'll hear from playwrights, directors, dramaturges, producers, actors, administrators and commentators from around Australia.
The Playbox collection focuses on the ‘All Australian Period’ which began in 1990 .The Playbox texts are the legacy of a brave and passionate cultural experiment: an experiment that created a generation of artists.
WITS on Australian Plays highlights a collection of over five hundred playscripts amassed over nearly forty years. This online Showcase features the capacity to search for scripts written by women or containing significant and complex female roles.
For the past three years, Australian Plays has proudly published the scripts of new Australian works featuring (and often premiering) in the Sydney Festival. These texts live online fleetingly, available only for the duration of the festival - expanding an audience’s interaction and experience of how modern performance texts are constructed.
In 2019 Australian Plays is delighted to offer a new Collection focused on the Australian theatre content in the Sydney Festival program. For the month of January, we provide free read access to the scripts of some key works in the exciting line up. We are really delighted to continue this partnership established with the Sydney Festival in 2017.
In 2017 Australian Plays and Sydney Festival joined forces for the first time to offer free reading access to the exciting line-up of Australian scripts featured in the Festival program. We are delighted to continue this partnership and will be offering this access once more for the 2018 program.
These resources have been created for the online learning world. You may know some of the selected plays and some may be new. It’s always great to make discoveries. Whichever is the case, Australian Plays recommends that teachers access and read a script before selecting it for their students. Each script and the accompanying activities are designed as a mini unit of work or series of lessons for students to do solo, in pairs and in collaboration and take place over several days or more.
Australian Plays is delighted to collaborate with Malthouse Theatre on this Collection, bringing together a selection of Malthouse Education Resources created for Australian plays over the past twenty years.
This in-depth collection gathers together education resources related to productions staged by State Theatre Company South Australia. The plays for which these resources were created span many years and include Australian premieres, many of which have been staged only once in Australia. This collection includes written, video and audio resources to ensure students with different learning styles can find a way to engage in both the classroom and the digital space.
The history of Australian theatre is one of forgetting. Works that aren’t published aren’t remembered, works that aren’t produced again fade away. Australian Plays treads the line between presenting the most exciting, cutting edge new Australian work and exploring plays that deserve a deeper read or further celebration. The Red Door series is thus a curator’s imprint – giving license for the Literary Manager to focus deeply on such works.
Our database of hand-selected monologues offers a huge range of searchable options that will help you track down the perfect piece for auditions and assessments. You’ll find information on gender, genre, age and length, along with a short sample that provides a nice sense of what the piece has to offer. Visitors with an Australian Plays subscription also have the opportunity to preview the full script online.
The Keene/Taylor Theatre Project In late 1997, director Ariette Taylor and writer Daniel Keene launched an independent theatrical venture that was to take the Melbourne theatre scene by storm. It began modestly with a couple of readings and developed over the next few years in to one of the most vital and interesting companies on the Australian landscape.
An exciting Collection of First Nation playwriting, developed under the artistic guidance of Indigenous writers and theatre-makers. BlakStage provides a starting point for a journey to the heart of this extraordinary and rapidly evolving body of work. You'll find pioneering early works alongside noteworthy newcomers, all grounded in ancient storytelling tradition.
Jack Hibberd’s body of work is a loud, joyful and brilliant noise; a journey that is still underway, and a legacy of enormous value.
Shakespeare for Australian Schools presents ten plays by Ned Manning, which explore Shakespeare’s language, characters, themes and world in the context of the Australian landscape. They investigate the inherent theatricality in Shakespeare’s plays and how they might be relevant to Australian students.
Western Australia is known for nurturing incredible talent across all the art forms and has produced many exceptional playwrights, among them Jack Davis, Dorothy Hewett, Ian Wilding, and David Milroy, to name only a few. The curated collection on this page represents a brief retrospective of 15 years of WA scripts that Stages financially supported in development.
Large Cast is an anthology of eleven contemporary Australian plays, selected by a panel of two experienced drama teachers and a youth theatre director. The plays include a variety of comedies and dramas, a non-traditional musical, a fantasy and an ensemble storytelling piece. Cast sizes range from nine to 130 and often allow for considerable variability.