Frequently Asked Questions

Browsing our site

How can I use this website?
  • Discover how you can develop a play you’re writing.
  • Browse a vast catalogue of Australian plays, using a wide range of filters.
  • Search for monologues.
  • Purchase scripts.
  • Apply for a license to produce an Australian play onstage.
  • Explore curated collections of plays, watch interviews with playwrights, read essays by some of the leading voices in Australian theatre, and listen to terrific podcasts.
What type of plays are sold?

Any kind of play you can think of. Many are classics of the Australian theatre, most have been professionally produced and many have won significant awards. These are all well-crafted, production-ready plays from a rich diversity of voices.

How can I find the play that best matches my interests?

You can search using a range of filters – keywords, themes, target audience, length, and cast age, size and gender. You can enter a play title or playwright’s name. You can browse alphabetically by playwright.

Why are some plays available in digital format while others are available only as print-published books?

Scripts on the website come from several different suppliers, such as APT, Australian Script Centre, Currency Press and Playlab Press. Many titles are only published in book form, but the number available in digital formats is increasing.

What if I can't find the play I'm looking for?

We may be able to help you locate the play through another publisher. If the play is unpublished, we may be able to contact the playwright on your behalf. Contact us with your query.

Some of the playscripts for sale are in manuscript form while others are published as physical books. How can I tell what I’m buying?

Under the pricing on each play page you will also find informaton on which format this publication is sold in. If the script is in an APT or Australian Script Centre publication, it will arrive as an electronic (PDF) file as provided by the playwright. Some other suppliers to the site are traditional publishers, with titles often published in book form.

Why is it that some plays on the site have extracts available while others don't?

The availability of extracts is at the discretion of the relevant supplier. We provide extracts wherever possible.

Shopping online

How do I buy a script?

Select your plays and add them to your shopping cart. Once you’re ready to proceed to checkout, click on the ‘My Cart’ button (with trolley icon) to the right of the screen. Review your order and, if you are satisfied, follow the ‘Continue’ prompts which will guide you through the process of confirming and processing payment for your order.

For scripts ordered in digital format, once payment is processed you will receive a download link on the final page of the checkout process and, within minutes, you’ll be sent an emailed receipt that also contains a link to your script download.

For orders in print format, you should allow up to 14 days for dispatch and delivery from the relevant supplier. Don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions about delivery of your order.

What type of plays are sold?

In addition to any transaction receipts from our payment service providers (such as PayPal), you’ll be sent an order receipt with the subject ‘Your order details – APT’.

Check to see that you have received this email. It will contain an instruction and a link to download any purchases that are made available electronically (items marked with *).

We would normally expect that you receive this email within minutes. If it has not been received after an hour, check your junk/spam folder, and if you can’t find it there please contact us.

Which postal service provider do you use?

Depending on the quantity of your order, goods will be sent via courier or using Australia Post (and its contracted carriers). Unfortunately, we are not able to provide a tracking number for most orders.

How much does postage cost?

Our shopping cart facility will calculate postage and handling payable when you fill in your delivery details and click ‘calculate’. FREE DELIVERY within Australia is offered where the value of goods is greater than $150.

What if I can't find the play I'm looking for?

APT is a shopfront for a collective of independent Australian publishers and goods are shipped directly from their respective offices. It is for this reason that goods purchased in a single order may arrive separately.

Why do plays purchased in one transaction sometimes arrive separately?

Under the pricing on each play page you will also find informaton on which format this publication is sold in. If the script is in an APT or Australian Script Centre publication, it will arrive as an electronic (PDF) file as provided by the playwright. Some other suppliers to the site are traditional publishers, with titles often published in book form.

How much do the scripts cost?

Scripts in PDF format generally sell for between $10 and $19.  Hardcopy prices range from about $19.99 to $35.99, plus postage and handling. All prices on this site are quoted in Australian dollars and include GST for Australian customers.

Do I need to use a credit card in order to buy products from this site?

No. In addition to PayPal and credit card, we also allow shoppers to generate an invoice for their order, payable by cheque or direct deposit. This payment method incurs a $4 transaction fee and goods are dispatched upon receipt of payment. Standard and Premium Organisation Membership holders receive access to this payment method without incurring an additional transaction fee.

Is my credit card and other personal information secure?

Absolutely! APT does not hold any credit card information, as it is handled by eWAY or PayPal. For more information on issues associated with credit card security, visit the online PayPal Security System to find out more.

I am having trouble with a financial transaction on this site. What should I do now?

Please contact us for assistance.

Do I need to pay in Australian dollars?

All prices are quoted in Australian dollars. If you are an overseas customer, our shopping cart will debit the equivalent amount in Australian dollars from your credit card account. For the benefit of our overseas customers, we have included a link to a currency converter in the cart.

What happens if a play I have ordered from this site is no longer available?

We make every effort to ensure that titles are promptly removed from the site if they become unavailable but orders for unavailable titles may occasionally slip through the net. In this event, we will contact you to advise when the title will become available or to arrange a refund.

What happens if a play I have ordered from this site is no longer available?


What is a Membership?

A Membership is a paid feature of APT that allows users to read the full text of large number of scripts online. A Membership allows you to explore the depth and diversity of Australian playwriting while taking the guess work out of your next script purchase. You can also build a personal reading list with notes and earn points toward free scripts.

Do I need to a Membership in order to buy a play?

No, anyone can access the online catalogue and buy a play.

How do I find scripts to read with my Membership?

When you have logged in with your username and password, you can search for scripts as you would normally. A green dot next to a title indicates that it’s available to read online with your membership. Simply visit a highlighted script’s product information page by clicking on the title of the play and look for the ‘preview full script’ button.

Why isn't the play I want to read available online?

Most of the titles listed on the site can be read online with a Membership (approximately 80% or 1800+ titles). However, the availability of digital copies and differing agreements with our partner publishers mean that some scripts are not available for online reading.

What are the costs and benefits of a Membership?

Memberships range from $20 for an Individual one-month pass, to $60 for a Multi-User twelve-month pass. You can find out about our different Membership options here.

If I submit my email address to this site, will you share or on-sell to a third party?

No, we will never share or sell your details. Please refer to our privacy policy for more on this matter.

Rights and royalties

Can I order one play from this site and make additional copies of the play for the cast and crew?

You are not permitted by law to reproduce more than 10% of any of the scripts without permission from the copyright holder. This includes representatives of institutions covered by a Copyright Agency Limited (CAL) copy licence. Permission to make multiple copies of scripts purchased in digital format can be arranged by adding a copy license to your trolley when you purchase the script or later by completing and returning the photocopy licence form attached to the front of your script. Permission to copy whole scripts that are published in book form must be arranged directly with the relevant publisher.

If in doubt, please contact us.

If I buy a copy licence to a play, does this mean that I have the right to produce the play?

No. Before producing a play, you must first obtain production rights for the play and arrange to pay royalties to the playwright or his/her agent. You can do that through this site.

If I am not charging admission to a play, do I need to pay royalties?

In most cases you will still need to pay a fee. Typically, playwrights and agents offer a reduced rate for school and amateur productions. The royalty payable is a matter for negotiation between yourself and the relevant rightsholder which is usually the playwright or their agent.

Can I obtain production rights for a play from this website?

Yes, we can help with that. Often, we can offer you a production license quickly in-house; sometimes, we will promptly put you in touch with the relevant playwright or agency. Just click on the ‘Production Rights’ icon for your chosen script and submit the short form, including information about the dates, number of performances, venue and nature of your proposed production.

Further information about production rights is available under rights and royalties.

How do I get in touch with a playwright whose work is featured on the site?

We can forward a message to the playwright or their agent on your behalf. Simply send us an email and mark it for the attention of the relevant playwright.

I wish to direct one of the plays I have purchased from this site. Can I cut down or otherwise change the wording in the script?

No alterations may be made to a script without first obtaining permission from the playwright or his/her agent.

I am interested in making a film of one of the plays in your catalogue. How do I obtain the film rights?

You will need to contact the playwright or their agent. For contact information, please contact us.

I belong to an organisation that holds a Copyright Agency Limited (CAL) copy licence. Doesn’t that cover me for photocopying the script?

Not the whole script. CAL licences only cover copying within the limitations of the Australian Copyright Act 1968. As a general guide, this only includes up to 10% of a work, not the entire work. If you intend to produce the play you will also need to negotiate production rights with the playwright or their agent.


How do I submit my play for inclusion on this site?

Please consult our information for playwrights or contact us with a specific query.

I am a publisher of Australian plays. Can I sell plays on this site?

If you are a publisher of contemporary Australian plays and would like to sell your works on this site, we welcome your enquiry. Please contact us.

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