Over four days, the biggest minds and talents in Australian theatre gather at Darlinghurst Theatre Company’s Eternity Playhouse for the 2018 National Play Festival, to share stories through performances, masterclasses, artist talks and panels.
Playwriting Australia opens the National Play Festival with the inaugural Nick Enright Keynote Address. Writer, director and artisitic director of the Sydney Festival Wesley Enoch will present the Bill of Writes, detailing the responsibilities, rights and cost of being a writer.
Performed readings of the country’s best new plays for the 2018 National Play Festival include: Anchuli Felicia King’s White Pearl, which takes place in a whitening cream business; Cusp by Mary Anne Butler, a play examining the lives of three young adults in the Northern Territory as they swim against the tide of irrevocable change, and The Fever and the Fret, an ode to love and memory by Nyul Nyul/Yawuru writer Jub Clerc.
Born, Still by Jane Harrison, writer of Stolen, is a cathartic and uplifting work about the silent grief that accompanies stillbirth.
Minneapolis by Perth writer Will O’Mahony is an ‘almost’ love story set in a world conditioned to hate.
Free Artists talks include:
On Whiteness (March 22) in which Benjamin Law chairs a panel of Jada Alberts, Lee Lewis, and John Romeril to examine what we mean when we talk about whiteness and what we can and should do about it.
On Queerness (March 24), which brings together leading LGBTQIA playwrights Angela Betzien and Tommy Murphy for a conversation about Queerness to discuss their own missions as queer playwrights.
On Anger (March 25) has Andrea James and Alana Valentine discuss how playwrights channel their anger into their work. What does it look and feel like when our frustration with the world’s dysfunction pulses beneath the surface of a play?
View the full program here