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The Patrick White Playwrights' Award was established by the Sydney Theatre Company in 2000. It is given in honour of Patrick White's contribution to Australian theatre and to foster the development of Australian playwrights. The award is designed to benefit both emerging writers and mid-career writers.

The Patrick White Playwrights' Award is given for a full-length, unproduced play of any genre written by an Australian playwright over 18 years of age. The readers and judges assessing the scripts look for original and ambitious works that have great potential for staging.

This award is a companion to the Patrick White Playwrights' Fellowship.

Source: Sighted: 3/12/2013.


2020 winner K-Box Ra Chapman , 2020 single work drama

'A 30-something Korean adoptee finds the raucous and riotous side of family in this surreal comedy.

'Lucy fled her manic Melbourne routine to find calm in the country. But the home of her adoptive white baby-boomer parents ain’t the place for peace and quiet.

'Enter Kim Han, a charismatic K-pop star making a surprise visit to rural Victoria, who tips Lucy’s crisis into a complete tailspin.

'But there’s more to this than karaoke. As the evening rockets towards a climax, Lucy will raise the roof with the ones who raised her.'

Source: Malthouse Theatre.

2019 winner Keziah Warner for 'LuNa'.
2018 winner y separately published work icon Superheroes Mark Rogers , 2020 Strawberry Hills : Currency Press , 2020 17190046 2020 single work drama

'In Thirroul, Emily sits on the beach with her sort-of-ex-sort-of-not boyfriend, trying to figure out how to deal with her unwanted pregnancy.

'In Mostar, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Jana goes out to get groceries and slams into the day-to-day reality of the European refugee crisis.

'Superheroes is a play about two women on opposite sides of the world living small lives in a time of big politics. It’s a play that parallels two very different lives to ask questions about what it means to take responsibility for your actions, and what it means to change your mind.'

Source: Griffin Theatre Company.

2017 winner Kim Ho
2014 winner Debra Thomas for The Man's Bitch
2013 winner Chris Summers
2012 winner Minus One Sister MinusOneSister Anna Barnes , 2012 single work drama
— Appears in: Muff [and] MinusOneSister [and] SHIT 2017;

'When Agamemnon sacrificed the life of his daughter Iphigenia, three sisters became two, and two sisters become enemies. 'Minus One Sister' is the story of those two surviving sisters, Electra and Chyrsothemis and how their youngest sister's murder split them apart. Inspired by Sophocles' Electra, this is Greek tragedy for the Twitter generation.

'There will be blood, there will be tears, there will be revenge. Sisters will be sisters.' (Publisher's blurb)

2011 winner Little Borders Phillip Kavanagh , 2012 single work drama
2010 winner y separately published work icon Beached Melissa Bubnic , 2011 Strawberry Hills : Currency Press , 2013 Z1781943 2011 single work drama humour

'Arty is huge. Ginormous. Morbidly and grossly obese, he’s in need of a gastric bypass to save his life. At over 400 kilos, he’s the world’s fattest teenager.

'Arty is also being followed by a reality TV crew. Will he lose the kilos needed to have the op? Will he survive to eat another cream puff? Will Louise, his Pathways-to-Work officer, transform his life in ways he never imagined?

'Unapologetically satiric, Beached is also the moving story of a man imprisoned in his own body. It lays bare the mercenary nature of reality TV, and turns the microscope on society’s insatiable appetite for human misery.'

Source: Griffin Theatre Company.

2009 winner Forever Seven Ian Wilding , 2010 single work drama
2008 winner y separately published work icon Bloodwood Nicki Bloom , 2009 (Manuscript version)x402067 Z1577960 2009 single work drama
2007 joint winner y separately published work icon Wretch Angus Cerini , 2007 Hobart : Australian Script Centre , 2009 Z1502694 2007 single work drama Wretch looks at the relationship between a mother and her son, at love in all its ugly and brilliant forms. Set within visiting hour in the juvenile detention facility where he is living, the young man struggles to comprehend the manner of his crimes while she tentatively tries to reconcile her own story. (Publisher's blurb)
Joint winner with Timothy Daly's The Man in the Attic.
2007 joint winner The Man in the Attic Timothy Daly , 2007 single work drama Joint winner with Angus Cerini's Wretch.
2006 winner Do Not Go Gentle... Patricia Cornelius , 2006 single work drama humour
— Appears in: Do Not Go Gentle and The Berry Man : Two Plays 2011; (p. 1-63)
This play juxtaposes the journeys towards death of members of Robert Falcon Scott's Antarctic expedition with that of residents in an Australian nursing home.
2005 winner y separately published work icon The Story of the Miracles at Cookie's Table Cookie's Table Wesley Enoch , 2006 Strawberry Hills : Currency Press , 2007 Z1238010 2006 single work drama

'In the 1870s a girl is born under a tree - her birth tree - chosen to give her strength and wisdom. When the tree is cut down she follows it into the white man's world, working as a cook for the big house on the island. Her tree has become a kitchen table, one she will pass down through successive generations as a legacy - a way of carving out her family stories. Now, generations later, a young man and his mother fight for ownership of the table.'

Source: back cover, Currency Press imprint (2007)

2004 winner y separately published work icon Constance Drinkwater and the Final Days of Somerset Stephen Carleton , 2004 Fortitude Valley : Playlab , 2006 Z1197759 2004 single work drama (taught in 3 units)

'It is 1899 and only the resolve of Lady Constance Drinkwater has kept the Far North Queensland settlement of Somerset from crumbling. Beset by storms, ill-luck and a mysterious disease that has killed all but two of Constance’s children, it is the arrival of strangers - anthropologist Professor Cornelius Crabbe and his companion, Mr Hop Lee - that sets in motion the final catastrophic days of Somerset.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2003 winner Windmill Baby David Milroy , Josie Ningali Lawford , 2004 single work drama
— Appears in: Contemporary Indigenous Plays 2007; (p. [201]-228)
Windmill Baby is the story of Maymay, an old Aboriginal woman who returns to the deserted Kimberley cattle station that was her home 50 years ago. A one-woman redemption piece told through Indigenous voices, with the endearing characters of Wun-man, Two-man, Aunty Darbella and old Maymay, this play is delivered with the poetry of a campfire storyteller.
2002 joint winner Last Cab to Darwin Reg Cribb , 2002 single work drama humour
— Appears in: リターン : ダーウィンへの最後のタクシー 2007;
2002 joint winner Even Amongst Dogs Ian Wilding , 2001 single work drama art work
2001 joint winner Lucky Toby Schmitz , 2002 single work drama
2001 joint winner y separately published work icon Bed Brendan Cowell , Hobart : Australian Script Centre , 2001 Z941061 2001 single work drama
2001 joint winner The Aliens Jackie Smith , 2002 single work drama
2000 joint winner Post Felicity Who Are You, Mr James? Ben Ellis , 2000 single work drama satire
— Appears in: Svetlana in Slingbacks [and] Post Felicity 2002; (p. 59-99)