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: http://www.sydneytheatre.com.au/about/information-for-artists/patrick-white-playwrights%E2%80%99-award-and-fellowship.aspx Sighted: 3/12/2013.
'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.
'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.
'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)
'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.
'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)
'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.