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2020 winner A Hymn to the Hateful Finegan Kruckemeyer , 2017 single work drama

'‘Hate is a tiring thing. It is a commitment one must make, and invest in. It demands long hours and plenty of overtime. There are few perks, but wonderful camaraderie and an appreciation that everyone is working just as hard as each other’. An enquiry into the spread of hatred in today’s society, created with high-school students and performed to their peers, this play turns negativity on its head, presenting a how-to guide for the hopeful.'

Source: Author's website.

2017 winner Teacup In a Storm Noëlle Janaczewska , 2016 single work drama
— Appears in: Good with Maps [and] Teacup in a Storm 2018;

'Teacup in a Storm is a window into an unseen world of crashes, laughter and carrying on.

'Carers make up one in eight Australians and account for 1.9 billion hours of unpaid work annually. Teacup in a Storm draws on a series of detailed interviews with a number of these carers from the local region, exploring their personal experiences. ' (Publication summary)

2016 winner Sally Hardy For A Kid Like Me, an interactive stage production of mini-plays (only a selection of which were presented in any one production), with Q&A sessions and audience interaction.
2015 winner y separately published work icon The Gap Patricia Cornelius , Melissa Reeves , Angela Betzien , 2014 8954348 2014 selected work drama

Three plays by female Australian playwrights, all centring on the 'gap year': the year after the end of high school.

2014 winner Comin' Home Soon Alana Valentine , 2013 single work drama

'A deeply authentic, verbatim-inspired conversation between inmates, their children and the people who work with them as clients, Comin' Home Soon brings to the stage rarely heard perspectives on incarceration and its effects on families, most especially on children.

As part of a multi-year commitment to art classes in Goulburn gaol by GRAG which has seen a succession of Aboriginal artists go into the gaol, in 2012 playwright Alana Valentine was asked to conduct writing workshops with Aboriginal inmate artists. Informed by privileged access to these men, and with the participation and engagement of the Shine For Kids organization who work with children of inmates, this work rings with an abiding call for understanding the complexity, diversity and vulnerability of this community.

Performed at Goulburn's Lieder Theatre by Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal performers, with the endorsement of many Aboriginal locals in the cast and as supporters, this is a surprising, confronting and genuinely original encounter with the ongoing effects of punitive justice on Australian communities.' (Source: )

2012 winner The Sadness of Mister Saisson Christopher Thompson , 2011 single work drama 'A little orphan girl, an ocker opera singer, a wild Gypsy, a lonely Giraffe, a sad old man and an eccentric aviator. What do they all have in common and why are they travelling together to the Great Paris Exposition of 1889?

'The answer is at the top of the Eiffel Tower, if they can get there before Mister Menage and the gendarmes catch them. The Sadness of Mister Saisson is almost a true story...except that none of it happened this way.'

Source: St Michael's Grammar School website,
Sighted: 18/09/2012
2011 winner (Community and Youth Theatre) Yet to Ascertain the Nature of the Crime Roanna Gonsalves , Raimondo Cortese (editor), Damien Millar (editor), 2010 single work drama
2010 winner Night Breakfast Merrilee Moss , 2009 single work drama This play is based on real interviews with seven Australian women aged between 55-85, from different cultural backgrounds stranded overnight in the Darebin area, after the floods of 2003 - Irish, Italian, Greek, Turkish, Chinese, English and Australian backgrounds.
2009 winner Watermark Alana Valentine , 2008 single work drama 'A reflection on the 10th anniversary of the 1998 Australia Day Flood.'

'."The play is not an attempt to recreate the reality of the flood, photographs do that far better than words, but instead to do what plays do best - look at human nature, in this case, under the pressure of natural disaster. Such events illuminate diverse aspects of our humanity and I hope, ten years later, that it will be healing, confronting, amusing and moving to reflect on an event that is an indellible part of Katherine's proud history." Alana Valentine, January 26, 2008.'

Source: Artback NT website, (sighted: 02/09/2009)

2008 winner Royal Affair Michael Costello , 2008 single work drama

'Flo and Queenie live in the shrinking country town of Dungarra. Now in their 60s, they've known each other since kindergarten, closest friends and deadliest rivals. When working class Flo is widowed, she is forced through economic circumstances to accept the hospitality of Queenie, the doctor's widow. Little do they know that their lives, and that of their friend Maurie, are about to be turned upside down. The Queen is coming to Dungarra on what could be the last Royal Tour, and Queenie is beside herself with joy - but Flo's mind is on saving the little town from economic ruin. Soon personal secrets are unearthed and old scores, still unsettled, rise to the surface...'

Source: Australian Script Centre website,
Sighted: 19/08/2008

2007 winner y separately published work icon Embers Campion Decent , 2006 Hobart : Australian Script Centre , 2006 Z1280895 2006 single work drama 'An account of the fires that ravaged the communities of Victoria's northeast and Gippsland in January 2003; the heart-stopping tales of survival, the awe-inspiring courage and endurance of communities put to the test, the spine-chilling evocations of the wave of heat that roars through pristine valleys - and the mountains of sandwiches volunteers anxiously prepared.' Source: (Sighted 29/06/2006).
2006 winner Through the Mist Rebecca Lister , 2005 single work drama 'What happens when a family returns to the old home town after an absence of many years? A fictitious story based on interviews with residents of the Trentham Community in the Central Highlands of Victoria. Kathryn Rosevale is in her early 40s and decides to move from the city back to her childhood home of Trentham. She returns to the community with her husband and four children. But the town is not the idyllic place that her memory has created. Her marriage is on the rocks, her children are difficult, and many members of the town are not particularly keen to embark on friendships with her. The town is full of gossips, storytellers and narrowmindedness, and Kathryn herself has a number of ghosts lurking in her past, which she needs to confront. The story is told through the eyes of Kathryn's 15-year-old daughter Natalie, who documents everything she sees and feels with her video camera.' (Source: Australian Script Centre website).
2005 winner Backburning Peter Copeman , 2005 single work drama
2004 winner The Lightkeeper Verity Laughton , 2003 single work drama
— Appears in: Collection #7 : 27 New Plays from the Australian Script Centre 2008; (p. 16)
'Jack Power, an ex-seaman, is a lightkeeper at an unnamed lighthouse on the south-east coast (the 'shipwreck coast') of South Australia. The play covers his midnight-to-dawn watch on a stormy night with a struggling ship in the near distance. Jack revisits the major events of his turbulent life and, in particular, his love for and loss of the widow, Agnes Mary Taylor and her six-year-old son, Henry.' (Source: Australian Script Centre website).
2003 winner (Community & Youth Theatre) Sinakulo Peter Copeman , 2002 single work drama
2002 winner Seeking True South Philip Dean , 2001 single work musical theatre Seeking True South follows seven different lives through 100 years of history, the characters being in search of a new life in a new country. They have common experiences, but are separated by time and space. A common character, Guggani, an indigenous Australian who claims the land as his own in the first scene, also links the travellers.
2000 winner Hogs Hairs and Leeches Patricia Cornelius , 1999 single work drama

'Hogs Hairs and Leeches is eight small discrete plays which, combined, talk about growing old, regrets, memory, fears and beliefs. It examines many relationships: between mothers, grandmothers and daughters, between women who dance together at their local elderly citizens club, between grandparents and grandchildren who can no longer speak one another's language, between men who fought for good working conditions and young men who would work for nothing.' (Source: The Australian Script Centre: sighted 04/01/2007)

1996 winner y separately published work icon Snapshots from Home Margery Forde , 1995 Brisbane : Playlab Queensland Performing Arts Trust , 1997 Z860555 1995 single work drama Based on an oral history project on the war-time experiences of twenty-four men and women from Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast, Qld.
1994 winner The Keys to the Animal Room Peta Murray , 1993 single work drama
1993 winner y separately published work icon A Property of the Clan Nick Enright , 1992 Paddington : Currency Press , 1994 Z366157 1992 single work drama

'When a young girl is murdered at the hands of one of her male contemporaries, what is the aftermath? How will her friends cope? How can such violence be understood?'

Source: Australian Plays ( (Sighted: 22/02/2018)

1992 winner y separately published work icon Barmaids Katherine Thomson , Paddington : Katherine Thomson , 1991 Z902224 1991 single work drama
1991 winner y separately published work icon Behind the Beat Darrelyn Gunzburg , 1990 Kingswood : ACHPER (Australian Council For Health, Physical Education and Recreation) , 1990 Z892945 1990 single work drama young adult
1990 winner y separately published work icon Spitting Chips Peta Murray , 1989 Paddington : Currency Press , 1995 Z192739 1989 single work drama