National Play Festival at The Malthouse Feb 2012

PlayWriting Australia will bring the National Play Festival to Melbourne for the first time with the Malthouse theatre to play host to five days of innovative new theatre from 22- 25 February 2012.

The fifth National Play Festival will showcase some of the best new playwriting talent in a curated season of performances, discussions and workshops drawing together industry professionals and the general public to celebrate the craft of theatre making.

Each year the festival is staged in a new location and is designed to inspire and celebrate the next slate of new theatre work.

The Showcase Season will see five new Australian plays cut their teeth in front of festival audiences. These are plays shortlisted from 160 submissions and will be developed, rehearsed and presented as part of the Showcase.

Selected plays are: Every Second by AWGIE Award winner Vanessa Bates ; The Sun and Other Stars by Nicki Bloom; Therese Raquin by Green Room Award winner Gary Abrahams; One Scientific Mystery by first time playwright Victoria Haralabidou; and Faces Look Ugly by multi-award winning Tom Holloway.

Next year the National Play Festival will also pay specific attention to international connections by investigating the ways that Australian playwrights and theatre companies can connect with global audiences and professionals.

As part of the international aspect of the programming, special guests will participate in public forums, view the Showcase plays and participate in closed industry sessions.

International guests are: Sebastian Born, Associate Director (Literary) at the National Theatre in London; Jason Loewith, Executive Director of the National New Play Network in the United States; Colin McColl Artistic Director, Auckland Theatre Company; Huzir Sulaiman Artistic Director Checkpoint Theatre in Singapore; and George Aza-Selinger, the Literary Manager at the National Theatre of Scotland.

The National Play Festival will also welcome two playwrights from the UK as part of an exchange with the National Theatre of Scotland. Lynda Radley and Morna Pearson will present a public reading of their plays as part of the Festival.

The full program will be announced on Tuesday 31 January 2012.Program and ticketing information will be available at

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