Playwright and actor Jada Alberts (This Heaven) will be announced as the winner of The Balnaves Foundation Indigenous Playwright’s Award 2013 at an event at the Belvoir St Theatre on Tuesday 13 August at 12 noon.
The award will be presented by Neil Balnaves, Director of The Balnaves Foundation and judge Wesley Enoch, Artistic Director of the Queensland Theatre Company.
‘The excitement, encouragement, and sense of confidence that this award brings is something I know will have a solid and lasting effect on what I hope will be a long career as a playwright,’ said Alberts.
‘This award is fast becoming an integral part of Australian theatre and pushes the diversity of our storytelling as a nation. As an industry we still have some way to go, but with companies like Belvoir and The Balnaves Foundation continually committing to Indigenous theatre, we can be assured that Indigenous voices can and will be heard. Not more than a year ago I was mid-way through writing the first draft of my first play, and knowing that this award had come into existence gave me inspiration and assurance that playwriting can be a practical and serious career choice.’
The Balnaves Foundation Indigenous Playwright’s Award is a $20,000 award which is comprised of a $12,500 commission to write a new play and a $7,500 cash prize. Alberts will be commissioned to write a play called Me & Jungali, which is based on the relationship between her father and his partner. It is a dark, romantic comedy about two lovers on the run, mostly from themselves. It will be naturalistic with a hint of the absurd.