Playwriting Australia’s National Play Festival is a celebration of ambitious new writing for the stage and it returns to Melbourne 27 – 30 July 2016 at The Coopers Malthouse.

Over these four days it will be the national hotbed for new plays and writers for the stage, attracting Australia and New Zealand’s most exciting emerging and established playwriting and theatre-making talent.

The Play Festival will showcase readings of the most incendiary new works, plus a series of unmissable artist talks and master classes.

The Keynote Address has become a pivotal national statement about Australian culture and society, and this year will be presented by one of Australia’s most celebrated playwrights, the legendary Michael Gow, entitled The Agony and the Agony.

‘I’m delighted to announce the full program for this year’s National Play Festival’, says Tim Roseman, Artistic Director, Playwriting Australia.  ‘There’s an extraordinary mix of artists and ideas – from iconic Australian voices to the freshest theatre makers who are shaping the stories of tomorrow. They share one thing – a unique voice reflected in an insatiable questioning and imagining of the world. Australia and New Zealand’s finest theatre artists will converge in Melbourne for four days of wonder, magic and celebration of the best in new Australian and New Zealand theatre’.

Play readings will include: The Zen of Table Tennis by Melissa Reeves; Skylab by Melodie Reynolds-Diarra; King of Pigs by Steve Rodgers; I Sat And Waited But You Were Gone Too Long by Olivia Satchell; Hell’s Canyon by Emily Sheehan and Pedagogy by Chris Summers.

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