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Presented by Gasworks Arts Park in association with Midsumma Festival

Playtime is part of the Midsumma Presents Program, a collaboration between Gasworks Arts Park and Midsumma Festival.

Applications for 2019 have now closed.

Midsumma and Gasworks are excited to present three new play readings. One winner. Your vote and feedback as an audience member will be heard. An industry panel will select one work to receive development support to become a full-scale work to be presented at Midsumma 2020.

Now entering its fifth year, this exceptional artist development initiative aims to discover and develop new talent to get queer issues on stage for mainstream audiences to enjoy. Excerpts from three new plays will be performed, discussed and voted on by a panel and live audience.

Playtime aims to identify, support and develop new talent and get queer issues out there for mainstream audiences to consider and enjoy. The LGBTQIA+ community is diverse, exciting and full of stories and ideas that deserve to be heard on the stages of performing arts venues throughout the country.

Playtime is a unique night in the theatre to witness the first staged readings of brand new queer focussed theatre works.

Playtime Staged Readings 2019 features excerpts from new plays by playwrights Angus Cameron, Rachel Edmonds and Glenn Saunders.

Now is your chance to experience these fresh new 15 minute excerpts, meet the creators and have your say to help select the Playtime favourite – a work to receive ongoing support and development to become a full scale work and be presented at Midsumma Festival 2020.

The ultimate aim of Playtime is to tour the work nationally to expose it to a wide range of metropolitan, regional and rural audiences.

The 2019 shortlist is:

Cavemen by Angus Cameron – Tim's a cub from the country, whereas Mike's an outer-suburbs otter. Oscar's more of a wolf (from the wealthy inner-east). And Chris? He's a bear from the bush. Categories. Conflict. Couples. Comrades. Change?

When You Had Braces by Rachel Edmonds – Following the death of her daughter, Lily leaves to stay with her estranged sister Paige. As childhood rivalries arise, they challenge the boundaries of sisterhood.

The Book of Ducks by Glenn Saunders – A brand new fairy tale for everyone who never got to be the main character in the old ones. When Callie and George discover a duck in their backyard, they realise they've adopted more than they expected, and learn to declare what they believe in.


Visit the Playtime Staged Readings event listing for more event details and bookings.

Supported by Gasworks and Midsumma, Adam Fawcett, winner of Playtime 2018 will present his fully realised new work Become The One at Gasworks in the 2019 Festival, 31 Jan - 9 Feb.

Join our mailing list to stay in touch about applications for 2020. If you have any queries about the application process, or the Playtime program in general, please contact Gasworks Arts Park on (03) 8606 4200 or email [email protected].

Applications now open

Playwrights, this is your chance to shine! Playtime Staged Readings is a joint collaboration between Midsumma Festival and Gasworks Arts Park, which aims to identify, support and develop new talent and get queer issues out there for mainstream audiences to consider and enjoy.

The LGBTQIA+ community is diverse, exciting and full of stories and ideas that deserve to be heard on the stages of performing arts venues throughout the country. This is the chance you have been waiting for to tell a bold, funny, new, important or exciting story to Australian theatre audiences.

Creators of new or developing works of theatre were invited to submit their proposals for consideration by a panel of supportive industry professionals.

Each year, four works are selected by the industry panel, and invited to present a 15-minute staged reading as part of the next Midsumma Festival on Wednesday 30 January at 7pm. One work is then selected to receive ongoing support and development to become a full-scale work and be presented at the following Midsumma Festival.

The ultimate aim of Playtime is to tour the work nationally to expose it to a wide range of metropolitan, regional and rural audiences.

Submissions for the 2019 Playtime Staged Readings close midnight, 7 Oct. Apply here.

If you have any queries about the application process, or the Playtime program in general, please contact Gasworks Arts Park on (03) 8606 4200 or email [email protected]

Submissions for the Playtime Staged Readings close on DAN: SUPPLY DATE.

Apply online here

 

2019 Events

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  • AGL
  • City of Melbourne
  • Corrs
  • Jetstar
  • PwC
  • Dan Murphy's
  • NAB