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PLAYGROUND

WRITERS FESTIVAL

A playwright spends hours and hours working in seclusion, developing characters, evolving plot lines and shaping a storyline.  Alone they make edits, endless rewrites and revisions. Then comes the moment to share your work with others but how do you do it?  Who can actually give the final constructive touches to your work?   The answer is Actors!

As Actors, we understand the hard work that a writer has put into a script because our job is to uncover the beating heart of the work and to bring the playwright’s words to life with truth and  passion. TheatreiNQ’s experienced team are frank, constructive and nurturing; providing recommendations that will help transform your play from the page to the stage.

Working alongside professional actors and directors from TheatreiNQ, the chosen writers will see their play come to life through a series of creative development workshops, culminating in a concert-style play-reading over one invigorating weekend.

Submit your Script

Your script will be read by the Company to determine the shortlist of plays chosen to move into the
Creative Development stage.

 

The length of each script may vary and all types of plays will be considered including but not restricted to: ten minute plays, one-act plays and full-length plays.

An individual writer may submit any number of scripts. 
The application fee of $35 applies to each script submission and must be paid before the script will be considered.

Closing Date for Submissions
18th February 2024

PLEASE NOTE

Playwrights must be based in North Queensland or demonstrate significant ties to the region eg. born in NQ but no longer reside here.

Be Selected

A collection of plays will be selected for inclusion in the PlayGround Festival.

Each chosen script will be offered 3 Creative Development Workshops over 3 weekends for an additional fee of $50.

 

The timeframe allows for any revisions to be made by the playwright from one workshop to the next.  The Creative Development workshops will be facilitated by a skilled team of TheatreiNQ’s professional actors.

 

The length of each Workshop slot will be determined by the length of each script and the schedule will be co-ordinated with each individual writer.


 

Creative Development Workshops

The Creative Development Process will take place over the following weekends in 2024:

16 - 17 March

23 - 24 March
6-7 April

 

Each session will run for up to 3 hours depending on the length of the script.  All chosen writers should make themselves available for these sessions
(If required – these sessions can take place over zoom but it would be advantageous for at least the first weekend to be in person)

 

Actors will be engaged specifically for each of the chosen plays requirements. 

PlayGround Festival Weekend

13 & 14 April 2024

Over one exhilarating weekend,
TheatreiNQ's ClubHouse will showcase all of the chosen plays in a public concert-style rehearsed reading.

Tickets will be available for purchase and all unsuccessful applications will receive a complimentary ticket to a session of their choice. 

OBJECTIVE

To nurture, embolden and advance theatrical playwriting in North Queensland
in a supportive and professional environment.

SELECTION PROCESS CRITERIA

DIALOGUE

Economy of Language
Relevance to plot & characters

Dialogue flow

Creativity

CHARACTERISATION

Development

Creativity

PLOT
Structure

Creativity

Originality

THEATRICALITY

Stage Craft Concepts
Performance Ideas
Audience Appeal

RULES AND CONDITIONS
SCRIPTS

  1. Must be original, new works of the playwright and not adaptations of published plays.

  2. Must have not been published or publicly available for purchase or performance.

  3. Must not have a public performance or play reading for a paying audience.

  4. Once notified of inclusion, must not be work-shopped or performed before the public play-reading at PlayGround.  

  5. While there are no restrictions on subject matter, theme or style, it must be remembered that we are interested in theatre scripts only, not films, TV shows or radio plays.

  6. Scripts must be submitted by the due date to be considered.

  7. Scripts remain the property of you, the writer, and will not be shared with any third party companies without your permission.

  8. By submitting your script to us you confirm that the work is entirely your own.

  9. There is no maximum or minimum word count and all lengths of scripts will be considered.

  10. The submitted work does not have to be completed and can be a work in progress.  However, enough detail must be provided to maximise the creative development process.

 

PLAYWRIGHTS

  1. To enter the playwrights must be currently based in North Queensland or demonstrate significant ties to this region. 

  2. If chosen, the playwrights will need to make themselves available for the Creative Development Workshops weekends.

  3. Creative Development Workshops will be conducted during sessions of up to 3 hours over the following weekends (time dependant on length of script)

  4. If required – the Creative Development Sessions can take place over Zoom but it would be advantageous for at least the final weekend to be in person.

  5. The public playreading of the playwright’s work will take place over the PlayGround Festival Weekend 

  6. The Creative Development and PlayGround Festival Weekend will take place at the TheatreiNQ ClubHouse, 22 Cottell Street, Hyde Park, Townsville.

FEES

  1. An application fee of $35 is payable upon receipt of the submitted script.  

  2. In the event that multiple plays are submitted by the same playwright, the fee is charged to EACH play submitted.

  3. Complete the application form through the button below.

  4. Email your script as a pdf to theatreinqplayground@gmail.com

  5. Each play chosen to be involved in the Creative Development Stage of the Festival will attract an additional $50 Fee for the Workshops.

OTHER

  1. All decisions are final, and no communication or correspondence will be entered into regarding the selection of plays.

  2. Only plays invited to participate in the Creative Development stage will receive comments and feedback.

  3. There is no limit on the number of entries per writer, but each one must be sent separately and the fee is payable for each script.

  4. The chosen playwrights will be required to supply a headshot and personal biography for publicity purposes.

  5. The chosen playwrights may also be requested to attend other publicity calls for various media and should reasonably make themselves available to assist in promoting the Festival.

Script Submissions for 2024 are now closed

PREVIOUS PLAYGROUND PLAYWRIGHTS

2024

  • Shannon Jensen (Midnight Confessions)

  • Donna Clayton-Smith (Up at the Point)

  • Catherine McKernan Doris (In the Wake of Storms)

  • Michael Sams (Untitled)

  • Cynda Beare (Etty: A Christmas Dramedy)

  • Anna Vella-Sams (Remember)

  • Julie Johnston (A Friendly Competition)

2023

  • Shannon Jensen (WaterSong)

  • George Kutash (Three Studies)

  • Catherine McKernan Doris (The Moon's Awake)

  • Michael Sams (Fractured)

  • Cynda Beare (Etty: A Christmas Dramedy)

2022

  • Teri Galea-Thorne (Bird Watching Tango Flaming Twist)

  • Shannon Jensen (Fracture)

  • Catherine McKernan Doris (The Moon's Awake)

  • Riley & Julie Johnston​ (Bush Party)

  • Byron MacKenzie Ross (The Second-Best Bed)

  • Michael Sams (Echoes)

  • Lachlan Stevenson (For the Time Being)

PlayGround 2024 has concluded

PLAYGROUND 2024 FESTIVAL WEEKEND

SATURDAY 13TH APRIL

SESSION 1

7pm 
* UP AT THE POINT by Donna Clayton-Smith

* IN THE WAKE OF STORMS by Catherine McKernan-Doris 

9.30pm Approx Finish 

SUNDAY 14TH APRIL

SESSION 2
3pm
* REMEMBER by Anna Vella-Sams

* UNTITLED by Michael Sams

* MIDNIGHT CONFESSIONS by Shannon Jensen

Content Warning - Strong Language / Sexual Conversation

6pm Approx. Finish.

SESSION 3

7pm 

* A FRIENDLY COMPETITION by Julie Johnston

* ETTY: A Christmas Dramedy by Cynda Beare

Content Warning - Strong Language / Sexual Conversation

9pm - Approx. Finish

FESTIVAL PASS $30 / SESSION PASS $20

VENUE: TheatreiNQ ClubHouse, 22 Cottell Street, Hyde Park

Drinks and Snacks are available at venue.

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