Writing Place 2019
Tuesday 3 September to Tuesday 10 September
Eyre Peninsula, regional South Australia
Over eight days emerging regional writers aged 18-26 from across Australia will gather to learn, connect and write mentored by leading Australian playwrights Caleb Lewis, Mary Anne Butler and Emily Steel. During Writing Place each participant will generate and refine a short monologue for teenage performers. With the support of Arts South Australia, invited industry and local guests will join the participants and mentors for a behind-the-scenes reading of the works on Monday 9September. A selection of the scripts will be published in a print collection available to schools and youth theatres in 2020.
We need to tell more stories that celebrate and explore the complex, dynamic, courageous, frustrating, joyful and sometimes mundane heart that is regional Australia. The best people to tell those stories are regional writers.
Writing Place has been established in response to consultation with young people and teachers from regional South Australia who expressed concern over the lack of scripts for teenagers that reflect the lives and circumstances of regional young people in the here and now. The little new work that does exist for teenagers in Australia tends to by written by or focused on metropolitan and East Coast experiences. There is a need for performance work that reflects the landscape, attitudes and experiences of regional Australia.
Writing Place is inspired by and will run concurrently with Australian Theatre for Young People’s 2019 National Studio, an annual program in NSW which has been developing young playwrights for over a decade. Alumni of National Studio, established in 2008, are now seeing their work presented on mainstages across Australia. Drawing on Australian Theatre for Young People’s experience and using the combined knowledge and expertise of Carclew and Country Arts SA, Writing Place is a deliberate investment in an emerging generation of regional Australian storytellers.
Applications to be part of Writing Place opened 24 May and closed 17 July 2019.
Alysha Herrmann | 0416 267 391 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Country Arts SA | Carclew | Regional Arts Fund | Australian Theatre for Young People
MARY ANNE BUTLER
Mary Anne Butler is a Darwin based writer whose plays include Broken, Highway of Lost Hearts, The Sound of Waiting, Alice in Wonderland [adaptation], Cusp, One More Hour and Half Way There. Broken won the 2016 Victorian Prize for Literature, the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for Drama, the 2014 NT Literary Award and 2018 NT Chief Minister’s Book of the Year. Highway of Lost Hearts co-won the 2016 NT Chief Minister’s Book of the Year and is on the NSW HSC Drama Curriculum. Mary Anne is a four-time winner of the NT Literary Award for Best Script, and her shortlistings include the Nick Enright Prize for Playwriting [2016 and 2018], a Stage AWGIE and the Griffin Theatre Award. Mary Anne is a Sidney Myer Creative Fellow, an Arts NT Fellow, a Winston Churchill Fellow and an Asialink recipient. She holds a Masters of Creative Writing, and a Masters of Arts Education.
Emily Steel is originally from Wales and has lived in Adelaide since 2010. She writes for stage and radio in Australia and the UK. Her writing for stage includes: 19 weeks (Jill Blewett Playwright’s Award, Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature 2018; Melbourne Fringe Tour Ready Award, Adelaide Fringe 2018; Best Show, ATG Curtain Call Awards 2018; Best Theatre Award, Adelaide Fringe 2017), Sepia for RiAus (Melbourne Fringe Tour Ready Award, Adelaide Fringe 2012), Rocket Town (Adelaide Festival Centre inSpace Development Award, Adelaide Fringe 2011), Rabbits, State Theatre Company SA’s Umbrella production 2017, Impersonal Space with Company AT (DreamBIG children’s festival 2019), and Station and Six for Sherman Cymru theatre (Wales). Her writing for radio includes: 19 weeks (finalist for Best Original Single Drama in the BBC Audio Drama Awards 2019, nominated for the AWGIE Awards 2019), Frank and the Bear, Bite, and Boom Boom, all for BBC Radio 4. She has tutored at the University of Adelaide and Adelaide College of the Arts, led writing workshops in schools for Riverland Youth Theatre and worked with Country Arts SA in regional communities. She trained as an actor at the Oxford School of Drama and completed the Writers Programme at the Royal Court Theatre, London. She has a degree in English Language and Literature from Oxford University and a masters in Science, Technology and Society from UCL/Imperial College London. Her current projects include Euphoria for Country Arts SA and The Persephone Project for Foul Play.
Caleb Lewis is a multi-award-winning playwright, theatremaker and designer of playful interaction.
Recently returned from a successfully funded Australia Council research trip to the UK to undertake a residency with digital performance pioneers, Blast Theory, Lewis also interviewed leading game designers and immersive theatre companies about their strategies and practice. He is the inaugural winner of the Australian Writer’s Guild Award for Interactive Narrative and current PhD candidate researching the many ways in which we engage with story through play.
Games, installations and interactive entertainments include Exclusion Zone; Across a Crowded Room; Tin Shed Camping Tours; Half an Hour Visit; and the multi-platform, If There Was a Colour Darker Than Black I’d Wear It – Winner of the 2013 Ruby Award for Innovation.
Plays for the stage include Nailed; Men, Love and the Monkeyboy; Dogfall; Death in Bowengabbie, Rust and Bone; Aleksander and the Robot Maid; Clinchfield; Tribute; The Honey Bees; Six Million Hits and Maggie Stone (published by Currency Press). Lewis has been shortlisted for the Western Australian Premier’s Award, the Griffin award and multiple AWGIEs and has won an Inscription Award, the Mitch Mathews Award and the inaugural Richard Burton Award for New Plays. Caleb’s work has been commissioned and/or produced by Bell Shakespeare; Black Swan Theatre Company (WA); State Theatre Company of South Australia and numerous companies across the country.
Current projects include commissions for Barking Gecko (WA); Hothouse (VIC); Sport for Jove (NSW) and State Theatre Co (SA). He was recently named by Flinders University as a top 50 creative alumnus.
Reviews and further production details are available at caleb-lewis.com
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