Queensland Premier's Drama Award

QPDA 2016-2017 Finalists

Michele Lee - Rice

Michele is a playwright and writer working across stage and audio. Her current projects include: an Arts House digital theatre commission, The Naked Self (co-created with Tanya Dickson); a commission for a new play Going down (Malthouse Theatre, Melbourne via the Malcolm Robertson Prize); and a commission for a short plays project, Power plays, with Sydney Theatre Company. Michele is the 2016 WrICE Early Career Fellow and resident at the Playwrights Centre, Minneapolis in 2016. 

Synopsis: Nisha doesn’t ‘do’ Indian food. She prefers to sell to Indians. She’s the right-hand woman to the CEO of Australian rice company, Golden Fields, who is poised to seal a contract for rice distribution to the Indian government. Yvette doesn’t do humility but she’s working as a cleaner in the Golden Fields office, cleaning up the food scraps from Nisha’s table and bins. A fluid two-hander play where women topple women, women rescue women.

Kathryn Marquet - Furious Creatures

Kathryn is a critically-acclaimed playwright and actor.  In 2014, her debut play, Pale Blue Dot, was produced by La Boite and published by Playlab Press. It was nominated for five Matilda Awards, including Best New Australian Work. Kathryn sat on the board of Associate Artists at QTC from 2011 until 2013 and was engaged in the Emerging Artist Program in 2009.  As an actor, Kathryn has worked extensively for La Boite, QTC, Bell Shakespeare, and many independent companies.  In 2016, she will complete her Masters of Philosophy (Playwriting) at UQ. 

Synopsis:In a faraway land, remote and inhospitable, a mighty forest is disappearing. Perhaps this isn't cause for concern, except that the daughters of the nearby village are also vanishing at an alarming rate. They say the forest has claws and teeth, but who knew it was so angry? Furious Creatures is a gothic fairytale, both thought-provoking and hilarious, about fighting for our melting, vulnerable, furious world.”

Suzie Miller - I Looked Up And There You Were

Suzie Miller is a multi-award winning Australian/International playwright who has recently been in residence with, amongst others, Ex Machina & Robert Lepage (2012), National Theatre London (2011 / 2009), National Theatre of Scotland (2013), Griffin Theatre, Sydney (2012). Miller has had over 30 productions of her works at international festivals and on stages around the world and has won and been shortlisted for numerous awards including: the National Kit Denton Fellowship for writing with courage; Australian Writers Guild Awards; State Premier’s Awards, Irish Times award, and the New York Fringe Festival ‘Overall Excellence Award for Outstanding Playwriting’. Miller sits on the theatre committee of the AWG and the boards of various theatre companies around Australia. 

Synopsis: An unexpected passion drags two people through something they don't fully understand. Deliberately experimenting with different forms and concepts, this play is about the vulnerability of the lives we live, and about how for women autonomy and responsibility are always in a state of flux. What does it mean to be partner, mother, careerist and what happens when an unforeseen and forbidden desire is unleashed? 

About the Award:

The Queensland Premier’s Drama Award is an award that develops, over a period of two years, a theatrical performance reflective of Queensland, culminating in a professional production.

The Queensland Government, through Queensland Theatre Company, is seeking submissions from artists or groups of artists for this award in 2015 for the 2016-17 cycle of the Award.  Artists are invited to submit material for theatrical performance of quality and relevance to Australians today. The material may be submitted in a variety of formats – for example: video, audio, images, written – and may take a variety of forms – for example a complete play or a collection of short-works, first draft script,  pitch document, cabaret or musical,  multi-arts or physical theatre, or a work for young people. Only original material is eligible for the Award.

In December 2015 Queensland Theatre Company will select three finalists for further development. The finalists may be individuals or teams of artists.  The process of development will include dramaturgy, workshops with industry experts and a public presentation of the artists’ work. The artists selected will each receive a development fee.  In the case of a team being a finalist, the development fee will be split between the members of the team.

Following the public presentation in July 2016, the judging panel will select a winner to receive further development. The winner will work collaboratively with industry experts to produce a professional production in Queensland Theatre Company’s 2017 season.

The goals of this Award are to:

(This is the criteria the judges will use to assess entries)

  • provide audiences with new Australian performance work that is entertaining, engaging, challenging and relevant to Queensland audiences.
  • recognise work which contributes to critical debate and encourages reflection about Queensland.
  • promote the creation of high quality, original, artistic work.
  • provide professional development opportunities for artists who demonstrate quality, vibrancy and diversity of practice, and to promote these artists’ work and standing within our society.

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