Dear Australia

50 Playwrights send postcards to Dear Australia

Between 2 and 5 July 2020, 50 new short works from some of Australia’s best playwrights will be simultaneously streamed by more than 30 performing arts organisations from across Australia.

Dear Australia streams over three nights:

📅 Thursday, 2 July 2020, 7pm

📅 Friday, 3 July 2020, 7pm

📅 Sunday, 5 July 2020, 5pm

The streams can be viewed on our Facebook page.

At a time when the COVID-19 pandemic has forced reflection and change, these playwrights have responded to questions that get to the heart of where our nation is and where it might go. What is happening right now? What is being revealed about us? What are we not paying attention to? Where do we want to go next?

These stories are postcards addressed to Dear Australia.

Playwriting Australia (PWA), the national body for the development of Australian plays and playwrights, invited 25 theatre organisations from across Australia to each nominate two playwrights. PWA then commissioned these 50 playwrights to write a short monologue. 50 extraordinary actors recorded these monologues, many in their own homes.

These 50 moving and sometimes provocative stories will be grouped over three nights and live streamed by the partner theatres, along with major performing arts centres such as Arts Centre Melbourne, Sydney Opera House, Queensland Performing Arts Centre, Canberra Theatre Centre and Darwin Entertainment Centre.

David Berthold, the interim Executive Chair of Playwriting Australia, said that this was a project that:

“Not only elevates the voice of playwrights, but also demonstrates the huge diversity of voices this nation enjoys.”  David Berthold