There are two weeks left to enter the 2014-15 Queensland Premier’s Drama Award (QDPA), with the important page-to-stage awards closing on November 30.
Winner of the Queensland Premier’s Drama Award 2012-13 Maxine Mellor said of the experience, “One of the most valuable things a playwright can do is see their work on stage with an audience. That’s why the Queensland Premier’s Drama Award is so important – as a shortlisted applicant, you’re given the opportunity to articulate your ideas and introduce yourself to the company; as a finalist, you’re afforded several months to refine your work; and as winner, you become part of the team putting the show on stage. I learned so much about my work and my role through this process, and I encourage anyone interested in performance writing or making to apply for this incredibly rewarding opportunity.”
Maxine’s play Trollop, was chosen from a field of 83 entries from across the country, then performed at QTC’s Bille Brown Studio from 1 – 17 August 2013.
The QPDA was established in 2002, focusing on the development process of creative works. Delivered through Queensland Theatre Company (QTC), the winner of the QPDA sees their script become a professional production by QTC within two years.
The QPDA is the only playwriting award in Australia which guarantees a professional production of the winning entry. Since its inception, QTC has developed 21 plays as part of this award, employed more than 160 actors, writers and directors, and generated audiences of more than 17,000 to new Queensland work.
Judges for the 2014-15 Awards include Ms Anne Moffat, Executive Director of the Department of Premier and Cabinet; Mr Wesley Enoch, Artistic Director of Queensland Theatre Company; Dr Kate Wilson Foy, a prominent independent theatre artist; Ms Lee Lewis, Artistic Director of Griffin Theatre Company and Ms Louise Gough, a leading Australian-based freelance script editor and dramaturg.
Premier of Queensland Mr Campbell Newman said, “The Queensland Premier’s Drama Award is integral in ensuring our arts community, and our arts sector remain strong, and that we nurture our emerging talent in the best way possible. To this end, the Queensland Government has committed to providing over $260,000 in sponsorship for the Queensland Premier’s Drama Award 2014–15. We look forward to receiving entries and in a few more years, witnessing the exciting results on stage.”
Wesley Enoch, Artistic Director of QTC said the QDPA was an important page-to-stage program for the arts in not only Queensland, but Australia. “The QDPA is a truly national award, entrants don’t need to live here in Queensland to enter, in addition, entrants don’t have to enter a completed script. Entries can be submitted in a variety of formats – for example video, audio, images, written – and may take a variety of forms – such as sketches, play, first script draft, songs, cabaret or musical elements, multimedia. The key criteria is that it must be original.”
Three finalists will be selected in January 2014, with the winning entry announced in the second half of 2014.
The conditions of entry and entry form can be obtained by visiting Queensland Theatre Company’s website at www.queenslandtheatre.com.au or by contacting the Program Coordinator on 07 3010 7607.