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?
Between 2-5 July, 50 fearless and inspiring new short works from some of Australia’s best playwrights were streamed by more than 30 performing arts organisations from across Australia.
Dear Australia was an extraordinary national moment led by Australian playwrights.
At a time when a pandemic has forced reflection and change, these playwrights responded to questions that get to the heart of where our nation is and where it might go.
The stories are postcards addressed to “Dear Australia…”. They are a unique account of these times and a striking moment of national celebration and reflection.
Back in Based on a project by Ireland’s Abby Theatre, Playwriting Australia (PWA), the national body for the development of Australian plays and playwrights, invited 25 theatre organisations from across Australia to each nominate a playwright. PWA then commissioned these 50 playwrights to each write a short monologue, which were then filmed by 50 extraordinary actors, many in their own homes.
These 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. Recent months have exposed and prised open many cracks in our society. These 50 micro works address major questions, allowing us to see into some of those cracks, but also inviting us to see light ahead. These stories are, in turn, confronting and comforting. Together, they are a revelation and unique celebration of Australian voices.”
Participating playwrights include Brendan Hogan, Richard Frankland, Nakkiah Lui, Anchuli Felicia King, Suzie Miller and Jada Alberts, along with actors such as Jack Thompson, Miranda Tapsell, Helen Thomson, Danielle Cormack, Peter Carroll and Tasma Walton.
The list of writers and performers, as well as the links are below