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Queer Playwriting Award Showcase 2022 Finale

Gasworks Arts Park

Event Date: 22 March 2022
Author / Presenters: Gasworks Arts Park & Midsumma Festival

Following the Midsumma play readings of 8 shortlisted works, our top 4 finalists will present extended rehearsed readings of their new queer plays. Join us for a unique night of theatre, engage with new playwriting talent and have your say in the 2022 Award selection.

Your feedback guides the industry panel to select an overall Award winner who will receive support to develop their work for presentation at Gasworks in Midsumma Festival 2023. The super objective of QPAS is for new queer voices and issues to play on more stages around the country, and to reach mainstream audiences.

Our top 4 finalists are:

Emmanuelle Mattana – The Reasonable Grounds: It is the biggest night of Melbourne’s academic calendar, the Grand Finale of the Year 12 Interschool Debating Tournament, and the all-boys team from the elite St Imperium College are ready to totally annihilate their sister school - until... The Reasonable Grounds is a queer black comedy about power, privilege and high school debating.

Andrew Undi Lee – No Asians: Set on the fringes of Sydney’s housing commission, we follow a delicate relationship between two Korean Australian boys and their devastating fear of letting go.

Rory Godbold – CROSS: CROSS is set within an inner city religious school of Christian origins. New teacher to the college Jasper quickly bonds with co-workers Sarah and David. When David does not intervene after a homophobic comment is made about Jasper by a student, the relationships between the teachers are tested and the fallout leads to the sacking of Jasper. In the wake of Jasper's sacking, the characters are forced to confront their values, actions and relationships to their sexuality and faith.

Alice Tovey & Ned Dixon – Besties: A musical about love & self-loathing set in the world of an on-screen romantic comedy. When two straight presenting leading women fall in love, their gay best friends have a full-on identity crisis.

Event Details
Tuesday 22 March, 6.30pm - 8pm

Full $18
Concession $15
Groups 6+ $15
Locals Discount $15

RUNNING TIME: 90 minutes
WHERE: Gasworks Theatre
AGES: All ages
ACCESSIBILITY: Wheelchair Accessible
WARNINGS: AUSLAN interpreter

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