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supporting the development and production of new Australian plays

Now in its second year, this new award was established to recognise outstanding new plays that display an authentic, inventive and contemporary Australian voice, with the winner receiving a $10,000 prize. The aim of this award is to recognise and support the career of Australian writers. The winning play will then be provided with potential pathways to the mainstage.

Applications for the 2023 Stoddart Playwright Award will open in February and close August. Shortlisted plays will be announced later in the year with the winner being announced as part of our annual season launch.

To submit an application the play must meet the criteria set out in the application form.

Announcing the Stoddart Playwright Award shortlisted plays and winner for 2022!

We are thrilled to introduce you to the talented writers and works shortlisted for the 2022 Stoddart Playwright Award. Generously supported by the Stoddart Family, this prestigious award recognises an outstanding play text displaying an original Australian voice. The winner receives a $10,000 prize and a potential presentation of the work in an upcoming season program.


Field Of Vision

by Joanna Erskine

"Seeing is believing"

Girl Running, Boy Falling

by Kate Gaul

"What's on the outside, isnt always true to what's happening on the inside"

Human Activity

by Katie Pollock

"After the Lindt Cafe siege, a group of people travel through a grieving city"

Chipper - 2022 WINNER

by Vanessa Bates

"Two semi-estranged sisters meet at the deathbed of their mother."


by Jamie Hornsby

"What happens when the thing that has become your entire life becomes inaccessible and hostile? Where else is left to go?"


Treading Water

by Donna Hughes

"As the regulars arrive for their morning beach ritual they are confronted with police tape. A body has been found on the beach"


The Dying Words Of Cecily Strand

by Evan Williams

"Attempting to improve his interviewing skills, Simon volunteers as a biographer for people with "life-limiting illnesses". He is paired with Cecily Strand"


by Alex Travers

"When Alice and Peter go through an unimaginable loss, their "Australian Dream" disintegrates into a looping jazz track of grief and memories"

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