Promoting the finest new Australian writing
A celebration of richness and imagination, the National Play Festival is a glorious palette of new Australian stories. Curated from work developed through Playwriting Australia’s core programs, the Play Festival is an explosion of unseen invention for industry and audiences.
Over four days we present public readings of a selection of the most dynamic new plays in Australia from our leading artists and freshest new voices.
We ignite the National Play Festival with a provocative exploration of the purpose of art in our wider society and the role of the writer in inventing new lenses to view the world.
We invite playwrights to masterclasses and gatherings to discover new frontiers in craft and ambition.
The Play Festival remains a key annual gathering of creatives and producers working with new writing from around the country.
2016 National Play Festival dates:
The Malthouse Theatre, Melbourne
Stay tuned for further announcements about the National Play Festival in 2016!
Past Play Festivals
National Play Festival 2015, Adelaide
Photo credit: Reading of Mortido by Angela Betzien at the National Play Festival 2014. Photo Stephen Godfrey