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Queensland Premier's Drama Award

Congratulations to Steve Pirie, Winner of the Queensland Premier’s Drama Award 2020–21 for RETURN TO THE DIRT.

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About the Queensland Premier's Drama Award

Queensland Theatre reflects new Australian writing as a priority through the commissioning and development of new work, tailoring workshops in response to industry’s needs.

Launched in 2002, the QPDA is an initiative of Queensland Theatre with the support of the Queensland Government, which is open to all Australian citizens and permanent residents who have an unproduced live-performance text requiring further development towards its production debut.

The Award intends to develop new works that are an artistic response to, or reflection of, ‘Australian Society’ and expose audiences to this work.

The process:

A panel of industry professionals reviews the entries, leading to a shortlist. The shortlisted artists meet the award judges before three finalists are selected to receive paid development with directors, actors and dramaturgs. The development period culminates in a public reading. Following this, a single winner is chosen to receive a full professional production in Queensland Theatre’s mainstage season.

Entries are closed for the 2020–21 cycle of the Award. Contact if you wish to be advised when the 2022–23 call for entries is open.

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Previous Finalists

Steve Pirie, Return to the Dirt
Anna Loren, Comfort
Maddie Nixon, Binnavale

David Megarrity, The Holidays (winner)
Hannah Belanszky, don’t ask what the bird look like
Anna Yen, Slow Boat

Michele Lee, Rice (winner)
Kathryn Marquet, Furious Creatures
Suzie Miller, I Looked Up and There You Were

Daniel Evans, Oedipus Doesn’t Live Here Anymore (winner)
Tim Benzie, The Overflow
Megan Shorey, One in Seven

Maxine Mellor, Trollop (winner)
Stephen Carleton, Bastard Territory
David Megarrity (for The Human Company), The Empty City

Marcel Dorney, Fractions (winner)
Rebecca Clarke, Belongings
Philip Dean, Unreliable Bodies

Richard Jordan, 25 Down (winner)
Katherine Lyall-Watson, Tinder
Sven Swenson, Dangerfield Park

David Brown, The Estimator (winner)
Anthony Funnell, The Tram
Michael Riordan, String

Adam Grossetti, Mano Nera (winner)
Stephen Carleton, Constance Drinkwater and the Last Days of Somerset
Philip Chappell, Welcome to Dreamland

Sven Swenson, Road to the She-Devil’s Salon (winner)
Kathryn Ash, Flutter
Bruce Clark, The Kaufman Letter
Simon Ratcliffe, Conurb
Hugh Watson, The Valley
Gayle Wilkinson, Goat Head Burs