2015 National Play Festival to be held in Adelaide

Adelaide Festival CentrePlaywriting Australia have announced the National Play Festival will travel to Adelaide for the first time in 2015. The Play Festival will present four days of new Australian plays, artist talks, masterclasses and industry discussions from 22 to 25 July at the Adelaide Festival Centre.

The event has been made possible by local investment from Arts SA, Adelaide City Council, Flinders University, State Theatre Company SA and the Adelaide Festival Centre. With a showcase curated from work developed through Playwriting Australia’s core programs, the National Play Festival celebrates bold, new Australian stories and outstanding talent.

“The National Play Festival is one of the high points of the theatre year, and it’s especially exciting to be in Adelaide which has long provided Australia with an incredibly rich font of inspired and inventive playwrights,” said Tim Roseman, Artistic Director of Playwriting Australia.

The Play Festival will put South Australia’s finest playwrights and theatre artists on the national stage. Audiences and theatre-makers from around the country and beyond will experience the vibrancy of Adelaide’s theatre community and revel in the feast of talent on display.”

Roseman said the local theatre sector had been enthusiastic in its support for the event. “This could not happen without the commitment from our South Australian partners who are passionate about bringing this glorious celebration of new plays to Adelaide for the first time,” he said.

State Theatre Company SA will announce the National Play Festival as part of its 2015 season this week. Artistic Director Geordie Brookman said “We’re delighted to band together with other parts of the arts industry in Adelaide to bring this important and vital event to Adelaide. We’re hopeful that it will see further bridges built between the Adelaide theatre industry and its colleagues nationwide.”

Since 2008, the National Play Festival has travelled to a new location each year and has been hosted in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Hobart and Perth.

The full program and ticketing for the 2015 National Play Festival will be announced in the coming months. For more information, visit: www.pwa.org.au for details.

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