2011 Young Playwrights Award Winners Announced
State Theatre Company congratulates Flora Gaugg and Phillip Kavanagh as the joint Young Playwrights Award winners for 2011, marking the twelfth year of the competition.
“We had a very positive response to the competition this year. There were many outstanding entries which made choosing the winners no easy feat. After much discussion and debate, Phillip and Flora were chosen for their theatricality, efficient dialogue and witty dark humour, as well as great plot twists at the end. It’s encouraging to see that we have so many talented young writers in South Australia,” Associate Director and judging panel member Catherine Fitzgerald said.
Flora, 22, wrote Deadline, with protagonist Anita discovering the ultimate formula for motivation when she meets Jones and Preston Life Accountants, who can predict individuals’ deaths to the day and ensure their lives are as productive as possible in the meantime.
Phillip, 23, wrote Plain Jane, a “dark and twisted” high school comedy featuring the lives and stories of 14 characters over the course of a typical lunch break.
Commendations were awarded to Holly Bridley for Home, Alfie Simpson for Shakespeare’s Revenge, Lucy Cambell for Godfrey and the group comprising Natalie Textler, Emma Wotzke, Tara Wyllie and Jennifer Barry for Pistol.
Phillip and Flora will spend a week with Catherine Fitzgerald workshopping their plays, leading up to a staged reading by professional actors at Holden Street Theatres on Friday 29 July at 7pm.
The reading is open to the general public with entry via a gold coin donation.
State Theatre Company’s Young Playwrights Award is sponsored by Flinders University and supports aspiring young South Australian playwrights aged up to twenty five years.