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Inspiration: The National Play Festival and surviving the big chill

Over the last few days, I’ve been to the National PlayFestival – this year held in Melbourne at the Malthouse Theatre. The Festival presents readings of new work from writers at every stage of their careers and these public readings are part of the development process; writers get the chance to work with directors and dramaturgs on their scripts in the days before their work is presented in front of a paying audience.
I was thrilled by the high level of quality work I heard over the past several days. New work by writers I already admire. New work by writers who have never written for the stage before. And the absolute highlight of the week, the selection of works from Playwriting Australia’s Lotus initiative – one that gives a voice to Asian writers in Australia. Really thrilling, provocative and hilarious works that excited me for the future of the Australian stage.
These four days at the Festival, which included a masterclass with Michael Gow (no relation, but I’ve written about b…