Flinders University Young Playwrights Award winners


FlindersUni_YoungPlaywrightsHolly Brindley and Sophia Simmons are the 2013 winners of the Flinders University Young Playwrights Award, announced today from a very impressive and creative pool of entries received.

They have each won $1000 prize money, a five-play State Theatre Company subscription and a week’s script development with a professional director and cast.

Holly’s play Blue tells the tale of Sugar, who falls in love with the perfect boy, whilst he wrestles with the knowledge that he is her long-lost brother.

Sophia’s play Brightness is influenced by Greek mythology and tells the story of Aethra, who on her wedding night is seduced by the God Poseidon and becomes pregnant with the child who will grow up to slay the Minotaur.

State Theatre Company Artistic Director Geordie Brookman said: “It’s wonderful to discover two more exciting voices to add to the playwriting landscape in South Australia. Both Holly and Sophia have created works that engage thoughtfully and innovatively with the theatrical form.”

Sophia, 23 and Holly, 22, will workshop their winning plays with local director Alison Howard, with the finished products presented at the Space Theatre, Adelaide Festival Centre, at a staged reading on Thursday 30 May. Due to an incredible response and capacity crowds at Holden Street Theatres for the past two years, the move to a larger venue was essential, with entry via gold coin donation and bookings essential via [email protected]

The Award is supported by the Company’s Education Partner, Flinders University, and Flinders University Executive Dean Richard Maltby said:

“The Flinders University Young Playwrights Award is one important way in which the Flinders Creative Arts program is supporting South Australia’s emerging talent. For many of its winners, it’s been the first step on the road to a successful career. As Education Partner we are proud to continue to support and encourage emerging Adelaide creative writers.”

Now in its 14th year, the Flinders University Young Playwrights Award continues to support and encourage emerging Adelaide creative writers.


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