Returning festival aims to make playwrights more visible

The second annual Australian Playwrights’ Festival, presented by Currency Press, will be held in Sydney in late August.
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‘I think a lot of people go to the theatre and don’t necessarily really think about the script,’ explains Deborah Franco, producer of the Australian Playwrights’ Festival.

‘They see the production and all that the production encompasses – the design and the direction and all of that – but they don’t necessarily think about the playwright and perhaps fully understand that, without the script, we don’t have a play. We need to make playwrights more visible.’

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Richard Watts is ArtsHub's National Performing Arts Editor; he also presents the weekly program SmartArts on Three Triple R FM, and serves as the Chair of La Mama Theatre's volunteer Committee of Management. Richard is a life member of the Melbourne Queer Film Festival, and was awarded the status of Melbourne Fringe Living Legend in 2017. In 2020 he was awarded the Sidney Myer Performing Arts Awards' Facilitator's Prize. Most recently, Richard was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Green Room Awards Association in June 2021. Follow him on Twitter: @richardthewatts