Queer Playwriting Award Showcase

The annual Queer Playwriting Award (previously Playtime Staged Readings) is part of the Midsumma Presents program, a collaboration between Gasworks Arts Park and Midsumma Festival.

Please check our COVID-19 Information page to see any changes to this program.

This development program aims to identify, support and develop new playwriting talent and get queer issues out there for mainstream audiences to consider and enjoy. The LGBTQIA+ community is diverse, exciting and full of stories and ideas that deserve to be heard on the stages of performing arts venues throughout the country. This is the chance you have been waiting for to tell a bold, funny, new, important, or exciting story to Australian theatre audiences.

Creators of new or developing works of theatre are invited to submit their proposals for consideration by a panel of supportive industry professionals. If you have an idea for a show, a completed script, or anything in between, we want to hear from you. Up to 4 works will be selected by the industry panel, and invited to present a 15 minute staged reading at Gasworks Arts Park as part of Midsumma Festival. One work will be selected to receive ongoing support and development with a view to becoming a full-scale work to be presented in Midsumma Festival 2023 or beyond. The ultimate aim of the Queer Playwriting Award is to tour the work nationally to expose it to a wide range of metropolitan, regional and rural audiences.

If you have any queries, contact Gasworks Arts Park on 03 8606 4200 or email marisa@gasworks.org.au

For updates and more information, keep an eye on the Gasworks and Midsumma websites, and follow us on social media.


Image credits: Suzanne Balding (New Wave by Margot Morales Tanjutco, QPAS 2020)

  • Event Details
    Date & Times:
    • Queer Playwriting Award call-out commences: 18 June 2021
    • Call out closes: 4 July 2021
    • Selection Panel Meets (to select finalists): Mid-July 2021
    • Applicants notified and participation/details confirmed: Late July 2021 
    • Queer Playwriting Award & Showcase: 25 January 2022
    • Selection Panel Meets (to select Award recipient): February 2022
    • Award recipient announced: February 2022
  • 2021 Winner
    Lucy Holz

    Congratulations to Lucy Holz for winning the Queer Playwriting Award 2021 as part of Midsumma Festival!

    “I am indebted to the award process for keeping me motivated to write and create during various lockdowns and artistic slumps. I feel so grateful for the vote of confidence from QPAS, being called funny by a panel of industry professionals is something I will hold onto in my darkest writing moments. I can’t wait to mine the knowledge of Gasworks creatives to create a show that is engaging, challenging and of course, funny”. – Lucy Holz – QPAS Playwright Award Winner 2021

    Well done to all participants including runners-up George Ketels and Patrick Livesey.

  • Applications for 2022 are now closed

  • “Midsumma is so proud of all of the finalists who presented their works as part of the Queer Playwriting Award Showcase 2020. Each of the works presented represented a fresh new playwright each with their own unique artistic vision and insights into contemporary queer life.”

    Felicity McIntosh, Marketing and Communications Manager – Midsumma Festival

  • “QPAS is a fantastic initiative for the LGBTQIA+ community and cements Gasworks Arts Park’s commitment to support independent artists. There is a noticeable lack of new queer theatre works available in performing arts markets to be toured to venues in Victoria, and it is important to Gasworks Arts Park that we play a part in changing that. 

    It is no easy feat for artists to present a work in development to an audience, especially during its very early stages. It is especially gratifying to see how enthusiastic and generous the artists were in offering feedback and assistance to each other. I think that this is one of the most beneficial parts of this program – it offers the opportunity for independent artists to network with each other and potentially even find opportunities to collaborate."

    Marisa Cesario, Programming Coordinator - Gasworks Arts Park