Queer Playwriting Award Showcase Midsumma Festival

- Midsumma Festival

Join us for 2 unique nights of queer-focused theatre featuring fresh 15 minute excerpts from our finalists. Experience new work, engage with new playwriting talent and have your say in the 2022 Award selection.

Your feedback guides the industry panel to select a top 4 to present extended excerpts at the Showcase on Tue 22 March. The 2022 Award winner receives support to develop their work for presentation at Gasworks in Midsumma Festival 2023.

Mon 24 Jan 2022:

Emmanuelle Mattana – The Reasonable Grounds:

A queer black-comedy about privilege, power and high school debating.

Andrew Undi Lee – No Asians:

Set on the fringes of Sydney’s housing commission, we follow a delicate relationship between two Korean Australian boys and their devastating fear of letting go.

Reuben James – Coming Home To You:

An intimate, authentic play about the lives of three queer people, and the inherent dichotomy between monogamy and queerness. A raw and emotionally-charged piece of LGBTQIA+ theatre.

Bravo Arts – Woolf:

A queer adaptation of Edward Albee’s iconic play ‘Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?’, exploring themes of family and domestic abuse through a queer lens.

Tue 25 Jan 2022:

Rory Godbold – CROSS:

Jasper’s a teacher, and he’s gay. When a colleague, David, ignores a homophobic slur made about Jasper in his class, their lives begin to unravel.

Alice Tovey – Besties

A musical about love & self-loathing set in the world of an on-screen romantic comedy. When two straight-presenting leading women fall in love, their gay best friends have a full-on identity crisis.

Guy Stephen Webster – Driftwood

Two brothers come together to pack up their Father's apartment after his death. They soon discover what really haunts the empty apartment, while a storm threatens to bring the place down into the Pacific.

Emily White – That’s Not Big Mac Sauce, That’s Ectoplasm:

>This is the story of a Maccas playground and the ghosts that haunt it. Some dead, some living, all gay as hell.


  • Event Details
    Date & Times:
    Monday 24 January, 7pm - 8.30pm
    Tuesday 25 January, 7pm - 8.30pm
    Running Time:
    90 minutes
    Gasworks Theatre
    All ages
    Wheelchair Accessible
    Coarse language, references of drug use, references of suicide, adult themes