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Like a book club for playscripts.


PLAYwrite Sessions are an opportunity to read and discuss plays with other theatre artists, encouraging lively discussion and creative idea sharing while building our collective working knowledge of contemporary plays.

Led by dramaturg/director Shelly Higgs, each session will be a facilitated informal conversation on a specific character driven text including verbalising some key scenes or moments within the script (frustrated actors this is for you!). We may discuss form, mechanics of writing, character and language as well as talking about how we’d approach the text in a performance setting and useful devices that may influence your own writing.

Each session provides an opportunity for artists to exchange scripts with others and discuss plays you’ve been reading or thinking about in a relaxed, supported environment.


What it is

A facilitated gathering to exchange/analyse and discuss contemporary plays with a focus on character driven work.


Who it's for

Sessions are open to theatre-makers at all stages of their career, from emerging to established including playwrights, dramaturgs, directors, actors and designers and those seeking to connect whilst expanding their playwrighting knowledge.

Creatives seeking connection and shared learning – this is for you!



PlayWRITE sessions will be held in the Foyer of The Street Theatre


When (All sessions were held in 2022)

1) Thursday 3 March Emerging Discoveries for Session 1 can be found here

2) Thursday 5 May Emerging Discoveries for Session 2 can be found here

3) Thursday 23 June Emerging Discoveries for Session 3 can be found here 

4) Thursday 21 July

5) Thursday 6 October Emerging Discoveries for Session 5 can be found here

6) Thursday 1 December Emerging Discoveries for Session 6 can be found here


Emerging Discoveries from past sessions can be found here.


Session Topics

Each session will be focused on a particular category of play as below


Discussion Category

Focus on


Contemporary Character Driven Plays – Australia


Female Playwrights


Contemporary Character Driven Plays – United Kingdom

Male Playwrights



Contemporary Character Driven Plays – United States


Female or Male Playwrights


Contemporary Character Driven Plays - Australia


Male Playwrights


Contemporary Character Driven Plays – United Kingdom


Female Playwrights


Contemporary Character Driven Plays -  From anywhere in the world

Female or Male Playwrights



Take Part

  • You must register for each PLAYwrite session you will be attending. Email
  •  You will be emailed a copy of a script for discussion at least the week before the session.

Play Exchange

  • Please bring a copy of a play within the discussion category for exchange/discussion with others. We encourage you to be rigorous in your selection and bring plays that value a diversity of voices, experiences, characters and perspectives.



15 Childers St,

City West ACT 2601

Directions & Map

Monday - Friday

10am - 3pm


Also opens

1.5 hours prior

to performance.


02 6247 1223
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