Best Australian Playwrights
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Best Australian Playwrights

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As always with creating a ‘best of’ list, it has been a difficult task to put together a list of best Australian Playwrights. However, here is what we’ve come up with. We considered many factors including:  contribution to the Australian theatre, writing style, story structure and of course popular opinion. Australian plays are often gritty and intense, but tend to accurately capture Australian culture. If you are looking to find out more about Australian Playwrights and theatre you have come to the right place.

We have listed some of the best plays by each author below their names, so make sure you have read of some of these or go along to see Australian plays when they are on!

Our Top Picks

  • David Williamson

    The Club, Don’s Party, The Removalists

  • Andrew Bovell

    Speaking in Tongues, When the Rain Stops Falling

  • Nick Enright

    Blackrock, Cloud Street

  • Dorothy Hewett

    This Old Man Comes Rolling Home

  • Louis Nowra

    Cosi, Radiance, The Golden Age

  • Ray Lawler

    Summer of the Seventeenth Doll

  • Patrick White

    Ham Funeral, A Cheery Soul

  • Michael Gow

    Away, The Kid

  • Joanna Murray Smith

    Bombshells, Rockabye

  • Peter Kenna

    A Hard God, The Slaughter Of St. Teresa’s Day

2012 Playwriting

Here is a video on where Australian playwriting is in 2012.


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