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
The Club, Don’s Party, The Removalists
Speaking in Tongues, When the Rain Stops Falling
Blackrock, Cloud Street
This Old Man Comes Rolling Home
Cosi, Radiance, The Golden Age
Summer of the Seventeenth Doll
Ham Funeral, A Cheery Soul
Away, The Kid
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A Hard God, The Slaughter Of St. Teresa’s Day
Here is a video on where Australian playwriting is in 2012.