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, main-stage production, writing style, and of course the popularity of their plays. Australian plays are often gritty and intense, but tend to accurately capture Australian culture. If you are looking for a good place to start your exploration into Australian playwrights then you’ve 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
Speaking in Tongues, When the Rain Stops Falling
Bombshells, Rockabye, Honour
Blackrock, Daylight Saving
The Chapel Perilous, This Old Man Comes Rolling Home
Cosi, Radiance, The Golden Age
The Call, Love, Do Not Go Gentle
Ham Funeral, The Season at Sarsaparilla
Away, Europe, The Kid
The Club, Don’s Party, The Removalists
A Hard God, The Slaughter Of St. Teresa’s Day
The Drover’s Wife, Box the Pony
Kill the Messenger, Blackie Blackie Brown
No Sugar, The Dreamers
The Seed, The Harp in the South
Moth, Pompeii, L.A.
Wolf Lullaby, Fortune
Summer of the Seventeenth Doll
The 7 Stages of Grieving, Black Medea
The Blind Giant is Dancing
Holding the Man, Strangers in Between,
The Hanging, Hoods
Driving into Walls, Medea
The Almighty Sometimes
The Bleeding Tree, Wretch
Australian Plays Transform
If you’re interested to learn more about Australian playwrights, or if you’re looking for where you can find Australian plays to read, visit Australian Plays Transform. This is the new home of Australian Playwriting, and is the result of a consolidation of the two organisations Playwrighting Australia, and Australian Plays.
Australian Theatre for Young People
If you’re looking for fresh, emerging, and up and coming playwrights, Australian Theatre for Young People (ATYP) is where you want to go. Pound for pound, ATYP produces the most work of new Australian playwrights of any company in the country! This is the place to go for work by Australian writers, for young Australian audiences.
Griffin Theatre Company
If Australian writing is something you want to see more when you go to the theatre, then Griffin Theatre Company should definitely be on your radar. Griffin is Australia’s leading new writing theatre, dedicated to bringing the best Australian stories to the stage.
Griffin Theatre Company hosted this forum in 2012 to discuss Australian Playwrighting: