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Head out of the page and onto the stage! 
Readings from Black Swan's Emerging Writers Group.

Six WA playwrights of exceptional talent and promise were selected to write an original play that showed creative bravery and an urgency of voice. Now, following an intensive period of development and mentoring, Black Swan State Theatre Company’s 2016 Emerging Writers Group is ready to take their scripts to the next level.

Come and be part of the audience at these FREE public readings by our next generation of creative writers. This is the first time the plays will be read by professional actors, who will infuse these scripts with the appropriate amount of drama to really bring the stories and characters to life. The playwrights will also be eligible to win a cash prize, including continued support and development from Black Swan.

Featuring scripts by Jessica Messenger, Bill Scheggia, Ian Sinclair, Andrew Sutherland,Clare Testoni and Kirsten Jane, the diverse works span a variety of genres from Australian Gothic, Contemporary Tragedy, Mythic Poetry to Aussie Comedy. Immediately after each reading, the audience will be invited to engage in discussion with the writers about the work. 

Saturday 21 January
Heed The Spark by Clare Testoni 
It’s 1899 in the karri forests of the South West. A young woman comes to an isolated property and falls into a dangerous world of sex,ghosts, and secrets.

Cast includes: Ben Mortley, Andrea Gibbs, Daisy Coyle, Alicia Osyka

3pm     Bad Seeds by Bill Scheggia
In the middle of a quarter-life crisis, three dysfunctional mates steal an expensive plant and accidentally lay the foundations for a criminal horticultural syndicate.

Cast includes: Nick Maclaine, John Shrimpton, Teresa Moore

Saturday 28 January
11am   Baby Girl by Andrew Sutherland
In this contemporary Queer exploration of the nature of Tragedy, two couples come together to start a family. 

Cast includes: Stuart Halusz, Jo Morris, Andrea Gibbs, Nick Maclaine

3pm     Whale Fall by Ian Sinclair
“When a whale dies… very, very far out to sea..,It falls.”
Nadine returns to the beach-side home and family she abandoned years ago; She’s back to re-establish a relationship with her daughter however Nadine discovers they are now oceans apart. Whale Fall is a slow-burning drama about second chances, gender identity and unconditional love.

Cast includes: Alicia Osyka, Amy Mathews, Jeremy Levi, Daisy Coyle

Saturday 4 February
11am   Coral Bay by Jessica Messenger
Cat has run away to Coral Bay, stranding her husband and a new born baby in Perth. Her mother Jenny has driven twelve hundred kilometres to make her come home. Her grandmother Trish wants them both to nick off, so she can die alone.

Cast includes: Nicola Bartlett, Alex Jones, John Shrimpton, Alexandra Nell

3pm     Thiago by Kirsten Jane
The table is set for dinner. Trust is broken with the bread. "Thiago" is an original comedy about what we're willing to believe in the name of love.   

Cast includes: Jo Morris, Sarah McNeill, Will O’Mahony, Daisy Coyle

Supported in part by the Malcolm Robertson Foundation.

Presented as part of The Blue Room Theatre 'Summer Nights' at FRINGE WORLD FESTIVAL 2017.


“Introducing new talent to audiences with fresh ideas presented to the company’s high standards, the development of local drama seems in safe hands.”
Australian Stage Online (for LOADED: A Double Bill of New Plays, 2016)

“A showcase for some of the brightest of our own writers, directors and creatives.”
The West Australian (for LOADED: A Double Bill of New Plays, 2016)

“Moving, challenging pieces that have dominated my thoughts.”
Pelican Magazine (for LOADED: A Double Bill of New Plays, 2016)

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Studio Underground (STCWA)

174-176 William Street, Perth, Western Australia, 6000

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Jessica Messenger / Bill Scheggis / Ian Sinclair / Andrew Sutherland / Clare Testoni / Kirsten Jane