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    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

    Premier announces search for next Queensland Premier’s Drama Award recipient

    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

    Thursday, June 29, 2017

    Premier announces search for next Queensland Premier’s Drama Award recipient

    The Queensland Premier’s Drama Award, is again open for entry with the Premier of Queensland and Minister for the Arts, Annastacia Palaszczuk announcing the Government’s support for the 2018–19 awards. 

    The Premier made the announcement this evening at the opening night of the 2016–17 Queensland Premier’s Drama Award winning production, RICE by Michele Lee.

    “The Queensland Premier’s Drama Award continues assist writers and performance makers develop their first drafts or concept sketches into a world premiere professional production, with the winner being programmed into Queensland Theatre’s season of works,” Premier Palaszczuk said.

    “My government has maintained its serious and ongoing commitment to the Arts by calling for entries for the Queensland Premier’s Drama Award 2018–19 and celebrating previous winners who had seen their works developed and transformed into professional productions.”

    Entrants will have the opportunity to join past winners and recipients such as Lee, 2014–15 winner Daniel Evans (Oedipus Doesn’t Live Here Anymore), and 2012–13 winner Maxine Mellor (Trollop), who have all gone on to accolades beyond the Queensland Premier’s Drama Award.

    “Just like Ms Lee, up to three finalists will have their work developed with industry professionals as part of the QPDA 2018–19 awards. This is truly an award to provide exceptional opportunity for storytellers to have a platform on a national stage,” Premier Palaszczuk said.

    “This is furthering the Queensland Government’s commitment to ensuring a vibrant and diverse experience for Queenslanders.”

    Since the awards’ inception in 2002, QTC has developed 27 plays, employed more than 200 actors, writers and directors, and generated audiences of more than 26 000 to new and emerging Queensland work.

    Queensland Theatre Artistic Director Sam Strong said the award had ushered a generation of plays and playwrights onto the mainstage.

    “The current QPDA-winning play RICE, by Michele Lee, is a highly accomplished work that confidently performs new playwriting’s distinctive function of reflecting contemporary society back to itself,” Mr Strong said.

    “The Arts in Queensland is experiencing a renaissance thanks to the Government’s passion and support. The QPDA enables us to fulfil our vision of leading the country from Queensland in the creation of new Australian stories.”

    The deadline for submissions is Monday 30 October 2017, with three finalists selected by January 2018. The winning entry will be announced in July 2018. Groups, as well as individual artists are encouraged to apply.

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    The Queensland Premier’s Drama Award is an initiative of Queensland Theatre and supported by the Queensland Government.

    Media contact: Premier’s Office-Susan McGrady 0488 996 667