Black Swan Emerging Writers Group Readings

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Black Swan State Theatre Company says
Witness the debut of six new plays by WA's hottest emerging writers!

Six WA playwrights of exceptional talent and promise were selected to write an original play that showed creative bravery and an urgency of voice, as part of Black Swan's Emerging Writers Group. Now, following an intensive period of development and mentoring, they are 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.

Featuring scripts by Zoe Hollyoak, Izaak Lim, Finn O’Branagain, Zoe Pepper, Mararo Wangai and Mikala Westall, whose diverse works span a variety of genres and themes from Speculative Fiction, Surreal Comedy, Intergenerational and Interracial Romance and even a comedy about Mental Health.

Immediately after each reading the audience will be invited to engage in discussion with the writers about the work. Playwrights will also be eligible to win a cash prize, including continued support and development from Black Swan.

The aim of the Emerging Writers Group is to create work that is of international standard and suited for future production by Black Swan - and to date Black Swan has presented several EWG works, including Chris Isaacs' Flood, Gita Bezard's Girl Shut Your Mouth, Will O’Mahony's Tonsils + Tweezers and Nathaniel Moncrieff's A Perfect Specimen. By attending these readings, you could be among the first to hear a future Black Swan production!

First Heard: Play Readings

Thursday 17 November
11.00am Zoe Hollyoak's Cotton Wool Kid - About protecting something very special.

4.00pm Finn O’Branagáin's Medusa - How do see someone we can't look at? Meet the monstrous and monstered that turn us to stone.

Friday 18 November
11.00am Mikala Westall's Mouse House - Pinky and Splinter are trapped in a maze hoping to save humanity, while trying to save themselves. A play that tests the limits of the human body, the power of words and how far you would go to prove you're not a total rat.

4.00pm Mararo Wangai's Mchanga - A pair of hearts; one black in a white world, one white in a black world, scrambling over a sand carved by memories.

Saturday 19 November
11.00am Izaak Lim's Smoke - Tom likes to dream alone. One day he sees smoke on the horizon and becomes haunted by what burns.

4.00pm Zoe Pepper's The Lobotomist - The Doctor’s ego was bigger than his desire to do good – he promised a miracle cure, inflicting his own psychosis on the sad and the desperate. A farcical, surreal take on one man’s dark unraveling.

VENUE: City of Perth Library Auditorium, Mezzanine Level, 573 Hay St, Perth WA 6000
RSVP: Attendance is free, but please let us know which play reading sessions you plan to attend by emailing Jessica on or calling Black Swan on (08) 6212 9300.

Supported in part by the City of Perth and the Malcolm Robertson Foundation.
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By: Black Swan State Theatre Company