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We are very excited​ to announce our top 6 shortlisted scripts!

Congratulations to (in alphabetical order):

Christine Davey with script 'The Last Tiger'- VIC

Diane Stubbings with script 'Entangled'- VIC

Katie Pollock with script 'The Becoming'- NSW

Sarah Doyle with script 'Don't Tell Indi'- NSW

Steve McCall with script 'Safekeeping'- NSW

Zachary Sheridan with script 'Head Case'- WA

Thank you to our top 12 shortlist, we wish those who did not make the top 6 all the very best in their next endeavour, we know there will be big things to come! Our shortlist is a tribute to the enormous depth and breadth of writing talent in this country and we are very excited to be supporting the talent that makes bringing new Australian stories to the stage possible.

It's the words on the page that leads us to our unique communication from our little wooden stage to the hearts and minds of strangers who through the act of sharing the experience of the play become our friends our fellow journeymen on the path to understanding our humanity.

Gale Edwards, The New Plot Ambassador, The New Plot Launch night 26.09.2016

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The New Plot: Bringing new Australian stories to the stage by developing the talent that makes them possible.

107 Projects and Actors Centre Australia (ACA) launch The New Plot, a new development award for Australian Playwrights. This initiative has been created to foster professional development for writers and actors to bring new Australian stories to the stage. The New Plot is a feature of 107 Presents 2017 season and will culminate in performances in March 2017.

Launched in September 2016 by Project Ambassador and Emmy Award winner Gale Edwards, the top 6 shortlisted scripts have now been selected by the expert panel including Dean Carey, Philip Quast and Stephen Sewell.

ACA and 107 have now also engaged 2 Directors, Adam Cook and Troy Harrison, to work with a newly formed company of actors to bring these new stories from the page to the stage. Actors are currently being considered and we look forward to announcing the new members of the company in the coming weeks.

The New Plot seeks to discover:

  • Brave risk taking work
  • The unexpected and unconventional
  • Rich engaging text that does not require the bells and whistles of large production resources to inspire and engage
  • A story that represents the diversity of Australia

Presented By

107 projects

107 Projects is an independent cultural organisation whose mission is to encourage people and communities to live creatively. Located in the heart of Redfern, we inspire collaboration between the arts and the wider community through creative, cultural, social and educational initiatives. We promote, present and produce a broad range of arts and community cultural development activities that supports artistic experimentation and improves the health and wellbeing of our community. As a not-for-profit we depend on generosity and involvement of supporters and our community to thrive.

actors centre Australia

The organisation is a hub of connection, a generator of ideas and initiatives, a place to come to study, to grow, to learn and to extend oneself in every way possible. Artistic education and development requires a highly specialised and specific environment in which to flourish. Our commitment to this has never faltered. In 2014 ACA took up residency in a purpose-built state of the art performance facility in Leichhardt. All the spirit and magic of ACA moved to an entire new level a this exceptional performance precinct. Since 1987 ACA has pursued its vision and continues to expand and integrated all that's necessary to maintain a performing arts centre offering excellence in creative education.

​107 and ACA were brought together as partners in this venture by Barry Fitzgibbon of Silver Fox, who had the vision to bring the idea alive and who is a significant contributor to the costs of the venture.


This initiative would not be possible without the power of partnership. All of the Partners are generously investing because of their passion for developing the creative talent that brings Australian stories to the stage.

Award Package

The winning playwright will receive:

  • $10,000 cash
  • One-on-one time with the panel members to learn from the skills of Industry leaders
  • The script produced into a production with a cast of ACA actors directed by a professional Director
  • Professional cinematic audio production of the play by AFTRS for radio and online broadcast.
  • 4 week artists residency at The Bundanon Trust to develop the script into a full length play.
  • The winning script will be featured in 107 Presents 2018 Program with a full 3 week season + rehearsal time and development space. Featuring an industry night.


Gale Edwards

Gale Edwards

Gale Edwards is an Australian theatre director, who has worked extensively throughout Australia and internationally. She has also directed for television and film. She began her career at Adelaide youth theatre company - Energy Connection.

From 1986 to 1989 she was Associate Director of the State Theatre Company of South Australia; has been an Artistic Director of the Melbourne Theatre Company and has worked with every other major Australian theatre company, including the Sydney Theatre Company and Opera Australia. Internationally, Edwards directed the 1996 London revival of Jesus Christ Superstar, which opened on Broadway in 2000, and for which she won an Emmy Award for the televised recording of the production.

Edwards contributed to the book of the musical Whistle Down the Wind, for which she directed the West End production. Edwards has also directed for the Royal Shakespeare Company and Shakespeare Theatre Company (Washington D.C.). She directed the premiere production of The Boy from Oz. Edwards has been the recipient of three Sydney Critics Circle Awards, four Green Room Awards, two Mo Awards, an Emmy, two Helpmann Awards, a Sydney Critics Award as well as receiving two nominations for Helen Hayes Awards and a 2000 Centenary Medal for 'Service to Australian Society'. Edwards won a Green Room Award for Direction in a Musical, for her 2012 Melbourne production of Chess. It is one of twelve nominations The Production Company received for Chess, of which they won seven.


The Panel of Industry Experts

This initiative has attracted high profile and experienced professionals, leaders on the national and international stage.

Dean Carey

Dean Carey


Dean is the Creative and Founding Director of Actors Centre Australia (ACA). He is the author of 4 acting books, his latest, The Acting Edge, was launched by Hugh Jackman in 2012. His Acting Edge online program and App are now available worldwide.

Dean has taught acting for over three decades in many countries, including the U.S., the U.K., Russia, France, Brazil, Singapore, New Zealand and Australia-wide. He has been Head of Acting at WAAPA (Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts) as well as NIDA (The National Institute of Dramatic Art).

Dean works as a performance consultant on TV and film projects, including the Australian productions of The Boy From Oz and Saturday Night Fever. Dean teaches in the corporate arena, is guest speaker at seminars and functions as well as conceiving and directing corporate launches and theatrical events across Sydney.

Philip Quast

Philip Quast

Actor & Singer

Philip Mark Quast is an Australian actor and singer who has won the Laurence Olivier Award three times, for Best Actor in a Musical; more than any other actor to date. He is perhaps best known for his role as Inspector Javert in the stage musical, Les Misérables as well as Les Misérables: The Dream Cast in Concert.

Philip is also well known for numerous theatre roles, including Georges Seurat in Stephen Sondheim's Sunday in the Park with George and Emile de Becque in Rodgers and Hammerstein's South Pacific. Phillip is also known for appearances in film and for his roles in television shows, such as Ultraviolet, Brides of Christ and Play School.

Stephen Sewell

Stephen Sewell


Stephen Sewell is one of the most celebrated writers in Australia today. Well known for both film and theatre work. Stephen's work includes his AFI award- winning script The Boys and plays such as The Blind Giant is Dancing, The Secret Death of Salvador Dali and Myth, Propaganda and Disaster in Nazi Germany and Contemporary America.

Three Furies, which Stephen wrote for director Jim Sharman, premiered to enormous acclaim at the 2005 Sydney Festival, before transferring in 2006 to successful seasons for the Adelaide, Perth and Auckland Arts Festivals. Myth, Propaganda and Disaster has garnered more awards than any play in Australian theatrical history, including the 2004 Green Room Award, both the New South Wales and Victorian Premier's Literary Awards 2004 and the 2004 AWGIE for Stage Play.

Internationally, Myth received its London premiere at the Orange Tree Theatre in 2004 to rave reviews; has had a sell-out production in Germany in 2005 and a production for Scandinavia in 2005-2006. Stephen's play It Just Stopped - a comedy set at the end of the world and directed by Neil Armfield - premiered to sell out houses at Company B Belvoir in Sydney and Malthouse Theatre in Melbourne in 2006. In 2007 Stephen's play The Gates of Egypt was another box office success for Company B Belvoir. Stephen has a number of feature film projects in development, including a cinema version of It Just Stopped. Stephen was appointed Head of Writing for Performance at NIDA in January 2013.



We are very excited to announce our Directors for The New Plot, Adam Cook and Troy Harrison!


Adam has directed over 120 productions across Australia, London, Canada and the United States. He has worked for the Sydney, Adelaide, Melbourne and Brisbane Festivals, Melbourne Theatre Company, Sydney Theatre Company, Ensemble, Sydney Opera House Trust, NIDA, Queensland Performing Arts Centre, La Boite, Q Theatre, Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, Opera Australia, Griffin, Bell Shakespeare, Sport for Jove, OzOpera, Playbox, Festival of the Dreaming, Windmill Performing Arts, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, City of London Festival, the Barbican International Theatre Event (BITE) and Belvoir.

Adam was Artistic Director of the State Theatre Company of South Australia from 2005-2012, the longest tenure in the company's 40-year history. Most recently Adam directed Much Ado About Nothing for Sport for Jove, as well as the highly acclaimed Workhorse Theatre Company production of The Motherf*cker with the Hat.

Troy Harrison

Troy Harrison

​Troy was a co-producer and played the lead role of Jackie in The Motherf**ker with the Hat
(Workhorse Theatre Company/Darlinghurst Theatre) which was nominated for best
independent production at the Sydney Theatre Awards. His other theatre credits include
Savages (Darlinghurst Theatre Company, Best Ensemble nomination Sydney Theatre
Awards) Savage in Limbo, That Pretty Pretty; or: The Rape Play (Workhorse Theatre
Company) and The Burlesque Effect (Tunks Productions)

Troy toured Australia, NZ and parts of Asia with the musical theatre productions Saturday
Night Fever (playing the role of Double J), Pricilla Queen of the Desert, Happy Days, The
Boy from Oz, Monty Pythons Spamalot and was one of 4 chosen to tour Australia and NZ
with Australian icon Barry Humphries is his production Dame Edna Back with a

Troy's film and TV credits include East West 101, Cops LAC, The Carousel, The
Quarantine Hauntings and Baz Luhrmann's Moulin Rouge and is the co-creator and artistic director of Workhorse Theatre Company.

Troy studied with Lynette Sheldon and was invited to be a participant in the first Australian
workshop of world renowned acting coach Larry Moss.
For the past 2 years Troy has taught acting technique, script analysis and has directed
scene work and productions for the Actors Centre Australia advanced diploma acting
course and the International Screen Academy


How to Apply

Award Guidelines


Please post or email your application and supporting documents to The New Plot by the 31st December 2016. Please note there is no fee to apply.

Email: submissions@thenewplot.org

When emailing your application please ensure to label the title with the name of the play and playwright's name.

Postal Address: PO BOX 105, Paddington, NSW 2021 (Att: Dario Phillips c/o 107 Projects)


Feel free to contact The New Plot if you have any questions about your application.

Email: thenewplot@107.org.au


  • Applications should be submitted via email by 5pm on the published closing date. Mail applications must be postmarked on or before that closing date.
  • Only one play may be submitted by each playwright in any submission round
  • Late submissions or incomplete applications will not be considered.
  • Submissions will be acknowledged by email upon receipt.
  • A representative from The New Plot may contact you to request additional information in connection with your submission.
  • We are unable to return either copy of your script to you under any circumstance.
  • ​Shortlisted applications will be informed by a representative from The New Plot by the 31st January 2017 via email or phone.
  • We are unable to respond to enquiries regarding your application during the assessment process.
  • Successful applicants are required to acknowledge The New Plot's support in future presentations of the work.
  • By submitting your work you will agree that you will engage in any media events, interviews or public relations statements that may be required in line with the promotion of The New Plot.

Calendar of Events

  • Playwright submissions open
  • 26th September 2016
  • Playwright submissions close
  • 31st December 2016
  • Shortlisted playwrights notified
  • 31st January 2017
  • Rehearsals begin
  • 6th March 2017
  • ​Production Season
    ​Week 1: 3 plays
    Week 2: 3 plays
  • 28th March - 9th April 2017
  • Winner & People's choice award announced
  • 11th April 2017
  • 4 week Bundanon residency to develop play into a full length script
  • 2nd - 30th June 2017
  • Winner's full length show is staged during the 3 week season
  • March 2018

Performance Space

Get Involved

Front of house volunteers

Would you like to learn more about front house managing and getting behind the scenes? The New Plot seasons start in 28th March - 11th April. Get in contact with thenewplot@107.org.au to see how you can help!

Donate – Become a Key Player

The Key Players are a collective of supporters, combining their impact to empower The New Plot to reach further; to bring bold new Australian stories to the stage.

Give $250 or more and become a Key Player.

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Please note: your gift will be processed by project co-producer 107 Projects Incorporated - registered with DGR 1 and a tax concession charity. All donations of $2 or more are tax-deductible and processed online through PayPal. If you would like to give via cheque or other method, please contact Dario Phillips, Development Manager, dario@107.org.au.

107 Projects Incorporated - Public Fund
ABN: 56 103 488 699
​DGR 1 & Tax Concession Charity registered


We are looking for a local business sponsors to join this great collection of partners.

Sponsor opportunities include but are not limited too:

  • Naming rights to The People's Choice Award
  • Contributing professional fees to Audio Visual Designer/Operator
  • Contributing to the professional fees for Directors
  • In-kind support through products and services such as accommodation for interstate playwrights

If you love the sound of this innovative project and want to connect with community then contact us to discuss how we can collaborate thenewplot@107.org.au.