StoryTellers Festival Call Out

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Those words you wrote that have never been heard? We want them.

Storytellers Festival @ KXT is a 2-week pop-up celebration of playwrights and words.

It’s an opportunity to showcase unproduced plays, share writing that has never been heard, and come together as a playwriting community. The Festival is curated by playwright Joanna Erskine, in association with Danny Ball and bAKEHOUSE Theatre.

Who’s eligible? Playwrights at any stages of their writing careers.

What are we after? There are two categories for submissions:

Spotlight: Full-length, unproduced plays at, or close to, final draft stage. A small number of Spotlight plays will be selected for staged readings during the festival. It is intended that each Spotlight play will have two opportunities to be read during the Festival.

House Lights: Small pieces that you would like to share. It could be a scene, a short play, a song, a monologue, something that got cut from another work and has yet to find a home. We’ll curate a few House Lights evenings using work submitted. Each House Lights program will have two showings during the Festival.

We are looking to program: 

A diverse mix of playwrights

A diverse range of writing styles and content

Work that is ready, or almost ready for, production  

How will it work? We’re moving quickly. It will be a short submissions period and selections will be made as soon as possible. Once selected, there are two ways of putting your work on: 

Bring your own team If you already have actors and/or a director in place for your piece, or can organise actors and a director, then let us know who your team is. Writers may also choose to direct, or perform their own work (if a solo piece). 

We connect you We aim to have a pool of actors who are keen to read during the Festival. We will pair you up and put you in touch with them.

Please note, it is the writer’s responsibility to organise their own reading and rehearsal.

Storytellers Festival is not about polished performances. It’s about hearing the words. Actors will have scripts in hand. There will be no set, a basic lighting state, and chairs for the actors. If you want to use props, bring them along but keep them simple. This is about the script, not the production. 

What’s in it for writers? Storytellers Festival is a showcase of new work. Ticket prices will be kept low to encourage repeat audience attendance throughout the Festival. Box office will cover costs (minimal) and a remuneration for participating writers, in both Spotlight and House Lights categories. Writers will be notified of remuneration arrangement as soon as it is finalised, and the Festival will be transparent in all communication.

The Festival provides an opportunity to share work and invite people to hear your work, to further generate audience interest in new Australian writing, create new networking opportunities for writers, and encourage industry to hear work that is ready for production. 

How do I submit? Submit your application via the link below. Its super simple, super quick 

Submissions must be received by

5.00 pm Thursday 26 July 2018.

Questions? Contact Festival Director Joanna Erskine at