Playwright picks up one other huge prize

Dylan Van Den Berg and judging panel chair, Gaz Simpson. Picture: Helen Musa

JUST two days after successful a Canberra Critics Circle award for his play “White Fella Yellow Tree”, Canberra playwright Dylan Van Den Berg was introduced because the winner of the $20,000 Rodney Seaborn Playwriting Award in Sydney final evening (November 24)

The celebratory evening in Impartial Bay was hosted by the Seaborn, Broughton & Walford Basis, which promotes the information and pleasure of the performing arts inside Australia.

The Seaborn Award supplies monetary help for playwrights in the course of the writing or growth of a play and isn’t supposed as a prize for a completed work. It might additionally help with manufacturing prices, workshops, restaging, publishing or touring.

It was a very good evening for Canberra writers, with Van Den Berg taking out the highest award for his play “The Chosen Vessel”, commissioned from and to be developed by The Road Theatre.

As properly, David Atfield appeared on the shortlist for his play “A Higher World”.

The award was established by the late patron of the performing arts, Rodney Seaborn, within the hope that it could assist deal with an “undue emphasis on the adverse or much less salutary points of life to be present in a lot modern performing arts initiatives”.

In response to Gaz Simpson, chair of the Rodney Seaborn Playwrights Belief, the award was gaining energy, with 36 performs submitted for consideration and 10 shortlisted, a few of them by well-known playwrights reminiscent of Stephen Sewell.

“The Chosen Vessel” was impressed by Barbara Baynton’s brief story, first revealed in “The Bulletin” in 1896. It recounts the story of an outback lady left alone together with her child in a bush hut as she awaits an assault by a swagman who has known as there in the course of the day.

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However Van Den Berg has reimagined the story to put Aboriginal Australians on the centre of the narrative.

Van Den Berg declared his win “pleasant”, explaining that he had historical past with the  award, having gained it for his play “Means again When” and earlier than that been shortlisted for “Milk”, which went on to win drama awards at each the Victorian Premier’s and NSW Premier’s Literary Awards.

“So, I can inform my mum I’m not a one-hit marvel,” he mentioned.


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Ian Meikle, editor