Introducing the writers behind COME TO WHERE I AM – Australia (Part two)

Tahli Corin – Kyneton, VIC | Taungurung country

Tahli Corin

Tahli’s writing credits include BUMMING WITH JANE (2008 B Sharp, Belvoir) which won the 2009 Philip Parsons Young Playwright’s Award. Her second play, ONE FOR THE UGLY GIRLS was presented in Sydney (Old 505 Theatre), Melbourne (La Mama) and Adelaide Fringe (Tuxedo Cat). For Sydney Theatre Company, Tahli wrote THE ARCADE, which was presented as part of Money Shots, and GIRL IN TAN BOOTS was developed through STC’s Rough Draft program before being presented as part of the Griffin Independent Season, and at The Basement in Auckland, New Zealand.


Joshua Tyler – Kyneton, VIC | Taungurung country

Joshua Tyler

Joshua is a writer, actor and dancer. He co-wrote the hit film TOP END WEDDING with Miranda Tapsell. The film premièred at the Sundance Film Festival and was nominated for Best Film at the AACTA Awards. He has written for a number of Children’s Television shows including TASHI and 100% WOLF. Joshua starred in and co-wrote two seasons of the comedy series PLONK (STAN). In 2019 he won the Screenworks’ inaugural Regional Screen in LA Scholarship.



Alison Mann – Hobart, TAS | Nipaluna country

Alison Mann

Playwright and performer Alison Mann has been the recipient of several awards including a First Draft Award from Playworks and a Melbourne Dramatists Emerging Playwright Award. She recently completed mentorships with Maude Davey and Tom Holloway, and is a part of the Blue Cow Theatre’s script development program The Cowshed. Her most recent works include THE SURGEON’S HANDS (Theatre Royal Hobart), SHE’S NOT PERFORMING WELL (Tasmanian Theatre Co, La Mama) and THE ILLUSTRATED GIRL for MONA’s Dark Mofo Festival 2017. She is currently Blue Cow Theatre’s playwright in residence and is a mentor for their young writers’ program – Future Proof.

Jeanette Cronin – Caloundra, QLD | Kabi Kabi country

Jeanette Cronin

A graduate of NIDA, Jeanette is an actor, writer and dramaturg. She was the recipient of the inaugural Mike Walsh Fellowship. Jeanette’s first play TELL ME AGAIN premiered at The Old 505 Theatre in December 2014 and in July 2019 received a workshop and rehearsed reading at the Arcola Theatre in London. Her one-woman show QUEEN BETTE co-devised with director Peter Mountford has been produced multiple times for Mardi Gras Sydney (Old 505), Hunter Valley Festival and at Gasworks Arts Park for Midsumma Festival. Her most recent works include I HATE YOU MY MOTHER (Old Fitz), and I LOVE YOU NOW (Darlinghurst Theatre Co).

Tessa Rose – Palmerston, NT | Larrakia country

Tessa Rose

“Sharing a little bit about our place in the Top End of Northern Territory Australia, our family, gave us a shared happiness and sense of pride.”

Tessa is a writer and performer from the remote Indigenous communities of the Daly River and Peppimenarti in the Northern Territoru. Her most recent work includes her one-woman show THE DALY RIVER GIRL, created for the Adelaide Fringe Festival 2020. The work received the weekly theatre award laurel. Tessa is currently working on a German-Australian telemovie, BAREFOOT THROUGH AUSTRALIA. Her film and television credits as a performer include TOP END WEDDING; BLOOM; KIKI & KITTY; GLITCH; CLEVERMAN and REDFERN NOW.

COME TO WHERE I AM – Australia (part two) will be available to watch on our YouTube channel on Wednesday 2 September

Introducing the writers behind COME TO WHERE I AM: Australia – Series one – in partnership with Critical Stages Touring, Australia

Critical Stages Touring’s goal is to make outstanding live theatre accessible to audiences throughout Australia. Their vision is to enable regional communities to have the same access to high quality theatre as metropolitan audiences, and to foster a sustainable and diverse national independent theatre sector. They support outstanding theatre artists to achieve their touring ambitions and regional presenters to achieve their audience development goals.

COME TO WHERE I AM: Australia – series one goes live this Wednesday 19 August at 10:30am (BST). This is a four part series which will be released fortnightly on our YouTube channel.

To celebrate the launch of this international project, our Joint Artistic Directors, Charlotte and Katie will be joining Critical Stages Touring for their live Facebook event just before series one goes live. You can tune in to the free Facebook event here.

Here’s a look at the fantastic writers we have performing their pieces this week.

Alysha Herrmann

Alysha Herrmann (Berri, South Australia)
Alysha Herrmann is a parent, daughter of regional Australia, writer, theatre maker, creative producer and community organiser. As a creative practitioner, Alysha makes performances, installations, experiences, presentations, poetry, essays, digital exchanges and small moments of connection in public places. She has won numerous awards for her work using the arts to interrogate and explore community concerns and aspirations, including the 2017 Arts South Australia Geoff Crowhurst Memorial Ruby Award and the 2015 Australia Council Kirk Robson Award. Alysha writes about vulnerability, community, hope, grief and forgiveness.

Peter Matheson

Peter Matheson (Maclean, New South Wales)
Peter’s experience with Australian stories extends back over a 20+ year career of dramaturgy and writing. He has assisted some of the country’s most respected and innovative theatre makers to bring to life stories from emerging and established authors alike. He has worked dramaturgically with companies including Belvoir, Darwin Theatre, La Boite, NORPA, Riverside Theatres, Yirra Yaakin and QTC amongst many more. The covid-19 period has inspired Peter to return to his playwriting roots.



James Elazzi

James Elazzi (Western Sydney, New South Wales)
James’ writing seeks to find a balance between his experience of Australian culture and his Lebanese heritage. A catalyst in James’ work is the universal idea of obstacle and transition where characters ebb and flow through themes of family, culture and nudging the status quo. He has been a finalist for the Silver Gull Play Award for SON OF BYBLOS; is currently part of Sydney Theatre Company’s Emerging Writers Group; and his play LADY TABOULI enjoyed sell-out seasons as Griffin Theatre Company’s Batch Festival and the National Theatre of Parramatta in 2019.

COME TO WHERE I AM: Australia – series one will be available to watch here on Wednesday 19 August at 10:30am

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The Women’s Prize For Playwriting Shortlist

We are very excited to announce the shortlist of writers for the inaugural Women’s Prize for Playwriting.

We were delighted to receive 1,169 submissions to the Prize.  70 plays were longlisted, and below are the 35 plays that have made it to the shortlist. We will be announcing the 6-8 finalists and winners in the autumn.


…blackbird hour by Babirye Bukilwa

A Rat, A Rat by Chloe Yates

Colostrum by Olivia Hennessy

Contact Centre by Victoria Barclay    

Core by Jennifer Lunn

Deepa the Saint by Sonali Bhattacharyya

Everything Must Go by Caitlin McEwan

EZRA by Stella Green

Fly Home Butterfly by Tife Kusoro

Full English by Silva Semerciyan

Giddyup’s Way by Ciara Cassoni

happy sad virginia! By Deborah Acheampong

How the Dodo Died and Other Stories by Jenny Knotts

Kelp by Gaia Sorcha Fenn

Leaving Eden by Sophia Chetin-Leuner

My Brother’s Keeper by Kim Taylor

PARADISE STREET by Chinonyerem Odimba

Reasons You Should(n’t) Love Me by Amy Trigg

Red Sky at Night by Eve Leigh

Savage by Jane Bodie

Smethwick by Yolanda Mercy             

Static by Saskia Livingstone

SUPER BLOOD WOLF MAN by Alice Allemano

The Credibility Assessment by Amanda Wilkin

THE ESTATE by Shaan Sahota

The Good People by Camilla Whitehill

The Sub-Let Next to Heaven by Madeleine Accalia

The Swell by Isley Lynn

The Virgins by Miriam Battye

This Might Not Be It by Sophia Leuner

We’ll Be Who We Are by Naomi Obeng

WHAT YOU DO WITH THE DEAD IS YOU BURY THEM by Selma Dimitrijevic

When the Sea Swallows Us Whole by Natasha Collie

White Tuesday by Eve Leigh

YOU BURY ME by Ahlam