Here’s a look at the writers we have lined for you in the final volume of COME TO WHERE I AM – Australia, in partnership with Critical Stages Touring, Australia.
Merlynn Tong – Brisbane, QLD | Turrbal and Chepara-Yugarapul country
Merlynn is an actor and playwright whose writing credits include ANTIGONE (adaptation, Queensland Theatre), GOOD GRIEF (Queensland Theatre), SKIN (Dear Australia, Playwriting Australia), and THE BIG MAC (co-writer, development, Black Swan Theatre Company). Her one-woman-show BLUE BONES won 6 Matilda Awards including the Lord Mayor Award for Best New Australian Work and Best Mainstage Production, and Merlynn was also awarded Best Female Actor in a Leading Role. She is also the prize recipient of Screen Queensland’s Screen to Stage pitch, The First 10 Pages 2.0.
Mary Anne Butler – Darwin, NT | Larrakia country
Mary Anne is a multiple award-winning writer and artistic director. Her play BROKEN won the 2016 Victorian Prize for Literature, a Victorian Premier’s Drama Award and the NT Chief Minister’s Book of the Year. Four of Mary Anne’s plays have won NT Literary Awards for Best Script (2010, 2014, 2018 & 2019) and her work Lost Hearts is on the NSW HSC Theatre Curriculum list. She is a Sidney Myer Creative Fellow, Arts NT Fellow, Winston Churchill Fellow, Regional Arts Fellow and Asialink Fellow. Mary Anne is currently co-Artistic Director of Knock-em-Down Theatre.
Ian Michael – Perth, WA | Whadjuk Noongar country
Ian is a proud Wilman Noongar man, writer, actor director and producer. He has worked extensively with companies across screen, theatre and cabaret including Malthouse Theatre, Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company, Ilbijerri Theatre Company, Melbourne Theatre Company, and Sydney Festival. Ian was awarded Melbourne Fringe’s Most Outstanding Actor in 2013 and 2015, Best Emerging Artist at Adelaide Fringe and received a Green Room Awards Association nomination for Best Independent Production in 2016 for HART. Ian is a Resident Artist at Black Swan State Theatre Company (2018-2020), is curating the Maali Festival, and co-writing the world premiere of YORK for Black Swan State Theatre Company of WA.
Ross Mueller – Geelong, VIC | Wadawurrung country
A graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts masters program, Ross has been a writer in residence with the Royal Court Theatre in London (2002); a guest lecturer at VCA; and is the Fresh INK tutor for ATYP in Victoria. His works have been shortlisted for an AWGIE Award, the Patrick White Award and nominated for five Green Room Awards. He is a recipient of the New York Dramatists Playwright Exchange (CONCUSSION), and winner of the 2007 Wal Cherry Play of the year (THE GLORY). His most recent works include A TOWN NAMED WAR BOY, I CAN’T EVEN (Malthouse) and A STRATEGIC PLAN (Griffin).
Join us on Wednesday 30 September at 10:30am (BST) for a live Facebook premiere event to celebrate the fourth and final installment of new plays for COE TO WHERE I AM – Australia. Hosted by our partners, Critical Stages Touring and joined by our one of our Joint Artistic Directors, Katie Posner. Hear from each of the artists as they introduce their stories of belonging, connection, and home, before we see them read their beautiful new work. It’s going to be powerful and moving storytelling, and we’re thrilled to be sharing these next four artists with the world for our final installment of COME TO WHERE I AM.
The livestream will be on the Critical Stages Touring Facebook Page.
Catch up on the rest of COME TO WHERE I AM on Paines Plough’s YouTube Channel.