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Elaine Acworth studied at London's East 15 Acting School for several years, and subsequently worked for several small-scale theatre companies including Loose Change, whose brief was the exclusive production of new writing. Beginning as an actor with the ensemble, Acworth later attended directing workshops, and eventually turned to writing.

Acworth's first play, Torched, was produced by Finborough Theatre, London, in 1990. Returning to Australia the following year, Acworth became involved with the Queensland Theatre Company's (QTC) New Writing Programme, one result of this being her play Composing Venus. Commissioned by QTC and the Australia Council, the play won the 1993 George Landen Dann Award. Also in 1993, Acworth had her third work, Bod, a play set in Tibet, workshopped at the National Playwrights' Conference.

In 2018, Elaine Acworth received one of four Q ANZAC 100: Memories for a New Generation Fellowships at the Queensland Memory Awards, for 'Put Out into the Deep'.

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My Father's Wars 2017 series - author radio play

Funded by the State Library of Queensland's (SLQ) Queensland ANZAC Centenary Grants program and supported by the State Library of Queensland’s QANZAC 100: Memories for a New Generation project, this series of five podcasts was produced by Elaine Acworth when she was the SLQ Q ANZAC 100 Fellow in 2015 and 2016. They explore her father's experience of World War I.

2018 nominated AWGIE Awards Radio Award
Gloria 2014 single work drama

'Gloria Clare has led an extraordinary life. With a searing intellect and boundless talent, she ran from small-town Australia to Europe in her reckless youth, became a diva and found love. She’s been chanteuse and composer, rebel and romantic. But these things are dim and distant for her. In her fifties and having recently suffered a stroke, Gloria’s memories are slipping away.

'Now, Gloria uses the language of her heart to remember things – she sings. Music is the sextant by which she navigates her stormy memory. Singing helps her recall the painful episode in her past when, as a young unmarried mother in ’70s Australia, she was shamed, cowed and harassed into giving up her child for adoption.

'Before Gloria’s mind deserts her completely, she has one mission: reconnect with Ned, the boy she lost so long ago, get to know his family, and make some kind of amends. But as you’d expect from such a strong-willed, independent woman, she’s going to do it her way, by her rules.' (Publication summary)

2014 nominated Matilda Awards Best Director For David Bell.
2014 nominated Matilda Awards Best Mainstage Production
Composing Venus 1995 single work drama

Set in the northern Queensland town of Charters Towers the action takes place over one day in 1957 - the day on which the world's first artificial satellite (the Sputnik) and a symbol of the possibilities of the future is to be seen in the sky over the town. It is also the day during which most of the characters will have to deal with significant and sometimes painful change. The main character, Clivvy, is thirty seven years old and is battling with the past and her inability to leave the town. Having won a sponsorship to go overseas to study piano at age nineteen the war intervened. In the following years many other occurrences deny her a life of her own. It is, however, her sense of being a composer - with her music coming 'out of the underbrush' which gives her the strength she needs.

1993 winner QTC/Courier Mail George Landon Dann Award for Queensland playwrights
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