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Wal Cherry Play of the Year Award for Best Unproduced Play
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'Given annually for new Australian playwrighting this award honoured the achievements of Wal Cherry, an Australian theatre director and academic.' (


2007 winner y separately published work icon Realism Paul Galloway , 2007 Strawberry Hills : Currency Press , 2009 Z1561082 2007 single work drama

'In the summer of 1939 in a small Moscow theatre a company of actors begins rehearsals of a new play to commemorate Stalin's sixtieth birthday. It's a tough gig, because for Soviet artists working towards the Radiant Future the old showbiz maxim "the show must go on" is an order you can't refuse.

'Another opening, another show trial! Realism is a comedy of nerves, a backstage farce set in a pressure cooker. It's about the spirit that makes art live and the forces that want to crush it.' (Publisher's blurb)

2006 winner The Glory Ross Mueller , 2006 single work drama young adult As Australia awakes to discover the tragic death of a high ranking soldier in a foreign war zone, his military family in the suburbs of Sydney is not only coming to terms with the death of a brother and an uncle but with public and government expectations of how to bury a nation's 'best mate'. But what actually happened to Brigadier Martin Connors at the end of a long and distinguished career? His nephew Tom, also a soldier, returns home with news that will shake this family to its core and leave its matriarch Elizabeth to pick up the pieces. Against a backdrop of the War on Terror and heightened homeland security, playwright Ross Mueller (The Ghost Writer) has fashioned both a heartbreaking family drama and an urgent moral examination from events as contemporary as last night's news bulletin. Source: (Sighted 31/03/2009)
2005 winner y separately published work icon Asylum Catherine Lazaroo , 2005 Strawberry Hills : Currency Press , 2008 Z1347712 2005 single work drama 'Lally Black is a psychiatrist who struggles to keep the lid on her doubts about her own funds of compassion. Yu Siying is a Chinese woman who has caught HIV in Australia. Afraid of China's judgement, Siying has one last chance to claim asylum, and believes Lally is the key to her appeal. Lally finds herself enticed into an imagined China, unfolding in the gulf between herself and Siying, causing her to acknowledge the threads that run between complacency and brutality'. (Publisher's blurb)
2004 winner y separately published work icon A View of Concrete Gareth Ellis , 2004 Hobart : Australian Script Centre , 2006 Z1258401 2004 single work drama In a sprawling metropolis, where all the trees have been replaced by telephone boxes, the parks have become multiplexes, the clouds have turned a toxic orange and the animals are committing suicide, Billy is becoming a fairy. Jacquie wonders what the corrupt CEOs of the major corporations have in store for her. And James suspects his neighbour is planning to commit an atrocity. - Libraries Australia
2004 winner y separately published work icon Love Patricia Cornelius , 2003 Hobart : Australian Script Centre , 2004 Z1226600 2003 single work drama (taught in 1 units) 'Tanya, Annie and Lorenzo are on the bottom of the heap. They're young but already the youth has been wrung out of them. They've been abused, they're abusive, and they're difficult to like let alone to love. But it is love in all its distorted and mutated forms that holds them together. Annie and Tanya make a pact; their love will protect them from an unloving world and it will endure. Even the dreadful and charming Lorenzo will not threaten it. Only doubt in each other's love can put a wedge between them.' (Back cover, Currency Press, 2006)
2003 winner y separately published work icon The Frail Man Anthony Crowley , 2003 Strawberry Hills : Currency Press Playbox Theatre , 2004 Z1050146 2003 single work drama
2002 winner y separately published work icon Falling Petals Ben Ellis , Sydney : Currency Press Playbox Theatre , 2003 Z1004177 2003 single work drama satire science fiction
2001 winner y separately published work icon Salt Creek Murders Melissa Reeves , Hobart : Australian Script Centre , 2004 Z1381518 2004 single work drama crime Jane Macmanamin starts work as a domestic at the Salt Creek Hotel, an isolated frontier out-post. The first thing she witnesses is an adulterous embrace between Nellie, her employer, and Malachi Martin, a yard-hand. A week later, Nellie's husband, John Robinson is murdered. Over the course of the play the lives of Nellie, Malachi and Jane become disturbingly intertwined, a triangular relationship of love, greed, fear and desire, leading remorselessly to a tragic conclusion. As the Hotel deteriorates, and money is scarce, Malachi commits another murder in which Nellie may or may not be complicit, and Jane seems unable or unwilling to extricate herself from an increasingly perilous situation. Alongside this is a separate but related narrative, the story of a friendship, both poignant and funny, between a trooper and an aboriginal tracker, as they pursue Malachi for his crimes. Salt Creek Murders is based on the true story of a series of murders committed in the 1850s in the Coorong in South Australia.
1999 winner Mysterium Sam Sejavka , 1998 single work drama

'"Mysterium" is a full length play for five actors. Its style verges on magical realism and borrows from the form of the Medieval miracle play. It explores the tension between the irrational and rational, science and religion. It mixes the absurdly comic with Byronic Romance and Gothic horror.'

Source: Sam Sejavka's website,
Sighted: 06/07/2005

1998 winner y separately published work icon Tear from a Glass Eye Matt Cameron , Strawberry Hills : Currency Press Playbox Theatre , 1998 Z510550 1998 single work drama
1997 winner y separately published work icon Chilling & Killing My Annabel Lee Chilling and Killing My Annabel Lee Aidan Fennessy , Sydney Melbourne : Currency Press Playbox Theatre Centre, Monash University , 1999 Z299489 1999 single work drama detective humour
1996 winner Beneath Heaven Daniel Keene , 1997 single work drama
1993 The Drought Tom Petsinis , 1987 single work drama 'A play about family divisions following the return of one family member from Australia.' [Source: The Australian-Macedonian Drama Group, p. 30]
1992 winner y separately published work icon Texas, Queensland Julie Goodall , 1992 Hawthorn : Julie Goodall , 1993 Z1057580 1992 single work drama
— Appears in: The La Mama Collection : Six Plays for the 1990s 1997; (p. 187-236)
1990 winner John Powers
1989 winner The Ones Out of Town Craig Sherborne , 1989 single work drama