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Latest Winners / Recipients

Year: 2021

winner Trackers Donna Hughes , 2020 single work drama

'Trackers is set in the near future where suburbs are divided into Zones and society is under “Algorithmic” control. Algorithms, once man-made, have taken on a creepy life of their own and are dangerously influential. They track and monitor everything, controlling how you look, your diet, hobbies, popularity, the next hit song and even friend selection.

'Lately, their sinister intent has ramped up a notch. Algorithms have developed the ability to stimulate brain circuits to fully manage human behaviour. Their aim is to gain absolute control of humankind, and they’re starting with the youth.

'Enter SAM Turing, a naturally gifted coder and a bit of a loner. SAM’s life is thrown into disarray when he unwittingly cracks the Page Rank code on his home computer system, unlocking hidden information about the past. Shortly after, he and his Mum are relocated to C-Zone. Unbeknownst to SAM, C-Zone is the last stop for kids who don’t “align.” They’re the guinea pigs for the new brain circuit adjustment plan.

'To make matters worse, C-Zone High is terrifying! Sinister REGULATORS roam the hallways, MRS WATCHER has it in for him and the other students don’t seem quite right. If SAM is to survive C-Zone, he needs to do more than use his smarts…..SAM needs to make some real friends.'

Source: Australian Plays Transform.

Year: 2020

winner A Hymn to the Hateful Finegan Kruckemeyer , 2017 single work drama

'‘Hate is a tiring thing. It is a commitment one must make, and invest in. It demands long hours and plenty of overtime. There are few perks, but wonderful camaraderie and an appreciation that everyone is working just as hard as each other’. An enquiry into the spread of hatred in today’s society, created with high-school students and performed to their peers, this play turns negativity on its head, presenting a how-to guide for the hopeful.'

Source: Author's website.

Year: 2017

winner Teacup In a Storm Noëlle Janaczewska , 2016 single work drama
— Appears in: Good with Maps [and] Teacup in a Storm 2018;

'Teacup in a Storm is a window into an unseen world of crashes, laughter and carrying on.

'Carers make up one in eight Australians and account for 1.9 billion hours of unpaid work annually. Teacup in a Storm draws on a series of detailed interviews with a number of these carers from the local region, exploring their personal experiences. ' (Publication summary)

Year: 2016

winner Sally Hardy For A Kid Like Me, an interactive stage production of mini-plays (only a selection of which were presented in any one production), with Q&A sessions and audience interaction.

Year: 2015

winner y separately published work icon The Gap Patricia Cornelius , Melissa Reeves , Angela Betzien , 2014 8954348 2014 selected work drama

Three plays by female Australian playwrights, all centring on the 'gap year': the year after the end of high school.