Pioneer Play Festival and Playwriting Awards

A celebration of pioneering Australian theatre-craft and performance will take centre stage in the heart of Sydney’s Hills district when the inaugural Pioneer Play Festival and Pioneer Play Awards come to Castle Hill on 23rd and 24th November 2018.

Part of The Hills Shire Council’s launch of the new Pioneer Theatre in Castle Hill the festival, curated by Artistic Director Goldele Rayment and produced by Sydney theatre makers Company of Rogues, is an exciting new program of performances, workshops and activities for all ages.

The festival will also include the launch of Australia’s newest playwriting competition, the Pioneer Play Awards.

The awards aim to encourage the development of new Australian theatre by rewarding an outstanding novice, emerging or established artist, in two categories – Youth (aged 0 to 17 years) and Adult (aged 18+). The awards will be presented by Mayor of The Hills, Dr Michelle Byrne, at a gala event that will include staged readings of the winning entries and a glamorous Mayoral reception on Friday, November 23rd.

Other highlights from the festival include:

 Norm and Ahmed – a special 50 th Anniversary performance of Alex Buzo’s controversial 1968 play about tolerance, culture and generational change.

 Boy Out of the Country – written in Australian verse, Felix Nobis’ searingly funny and darkly observant look at contemporary Australian families, urban development and the progress of life makes it’s Sydney premiere.

 Women’s Voices in Theatre – Donna Abela’s Jump for Jordan and Joanna Murray-Smith’s Female of the Species come to life on stage in this interactive performance seminar.

 Kid’s Creative Play – designed for young creatives aged 4 to 12, the Pioneer Theatre’s Rebellion Room will become a playground of kids’ performance and fun activations lead by professional performers.

Submissions for the Pioneer Play Awards are now open. Full details can be found on the festival website.

Tickets: Individual events from $5 – $50. Festival Passes: from $52.75.

Bookings: via the festival website at

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