Screen and stage writers, industry representatives and special guests gathered to celebrate the 51st year of the Australian Writers’ Guild’s AWGIE Awards, where over 25 Australian writers were recognised for their outstanding contribution to the Australian arts.
Honored on the night with the AWGIE Award for Music Theatre and the 2018 David Williamson Prize was P J Hogan forMuriel’s Wedding - The Musical, which was a hit for both Sydney Theatre Company and Global Creatures in 2017 and is set for a return season in 2019. The David Williamson Prize for excellence in writing for Australian theatre is awarded each year to the most outstanding script selected from the winners of each of the four theatre categories of the AWGIE Awards, and is worth $100,000, with $20,000 of the Prize awarded to the playwright of the winning theatre script, and $80,000 of the Prize going to the theatre company that commissioned and developed it for the stage, with the express purpose of the prize money being used to commission, develop and program a new Australian work.
In the theatre categories, winners were:
o Michele Lee for Rice, which took out the Stage category
o Finegan Kruckemeyer for My Robot in Theatre for Young Audiences, and
o The Hum by Angela Betzien, which won the Community and Youth Theatre category.
For all winners