The award was presented by Neil Balnaves, Director of The Balnaves Foundation and judge Wesley Enoch, Artistic Director of the Queensland Theatre Company.
Jada, who starred in a Belvoir production earlier this year called This Heaven, will be commissioned to write a play called Me & Jungali, which is based on the relationship between her father and his partner. It is a dark, romantic comedy about two lovers on the run, mostly from themselves. It will be naturalistic with a hint of the absurd.
‘The excitement, encouragement, and sense of confidence that this award brings is something I know will have a solid and lasting effect on what I hope will be a long career as a playwright,’ Alberts said.
The Balnaves Foundation Indigenous Playwright’s Award is a $20,000 award which is comprised of a $12,500 commission to write a new play and a $7,500 cash prize.
Many major performing arts companies support and train Indigenous students—see AMPAG’s blog, Major Matters, posted today:Working with Indigenous children in remote communities.