Samson plays to his strength

Playwright Julia-Rose Lewis, whose play Samson will premiere in Belvoir’s Downstairs Theatre next year, has won the 2014 NSW Philip Parsons Fellowship for Emerging Playwrights.

Samson plays to his strength

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Belvoir’s Associate Director—LiteraryAnthea Williams said, ‘Julia has a great ear for voices and creates characters that feel specific and quirky yet utterly believable.Samson is such a strong debut play that we’ve programmed it in our 2015 season and I’m so pleased we get to work with Julia on her next professional work.’

Lewis has written for Griffin Theatre Company, Australian Theatre for Young People, La Boite, Brisbane Powerhouse, Rock Surfers Theatre Co., HotHouse Theatre Company and Grin & Tonic.

The NSW Philip Parsons Fellowship for Emerging Playwrights (formerly the Young Playwright’s Award) is given annually to an outstanding playwright who is in their first eight years of professional practice.

The winner receives a writer’s commission and creative development of their play supported by Belvoir.

Past winners of the Philip Parsons Young Playwright’s Award include Kit Brookman (Small and Tired), Zoë Coombs Marr(Is This Thing On?), Matthew Whittet (Old Man), and Kate Mulvany, whose playThe Seed was part of Belvoir’s 2008 season and toured nationally.

The announcement of the fellowship winner last night (30 November) was preceded by the Philip Parsons Memorial Lecture, delivered by Ralph Myers, Artistic Director of the Belvoir. In his lecture entitledThe Artistic Director: On the way to extinction? he discussed the trend of boards appointing administrators and producers to key artistic roles at Australian theatre companies and festivals.

The 2014 NSW Philip Parsons Fellowship for Emerging Playwrights is made possible by the generous support of Arts NSW. The Philip Parsons Memorial Lecture is supported by Arts NSW and Currency House.

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