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2021
Winners announced

About the Prize

The Nick Enright Prize ($30,000) is offered for a play or a work of music drama given its first production in Australia between 1 October 2019 and 30 September 2020. The production may be given by a professional or amateur theatre company, but it must involve a season of several performances before a general audience.

Plays written by more than four authors are not eligible for the Play Award. Assessment will be made entirely on the literary merit of the written text, and not on the merits of a particular production. The prize money will be paid to the playwright/s. In the case of a work of music drama, the judges may decide that the award should be shared by the writer and the composer. In this instance, the composer must be a living Australian citizen or hold permanent resident status.

Please note that for the 2021 Nick Enright Prize, the guidelines have been amended. A play or work of music drama that had a scheduled first production in Australia between 1 October 2019 and 30 September 2020 but has been cancelled or deferred due to COVID-19 restrictions or had an online reading only, is eligible for entry. Please contact us via email prior to submitting your script if it is submitted under these amendments.

The judging panel

Suzie Miller

Suzie Miller

Chair

Suzie Miller is a contemporary international playwright, screenwriter and librettist, drawn to complex human stories often exploring injustice. Miller’s plays have been produced in 40 productions around the world and won multiple prestigious awards. She has been commissioned by, or been in residence at, multiple prestigious theatres; including London’s National Theatre, the National Theatre of Scotland, Griffin Theatre Australia, Theatre Gargantua Canada and La Boite Theatre Australia. Suzie’s most recent and forthcoming productions include: Prima Facie (West End London, NY Broadway, Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane); The Mathematics of Longing (La Boite Brisbane and UK), Sunset Strip (Griffin Theatre Sydney, followed by an Australian national tour); and Caress/Ache (Griffin Theatre Sydney). She is currently under commission with Malthouse Theatre in Melbourne, in NYC and London; and is contracted to write four international screenplays: Prima Facie (Bunya/US), DUST (Bunya/US), Life’s Too Short (Heiress Films/Hoodlum Qld/US) and TOUCH.

For TV Miller is creating the TV series titled Now We are Young (Matchbox/NBC), and The Law of the Catt (UK/NY), she is also writing on the TV series Things Without a Name (Bunya). Suzie has a background in both science and law, and is primarily based in both Sydney and London, with regular time spent in the USA. She is represented by HLA Sydney, Australia; David Higham and Associates in London, UK.

David Berthold

David Berthold

David Berthold is one of Australia's most prominent theatre directors and cultural leaders. He was recently Artistic Director of Brisbane Festival, one of Australia's major international arts festivals, directing five record-breaking festivals, 2015-19. He is currently Director of the Centre for Creative Practices at NIDA and Executive Chair of Playwriting Australia. As a theatre director, he has directed for most of Australia's major theatres companies, as well as internationally. He has been Artistic Director of La Boite Theatre Company, Artistic Director of Griffin Theatre Company, Artistic Director of the Australian Theatre for Young People, and Associate Director of Sydney Theatre Company. He is a Trustee of the Rodney Seaborn Playwrights Award, a member of Melbourne Theatre Company’s Advisors’ Group, and a member of the Theatre Panel of the Helpmann Awards.

Joanne Kee

Joanne Kee

Joanne Kee is the Executive Producer of Riverside’s National Theatre of Parramatta responsible for the artistic and strategic direction of the Company. Her career includes being Artistic Director of Sydney Improvised Music Association, Sydney International Women’s Jazz Festival and Places + Spaces. She also worked at The Song Company, Sydney Opera House, Carnivale multicultural festival and the Powershouse Museum. She has written for the Sydney Morning Herald, Women’s Money and was Editor of Jazz Australia.

Joanne is committed to building capacity in an equitable and inclusive manner and is currently delivering platforms for playwrights and theatre-makers to challenge and inspire audiences with innovative and transformational work. She is a member of the Create NSW Theatre panel and as former Chair of Ausdance NSW was instrumental in setting up Critical Path, choreographic lab.

About Nick Enright

Nicholas Paul “Nick” Enright (1950-2003) was an Australian playwright and dramatist. After his graduation from Sydney University, he worked for Sydney’s Nimrod Theatre before being appointed as trainee director at the Melbourne Theatre Company. He won an Australia Council Fellowship to study directing at New York University where he began writing plays. After his graduation in 1977, Enright joined the State Theatre Company of South Australia as actor and director before becoming Head of Acting at NIDA in 1983 and 1984. All of his plays, including Blackrock and On the Wallaby, have been performed by the major Australian theatre companies. Enright also wrote three musicals, Variations winning the NSW Premier’s Literary Play Award in 1983. He was co-nominated for an Academy Award for his screenplay of Lorenzo’s Oil (1992). 

Past winners and shortlists

2020

2020
Counting and cracking bookcover
Belvoir and Co-Curious
Winner
2020
Cover image of The Mares.
Tasmanian Theatre Company
Shortlisted
2020
City of Gold
Queensland Theatre
Shortlisted
2020
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Griffin Theatre Company
Shortlisted
2020
Then book cover
Samah Sabawi and Lara Week, in collaboration with La Mama Theatre
Shortlisted
2020
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Sydney Theatre Company
Shortlisted

2019

2019
The Almighty Sometimes
Winner
2019
woman and man sitting on jetty
Shortlisted
2019
silhouette of 4 men from lost boys play
Shortlisted
2019
Going Down
Shortlisted
2019
Oil Babies
Shortlisted
2019
Woman with microphone on stage.
Shortlisted

2018

2018
Image of the play Black is the New White
Sydney Theatre Company
Winner
2018
Image of the play Little Emperors
Malthouse Theatre
Shortlisted
2018
Image of the play The Sound Of Waiting
Brown's Mart Arts Ltd
Shortlisted
2018
Image of the play Rice
Playlab
Shortlisted
2018
Image of the play The Real and Imagined History of the Elephant Man
Malthouse Theatre
Shortlisted
2018
Image of the play Mark Colvin's Kidney
Currency Press and Belvoir
Shortlisted

2017

2017
Book cover for The Drover’s Wife by Leah Purcell
Currency Press and Belvoir
Winner
2017
Book cover for Ladies Day by Alana Valentine
Currency Press
Shortlisted
2017
Book cover for The Hanging by Angela Betzien
Sydney Theatre Company
Shortlisted
2017
Book cover for You and Me and the Space Between by Finegan Kruckemeyer
Terrapin Puppet Theatre and Honolulu Theatre for Youth
Shortlisted