‘Blazing talent’ Kate Mulvany wins top prize for women playwrights

Hailed by the judges as a ‘blazing talent’, stage and screen writer/actor Kate Mulvany has won the coveted Mona Brand Award for 2020 – Australia’s only prize for women stage and screen writers.

A prolific playwright, screenwriter, poet and novelist, Kate Mulvany OAM was awarded the $30,000 Mona Brand Award for Women Stage and Screen Writers for her extensive body of work comprising more than 30 plays over a 25-year career. 

Kate’s acclaimed adaptation of Ruth Park’s The Harp in the South trilogy (Sydney Theatre Company) is among her recent work. Her original feminist piece The Mares played to rave reviews at the Tasmanian Theatre Company in 2019. 

The $10,000 Early Career Writer Award went to Anchuli Felicia King for her work White Pearl (Royal Court, 2019), described by the judges as “sharp, far-reaching and urgent. It extends and emboldens the representation of Asian women with complexity and resonance.” 

The Mona Brand Award is offered biennially thanks to the generous bequest to the NSW State Library Foundation from the trailblazing Australian playwright Mona Brand (who also wrote under the name Alexis Fox). 

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