Theatre

A Dusty Hoard of Unloved Plays

All Australian plays are rubbish, apart from those which are underrated and underplayed. But which are which? The website australianplays.org, operated by the Australian Script Centre, promotes, publishes and sells play scripts. Funded by the Tasmanian, New South Wales and Commonwealth governments, it holds 2225 scripts by 909 playwrights. It’s a glossy treasure trove—or a hoarders’ palace. It promotes itself as “The definitive online destination for quality Australian playwriting. Featuring the combined catalogues of Australia’s leading theatrical publishers.” Many of the works have been published under its own imprint as PDF files, while orders for physical books from the publishers…

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