Playwrights are an interesting species in the kingdom of “Artists”… Like many artists they are solitary- but they have a collaborative spirit- because their artform relies on a congenial coming together of minds, hearts and bodies to create something for an audience… they are generous. They give voice to actors, narratives to directors, they give an audiences ideas. They are artistically powerful people who inform and dictate- and yet they are generous and patient and philosophical… How many times has a playwright had their work fumbled by the mouth of a nervous actor, or misdirected by an ambitious yet green director? and yet- generally they remain focused on the art.
There is no celebrity in play writing. Heck, there is barely any money… but there is a community of them springing up…
An online touchstone for me is the 7-On Blog: http://sevenon.blogspot.com/
which is a wonderful hydra-voiced point of reference and perspective from some of Australia’s key established playwrights.
Another group- WRITE CLUB…. (which you can guess the first rule is…) meets to talk about anything BUT their own work…
Then there is the tentatively named TEWS- The Emerging Writers Studio- which meets at Belvoir.
And there is surely a lot more- people in lounge rooms, in kitchens, in rehearsal rooms talking about writing, about their work, each others work etc… just because you can’t see them doesn’t mean they don’t exist… Read more