There are millions of reasons why NOT to do something… but there are only a handful of reasons of why people do things… Why bother to make anything? Why invest your time and focus in theatre? Why put yourself forward for speculation or interrogation? Why? Because you are compelled by whatever inspiration or demon (Carrot or stick, if you will..) that drives you… Ultimately it’s about offering- offering an audience a new point of view, a reassurance, a story to soothe, or stir… and short work seasons an do this beautifully-offering a variety of perspectives or worlds to dip into from the safety of you seat.

For those keen to stut their creative stuff as a part of Brand Spanking New : a celebration of New Australian Writing… there is more info in the guidelines below:

Brand Spanking New is a celebration which fosters new Australian writing through the creation of a showcase for emerging and established writers and directors and is based at New Theatre, Sydney.

Brand Spanking New is an opportunity for theatre practitioners to collaborate in a non-competitive, well-resourced, nurturing environment. The project seeks to strengthen relationships between emerging and established practitioners, promote new Australian writing to Sydney audiences and celebrate the unique, bold and diverse landscape of Australian theatre.

A maximum of 8 writers will be selected on application for inclusion alongside 8 of Australia’s most celebrated, prolific established writers invited to write for Brand Spanking New 2010.

We are looking for writers who:
• Have an inspiring, innovative, beautiful, unproduced script which is 15 minutes or less
• Are keen to work in friendly, nurturing and collaborative environment
• Are available and keen to develop a script, working relationships with directors and actors
• Are happy to write for the practical limitations of the project- including a set which will be used for 16 pieces across 2 weeks, a general set of lighting states, a modest budget.

We will provide you with
• A team of practitioners to assist in the production of your script including a director chosen specifically for your script, a dedicated cast, full technical crew, designer and dramaturg.
• Four public performances of your piece in a high-profile 154-seat theatre
• 15 hours of rehearsal space
• Production, publicity photos and archival materials
• Publicity and networking opportunities including a season launch

• Application & script due Friday 30th July 2010
• Shortlist of writers notified on 9th August 2010
• Accepted writers notified Monday 16th August 2010
• Directors and writers matched up23rd August 2010
• Auditions 30th August- 5th September 2010
• Cast finalised 13th September 2010
• Rehearsals commence 27th September 2010

Week 1 – Production Week Schedule Week 2 – Production Week Schedule
Bump in: Sunday 24 October 2010 Bump in: Sunday 31 October 2010
Tech rehearsal: Monday 25 October 2010 Tech rehearsal: Monday 1 November
Dress Rehearsal: Tuesday 26 October 2010 Dress Rehearsal: Tuesday 2 November
Opening night: Wednesday 27 October 2010 Opening night: Wednesday 3 November
Closing Night: Saturday 30 October 2010 Closing Night: Saturday 6 November

How to apply:
Please send your script and a completed application form by 5pm Monday 30 July 2010 to

For more information about new theatre and Brand Spanking New please refer to the website: