Theatre companies tell their audiences that they are storytellers and of course theatre has a capacity to do just this. But much can be gained by focussing on what other elements are vital to the creation of unique and meaningful theatre. This workshop with award-winning playwright Lachlan Philpott asks writers to reconsider the role narrative plays in their creative processes by exploring other elements of a play that have been eclipsed by an obsession with plot.
Lachlan Philpott – Lachlan Philpott is a proudly queer playwright, teacher, mentor and dog person. His acclaimed plays include Bison, Bustown, Cake Daddy, Catapult, Colder, In 3D, Lake Disappointment, Little Emperors, Lost Boys, Michael Swordfish, M.Rock, The Pineapple War, Promiscuous/Cities, Silent Disco, The Chosen, Truck Stop, Walter and The Trouble With Harry. His plays have been widely produced and awarded in Australia and internationally, including in Paris, Edinburgh, San Francisco, New York and Belfast.
Lachlan has worked extensively as a writer-in-residence, teacher, mentor and dramaturg at theatre companies, festivals, schools and tertiary institutions around the world. Fifteen of Lachlan’s plays are published by Currency and PlayLab in Australia and Oberon in the UK. He was the Artistic Director of Tantrum Youth Arts Newcastle and program manager of ATYP’s Emerging Writers’ Program where he initiated The National Studio.
He was Chair of the AWG Playwrights’ Committee between 2012 and 2015, Artistic Director of Playwriting Australia between 2018 and 2019, and was the inaugural Australian Professional Playwright Fulbright Scholar.
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