Playwrights celebrate centre’s 20th anniversary

Peter Cowan Writers centre playwrights, who will have their plays read at Joondalup Library, with dramaturg Polly Low.

AS part of  Peter Cowan Writers Centre’s 20th celebrations six playwrights will present script readings of their 10-minute plays on Sunday,  August 9 at the Joondalup Library at 2pm.

Peter Cowan Writers Centre president Susan Stevens said some of the plays to be presented were inspired by the short stories of PCWC’s namesake Peter Cowan.


She said dramaturg Polly Low had mentored the playwrights in the development of their plays.

This include Sue Braghieri’s Mobiles, Elizabeth Brennan’s Love and Affection, John Dooley‘s Film, Susanne Harford‘s The Touch of Love, Gayle Malloy’s Red-backed Spiders and John Trewin’s The Corner.


“The plays explore the full gamut of human emotions, conflicts and experiences from the tension between two hitchhikers and the driver who picks them up (Mobiles), to a coming of age story (The Touch of Love) and dissatisfied spouses yearning for another life (Film, Love and Affection),’’ she said.

“Other characters are confronted by the aftermath of parental neglect (Red-backed Spiders) and a road accident (The Corner) and must question the consequences of their actions, or failure to act.’’


StagesWA director Marie Rodger said the script development program was pleased to have been able to give the PCWC playwrights the opportunity of dramaturgy and a facilitated play reading as they were crucial steps in the craft and the work progressing to production.


Perth professional and community theatre actors Kirstie Francis, Nicolas Kadmos, Shelley McGinn, Angelino Schintu, and Lisa Skrypichayko will assume the adult and narration roles for the play readings, with second and third year acting students from Principal Academy of Dance and Theatre Arts taking on the young adult roles.


Adults and youth over the age of 16 are welcome to attend the play readings and can participate in the Q and A session to provide feedback to the playwrights on how they can further refine their plays.

RSVPs are essential.

Contact PCWC on 9301 2282 or email by August 7 to register your attendance.