On August 22 subtlenuance will announce the winner of their annual The Silver Gull Play Award. This award recognises an outstanding play by a local writer that explores philosophical or political themes. In 2016 the award is valued at $2000 and is sponsored by The Buzz from Sydney (http://www.thebuzzfromsydney.com).
The aim of The Silver Gull Play Award is to encourage interest in theatre that both offers insight and encourages action.
The shortlist for 2016:
People Will Think You Don’t Love Me by Joanna Erskine
A matter of life and death by John AD Fraser
The Ink Trail by Louis Klee
This, This Is Mine by Duncan Ragg
I sat and waited but you were gone too long by Olivia Satchell
About the Award
Both these words resist simple definition – which is part of what makes them so ripe for theatrical treatment.
But we’ll offer this as a starting point:
A philosophical play consciously invites us to consider how (our) thoughts make the world.
A political play consciously invites us to consider how (our) actions make the world.
Neither assume the world is unchangeable.
Why the Silver Gull?
Firstly, the name is playful. and as such it’s pleasingly subversive of the concept of prestige.
Secondly, the silver gull is a creature we all know for its extraordinary unity of contrary characteristics:
who better to squawk?
who better to fly?
It seems an apt symbol of the political and the philosophical.
The winning play for 2015 was
TickTickBoom by Melissa Lee Speyer.
A list of the shortlisted writers for 2015 can be found on our blog site