Black Swan State Theatre Company's Emerging Writers' Group has been the hotbed for many successful plays, and has amongst its alumni Gita Bezard, Chris Isaacs, Tyler Jacob Jones, Frieda Lee, Joe Lui, Will O'Mahony, Zoe Pepper, Clare Testoni and Mararo Wangai.
The 2018 Emerging Writers Group at Black Swan is composed of four emerging playwrights: Janelle Koenig, James McMillan, Samantha Murray, and Morgan Owen. Over four months they will each write a new first draft with the dramaturgy and guidance from Black Swan's Director of New Writing - Jeffrey Jay Fowler. The goal of the Emerging Writers' Group is to foster Western Australia's next generation of unique, brave and challenging theatrical voices and to pave the wave for live performance that is an integral part of Perth's culture.
Currently in creative development:
Stuck In The Middle With You by Janelle Koenig
A play about mid life realisation that life won't pan out the way you expect.
SCOFF by James McMillan
Looking at how the language we speak changes what we are able to think and say, and what that means when a language disappears.
The Stars You Can't See By Looking Directly by Samantha Murray
Follows two couples after a sudden snow flashes across the South West and causes a town of women to fall pregnant.
Sit (Or I'll Make You Sit) by Morgan Owen
A play that trails three pairs of people (and one couple and their dog) through a series of increasingly dangerous power struggles.
Play readings coming this November.
Supported by the Malcolm Robertson Foundation.