ASC Indigenous Collection


Curators of the Australian Script Centre’s first collection of Indigenous plays warmly invite submissions of playscripts suitable for inclusion.

The collection will be a digital publication of ten plays, supported by community protocols, teaching resources, playwright interviews and other culturally appropriate content. It will be hosted on

Submissions are invited from playwrights, theatre companies, theatrical agents, directors and Indigenous arts organisations.


Scripts may be submitted for the collection using our online form. Please read the following information before submitting your script:




In March 2011, the Australian Script Centre (ASC), in partnership with the Australia Council’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Arts Board (ATSIAB) will launch a unique online collection of Australian Indigenous performance writing.

The showcase collection of ten plays will be hosted on the Australian script portal Plays will be presented in an appropriate cultural context, together with protocols, teaching resources and background information.

The collection aims to;

  • Showcase outstanding Indigenous playscripts to the world
  • Educate producers, drama teachers, students and theatre-makers in the cultural protocols associated with the use and study of Indigenous plays
  • Provide a ‘one-stop shop’ where people with an interest in studying or producing Indigenous performance writing can be guided and supported
  • Broker production opportunities for the featured plays with both Indigenous and non-Indigenous theatre companies.


The project has wide-ranging support in principle from Indigenous stakeholders; expressions of support have been received from Yirra Yaakin, Kurruru Youth Performing Arts, Magabala Books, Black Words, Eora College and others. The distinguished Indigenous playwright/director, Wesley Enoch has expressed support by accepting a position on the ASC board and providing guidance in the conceptual development and implementation of the project.

All creative content will be determined by a Curatorial Group comprising three highly respected Indigenous theatre-makers.

This project is assisted by ATSIAB under its National Indigenous Arts Infrastructure Program. The Australian Script Centre is proud of its status as the first organisation to gain accreditation as an Affiliate Partner of ATSIAB, reflecting the organisation’s concerted efforts to integrate Indigenous protocols into its organisational governance, program delivery and creative control.





Eligible playwrights will be of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Island descent and identified as such by both the community and themselves.

Submissions must be production-ready performance scripts for stage or radio, which met the following criteria:

  • You hold publication rights - in other words, the script is not currently licensed exclusively to another publisher

AND at least one of the following;

  • The script has received a professional production and/or an independent production,
  • The script has been through a professional script development workshop,
  • The script has received a favourable written assessment by an industry-recognised professional,
  • The writer has a letter of support from an industry-recognised professional,
  • The script has won or been shortlisted for a major Australian prize, or
  • The script is written by an established playwright.

Please note that, while musicals are not eligible (where all or nearly all the text is sung), we will consider plays with music (where most of the text is dialogue, with occasional songs). We reserve the right to disqualify plays with music if the score and usage rights are not readily available.





It is important to note that only ten scripts can be accepted for inclusion in the showcase collection. However further scripts which rate highly against the selection criteria may be accepted for publication – subject to the playwright’s permission - in an online hub of Indigenous performance writing to be developed as part of this project.

Eligible plays will be assessed against the following criteria;

  • Importance in the ecology and diversity of Indigenous writing
  • Literary merit, understood to encompass writing ability, style, skilled use of language, appropriateness of form, stagecraft, characterisation, clarity of expression and sustained development of themes or ideas.
  • Potential to engage the intended audience





Plays for the collection will be drawn from both new submissions and plays already in the Script Centre catalogue as well as plays previously published elsewhere (subject to the availability of rights).

Plays will be selected by an Indigenous curatorial group of three, comprising:

Liza-Mare Syron, Coordinator, Theatre Performance and Practice, Eora Centre of Aboriginal Studies, Redfern

Raymond Kelly, playwright, community leader and former ATSIAB Director,

Diat Alferink, performer/producer and manager of Community Programs, Tandanya National Aboriginal Cultural Institute.

Project Coordinator is Dr Maryrose Casey of Monash University, author of Creating Frames: contemporary Indigenous theatre (UQP 2004).





Scripts may be submitted using our online form, where you will be required to provide the following;

  • The full script in MS Word format. Please ensure that it has been CAREFULLY PROOFREAD AND PAGINATED (see sample script format),
  • A synopsis (max 250 words)
  • Playwright biography (max 250 words)
  • Contact information for the playwright and agent (if applicable).
  • For plays with music, please include lyrics within the script.


If your play is accepted, we may ask you to send us further materials for inclusion in the collection, including:

  • Playwright photo
  • Production image/s
  • Any reviews or other support materials available in electronic format
  • For plays with music, sheet music (in PDF format), and mp3 audio files if available

Submissions are expected to be properly proofread, paginated and checked for other mistakes. Scripts should be clearly formatted and easy to read. If you are unsure of an appropriate format, please see our sample script format.





Submissions must be received by 30 September 2010.

Any questions? Send us an email, or telephone +61 (0)3 6223 4675.


Visit our online form to submit your script