Plays are only accepted into the catalogue after a rigorous selection process. All are production-ready and many have won or been shortlisted for major awards.
The ASC currently distributes approximately 900 playscripts, representing the work of more than 400 Australian playwrights who range from talented newcomers to some of our most accomplished playwrights. Scripts are distributed and sold as digital downloads in A4 manuscript format, as provided by the playwright. Search the full list of titles in the ASC's catalogue, which are all available for viewing and purchase through our online store, australianplays.org.
Collections and special projects
The ASC periodically issues special anthologies of new and/or theme-based works. Most notably, the ASC’s seven biennial collections showcase highlights from the catalogue over recent years. Collection#7, published in 2008, was the first to be issued in digital format on CD ROM. Two further collections have since been issued on CD ROM, namely; Stand Alone: 20 contemporary audition monologues for young actors, and Two Pairs of Shorts: four short plays commissioned to celebrate the ASC’s 30th anniversary.
The ASC’s archived collection represents a unique insight into the development of Australian performance writing over the past 30 years. It contains 1,157 plays which were distributed in manuscript form by the Australian Script Centre at various times during the organisation’s 30-year history but which were subsequently withdrawn from the current catalogue for a variety of reasons.
In 2008, the collection was formally assessed through the National Library of Australia’s Community Heritage Grants program and found to be a collection of national cultural significance offering a potentially rich resource for future research into Australian literature and drama. Prompted by concerns for its longterm preservation and accessibility, the ASC board decided in 2009 to place the collection into the care of the NLA. It is currently being catalogued and will become available for non-commercial research purposes through the NLA in 2010. In the interim, enquiries about the collection may be directed to the ASC at firstname.lastname@example.org. See the list of archived scripts (pdf).