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First Time Read

21 Jan, 28 Jan & 4 Feb // 11am & 3pm

DURATION 60 - 80 minutes

Writers level up

Head out of the page and onto the stage!

Readings from Black Swan’s Emerging Writers Group.

Six WA playwrights of exceptional talent and promise were selected to write an original play that showed creative bravery and an urgency of voice. Now, following an intensive period of development and mentoring, Black Swan State Theatre Company’s 2016 Emerging Writers Group are ready to take their scripts to the next level.

This is the first time the plays will be read by professional actors, who will infuse these scripts with the appropriate amount of drama to really bring the stories and characters to life. The playwrights will also be eligible to win a cash prize, including continued support and development from Black Swan.

Featuring scripts by Jessica Messenger, Bill Scheggia, Ian Sinclair, Andrew Sutherland, Clare Testoni and Kirsten Thomson, the diverse works span a variety of genres from Australian Gothic, Contemporary Tragedy, Mythic Poetry to Aussie Comedy.


Saturday 21 January 2017
11am: Heed The Spark by Clare Testoni.
Cast includes: Ben Mortley, Andrea Gibbs, Gracie Gilbert, Alicia Osyka.

3pm: Bad Seeds by Bill Scheggia.
Cast includes: Nick Maclaine, John Shrimpton, Teresa Moore.

Saturday 28 January 2017
11am: Baby Girl by Andrew Sutherland.
Cast includes: Stuart Halusz, Jo Morris, Andrea Gibbs, Nick Maclaine.

3pm: Whale Fall by Ian Sinclair.
Cast includes: Alicia Osyka, Phil Miolin, Amy Mathews.

Saturday 4 February 2017
11am: Coral Bay by Jessica Messenger.
Cast includes: Nicola Bartlett, Alex Jones, John Shrimpton, Alexandra Nell.

3pm: Thiago by Kirsten Jane.
Cast includes: Jo Morris, Sarah McNeill, Gracie Gilbert, Will O’Mahony.


For more information and to RSVP, visit

Supported in part by the Malcolm Robertson Foundation.

World Premiere

21 January, 28 January & 4 February
Studio Underground, STCWA

Origin: Western Australia
Company: Black Swan State Theatre Company
For Ages 15+