Why did you establish
I am passionate about new Australian stories and
many exciting Australian writers are crying out
for support. Prior to PD being established, new
and emerging Australian writers had limited options
when seeking support for developing their scripts.
For example, submitting work to established script
development organisations for consideration was
an option, but with only a few being chosen, the
majority of writers had nowhere to turn.
So, in February 1994, a group of dedicated actors,
writers and directors met for the first time at
the St. Laurence Art Centre in Sydney to
read what would be the first of hundreds of new
Australian plays, films, television and radio
scripts. Today, PD has matured to become an organisation
with a constitution to support Australian writers
and a team committed to that goal.
How does PD work?
Writers submit their scripts to PD. After selecting
a script, the committee identifies readers from
an ensemble of approximately 80 professional actors
to breathe life into the characters and read the
script to the public. The author attends the reading,
following which, the audience comments on the
script - what works, what doesn't - giving the
writer invaluable feedback for the next draft.
We're pleased to say that many scripts that have
debuted at PD have gone on to screens, stages
and airwaves throughout Australia and internationally.
What are PD's plans
for the future?
The move to The Old Fitzroy Theatre in 2004 was
a recent step in PD's evolution. Over the
past 14 years, we have operated from numerous
venues - From PD's origins at the St Laurence
Centre in 1995 (now the home of ACTT), to the
now defunct Cafe (and Theatre) Basilica - the
spiritual home of PD - to the Side-On Cafe on
Parramatta Road, The Green Iguana Cafe in Newtown,
The Big Nose Cafe in Bondi and then The magnificent
Friend in Hand Hotel in Glebe, PD has had a gypsy-esque
existance over the years, but continues to evolve
and thrive! The move to The Old Fitzroy Theatre
in 2004 provided us with a theatre to present
works professionally without losing the intimacy
and non-confrontational environment that we value
so much. We are also now working in the same neighbourhood
with companies like the Tamarama Rock Surfers,
Darlinghurst Theatre Company and the Griffin Theatre Company
- all of which have a focus on producing and developing
new Australian scripts.
We are very excited to be producing Rio Saki & Other Falling Debris by Shaun Charles, the winner
of the 2006 Mitch Mathews award. We've assembled
a great creative team that should help us do justice
to a thrilling new Australian play.
Drayton Morley is a National Institute of
Dramatic Art (NIDA) acting graduate (1991) and
has had a successful career as an actor over the
past 17 years in theatre, film and television
in Australia and overseas. PD is a non-profit
organisation and hosts script readings most Monday
nights at 7:30pm at The Old Fitzroy Theatre, 129
Dowling Street, cnr Cathedral Street, Woolloomooloo,
Sydney.Entry to readings costs $10 or $8
for members. Membership costs $25 per annum.
To be considered for a reading, please send
your scripts to Drayton Morley at PO Box 655,
Maroubra NSW 2035. Go to www.parnassusden.org.au
for more information.