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Dear Australia - Postcards to the Nation

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The 2020 pandemic has forced a redefining of how we connect, create and communicate. An exciting new initiative is leading the way in reflecting how we as a nation respond to the pandemic and its aftermath. This is a coming together of artists and playwrights on newly commissioned works.

Dear Australia Postcards to the Nation
Dear Australia Postcards to the Nation


Described as a collaboration of fifty fearless and inspiring short works from some of Australia's best playwrights, which will be simultaneously live-streamed by more than 30 performing arts organisations from across Australia between the 2-5 July. The full list of writer collaborations is on their website.

The pandemic has forced reflection and change, and also an opportunity for these 50 playwrights who have responded to questions that get to the heart of where our nation is and where it might go. These stories are postcards addressed to Dear Australia. Some of the illustrious playwrights included in Dear Australia are Nakkiah Lui, Elena Carapetis, Catherine McKinnon and Dan Giovannoni to name only a few.

Dear Australia Postcards to the Nation
Dear Australia Postcards to the Nation


Playwriting Australia (PWA) invited 25 theatre organisations from across Australia to each nominate two playwrights. PWA then commissioned these 50 playwrights to each write a short monologue, which were then filmed by 50 extraordinary actors, many in their own homes. Grouped over three nights, these 50 postcards are a unique account of these times and a striking moment of national celebration and reflection.

A Dear Australia panel discussion will be broadcast from the Joan Sutherland Theatre by the Sydney Opera House on Saturday 4 July at 7pm AEST as part of its Digital Season. The scripts of the Dear Australia monologues will be published by Australian Plays and be available Monday 6 July on their website. Dear Australia live streams over three nights on multiple Facebook pages and Playwriting Australia's YouTube channel. Check their website for more details on screening times here
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Why? Simultaneous livestream
When: July 2 - 5, 2020 Simultaneous livestream across Australia
Where: Simultaneous livestream across Australia
Cost: Free
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