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Stage One

Stage One is an initiative of the Theatre Arts area at Curtin University which offers a Western Australian playwright the opportunity to write and premiere a new play and provides our undergraduate acting and technical students with the experience of working with a professional playwright on a new work.

The inaugural production for Stage One was Reg Cribb’s Broken Valley, directed by Emily McLean at the Subiaco Arts Centre in 2011.

Expressions of interest

We are currently seeking expressions of interest from Western Australian playwrights interested in Stage One 2021, to be produced in  December 2021.

It could be a new project or a play you’ve already written that has yet to be produced.

Deadline: Friday May 28, 2021 (close of business)



“Directing my play "The Perilous Adventures of the Postman" for Stage One was extremely rewarding. Technical and administrative support was of a highly professional standard, and the student’s application to their task was a credit to the institution and themselves. Don’t miss this chance as a West Australian playwright.” ”

Playwright and Director, "The Perilous Adventures of the Postman", Damon Lockwood 2018

“Stage One is an outstanding initiative and working on "Body Farm" last year was a joy. Presenting new work can be daunting for playwrights, directors, actors and designers but Curtin and Stage One offer support at every step. It's an all in commitment that sees students and professionals unite. I came away knowing a bit more about writing, a bit more about directing, a bit more about acting and a bit more about audiences. Playwrights, submit!" ”

"Body Farm" directed by Will O’Mahony, 2016