Two Aboriginal playwrights from Tasmania will be showcased at Sydney
Festival 2019 as part of prestigious Yellamundie National First Peoples
Playwrighting Festival in January next year, making up two of the six chosen
artists from across the nation.
Supported by Tasmania Performs, first-time writer Jordy Gregg will join multiaward-
winning and nationally recognised playwright Nathan Maynard in
Sydney to workshop their scripts and have them performed for festival goers
at the event.
“I’m so thrilled to have been accepted into the festival. It’s been such a
personal challenge to write my first play Park Dayz and I’m amazed that it’s
going somewhere,” Gregg said.
“My goal now is to get this play up and running, and the festival will be a
perfect way to start.”
Gregg was one of 16 artists chosen to attend the annual Tasmania Performs
Artist Residency at Tarraleah, where he worked with Maynard and other artists and mentors to take
his initial idea for the show to the page.
Tasmania Performs’ Senior Producer Annette Downs said the residency is a vitally important
opportunity for Tasmanian artists to develop their ideas and take the next step in their careers.
“The format is unique in Australia – it provides a chance for artists from all across the island to come
together with some of the country’s leading mentors to workshop, dream and discuss their projects,
and then head home and make it happen,” Downs said.
“The results have been extraordinary – we’ve just completed a major national tour of The Season by
Nathan Maynard, which went from the residency to Yellamundie to the main stage at the Sydney
Opera House and right around the country.”
The Tasmania Performs residency will be held this weekend (26 – 28 October), with Gregg again
participating along with 14 other Tasmanian independent artists and groups.
“The depth of talent on the island is self-evident and shows that with strategic investment and support
extraordinary outcomes can be achieved. The results speak for themselves, and I cannot wait to see
what projects come out of this year’s cohort,” said Downs.
Yellamundie National First Peoples Playwrighting Festival will be held at Carriageworks from 24 – 26
January as part of Sydney Festival, produced by Moogahlin Performing Arts Inc.