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The Silver Gull Award


subtlenuance is proud to adminster The Silver Gull Play Award.

This award recognises an outstanding play by a local writer that explores philosophical or political themes.

The award is sponsored by The Buzz from Sydney.

In 2015 the award is valued at $2000.

The aim of The Silver Gull Play Award is to encourage interest in theatre that both offers insight and encourages action.

A list of the shortlisted writers can be found on our blog site

The winning play for 2015 is
TickTickBoom by Melissa Lee Speyer.

Philosophical? Political?

Both these words resist simple definition - which is part of what makes them so ripe for theatrical treatment.

But we’ll offer this as a starting point:

A philosophical play consciously invites us to consider how (our) thoughts make the world.

A political play consciously invites us to consider how (our) actions make the world.

Neither assume the world is unchangeable.


Why the Silver Gull?

Firstly, the name is playful. and as such it's pleasingly subversive of the concept of prestige.

Secondly, the silver gull is a creature we all know for its extraordinary unity of contrary characteristics:

who better to squawk?

who better to fly?

It seems an apt symbol of the political and the philosophical.


Photo Attribution:
By Glen Fergus (Own work, Moreton Bay, Australia) [CC-BY-SA-2.5
(], via Wikimedia Commons

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