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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 2016 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.

Entries open 18 November 2015 

Entries open 29 April 2016 

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.

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

A list of the shortlisted writers for 2015 can be found on our blog site 

Timetable of dates for the 2016 Silver Gull Play Award

18 November 2015 entries open

29 April 2016 entries close

July 2016 shortlist announced

August 2016 winner announced


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

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