subtlenuance is proud to announce the winner of the 2019 Silver Gull Play Award

Field of Vision by Joanna Erskine

We would also like to congratulate the writers of the shortlisted plays

I Damo by Pauline Bleach

The Deal by Kel Vance

Breathless by Deborah Mulhall

Son of Byblos by James Elazzi


We would like to thank

the Old 505 Theatre for hosting the award event, 

Helen Tonkin and her team of actors who presented excerpts from the winning plays,

our judges - Nick Atkins, Joy Minter, Helen Tonkin, Daniela Giorgi and Paul Gilchrist,

and all the writers who submitted a play for the award.

We would particularly like to thank our generous sponsor The Buzz From Sydney. 


The Silver Gull Award recognises an outstanding play by a local writer that explores philosophical or political themes.

Entries will open for the 2020 award later this year.














Previous winners of the Silver Gull Play Award


2015 TickTickBoom by Melissa Lee Speyer

2016 People Will Think You Don’t Love Me by Joanna Erskine

2017 For Unknown Reasons by Zoe Cooper

2018 Lions and Tigers and Bears by Phillip James Rouse

Previously Shortlisted Plays


Between the Streetlight and the Moon by Melita Rowston

Furthest West by Michael Collins

The Block Universe (Or So It Goes) by Sam O’Sullivan

The Last Executioner by Mark Swivel

TickTickBoom by Melissa Lee Speyer



People Will Think You Don’t Love Me by Joanna Erskine

A Matter of Life and Death by John AD Fraser

The Ink Trail by Louis Klee

This, This Is Mine by Duncan Ragg

I sat and waited but you were gone too long by Olivia Satchell



The Bees Are All Dead by Kit Brookman
Dead Wen by Elias Jamieson Brown
For Unknown Reasons by Zoe Cooper
A Spy in the House of Love by Zoe Hogan
Human Activity by Katie Pollock
The Blackbird and the Whale by Alison Rooke



​Disinhibition by Christopher Bryant

Alabaster Burning by John AD Fraser

People Inside Me by Katie Pollock

​Superheroes by Mark Rogers

​Lions and Tigers and Bears by Phillip James Rouse

Photo of seagull by Glen Fergus (Own work, Moreton Bay, Australia) via Wikimedia Commons 

The Silver Gull Play Award

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