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Alpha Processing
is focussed on the early stages of developing a new work: from idea to first draft or a first to second draft. The program focuses on interrogating the central idea of a work, while exploring an appropriate form and structure through which to express it.

Across the six months of Alpha Processing, each participant will receive detailed face-to-face dramaturgy, professional guidance, and access to Playlab’s resources. As a key part of the process, a public reading of the developing work will be presented, allowing a period of reflection and redrafting before the completion of a new or first draft of the work.

In 2019 our 2018 Alpha Processing readings will be presented as Alpha Readings, a week-long event in June to showcase our program participants work.

Alpha Processing is open to Queensland based playwrights. Regional playwrights are encouraged to apply as development can be carried out remotely and Playlab will arrange travel to Brisbane for the reading phase of the process. Each participating playwright will receive a stipend.


Applications For 2019 Will Open July / August

If you are interested in applying for our Alpha Processing program in 2019 check out the list below to start compiling all the relevant materials you will need to send through to us at

  • A complete early draft of an unproduced work or a one-page synopsis and a 15 page excerpt from an existing work.
  • A short marketing synopsis or blurb about the work (150 words).
  • A short biography, reviews of previous work and headshot.
  • A one-page document talking about the work’s rationale, currency, and audience.

Each application will be assessed according to the quality of the craft displayed, the currency of the ideas explored, the potential audience of the work, the previous work of the playwright and their contribution to the diversity of Queensland theatre.

To learn how to format your script application click HERE.

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