Playwrights Bake Off

Playwrights Bake Off

The Playwrights Bake Off is a two-day rapid-fire playwriting challenge, based on the methodologies of US playwright Paula Vogel. Facilitated by dramaturg Mark Pritchard and playwright Ra Chapman, this quick and dirty workshop challenges ten playwrights to each write an entire play overnight, and share them with their peers the next day.


Day One - brings the participants together for a free-wheeling day of conversations, exercises, provocations and ways of thinking to get the creative fires burning. At the end of the day we’ll set you up with a list of key ingredients ripped from an iconic play to revamp, remix, repurpose and reimagine however you see fit. Then you’ll head home to write a whole new play overnight.

Day Two - we reconvene to read out our freshly cooked first drafts together, and celebrate these piping hot plays. No audience, no critiques, no redrafting – just the joy of writing something new.

The workshop aims to inspire writers to experiment with their practice, connect with other playwrights, and WRITE. The plays we write will each respond to a classic play, extracting its essential elements and using them to write the first draft of an original script.

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Key Dates

EOIs open Monday 5 October 2020

EOIs close Monday 19 October 2020

Applicants notified Monday 26 October 2020


Proudly supported by the Darebin City Council's FUSE Fund Program



Mark Pritchard is a dramaturg, and is the New Work Manager at Malthouse Theatre. Recent projects for Malthouse Theatre include: K-BOX by Ra Chapman, The Return by John Harvey, Hello, World! by Natesha Somasundaram, Atomic by Amelia Chandos Evans, Going Down by Michele Lee, Heart is a Wasteland by John Harvey (Brown Cabs), Little Emperors 小皇帝 by Lachlan Philpott (AsiaTOPA), Turbine by Dan Giovannoni and Blak Cabaret by Nakkiah Lui.

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Ra Chapman is a Korean-Australian writer and actor. She has strong ties with the adoption community and works closely with inter-country adoptees and diverse artists. Ra is resident artist at Malthouse Theatre, and an alumnus of their Besen Writers Group and Living Now Writer’s Residency programs. She was awarded the 2018 Hot Desk Fellowship (Wheeler Centre) and her play K-BOX will premiere at Malthouse Theatre in 2021. Ra was selected to take part in StoryLab (Cinespace) and Talent Camp (AFTRS), both FilmVic funded development programs, and is the Program Coordinator for StoryLab 2.0

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Dates & Times

Workshop Day 1 Wednesday 25 November - 10am - 5pm
Workshop Day 2 Thursday 26 November - 10am - 5pm

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Expressions of Interest

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