We’re pleased to announce the inaugural award of our first LGBTQIA+ Arts & Culture in partnership with Australian Plays Transform (APT).
As a result of our first call-out for submissions of work late last year, PFA and APT have commissioned Stace Callahan and Margi Brown Ash for their play Wanderings.
Stace Callaghan (they/them/theirs) identifies as LGBTIQ+, trans non-binary. Margi Brown Ash is not a member of the LGBTIQ+ community but has worked with Stace on previous projects and is the mother of an adult child who is currently transitioning.
Stace Callaghan has written four one-person shows: “still raw” (published 1996); “when i was a boy” (Matilda Commendation, Sydney Mardi Gras Festival Award 2001- https://youtu.be/3glMOo92fQ4); “between heaven & earth” (2002-2006); and “Queer as Flux” (Melt Festival and The Blue Room Theatre 2021 – https://youtu.be/OnDEsGxz7_k). Callaghan and Margi Brown Ash also co-wrote (with others) The Nest Ensemble’s multi award-winning “The Knowing of Mary Poppins” (published 2010 – https://youtu.be/uT19vCO_f4o). Margi Brown Ash’s publications include the multi award-winning “HOME”, “Eve” and “He Dreamed a Train” (trailers https://www.margibrownash.com/the-nest-ensemble) all published by Playlab. Her creative PhD focused on the Artist and their Home and Belonging (https://www.margibrownash.com/publications-research).
Wanderings is the celebration of the In-Between places where identities defy fixed definitions and people are free to be exactly who they are becoming, in all their fluid messiness and infinite possibilities. Through the gender transitioning of an adult child and their relationship with their ageing mother (who is going through her own transition of consciousness with dementia), Wanderings will explore the heart-opening opportunities, challenges and demands of shifting identities and changing relationship dynamics – within families and beyond.