Kate Mulvany’s The Harp in the South takes out three awards including highest honour

Playwright Kate Mulvany’s epic and acclaimed stage adaptation of the Australian classic The Harp in the South has won the David Williamson Prize for Excellence in Writing for Australian Theatre, the Stage Category and the highest honour of the Australian Writers’ Guild’s annual AWGIE Awards, the 2019 Major Award.

Kate Mulvany’s The Harp in the South takes out three awards including highest honour

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On a night celebrating the enduring art of storytelling and the exceptional craft and creativity of Australia’s top writers, Mulvany’s win captured the spirit of the 2019 Awards, where beloved and iconic Australian stories and rich, bold works with global reach were honoured in equal measure.   

The Harp in the South has been heralded as breathing new life into the beloved novel, and earlier in the evening received the AWGIE Award in the stage category as well as the David Williamson Prize for Excellence in Writing for Australian Theatre, awarded each year to the most outstanding script selected from the winners of each of the theatre categories. The Prize is worth $100,000, with $20,000 of the prize awarded to the playwright of the winning theatre script, and $80,000 of the prize going to the theatre company that commissioned and developed it for the stage ( Sydney Theatre Company), with the express purpose of the prize money being used to commission, develop and program a new Australian work.

Other winners in the theatre and audio categories, winners were:

  • Noëlle Janaczewska for Yellow Yellow Sometimes Blue, in the Community and Youth Theatre category
  • Vanessa Bates for A Ghost in My Suitcase in Theatre for Young Audiences, and
  • Emily Steel for 19 Weeks in Audio.

Two former AWG Presidents Jan Sari and Mac Gudgeon were honoured on the night with special awards and writer, actor, and comedian Magda Szubanski was awarded the Fred Parsons Award for Outstanding Contribution to Australian Comedy, recognising the invaluable contribution she has made to Australian comedy writing, and the iconic characters created, in a career spanning 30 years. 

For the full list of AWGIE winners click here. For the full list of AWGIE nominees click here.

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