Under the guidance of experienced artists, emerging First Nations playwrights will be led through a range of activities and workshops designed to spark ideas, introduce elements of craft, and provide strategies for activating brand new script ideas. During the process First Nations industry practitioners will provide professional and artistic insights to help stimulate the conceptualising and development of a new work. Sparks will burn brightly to its conclusion with a public reading of an extract from each of the developing new works, featuring professional actors and directors.

Sparks is a Playlab Theatre and QPAC partnership program that supports First Nations writers taking their first steps into playwriting. 

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“Delivered in partnership with QPAC Sparks seeks to identify and nurture First Nation’s playwrights taking their first steps into the industry.  Across group workshops, one on one dramaturgy, intensive development and readings with actors, Sparks is designed to give participants a comprehensive understanding of the expectations of writing at a professional level.”

Alexander Bayliss is a playwright from Brisbane. In 2019 his play Squad Goals was produced by Share House Theatre Company and the script published by Playlab Theatre. Currently Alexander is writing the book and co-writing lyrics for the musical On the Docks which had a work-in-progress showing as part of the Griffith University Conservatorium of Music’s 2015 concert series. His play The Ghastly Anatomy of Dr Wilson (formally titled: Formaldehyde) was long-listed for the 2017/2018 Queensland Premier’s Drama Award, and was developed as part of Playlab Theatre’s Lab Rats program in 2014, and Queensland Theatre’s Playwrights Program in 2017. Alexander holds a Bachelor of Creative Industries (Drama) and a Master of Creative Industries (Creative Writing) from the Queensland University of Technology (QUT), and in 2015 was mentored by Saffron Benner as part of ATYP’s Fresh Ink National Mentoring Program.