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The Play Reads Development Program

Welcome to the Play Reads Development Program, an exciting initiative hosted by Alex Read Theatre Performances Inc.

The Play Reads Initiative Program - Free Reading

The Agency

Join us for an exclusive glimpse into the making of “The Agency as part of our developmental table reading series.

The Play Reads Initiative Program is a groundbreaking venture dedicated to nurturing emerging and mid-career playwrights, empowering them to craft compelling Australian narratives. Spearheaded by esteemed writer, architect, and photographer Pasquale Palmieri, our mission is to provide a platform for local artists to develop their original scripts. Through our monthly reading series, we aim to offer writers the opportunity to hear their creations come to life, while fostering a vibrant community of actors and artists.

The Agency

The play opens in a top advertising agency’s boardroom, located in a high flyers’ city on our planet. The agency has won the prestigious assignment of launching the first batch of A.I. sex robots going on sale around the world. It starts as just another day at the office for the agency’s director and four lead art directors, soon becoming unclear about whom they will be working for, reaching climax when the first A.I. sex robot’s prototype, Ebe, moves on stage…


Interested in participating in the play read as an actor? See the Casting Brief below. 


“Why Can’t Women Be Like Men?” Table Read, April 2024

The Play Reads Development Program

Our goal is to bring forth new and vibrant Australian theatrical works to the stage, fostering creativity and showcasing the rich talent within our community. Here’s a glimpse into the three dynamic stages of our program:


Play Read

In this collaborative and intimate setting at the Alex Theatre Lounge, actors gather to read through a selection of plays. Fuelled by their passion for the stage, participants explore various works, and the process is both engaging and dynamic. Join us for an evening of literary exploration, where love for the art takes center stage.


Staged Reading

Selected plays from Stage 1 progress to a more refined presentation. Staged readings, reminiscent of radio plays, come alive in front of a paying audience. This immersive experience bridges the gap between script and stage, providing a unique theatrical encounter. Join us for an evening of theatrical storytelling, where every word takes on a life of its own.


Full Theatrical Production

The culmination of the Play Reads Development Program is the full-scale theatrical production. Handpicked plays, having undergone thorough exploration and refinement, come to life on the Alex Theatre stage. With a paid cast and crew, we aim to captivate audiences and, with your support, take these productions on a journey beyond our local stage.

Discover and Create

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Invitation to Playwrights

Are you a local playwright with a captivating work that deserves a spotlight?
We invite you to connect with us and submit your play for consideration in Stage 1.

Be a part of the journey as your creation comes to life in the hands of talented readers and unfolds its potential.

If you are a writer and would like to submit your work we are now open for submissions: Click Here

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Audience Engagement

Become part of our audience and witness the evolution of these plays. Your presence and feedback contribute to the shaping of these works as they move towards the next stage of development.

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Get Involved

Whether you're a playwright, actor, theatre enthusiast, or someone looking to discover new and compelling stories, we invite you to get involved.

Connect with us, attend our events, and be part of the vibrant theatre community we're building together.

Click Here for the Casting Brief for the reading/development of a new play called "The Spice is Right" by Peter Marks.

Connect With Us


Submit your play for Stage 1 consideration

Audience Members

Join us for upcoming events and experience the magic of live readings.


Interested in contributing your skills? We welcome volunteers to join our dedicated team.

Let’s embark on this creative journey together, where every play has a chance to shine, and the community is at the heart of our theatrical exploration. Welcome to the Play Reads Development Program!

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Proudly supported by Alex Read Theatre Performances INC

This program is run by a team of passionate people from within the Alex Tribe

Our thanks to Ange Arabatzis, Tobias Sherson, Jennifer Sarah Dean, Gavin Roach, Peter Kalos and Pasquale Palmieri… without whom we would not have this program – Legends!