Major prize for Brendan
ADVERTISER, Thursday, September 13, 2018 -
A TALENTED Yackandandah man who creates plays for children scooped a prestigious national award in Sydney last week with a prize worth $15,000.
Teacher, actor, playwright and founder of Yackandandah Young Players, Brendan Hogan won the 2018 Martin Lysicrates Prize for his play ‘Farewell Mr Nippy’.
The award celebrates the best new writing in Australia for children.
Mr Hogan was one of three finalists where the first 15 minutes of their new play was judged by 550 students from years six, seven and eight from schools across Sydney.
‘Farewell Mr Nippy’ is about a boy’s first day at high school and his imaginary friend.
He said part of the finalists’ prize was the performance of plays by professional actors who rehearsed them for a week before the show.
“Winning the prize has given me the confidence to finish writing the play,” Mr Hogan said.
He also said the award opportunity was one of the few avenues for a playwright to have their work performed and has raised his profile in the theatre industry.
“It’s been amazing to have my work shown in Sydney and it’s great to have artists partici- pating who are based in rural Australia too,” he said.
With a passion to create and entertain young people, Mr Hogan said the 10 to 14 year-old age group for which the play was written were inspirational.
Not quite the age to understand older people’s humour, he said they found things funny on a different level.
“I’ve identified the need for stories for them,” he said.
The Martin Lysicrates Prize is presented by The Lysicrates Foundation together with the Griffin Theatre Company and National Theatre of Parramatta.
Mr Hogan’s first published children’s play ‘Scaredy-Cat’ performed at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival in 2015 was followed by ‘How to Beat a Bully’ a year later.
Among other works for children written with the help of a Creative Victoria grant includes ‘The Last Boy on Earth’ performed in June this year.
Mr Hogan has written plays for local communities includinh ‘From Here To There’ performed in Yackandandah last year.
The script was developed from research undertaken with the Yackandandah Cemetery Trust and Yackandandah and District Historical Society.
PRIZED WIN: Yackandandah playwright Brendan Hogan won a major children’s play award in Sydney last week.