Wednesday, May 27th, 2009
PERTH playwright Chris Thomas understands the value of the written word – and the importance of sharing resources.

After hearing TAZ Entertainment was launching WA’s first agency representing emerging playwrights, he was keen to get on board to bring his work to a wider audience.

For the past five years, TAZ Entertainment has been promoting theatre and music events across metropolitan and regional WA and has now expanded with its TAZ Playwrights agency.

“Melanie DeCull is the driving force behind TAZ Entertainment and it’s to her credit she’s had the innovation to fill a market gap when it comes to playwrights in WA,” Thomas said.

“During my own personal experience in theatre over the years, as a performer and writer, I have seen a good selection of plays written by WA authors.

“But all too often they are only given one outing and then forgotten, simply because people are unaware these scripts exist.

“Yet year after year, people are on the hunt for one-act plays, musicals, kids’ pantomimes, monologues and full-length plays and can’t find anything suitable.

“What Mel has done is create an easily-accessible central point for these scripts and their playwrights with an effective online presence.

“Essentially, she’s created a shop window for scripts on the web, giving people a new option for all sorts of performance styles.”

TAZ Playwrights already represents 17 West Australian playwrights, including Bruce Denny, Travis Hooper, Mark Kont, Chris Thomas, Stephan Jean De Jonghe, Max Harvey, C. Aspden Pomfret, Peter Flanigan, Martin Lindsay, Noel O’Neill, Carole Dhu, Daniel Kershaw, Vanja Clayton, Denni Cee, Shirley Ingram, John Lewington and Johnny Grim.

Thomas has several scripts available, including SMS Mess, Which One?, King Bling, The Bonza Land of Oz and Reality Matters.

In promoting a variety of theatre, matched with her own theatre experience in past 20 years, TAZ Entertainment director Melanie DeCull has witnessed some remarkable productions created by WA playwrights.

“There is an outstanding array of talent in our state that needs further encouragement and representation,” she said.

“Our new playwrights have limited forums where they can promote their scripts, so I set out to change that.

“By providing an online forum for these plays, theatre clubs, schools, groups and organisations from around the world can easily find them.

“Nature abhors a vacuum – and Stages WA, the Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance, Independent Theatre Association and various writers’ centres have all given encouraging support since setting up this venture.”

Script samples can be downloaded from by clicking on TAZ Playwrights, allowing people to try before they buy, DeCull said.

chris-writer.jpg: Como playwright Chris Thomas is taking his scripts to a wider audience with the help of TAZ Playwrights agency.

chris-writer2.jpg: Como playwright Chris Thomas discusses one of his scripts with actor Julia Dalby.

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TAZ Playwrights

TAZ Playwrights lists new and emerging playwrights, and provides information about their plays. It's part of TAZ Entertainment, a one-stop shop for theatre listings, auditions, performances and music events.
Melanie DeCull
P: (08) 9255 3336
M: 0417 093 800

Chris Thomas

Born in Perth, Western Australia, Chris Thomas is a writer, actor, journalist and broadcaster who has developed diverse experience in these areas over several years.

He has many eclectic acting credits to his name and broad journalistic experience, working for mainstream newspapers, independent publications and freelancing for numerous titles, as well as extensive work in media relations and flexing his dulcet tones as a radio announcer.

Chris Thomas is also the author of the novel Journo's Diary, the Doctor Who short story One Step Forward, Two Steps Back and the plays Which One?, Reality Matters, Appetite for Destruction, The Bonza Land of Oz, King Bling and SMS Mess.
Chris Thomas
M: 0430374250


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