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A New Writing Initiative

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Telescope is a program by Observatory Theatre that gives residency to playwrights to develop an imaginative new play.

THE GOAL: To produce plays that are theatrically inventive

THE WORDS: To support writers who have a unique and imaginative voice


THE MEANS: To provide writers with support at every step of the way

THE PROCESS: To expose the play to many minds, ears and hearts, and encourage rigorous feedback

Throughout the development process, Telescope fosters collaboration between creative thinkers to develop bold stories for the indie theatre scene and beyond.


Telescope 2022-3 Playwright

Oliver Gough is an emerging playwright and performance maker based in Brisbane/Meanjin, and an Mphil Candidate in Creative Writing at The University of Queensland. His 2020 Honours project and play X  built on an interest in interrogating climate-change ravaged futures, and using absurdism and ‘cli-fi’ to satirise top-down, celebrity focused responses to the threat. The one-act play received a staged reading in 2020, and was staged by Underground Productions in 2022. His 15-minute absurdist farce Disney Off Ice was also produced by UQ Drama students in 2019. 


Oliver was a participant in Playlab Theatre's Incubator program in 2021 and is a writer and reviewer for Theatre Haus. Oliver creates juicy comedic offers for actors, and also believes in the potential of theatre to generate ideas, debate and action.   

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By Oliver Gough

Nov 24 - Dec 3
Studio1, Yeerongpilly

Are you a playwright looking for development and public performance outcomes? Applications for The 2024 Telescope Program open soon. Register your interest below.

Expression of Interest

Thank you for your interest. We will endeavour to reply within 2 - 3 business days.

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