A New Writing Program
Telescope is a new playwriting program that develops new plays from scratch. Telescope offers unique opportunities for playwrights with imaginative and inventive voices at any stage of their career. The program gives a tailored approach to suit each writer, including regular and rigorous workshopping, and culminating in public performance outcomes. This is dedicated, 'risky' theatre-making for those bold enough to take the leap.
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.
Special thanks to the development team for The 2023 Telescope Program:
Jules Broun, Alex Macdonald, Willem Whitfield, Imogen Meehan, Georgia Perry and Lachlan Driscoll.
Are you a playwright looking for development and public performance outcomes? Applications for The 2025 Telescope Program open soon. Register your interest below.