Zoe Coombs Marr has been awarded the Philip Parsons Young Playwrights’ Award for her one-woman show about growing up in Grafton.
Zoe Coombs Marr has been awarded the Philip Parsons Young Playwrights’ Award for her one-woman show about growing up in Grafton. Contributed

Top award for play based on Grafton

WRITER and performer Zoe Coombs Marr has won the 2011 Philip Parsons Young Playwrights' Award for her one-woman show about growing up in Grafton, which premiered at Next Wave Festival in 2010.

The show called And That Was the Summer That Changed My Life, is a "coming-of-age story", Ms Coombs Marr said.

The Young Playwrights' Award is given annually to a NSW-based writer under the age of 35 for an outstanding work which has been performed.

"It's pretty exciting. I'm shocked that I won it," Ms Coombs Marr said.

"It is especially good because of the calibre of the other nominations. I would have been glad if any of us won because they are all my friends.

"It was a surprise, but a pleasant one. I am very honoured."

Ms Coombs Marr's work over the past eight years has shown her to be one of Sydney's most vibrant and original independent artists, Belvoir's literary manager Anthea Williams said.

"We're thrilled to be working with this fantastic theatrical and comic mind," she said.

Ms Coombs Marr will receive a writer's commission supported by Belvoir to develop a new work.

"The prize is a commission to write a new show so next year I will be doing that," she said.


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