Sue Sewell is an award-winning Sunshine Coast playwright and director who has tread the boards to great acclaim. She started on the stage at nine years old with the usual school production, singing a song which she can still remember, and she so enjoyed that experience! In her later teenage years she was encouraged by a very theatrical aunt and uncle to take the lead in “The Chalk Garden” and she has been involved in amateur theatre ever since.
Sue’s first attempt at writing was a melodrama entitled “Paws for Thought” which was produced at Noosa Arts Theatre with all the hisses and boos that a melodrama demands. This was later rewritten as a Christmas play, “A Turkey’s Tale”, and was performed at the BBC in London as part of the Children in Need fundraising program. The controversial “Still Life” won third place prize in the Noosa Arts annual play writing competition; this was based on some real life happenings at one of the local schools.
Having lived overseas in UK, South Africa and Greece, and with family in the US, Sue draws on the cultures of those countries; “Once Bitten” was written using knowledge of the division between black and white people in Africa and our ignorance of the hardships endured. This play won second place in the Edythe Brook Cooper bi-annual play writing competition, along with the Audience Choice Award. Sue bases her plays on real-life characters and events, this makes for popular, topical plays that audiences can easily identify with. There is no better reward for Sue than seeing her plays come to life on stage within a local community theatre or on the festival circuit.