The selected scripts for

Six Degrees in Melbourne

and

The Melbourne Monologues are:

SIX DEGREES IN MELBOURNE
(4th – 15th October)

  • This Fare Land Of Ours – Neil McGovern
  • It’s Got A Strange Grip On Me – Bruce Shearer
  • Bent – Heather Forbes
  • Rainbow’s End – Alison Knight
  • It’s Not Me…It’s You – Katie Lee
  • The Old Woman And The Box – Martin Rice

THE MELBOURNE MONOLOGUES
(17th – 22nd October)

  • The Bystander is the Gatekeeper – Anita Sanders
  • Garry – Bruce Shearer
  • No FeetCarmen Saarelaht
  • To Understand – Katie Lee
  • Girls’ School Delights – Adele Shelley
  • Fairy Dust – Louise Baxter

We would like to sincerely thank ALL writers who submitted pieces for our 2017 Season. The volume of entries for both categories was high, and the task of selecting just six pieces in each category was not an easy one. Your efforts in writing and submitting these new plays are appreciated. – The MWT Committee

We hope you will come and enjoy Six Degrees in Melbourne (4th – 15th October) and The Melbourne Monologues (17th – 22nd October) at La Mama Courthouse. Tickets for both shows on sale in September.

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JOHN EDWARDS

To see photos from Page to Stage 2016, click here and here

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Q & A       with MWT writer ZOE BRINNAND

Q. You recently won Playtime Staged Readings 2017 for your script “My Big Fat Lesbian Greek Wedding”. What does winning this award mean to you, and for your future career?

A. It means so much! My plays thus far have focussed on queer female stories – I would love to get one on a main stage somewhere in Australia, and I believe this is a great step in that direction. It’s not only meaningful to me as a writer but this play is very personal. My partner is Greek and has faced great difficulty in coming out to her family and community. The play treats this issue with humour and humility and I hope it helps people see both the parent and child’s point of view in the coming out process.

Q.  How important are opportunities such as Playtime for the nurturing and growth of LGBTIQ writers and theatre-makers?

A. These opportunities are so important! There are so many amazing stories out there that need to be told and Playtime showcases that. All the entrants were great. One day however, I hope that we won’t need competitions such as Playtime and that LGBTIQ stories will simply be part of the wider landscape of theatre.

Q. What do you love most about the act of writing?

A. I love escaping into the world of the characters and seeing things from their perspective. With this play, I initially felt that the mother character may be out of touch with modern views on homosexuality, but I’ve come to really love her, understand her, and empathise with her. I hope the audience will feel the same 🙂

A second reading of My Big Fat Lesbian Greek Wedding will be taking place in the latter half of this year. Keep an eye on gasworks.org.au and zoebrinnand.com for further details.

Read more Q&A by MWT Members and Resident Writers ZOE BRINNAND

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