Welcome to Melbourne Writers' Theatre

Our goal is to help writers develop scripts for the stage.

Learn More

T h e
W o r l d
B i r d s

A musical fable


26th Oct – 6th Nov
La Mama Courthouse

Director: Elizabeth Walley
Original songs: Ella Filar
Set and Costume Design:
Dagmara Gieysztor
Lighting Design:
Mathew Barber
Featuring Charlotte Fox
Nathaniel Schneider
Rhys James (pictured below right)
MARGOT KNIGHT as the Queen

A darkly comic tale of creativity, ageing and finding grace as we’re replaced by the next generation.

Duration: 65 minutes



349 Drummond St, Carlton
from October 26 – November 6
SHOWS: Tues – Sat. 7.30pm,
Sun 5pm

$32 Full   $20 Concession

0439 380 900

Photos (top & middle):
John Edwards

To see photos from Page to Stage 2015, click HERE and HERE

P a g e

t o           


 2 0 1 6



Q & A       with MWT member ALISON KNIGHT

Q. You hail from Manchester and have a background in teaching. Have either your origin or your earlier career influenced the way in which you write – eg. the subjects you tackle?

A. In common with many English people, I love humour that contains an element of absurdity, especially as reflected in everyday life. Teaching has allowed me to observe a wide spectrum of humanity within a confined setting that serves to intensify the attendant dramas. The fact that you can declaim a Shakespearian soliloquy with the same degree of passion with which you might assert territorial rights over a filing cabinet has always struck me as being ripe with comic potential.

Q. Tell us about the hardest thing you’ve ever had to write (or, if that’s too hard, the piece of writing you’re proudest of)

A. I’ve had a number of challenging assignments – cutting “King Lear” down to 75 minutes, for instance! However, the most difficult piece I have written was my novel, “Peter Stone”. Some parts involved synthesising a fair amount of research before moulding the details into a form that was both literary and historically accurate. The revision process was a grind. I reworked many sections following advice from a manuscript assessor. I axed 8,000 words (that hurt!) and added 13,000. And then there was the nit-picking phase: fixing the typos, checking for consistency of detail and ensuring that I hadn’t overused particular words. But there comes a time when you’ve done the very best you can – and then you have to let it go.

Q. What do you want audiences to take from the monologue “How Does Your Garden Grow”?

A. A stern moral imperative: “Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s cucumbers.”

PHOTOS: Alison Knight (top) and a scene from Committed (2016).


Read more Q&A by MWT Members and Resident Writers ALISON KNIGHT

Become an MWT Member

Meet writers, directors and actors, and get your work on stage!

Join MWT

Melbourne Writers’ Theatre

Established In

Members Joined

Scripts Edited

Plays Staged

Develop your script ideas with MWT

Our monthly Play Readings, script workshops and annual Monologue Soiree provide playwrights with the opportunity to develop and improve their scripts, with the aim of bringing them to life on stage.

See Our Events

Join Melbourne Writers' Theatre

Meet writers, directors and actors, and develop your work for the stage!

Become a Member