Events at MWT
PAGE TO STAGE 2016
Category 2: Monologues
Our annual season of new work, PAGE TO STAGE 2016, will run from 24th October – 13th November. Submissions open on 1st May and close on 15th June. In the third week, we will present “The Melbourne Monologues” – SIX original monologues of max. 10 minutes in length, performed over six nights. Have you written a strong, original and unproduced monologue you’d like to submit for consideration? If so, we welcome your submission to Category 2: Monologues. Please download and read the Submission Guidelines. We look forward to receiving your entry.
THE SELECTION PROCESS
Please read the Submission Guidelines carefully. Your monologue MUST be submitted as a “blind” read – ie. it must be anonymous, with your name not appearing on any part of the script. Your name and contact details are to be supplied in a separate, sealed envelope that you send in with your script.This is to ensure a fair selection process that is based on the merit of your script. A total of 6 scripts will be selected by our appointed dramaturg, and you will be advised of the outcome of your submission by 15th July. You may submit up to 5 monologues.
2016 Guidelines – Monologues.docx
2016 Guidelines – Monologues.pdf
See MWT in action.
These are a great way to improve your writing and meet other playwrights. Come along to a rehearsed Script Reading, or participate in Eat My Words!, a Monologue Soiree or PAGE TO STAGE 2015, our annual Festival of new writing. All events take place on Monday nights at La Mama Courthouse, 349 Drummond St, Carlton. They are created especially for MWT members, but non-members are also welcome to attend,
May 2 EAT MY WORDS! II
June 6 EAT MY WORDS! III
A special Monologue workshop
This year our PAGE TO STAGE season of new work will run from Oct 24 – Nov 13.
PAGE TO STAGE 2016
Category 1: New Play
Our annual season of new work, PAGE TO STAGE 2016, will run from 24th October – 13th November. Submissions open on 1st May and close on 15th June. In the first two weeks, we will present ONE original, full-length play. Are YOU a Writer / Producer who has a strong, original and unproduced piece of writing you’d like to submit for consideration? If so, we welcome your submission to Category 1: New Play. Please download and read the Submission Guidelines, and read BELOW for details of how MWT will support the selected writer.
2016 Submission Guidelines – docx
2016 Submission Guidelines – PDF
HOW MWT WILL SUPPORT THE SELECTED WRITER / PRODUCER:
MWT has held its annual Season at La Mama Courthouse since 1982, so we have a thorough understanding of what it takes to mount a successful production. You want to attract good, enthusiastic houses each night, and a great script alone won’t make this happen. To build a successful show across two weeks, you need an effective marketing campaign, technical theatre knowledge and the backing of a committed director, actors and crew.
We like nothing better than giving talented new playwrights their first big break, which is why we ask writers who are submitting for Category 1: New Play to do so with a “blind” script from which their names have been removed. This ensures that your script is judged fairly, and on its merit. However, before you submit your precious script, please ask yourself if you can give it the “life on stage” that it deserves. The most successful plays that we have had the pleasure of presenting have usually come from Writer/Producers – writers who have the proven ability to mount a successful production, with all of the costing, marketing and technical expertise this entails. You will already have a DIRECTOR attached to your script, an absolute requirement for all writers submitting for Category 1: New Play. You will have some finance in place, so that you can afford to factor into your production budget the cost of hiring the Courthouse for the two weeks of your production – and importantly, you will be in a position to pay a guaranteed fee to your Director and a stipend above and beyond profit share to your actors. You will be able to secure these actors through your contacts, organise your own rehearsal space in the months leading up to the production and independently source your crew members – eg. lighting designers, set builders, sound technicians. You will know how to create a marketing plan that you can use to effectively publicise your play.
MWT will provide you with a Stage Manager/Lighting Tech and front-of-house support for the two weeks of your season, and we’ll be here with technical advice and support whenever you need it. We’ll promote your show on this website, in our e-newsletter Playbill, on our Facebook page and through a variety of media channels. We’ll be there to assist with bump in, bump out and the bumpy bits in between. But this is your show, your chance to shine. We look forward to helping you to make it happen.