Events at MWT

Monday 12th June @ 7pm


As playwrights, scripts are our lifeblood, our tool of trade. When we’re not writing them, we need to see scripts that others have written being brought to life on stage. And we need to READ scripts. For this special winter event, we ask you all to bring along a play script that has inspired you, shaped the way you write or even altered your life. Brecht, Pinter, Bovell? Caryl Churchill, Annie Baker, Hannie Rayson? Let’s talk about dialogue that makes us catch our breath, characters who strike a nerve, and stories that are at their most powerful when delivered on a stage. Let’s talk about what makes a Great Play.

The Winter Read is a FREE event for MWT members and guests. Drinks will be available for purchase on the night.


RSVP by Friday 9th June to:

Monthly Workshops

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 2017, 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,


In 2017 our monthly events will be held at La Mama Courthouse on the following dates. We are currently planning the format for each event, and will inform you of our plans on this website and via our monthly e-newsletter Playbill. In the meantime, please jot down these dates in your diary:

15th May
12th June
10th July
21st August
11th September

Our 2017 Page to Stage season will be presented at La Mama Courthouse from 2nd – 22nd October 2017.


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Monday 15th May @ 7pm
The Art of the Monologue
A writing class

There are few moments on stage more powerful than those created by a good monologue. Written well, the monologue is an act of virtuosity, a brief moment in which everything falls away save one single voice. This 90-minute workshop sees participants working
with playwright Christine Croyden to create, write and develop their own monologue.

The workshop will look generally at writing for theatre but hone in on the creation of character and voice. Christine will take you through several creative exercises to explore the magic of monologues. The workshop will also cover analysis of monologues (classic and new). Printed worksheets will be provided. Cost $25. Max 10 participants.


by Friday 21st Aoril to:



Christine Croyden is a Melbourne-based playwright, lyricist and novelist. Her produced plays are available through

In 2011 Croyden was selected for the Inaugural Stage and Screen Residency with mentor, Katherine Thomson at Varuna. In 2012
she was the recipient of a Copyright Agency Ltd (CAL) Scholarship. In 2014 she was awarded mentorship by lyricist Jack Robinson in Paris and MMD (Mercury Musical Developments) in London. She is the author of two novels for young adults, The Painted Portal and The MemoryThief published by Equilibrium books, and her short stories, critical writing and newspaper articles have been widely published in journals and newspapers. Croyden’s book and lyrics for The White Mouse, a musical inspired by the life of Australian WW2 heroine, Nancy Wake, with Composer Drew Lane, is licensed through David Spicer Productions. Her most recent play The World without Birds: a musical fable, produced by MWT and Stormy Weather Productions at the Courthouse in 2016 is, now published and available for production internationally. Croyden is a life member of MWT and ran the organisation from 2008 until 2016.