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Whether you are an aspiring or established playwright, MWT is the place to be in 2023. Regardless of what you have Just Written, chances are that we have a dramaturgical program, production opportunity, showcase event or inspiring workshop that is a perfect match for your script and your skills and will help you, creator of the first and owner of the second, to grow bigger and shine brighter.

Our intensive dramaturgical program Page to Stage is now on the home stretch for 2023, with five playwrights and their new, full-length plays to be presented to the public in The Stage Door Readings at Theatre Works on 18th – 19th November. This weekend of new writing is free for the public to attend, and we hope you will! The link for those free tickets is here. Our new creative development program Gasworks Script Lab, presented in partnership with Gasworks Arts Park for the first time this year, produced 18 new scripts, 8 of which were showcased at Gasworks on 24th and 25th September. More scripts from this program will be presented  in Scripts at the Dock on 2nd December – stay tuned! for details!

We’d love you to be a part of the MWT journey, so take a moment to wander through our website and find out what we can offer you. If you’re not already a member of Melbourne Writers’ Theatre, we encourage you to join. If you’d like to be added to our Playbill mailing list or have another query, about MWT or just playwriting in general, please contact us, Wherever you come from, whoever you are and whatever you have Just Written, MWT is here to support you and your creative aspirations.



Our monthly Workshops are held on the first TUESDAY of the month from 7pm – 8pm, usually via Zoom. They are open to members and non-members alike. After each workshop, attendees can choose to stay online for a chat with the group. Details of our 2023 sessions can be found on the EVENTS  page. Below is the Calendar at a glance.


February 7
Workshop #1
Show Don’t Tell – the Power of Sub-Text
Facilitator: Naomi Sumner Chan
This first workshop for 2021 was preceded by the AGM.


March 7  
Workshop #2
Finding an Authentic Monologue Voice
Q&A Panel session with playwrights Alison Knight & Louise Hopewell
* Zoom


April 11
Melbourne Cat. Secret Weapon.
A performance of the new play by Ukrainian writer Mykhailo Krupnik.
* Zoom


May 2 
The Yarra Monologues
Part 1: Readings of New Monologues
* Richmond Theatrette


June 6
Workshop #3
Is Melbourne Fringe for you?
* Zoom


July 4
Workshop #4
Showreel Night
– recorded readings of new MWT play excerpts
* The Performance Space, Docklands


August 1
Workshop #5
The Winter Read
A discussion of the latest play by Malaysian writer Adriana Nordin
Manan. led by Adriana.
* Zoom


September 5
The Yarra Monologues
Part 2
* Richmond Theatrette


October 3
Workshop #6
Showreel Night – Part 2
An online reading of new MWT scripts, first presented on July 4
* Zoom


November 18 – 19
The Stage Door Readings
Page to Stage 2022
* On-site at Theatre Works
Plays and performance times


Saturday December 2
Scripts at the Dock

* The Performance Space, Library at the Dock


Show photos by Anna Moloney-Heath, John A. Edwards and Cosima Gilbert



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Ros Varley
Horizon by Ros Varley

Q & A  with  Ros Varley

Ros participated in this year’s inaugural Gasworks Script Lab program, delivered by MWT. The program culminated in two Showcase Nights  Ros’ new short play ‘Horizon’ was performed at Showcase Night #1 on 24th October.

Before participating in Gasworks Script Lab, had you ever written a play?
Yes I had written a play before this program. I’m currently seeking cultural consultation for one of its six characters as he’s an Indigenous Australian.

In a nutshell, what is ‘Horizon’ about?
My new play ‘Horizon’ is, essentially, about that fundamental human condition… yearning. One character seeks love, the other looks to the ‘horizon’.

What inspired you to write this play?
‘Horizon’ explores two of the characters in another new play I’m writing …  about issues of inequality in housing: lack of social housing on the one hand, gentrification on the other, and is set in Port Melbourne’s Sandridge Beach area.

Scribbling away in Melbourne/Naarm’s cafes and libraries, walking Sandridge and Rickett’s Point beaches – I concoct characters totally unlike me and love the intimate bond with them as I write short stories and plays; and I’m transported to another place, and time. Apart from reading, theatre, music and circus – and closely following the path to Voice –  I like having soil and compost under my fingers in my Box Hill garden.

Ros Varley (photo supplied by playwright)
Lucy Norton and Tristan Sicari, with Natasha Broadstock, in ‘Horizons’ – 24th Oct @ Gasworks Arts Park (photo by MWT)
* For show photos and a program summary, click here.


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Our monthly workshops, script reading events and manuscript assessment service, together with our highly regarded dramaturgical programs Page to Stage and Gasworks Script Lab, are offered for free to MWT playwrights. It’s a rich, diverse range of services, and will give you all the opportunities you need to intensively develop and improve your new play, with the goal of bringing it to life on stage.

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