2018 CALENDAR OF EVENTS

At a glance

it’s quite exciting.

Up close, it looks

something like this.

NOTE: All monthly workshops will be held on MONDAYS @ 7PM at La Mama Courthouse,349 Drummond St, Carlton – apart from our first workshop for the year, which will be held on Tuesday February 13 @ 7PM at La Mama Theatre, 305 Faraday St, Carlton.

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January
– No meeting.
Start thinking about what you may write this year.

February 1
Submissions for 2018 ‘Page to Stage’ season OPEN.

*** FEBRUARY 13 ***
‘How to  a Write a Short Play”
A workshop to help prepare for submission to Six Degrees in Melbourne.

NOTE: This workshop will be preceded at 6.30pm by our AGM. All members welcome to attend.

*** MARCH 19 ***
‘How to Write a Monologue’
A workshop to help prepare for submission to The Melbourne Monologues

*** APRIL 2 ***
Script Development Night
Brief feedback on scripts arising out of Feb 13 and March 19 workshops.

APRIL 30
Submissions for 2018 ‘Page to Stage’ season CLOSE.

***  MAY 7 ***
Reading of a new play by an MWT member.

*** JUNE 4 ***
To be confirmed.

JUNE 15
‘Page to Stage 2018’ – selected scripts announced.

*** JULY 9 ***
Script Development Night
Brief meetings between Six Degrees and Monologues writers and the directors of these shows.

*** AUGUST 13 ***
Season 2018 Script Readings
Readings by actors, with writers present. Feedback will follow.

*** SEPTEMBER 17 ***
Workshop TBA

*** OCTOBER 8 **
Season Fundraiser – ‘Two-Minute Tales’
A fun night of two-minute plays, designed to raise money for our 2018 Season.

*** NOVEMBER 5 ***
Rehearsal for Six Degrees in Melbourne. Closed event.

*** NOVEMBER 12 – DECEMBER 2      Page to Stage 2018 Season ***
November 12 – November 25    Six Degrees in Melbourne
November 26 – December 2    The Melbourne Monologues

 

*** DECEMBER 10 ***
MWT Christmas Party – all welcome!

WE HOPE YOU ENJOY OUR CREATIVE YEAR!

Submissions for our 2018 season will open in 1st February 2018 and close on 30th April 2018.

Entry forms will be available on this website from 15th January 2018. If you would like to receive updates, you are welcome to subscribe to our free monthly e-newsletter Playbill. To join the mailing list, please email us at: melbournewriterstheatre@gmail.com

To submit your work for consideration in our 2018 season, you need to be an MWT member. JOIN MWT

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Our 2017 productions, pictured from top to bottom, were:

St Kilda Stories
26th – 30th September, National Theatre Melbourne
Six Degrees in Melbourne
3rd – 15th October, La Mama Courthouse
The Melbourne Monologues
17th – 22nd October, La Mama Courthouse

*Banner photo: Mare Maticevski
*Photos at right: John Edwards
* Posters created by Isabella Gillbert

 

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Q & A       with MWT writer Adele Shelley

Q. When did you start writing, and why?
Theatre has always been my passion, but it wasn’t until the upending experience of becoming a parent nine years ago that I wrote my first play for adults “She’s My Baby”. In this piece I wrote about my greatest fear: losing a child – both the actual death of a baby, and the natural loss of a child as she turns into a teenager and pushes away from her parents. I think live theatre can be a very powerful medium for exploring questions about people and life.

Q. You are currently working on a play called ‘Wounded’. What inspired you to write this?
Research suggests that children exposed to physical abuse are at greater risk of adverse outcomes later in life, including exhibiting violent or aggressive behaviour themselves. The research has limitations, however, and indicates that there are many complicating factors. Importantly, many people who have experienced domestic violence do not repeat the cycle of violence. I am interested in understanding why some people are able to effectively change patterns of behaviour learned in childhood, while many of us struggle to move very far beyond the examples set by our parents. ‘Wounded’ explores one person’s attempt to escape the ghosts of her past.

Q. Your monologue Girls’ School Delights, recently performed to appreciative audiences in The Melbourne Monologues, was a humorous piece of writing. How would you classify ‘Wounded’ in terms of genre?
‘Wounded’ is definitely not a comedy! I think it’s part murder-mystery; part The Bill (yes – that old police drama – re-imagined for theatre); and part psychological thriller. The play invites the audience to think like detectives and piece together the facts of two related crime-scenes to uncover the truth about one woman’s existence.

Adele is currently redrafting ‘Wounded’, which will receive further workshopping at MWT during 2018. Her monologue Girls’ School Delights, performed by Cosima Gilbert (pictured at left), received enthusiastic reviews – these may be found here, along with information and photos about the show.

Images courtesy of John Edwards

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