Congratulations to the 12 writers whose scripts have been selected for Season 2018.

MWT wishes to sincerely thank all writers who submitted their original scripts for consideration in our Season 2018, which will be presented at La Mama Courthouse from 12th November – 2nd December. Both the volume and standard of entries were high. Only six scripts could be selected in each category, and we would like to congratulate the following writers:

Imposture – Maree Collie
Do the Deal – Bruce Shearer
Revenge is a Dish – Adele Shelley
Take Two – Mazz Ryan
Tally and the Savages – Carmen Saarelaht
We need to talk – Katie Lee

Angry Dancing – Bruce Shearer
The Unspeakable Beauty of Falling – Alison Knight
A Moment in Time – Neil McGovern
3 out of 9 – Brooke Fairley
The Charon – Martin Rice
The Diamond Bracelet – Christine Croyden

Selection reports may be viewed HERE.


We are halfway through a
very exciting year.

As we enter the development stage of Season 2018,
here’s what’s coming up on our Calendar:

Our monthly events are held at La Mama Courthouse.

*** AUGUST 13 ***
Season 2018 Script Readings
A closed meeting for Season 2018 writers – reading of scripts with directors and actors. DETAILS

*** SEPTEMBER 10 ***
In-One-Act Playreading Performance
A rehearsed reading of selected scripts that have been created through the In-One-Act writing program, proudly presented by MWT in partnership with Yarra Libraries. DETAILS

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

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

*** NOVEMBER 12 – DECEMBER 2      SEASON 2018 ***
November 12 – November 25    Six Degrees in Melbourne
November 26 – December 2    The Melbourne Monologues

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



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 Gilbert


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Q & A       with MWT writer Martin Rice


Q. Who do you write for? Yourself, your audience, an unseen audience – who?
The clearest answer I can give for this is that I write mostly for myself; to understand my world, particularly the intersect between what I have experienced to be real and what I feel to be real. I also hope to inspire my students (I am a secondary teacher)

Q. How would you describe your writing style?
I can tell you I love magic realism and a hint of the supernatural. This is how I would describe my writing, and how I hope an audience would, too.

Q. Is there a play you are bursting to write?
I’m bursting to finish the one I have been working on; in fits and starts, for the past couple of years. It is the origin of my monologue ‘The Charon’ and I am very close to being happy about it. A touch of myth, a touch of drag and a dash of reality.

Martin’s monologue ‘The Charon’ will be performed at the 2018 season of The Melbourne Monologues, which will run from 26th November – 2nd December at La Mama Courthouse.

Top left – a scene from Martin’s 2016 play Gaijin (Brunswick Mechanics’ Institute)
Bottom left – a scene from Martin’s 2017 short play The Woman and the Box (Six Degrees in Melbourne, La Mama Courthouse)

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