What will YOU write in 2024?

 

Whether you are an aspiring or established playwright, MWT is the place to be in 2024. Regardless of what you will write or 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 opened for submissions on 1st March and will close on 30th April. Our creative development program Gasworks Script Lab, presented in partnership with Gasworks Arts Park for the first time in 2023, will open on 1st May and close on 17th May. Submissions for The 2025 Amethyst Award, a major theatrical production opportunity offered by MWT in alternate years, will open on 1st July and close on 31st August. And in and around these key opportunities will be our usual offering of workshops, script readings, manuscript assessments and showcase events.

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, whatever you have written and whatever you will write in 2024, MWT is here to support you and your creative aspirations.

 

2024 CALENDAR

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

 

February 5
Workshop #1
Outstanding Plays contain …
Facilitator: Brooke Fairley
*Zoom
This first workshop for 2024 wias preceded by the AGM.

 

March 4  
Workshop #2
Writing Great Dialogue
Facilitator: Megan J. Riedl
* Zoom

 

April 8 
Workshop #3
Know your Characters
Facilitators: Jennifer Munday & Louise Hopewell
* Zoom

 

Saturday May 4 @ 2pm – 5pm
EVENT
Scripts @ The Dock
Excerpts from 8 new MWT plays are read by actors
* The Performance Space – Library at the Dock

 

June 3
Workshop #4
Story, Story, STORY
Facilitator: Naomi Sumner Chan
* Zoom

 

July 1
Workshop #5
Writing Historical Drama

Facilitator: TBA
* Zoom

 

August 12  (not August 5)
Workshop #6
The Winter Read
Group discussion of a selected play
Facilitator: TBA
* Zoom

 

September 2
EVENT
Monologue Soiree
5 new MWT monologues are read by actors
* Zoom

 

October 7
Workshop #7
Getting those Grants
Facilitator: Clare Mendes
* Zoom

 

November 11
EVENT
Short Play Soiree
5 new MWT short plays are read by actors
* Zoom

 

 

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.

ABOUT THE WRITER
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.

Photos:
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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