From the Desk – December 2017 / January 2018


As the oldest writers’ theatre in Victoria, MWT has always existed to further the interests of writers based in Melbourne and right across the state. In recent years, we have worked hard to increase our range of services to members – more workshops, more script readings, and more opportunities to have their work presented on stage. And we’re pleased to announce that, in the year to come, we will be offering you even more.

2018 will be the year in which The Writer takes centre stage. A quick glance at the 2018 Calendar on our home page provides a snapshot of what’s in store for you this year, with some notable new features on offer. Submission for our Page to Stage season of new work will open on 1st February, which is earlier than in previous years, and will close on 30th April. This affords writers a longer period in which to create and develop their scripts for submission, and thus a longer time frame for dramaturgy by MWT. In 2101, we want you to enjoy the process of writing your play/s – the luxury of truly sinking into your pieces, editing them, and learning new writing techniques in the progress.

To help you to make your new scripts the best they can be, we are kicking off the year with two workshops. ‘How to Write a Short Play’ (Tuesday 13th February) is designed for writers who are keen to develop skills in this genre – possibly with the aim of submitting a script for Six Degrees in Melbourne, the first show in our November season. Similarly ‘How to Write a Monologue’ (Monday 19th March) caters for all writers but will also be valuable to anyone wishing to submit a script to The Melbourne Monologues, the second show in our November season.

And once the pieces for these two shows have been chosen, the selected writers will receive further dramaturgy and opportunities to redraft and fine-tune their scripts prior to their ultimate performance. Working with the directors and actors, they will play a major role in making their own plays ‘production-ready’. It will be an collaborative experience in which they will learn a lot and contribute even more.

And along the way, their will be plenty of opportunities, support and events for MWT members whose work will not appear in this year’s Page to Stage season of new work, but are keen to improve as writers. Readings of new plays, writing workshops, and script assessment opportunities – there is literally something for everyone at Melbourne Writers’ Theatre in 2018.

Until then, I would like to take this opportunity to thank the members of MWT’s 2018 committee – Bruce Shearer, Mazz Ryan, and Christine Croydon in absentia – with a special thanks to Elizabeth Walley, our resident director, for her excellent work on all of our 2017 shows.

We look forward to seeing these generous and talented individuals, together with you, our valued members, in 2018.

With best wishes for a Happy New Year,

Clare Mendes

Company Manager
Melbourne Writers’ Theatre