First-ever scripts written in the first-ever Gasworks Script Lab program

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Natasha Broadstock, Tristan Sicari and Lucy Norton
(background) reading a script at Showcase Night #1,
presented at Gasworks Arts Park on 24th October 2023


‘Before Gasworks Script Lab, I had never written a script.’ It was a response echoed by a number of participants from the Emerging stream of Gasworks Script Lab. A creative partnership between Melbourne Writers’ Theatre and Gasworks Arts Park and presented for the first time this year, Script Lab offered an Emerging and Mid-Career stream with the goal of further developing the writing skills of participants in both. From 18 participants came 18 scripts.

Some were existing, others brand new – all were redrafted under the guidance of Script Lab facilitators Michael Olsen (Emerging) and Elizabeth Walley (Mid-Career) and enriched by peer feedback before being workshopped with actors ahead of their presentation on stage in two Showcase NIghts held at Gasworks Arts Park on 24th & 25th October 2023.

For show photos from the Showcase Nights, visit our official Gasworks Script Lab page.

Details of this year’s participating Playwrights may be found on our 2023 Playwrights page.

And if you didn’t make it to Gasworks for the Showcase Nights, come and watch some of the scripts written in Script Lab when they are brought to life on stage in SCRIPTS @ THE DOCK, to be presented in The Performance Space, Library at the Dock on Saturday 2nd December. To find out more and be in the audience for this event, just visit our Events page.

Thank you to everyone who participated in Gasworks Script Lab this year. It sparked some great ideas, and produced some fantastic new plays!