Gasworks Script Lab


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A partnership between Gasworks Arts Park
and Melbourne Writers’ Theatre,
was presented for the first time in 2023.
Designed to identify and nurture
talented playwrights living in the City of Port Phillip
and in all corners of Victoria,
in 2023 Gasworks Script Lab supported
18 emerging and mid-career playwrights.



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EOIs for Gasworks Script Lab 2024
will open on 1st May 2024 and close on 17th May 2024.


The EOI will be posted on this page on 1st May.


Before then, you can learn more about the program – including key dates, facilitators and workshop details – at





Writers who participated in Gasworks Script Lab 2023

18 emerging and mid-career playwrights were accepted for this free creative development program in 2023.
10 short plays and 8 full-length plays were developed and supported through Gasworks Script Lab.
Participants attended a series of skills-based workshops led by playwright teachers from Melbourne Writers’ Theatre.
A Masterclass and separate development session were offered to mid-career playwrights
who come to the program with a script-in-progress or a completed full-length work that could be further refined.

Thank you to our 2023 Playwrights! For details click here.

The 2023 program culminated in THREE Showcase events. The first of these – Showcase Nights #1 and #2 – were held at Gasworks Arts Park on 24th and 25th October. *** Show photos and program details from all events may be found BELOW. *** The third and FINAL showcase event for scripts created during the 2023 program was Scripts @ The Dock, which was held in The Performance Space on Saturday 2nd December. 


SHOWCASE NIGHT #1 – Short Plays

Presented at Gasworks Arts Park on 24th October 2023

Actors: Natasha Broadstock, Bridgette Kucher, Rayan Maskun, Lucy Norton & Tristan Sicari

Facilitator: Michael Olsen

Director: Adele Shellley




SHOWCASE NIGHT #2 – Full-Length Plays

Presented at Gasworks Arts Park on 25th October 2023

Actors: Kristina Benton, Ian Ferrington, Alec Gilbert, Melanie Madrigali, Jessica Martin, Elizabeth Pham

Facilitator & Director: Elizabeth Walley




Thank you to CYBEC FOUNDATION   for supporting the Showcase Nights



What happens in Gasworks Script Lab?


In a series of Saturday afternoon playwriting workshops (to be held on-site at Gasworks Arts Park and also online),
participants will be guided to create brand new plays OR will be supported to further develop their existing scripts.

Participants will receive written feedback on their new scripts and will have the opportunity to workshop their completed scripts in Script Readings with Actors, to be held on-site at Gasworks Arts Park.


Participants will receive one-on-one support to complete final drafts of their new scripts

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A selection of scripts will be presented
in two Script Showcases,
to be presented on Tuesday 24th October and
Wednesday 25th October at Gasworks Arts Park.