In One Act 2020


Actors Clare Larman & Emma Cox presenting a new ‘In One Act’ script at the first Performance Reading (Richmond Theatrette, 17th July 2019)


An annual creative partnership between Yarra Libraries and MWT, IN ONE ACT gives new and emerging playwrights from across the city the opportunity to immerse themselves in an intensive five-stage playwriting program. 2020 marks the fourth year of this exciting venture.

The 2020 In One Act program will begin with a writing workshop on 13th June and finish with two Performance Readings at Richmond Theatrette on 16th and 17th September.

Given the current worldwide situation and the restrictions this places on social and other gatherings,Workshops #1 and #2 will be delivered in an online mode. Our hope is that we will then be able to deliver the remaining three stages of the program in our scheduled classroom and performance venues, as we have in previous years. Rest assured that however we present In One Act 2020, successful applicants can look forward to an engaging, stimulating and enjoyable creative experience!

You can hear from some 2019 participants in this brief video: In One Act 2019
For a summary and photos of IN ONE ACT 2019, click here.

The program facilitator for 2020 will be Christine Croyden, an experienced Melbourne-based playwright and teacher, Christine also facilitated the 2019 program. Of the 15 participants who participated in the 2019 program, 10 went on to complete a short play. These were presented at the Performance Readings, which were directed by Mazz Ryan and held across two nights at Richmond Theatrette.


In One Act
is a free program, which ensures that everyone has the opportunity to participate. Having said that, there is an expectation that participants attend every session of the program. They are also expected to submit pieces of writing as required, sharing their writing as a group, and ultimately aim to produce a script that can be read by actors in front of an audience at the Performance Readings.


Applications for In One Act 2020 open on 1st April and close on 30th April.

 Apply today – click HERE for the Application Form 



Writing Workshop 1
Saturday 13th June, 1 – 4pm
This workshop will be offered ONLINE.

Writing Workshop 2
Saturday 20th June, 1 – 4pm
This workshop will be offered ONLINE.

Script Development with Actors
Saturday 15th August, 1 – 4pm
The Fitzroy Town Hall

Playreading Performance 1
Wednesday 16th September, 6.30 – 8.30pm
Richmond Theatrette

Playreading Performance 2
Thursday 17th September, 6.30 – 8.30pm
Richmond Theatrette


IN ONE ACT at the 2019 Fitzroy Writers’ Festival

The 2020 Fitzroy Writers’ Festival, due to take place on Saturday 16th May, has been postponed in the interests of public safety. We are looking forward to presenting some Script Readings from In One Act 2020 at the rescheduled Festival.

In the meantime, a summary and photos of the Script Readings we presented at the 2019 Fitzroy Writers’ Festival may be viewed HERE.


Why participate in the IN ONE ACT program?

Read more about the program in these interviews with past participants:

Interview with ADELE SHELLEY

Interview with ANNA GOULD