Theatre

Plays written by Melbourne dramatists have been part of the city’s flourishing cultural life since the days of 19th-century melodrama and the ‘new’ theatre of Esson’s Pioneer Players. The Melbourne Theatre Company (MTC), La Mama Theatre and the now closed Pram Factory have all historically fostered playwriting in Melbourne.

Joining MTC as professional companies now are HothouseIlbijerri Theatre CompanyMalthouseRed Stitch, all who program new Australian theatre writing as well as hosting discussions and development of new Australian works.

The Independent theatre scene is represented at such places as Chapel off ChapelfortyfivedownstairsLa Mama TheatreMetanoia TheatreNorthcote Town HallRevolt MelbourneTheatre Works, and The Theatre Husk. Both the Melbourne Fringe and Melbourne International Comedy Festival is full of fresh new Australian playwriting.

Melbourne is also blessed by outstanding independent new script companies like MKAMelbourne Writers TheatreRawcusSisters Grimm and, supported through Melbourne Theatre Companies, the NEON programThe Pop Up Players combine theatre with game play and are an innovative highlight of Melbourne performance scene.

Theatre for the young is also well represented through the world class Arena Theatre Company and Polyglot TheatreSt Martin’s Youth Theatre provide an excellent season of work created by young people

Theatre Network Victoria has an excellent list of their members as well as our calendar.

Josh Earl in Oliver Up A Tree (Melbourne Comedy Festival)

1 April 2017 to 16 April 2017
Mr Josh Earl
Josh Earl

A brand-new children's show from award-winning comedian Josh Earl (Host