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 CompanyMalthouse, and Red Stitch, who all program new Australian theatre writing as well as hosting discussions and development of new Australian works.

Melbourne's independent theatre scene is represented at such places as Chapel off ChapelfortyfivedownstairsLa Mama TheatreNorthcote Town Hall, and Theatre Works. 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, Union House Theatre and, supported through Melbourne Theatre Company, the NEXT STAGE programThe Pop Up Playground combine theatre with game play and are an innovative highlight of Melbourne's 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. Our theatre calendar also provides information about what's on in Melbourne theatre.

BROKEN by Mary Anne Butler

15 November 2018
fortyfivedownstairs

The Victorian premiere of Mary Anne Butler’s poetic, evocative play.

Yenbena Lotjpa: Ancestors Speak Out

20 November 2018
fortyfivedownstairs

A contemporary installation documenting and exploring a series of heart-...

I AM.

20 November 2018
fortyfivedownstairs

A photographic portrait series of Australian creatives, exploring and...

The Moth StorySLAM: DISTANCE

27 November 2018
The Moth
True Personal Stories, Told Live

The Moth's StorySLAMs are open-mic storytelling competitions.

Bottomless by Dan Lee

28 November 2018
fortyfivedownstairs

Broome is a tropical paradise, but also home to the idiosyncratic Sober Up...

The Moth StorySLAM: INSTINCTS

3 December 2018
The Moth
True Personal Stories, Told Live

The Moth's StorySLAMs are open-mic storytelling competitions.