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.

A Flower for Moses

11 May 2021 to 15 May 2021
Melbourne Writers' Theatre
Melbourne Writers' Theatre

'A Flower for Moses' is a compelling new Australian stage play abou


12 May 2021 to 22 May 2021
Jayde Kirchert

An exciting, feminist sci-fi theatrical experience, MARA KORPER is set in a...


9 June 2021 to 19 June 2021
Jules Allen

BETTY is a complex and unfiltered exploration of the Mother/Daughter...

Singing Swallows

23 June 2021 to 3 July 2021
Romi Kupfer

A beautiful and symbolic representation of a storytelling experience that...

When The Rain Stops Falling

14 July 2021 to 31 July 2021
Andrew Bovell

Alice Springs. 2039. A fish falls from the sky – it still smells of the sea...

The Darkening Sky

4 August 2021 to 14 August 2021
Richard Murphet

THE DARKENING SKY is a contemporary neo-noir thriller set in the inner...