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.


22 April 2020 to 26 April 2020
La Mama Theatre
Matthew Ryan

“I think its important. Remembering… would you agree…”

Hedda GablerGablerGabler

27 April 2020 to 3 May 2020
La Mama Theatre

A Competitive Deconstruction of Ibsen’s Greatest Heroine.

The Mermaid

6 May 2020 to 16 May 2020
La Mama Theatre

A VCE playlist Production

Little brother, Big sister

19 May 2020 to 24 May 2020
La Mama Theatre
Michel Tuomy

On the brink of artistic discovery, Michel’s plans for the future are...

The Tom

26 May 2020 to 31 May 2020
La Mama Theatre
Hayley Lawson-Smith

An Australian Gothic, Kafkaesque tale about a young woman’s investigation...

IN the Miror

9 June 2020 to 14 June 2020
La Mama Theatre

In the Mirror is about Shaun a white Australian who comes from a...