Australia’s oldest professional theatre company, the MTC was founded in 1953 by John Sumner and has since showcased more than 750 productions. Producing both classic and contemporary Australian and international theatre, MTC believes ‘that good theatre must contain all that life contains; the seemingly insignificant and the extravagantly momentous.’ In 2009 MTC added its Southbank Theatre location, hosting up to 12 plays a season. For August 2016, the MTC presents The Book Club, Jasper Jones and Disgraced.
Founded in 2006 by theatre maker James Adler, Eagles Nest produces classical adaptions as well as original Australian scripts. Eagles Nest typically runs four full length plays each year and along with the company’s dedication to community theatre and vineyards tours Eagles Nest has toured internationally in New Zealand, Europe, the United States and Asia. Most recently the theatre presented The Crucible by Arthur Miller.
Eagles Nest, 24 Hardy St, Brunswick, VIC, Australia +61 423 339 431
Victoria’s only new writing theatre MKA began in 2012 to cater to Melbourne’s expanding playwright’s community and has since produced contemporary work from emerging and established writers. Showcasing the transformative work of local and international artists, MKA aims to prompt conversation through innovative theatre. Originally based in Richmond, MKA is a nomadic theatre with no fixed address, preferring instead to pop up in unconventional theatre spaces.
Established in 2002, Red Stitch Actors’ Theatre has become one of the most successful independent theatres in Melbourne due to their unique assembly of resident actors who collaborate on various productions. So far this year the close-knit ensemble have presented five contemporary plays with another five still to come, including Trevor, You Got Older, Sunshine, Uncle Vanya and Extinction. Red Stitch also run a graduate program for actors and INK playwrights program.
Inspired by New York’s La MaMa on the Lower East Side, teacher Betty Burstall founded the intimate La Mama Theatre in Faraday Street, Carlton. Since 1967 the theatre has held 2,135 productions, with more than 50 new Australian works premiering annually. The not-for-profit theatre provides a rent-free venue for artists with an 80% box office return, and among the theatre’s alumni are David Williamson, Cate Blanchett and Julia Zemiro. Visit La Mama to discover experimental theatre and enjoy a cup of free coffee by the fire during intermissions.