Making Theatre for young audiences


Congratulations to Monkey Baa Theatre Company which has just been awarded a prestigious Touring Legend Award, at the 2015 Drover Awards in Sydney.  By the end of 2015 they will have taken over 20 tours to more than 135 communities in every State and Territory of Australia; three international tours to 35 US theatres; more than 2500 performances; engaging over 1.1 million young people.  


For the second Longhouse event, Creative Directors Eva di Cesare and Tim McGarry welcome us into their theatre at Darling Harbour, to share with us the secrets of making theatre for young audiences.  And they'll tell us about preparations for a new production inspired by Li Cunxin's The Peasant Prince - The True Story of Mao's Last Dancer.

WED 2 SEPTEMBER - 6pm - 8pm

Monkey Baa Theatre Company, Lendlease Darling Quarter Theatre

Terrace 3, 1-25 Harbour Street, Sydney

Admission is free but RSVP essential .



Lotus First Draft - CALL OUT



Twelve participants in the LOTUS project recently had their writing showcased at performed readings in front of enthusiastic audiences at La Boite Theatre Brisbane, Riverside Theatres Parramatta (pictured) and The Malthouse Theatre in Melbourne.  Now with the generous support of the Girgensohn Foundation, Lotus continues for a further three years, allowing continued, long-term development of these budding writers through events such as the National Play Festival.


Performance 4a and Playwriting Australia are now seeking applications from aspiring Asian-Australian writers based in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne to be considered for the next stage of the program, Lotus First Draft. Up to 12 playwrights will be selected across the three cities to undertake an intensive playwriting mentorship and other script development opportunities over a six-month period.

The Lotus First Draft participants will receive:

  • Monthly one-on-one tutorials with a playwright mentor;
  • Monthly group masterclasses and craft discussions with mentors and guest artists;
  • A weekend intensive in 2016 bringing all Lotus playwrights from around the country together to workshop their play ideas and scene;
  • A potential showcase opportunity at the National Play Festival 2016, Playwriting Australia’s major annual event celebrating new Australian works.


PROGRAM SCHEDULE (Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne)

October 2015: Group and individual meetings begin and continue until March/April 2016

January 2016: Weekend intensive for all Lotus playwrights (interstate writers will be provided airfares and accommodation to attend).

July 2016: Potential showcase at the National Play Festival 2016

APPLY NOW - Closing date Mon 7 September