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Free, Live Event & Performance

First Stage

First Stage is back! In collaboration with Melbourne Theatre Company, five emerging writers will develop five new performance works over a series of intensive workshops with director Isabella Vadiveloo, and dramaturg Morgan Rose. Join us as actors perform dramatic readings of the emerging playwrights’ new works.

Presented in partnership with Melbourne Theatre Company.

MTC’s partnership with Emerging Writers’ Festival to present First Stage is generously enabled by The Vizard Foundation and venue partner the University of Melbourne.


Please note: As a result of the recent lockdown, and out of concern for the health and welfare of our audiences and participants, we are postponing the First Stage event from Thursday 24 June to Friday 9 July at 7.30pm in the Lawler at Southbank Theatre.

Your Tickets

If you have already booked tickets to this event and can attend the new date for First Stage, you do not need to do anything – your tickets are still valid for the new date and time. Just pop a note in your calendar!

If you can no longer attend, please send us a brief email via [email protected] to let us know that you wish to cancel your tickets.

We’re so pleased to bring the dramatic readings of these amazing new works to the stage, while supporting the writers’ process with the benefits of a live audience. We can’t wait to see you at the theatre.

 Download the First Stage programme here

Friday 9 July, 7.30-8.50pm AEST

Free, bookings essential

The Lawler, Southbank Theatre
140 Southbank Blvd, Southbank VIC 3006