The Emerging Writers’ Festival work, learn and play largely on the land of the Kulin nation, and pay our respects to their Elders, past and present.

EWF celebrates the history and creativity of the world’s oldest living culture.

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First Stage

Melbourne Theatre Company and the Emerging Writers’ Festival are thrilled to continue the First Stage writers program, supported by The Vizard Foundation, providing creative and professional development for six new voices in Australian theatre.

In 2022, six writers – Gloria Demillo, Nicola Ingram, Ren Jiang, Annie Louey, Brodie Murray and Chido Mwat – will develop new dramatic writing over a series of intensive workshops with dramaturg Keziah Warner.

Actors will then perform dramatic readings of these six new excerpts, directed by Tasnim Hossain, as part of the Emerging Writers’ Festival on Friday 24 June, 7pm at Southbank Theatre, The Lawler.

Presented in partnership with:


First Stage is held at Southbank Theatre, The Lawler and is an in-person performance event.

Auslan Intepretation

This performance will be Auslan interpreted.

Accessible Wheelchair

Wheelchair access is via the front entrance on Southbank Boulevard, and at Arts Centre Melbourne via the front entrance on St Kilda Road or via the carpark. All levels are provided with lifts.


Special parking tickets are issued when using Wilsons Parking Southgate and Eureka Parking. Use the promo code here

Access Tram service travelling to and from St Kilda road, get off Arts Centre stop and walk towards Southbank Theatre. Walking distance from Flinders Street Station.

Taxi’s can be flagged at the front entrance and can be booked by venue staff on request.

Hearing Loop

The hearing loop allows patrons who are wearing a hearing aid to tune in to the frequency of the venue. If you require hearing assistance, please contact us when you book your ticket. 

More information via Melbourne Theatre Company


Friday 24 June
7-8.10pm AEST

All tickets $5

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