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“This was the inner city Melbourne of John Wren fame; sly grog, SP bookies, and all the rest.”
– NED MANNING, on the inaugural OPEN SEASON

open season / subtxt

research&development initiatives

The inaugural subtxt took place in August 2015.

The festival featured:

  • development on 10 new Australian performance texts
  • 6 public playreadings
  • 3 public new-work showings
  • panels and discussions
  • an overnight event ‘Cremation’ co-presented with multinational performance group Doppelgangster
  • Podcast interviews with the writers will be available to download soon!

The second Open Season took place in November 2011

featuring:

  • development on 15 new Australian performance texts
  • 15 public play readings
  • a fuckin party hell yeahhhhh
  • presented at MKA Abbotsford Pop-Up Theatre
    at SchoolHouse Studios

In 2010, so as that the company could best launch the MKA Richmond site, the company asked over two score Australian playwrights to contribute towards a month of play readings.

The inaugural Open Season took place in November 2010

featuring:

  • development on 12 new Australian performance texts
  • 25 public play readings
  • 3 venues, including the brand new MKA Richmond (Nov 3-4); Upstairs at Owl (Nov 5)
    and the MKA QV Pop-UP (Nov 9 – Dec 4)
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The location of the next subtxt is a poorly guarded secret.

As is the program for now. Talk soon.

xx

MKA

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The Line Ups

SUBTXT 2015

Aug 25 | Intoxication Christopher Bryant
Aug 27 | LUNAR Simone Page Jones
Aug 27 | Against Capital (Panel + Performance) plus David Unwin | MKA Writers Attachment 2015, Keynote Speech
Aug 29 | Fuckin’ Hell! / I Go To Sleep Screaming Lee Gambin (Founder of Sissy’s & Sluts Theatre – the originators of Trash Theatre in Melbourne)
Aug 29-Sun Aug 30 | Doppelgangster & MKA present
CREMATION: On Hedgefunds, Hedgefires and Campfires Tobias Manderson-Galvin (Sire)
All night event
Aug 31 | The Doll Hospital Nathaniel Moncrieff (Sleepyhead, Tinkertown)
Sep 01 5pm | An Act of Intimacy Ruby Donohoe
Sep 02 | Woman with A Tomahawk Ruth Katerelos
Sep 04 | Two Lovers Gareth Trew
Sep 05 | Jeremiah’s Tuesday Stefan Mrowinski, performed by Steven Kennedy, before it’s NY premiere in October plus panel featuring writer, producer et al.
Sep 06 | Journey Through The Mad Mans Maze Pete Reid (Old Tar Gang)

OPEN SEASON 2011

15plays in 15days

UNRESTLESS BEN ELLIS OCT 26
ACID TONGUE CHRISTOPHER BRYANT OCT 27
SWAMPLANDS VAN BADHAM OCT 28
TINKERTOWN NATHANIEL MONCRIEFF OCT 29
WOLF HUNGER DUNCAN GRAHAM OCT 30

THE BURNING HOUR ROBERT REID NOV 02
STYLE SENSATION SHOWCASES A THREE STOREY VOID GLYN ROBERTS NOV 03
DOMESTIC ANIMALS ROSS MUELLER NOV 04
SICK MELLISA BUBNIC NOV 05
DROPPED KATY WARNER NOV 06

THE UNSPOKEN WORD IS ‘JOE’ ZOEY DAWSON NOV 09
TRUCKSTOP LACHLAN PHILPOTT NOV 10
UNDERAGE HOUSE PARTY PLAY DAVID FINNIGAN NOV 11
AEROPLANE JELLY DAVID MENCE NOV 12
EIGHT GIGABYTES OF HARDCORE PORNOGRAPHY DECLAN GREENE NOV 13

We are once again opening the MKA stages to the best new work by the best Australian playwrights. For three weeks the brand new 60 seat pop-up theatre in Abbotsford will play host to over 15 new theatrical texts.

The most important way for any new work to develop is through performance, by being seen by you, the audience.

We want this writing to develop. And the best development it can have is being seen by you.

See you at the theatre.

26OCT-13NOV 2011

8PM WED-SUN
MKA POP-UP THEATRE
73 NICHOLSON ST. ABBOTSFORD, 3067

OPEN SEASON 2010

BEN ELLIS SIGNS OF RUST + SELECT COMMITTEE
7-ON-PLAYWRIGHTS THE SEVEN NEEDS
DAVID FINNIGAN 22 SHORT PLAYS
ARI LANDER A KNIFE DREAM
MAXINE MELLOR ANA ROBI AND THE HOUSE OF DOGS
AKIRA MATSUMOTO THE INSANE LOVE
MEG COURTNEY PENDULUM
LACHLAN PHILPOTT BISON
LEE GAMBIN THE KING OF BANGOR
JOANNA ERSKINE K.I.J.E.
ROBERT REID THE NEW BLACK
VAN BADHAM MUFF
DECLAN GREENE POMPEII L.A.
SIMON FROELING ENEMY MATERIAL
DINA ROSS THE SUITCASE + EXCERPTS FROM WAITING
CHRISS SUMMERS PUNCTURE/JUNCTION
NATHANIEL MONCRIEFF SLEEPYHEAD
KERITH MANDERSON THE KEEP
BRYAN DAVIDSON BLUE HOME FREE
CARLY NUGENT SUNNY
TOBIAS MANDERSON-GALVIN DAWN + EXCERPTS FROM THE FAUN
GLYN ROBERTS THE HORROR FACE

When we work it out from the old files who else worked on these we’ll tell you who the hell there was.

So far all we remember is Max Gillies was in a pair of large ladies underwear on the first night.

performers

aaron orzech / anne-louise sarks / chloe gordon / james tresise / max gillies / sarah ogden / josh price / francesca waters / laura maitland / terry yeboah / paul goddard / ellen grimshaw / jon peck / josh cameron / tobias manderson-galvin /   joshua lynzaat / eleanor bally / susie dee /  kate gregory / tim stitz / ian rooney / alex duncan / sebastian gunner / james o’connell / matt whitty / naf hennequin / carolyn butler / sandy greenwood / damien vuleta / george banders / sam anderson / joshua lynzaat / daniel niceski / tom gutteridge /  kate o’neill / soren jensen / chloé boreham / matt hickey / gareth yuen / michael finney / rachel purchase / josh futcher / natalie carr / trent baker / kaitlyn clare / kristina benton /  kerith manderson-galvin / tessa wolfenbuttel pitt / aljin abella / caroline lee / cameron moore / cate wolswinkel / glyn roberts / sean paisley collins / thomas cyril larkin

directors

suzie dee / amy turton / paige marshall / tobias manderson-galvin / mark wilson / petra kalive / mark pritchard / dione joseph / peita collard / scott gooding / declan greene / richard pettifer /   yvonne virsik / brienna macnish / brigid gallacher / ben packer / felix ching ching ho