Check out our 2019 program of events featuring the annual Moat Festival, short devised works, cabaret, and our cutting-edge Activate Season. We have opportunities for actors, writers, directors, filmmakers, front of house volunteers, tech, and more.
8 - 23 March, with a special Launch event on Friday 1 March 2019.
The Moat Festival is an annual showcase of some exceptional emerging talent at La Trobe University. Moat Festival 2019 marks the 35th annual festival held at the university. The festival was launched in 1984 by then Vice-Chancellor J.F. Scott as an initiative to bring the University and the public together to participate in the performing arts. He viewed this first Moat Festival as an experiment to remove the intellectual barriers of higher education, a way to add a little to the life of the University.
An official launch to our 2019 festival will be held on Friday 1 March at 6pm in the Menzies Theatre featuring a full performance of the award-winning show – Creatures of the Deep – written, produced, and performed by La Trobe Student Theatre and Film alumni (winner of Best Cabaret at the Melbourne Fringe Festival, 2018). The night will also feature a presentation on Moat 2019 and light refreshments. Make sure you secure your seat through our Facebook event or by calling us on 03 9479 3972.
The 2019 Moat Festival includes:
Vernon God Little, based on the book by DBC Pierre and adapted by Tanya Ronder;
If the Truth be Told, written by Margaret Hickey;
They Saw a Thylacine, written by Justine Campbell and Sarah Hamilton;
Dream Play, based on the play by August Strindberg;
The Drag, based on the plays of Mae West;
Lovesick, a work in development cabaret by Jess Cook;
Barely a Queen, conceived and performed by Josh McFarland;
And The Moonlight Cinema.
Check out the full 2019 program below!
We're looking for a few people to fill Production Roles in Moat Festival in the following areas:
Stage Manager for Vernon God Little (production dates 8 - 9, 12 - 13, 15 - 17 March);
Tech Operators for multiple shows;
Front of House volunteers for all shows.
This is a great chance to get some experience in theatre, and see our Moat Festival shows for free!
Send us an email on firstname.lastname@example.org, call us on 9479 3972, or get in touch via our socials.
Thursday 11 - Friday 12 April 2019.
A collection of short plays created in just 24 hours. Some of La Trobe's keen theatre-makers will meet on Aprill 11 to write and rehearse a play in just one day which will then be performed for the community on Friday 12 April. Watch this space for sign-ups to the fun and frantic project.
28 May - 2 June 2019.
The Cabaret Show is an annual tradition of a themed and entertaining night of cabaret held at the end of Semester One. Auditions will take place in late March/early April.
6 - 10 August 2019.
A collection of short student written plays, produced and presented by students. Submissions and auditions will occur towards the end of semester one.
23 August - 7 September 2019.
A season of performance that pushes the boundaries of theatre and art.
16 - 19 October 2019.
An annual comedy sketch show written and produced by students.
Have a project, event, or idea that you would like to pursue outside of our 2019 program? Get in touch with us to discuss further.