Moat Fest 2020

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Moat Festival 2020

4 - 22 March, with a special Launch event on Friday 28 February.

Welcome to STF's annual Moat Festival, the longest continuously running student theatre festival in Australia. 2020 marks another big year of student theatre, as we celebrate our 36th (yes, 36th!) Moat Fest.


The 2020 festival is full of interesting and dynamic plays showcasing some of the best student actors, directors, writers, and artists at La Trobe University.

This year features a very exciting international collaboration with Hong Kong SHAX Theatre Company presenting William Shakespeare’s The Winter's Tale. The production involves six Australian cast members and six Hong Kong cast members, who have rehearsed together in Hong Kong and in Melbourne. The show will be performed at La Mama Courthouse as part of 2020 Asia TOPA: the Asia-Pacific Triennial of Performing Arts. The production will then be brought back to campus, performing at Menzies Theatre.

The 2020 festival then kicks off with the historical Australian play Blackrock written by Nick Enright, and performed in the Moat Theatre and then Sarah Kane’s experimental work Crave in the Playroom. The second week of Moat features a touching student-written play, Uggo, written and directed by Helen Krionas, performed in the Studio, and Yasmina Reza’s hilarious play ‘Art’ in the Playroom. Moat Fest 2020 closes with The Illusion, Tony Kushner’s melodramatic adaptation of Pierre Corneille’s 17th century play L’Illusion Comique.

To launch Moat Festival 2020 and the rest of the 2020 La Trobe Student Theatre & Film program, we have a very special Moat Fest Launch event on Friday 28 February. The night will feature sneak peek performances from some of the plays of Moat Fest 2020, a short overview of the festival and the upcoming 2020 program, as well as a very special performance from alumni comedy duo, The Astruds

Bookings to individual shows can be made online via Humanitix. Tickets are also available at the STF office in the Union building, or at front of house an hour before each production, subject to availability. 

Moat 2020 season passes give you admission to every on-campus show in the 2020 Moat Festival. Passes can be purchased at the STF office in the Union building or at front of house an hour before each production. Each pass has a unique code that can be used on the online booking site to book tickets to individual shows. 

Bookings for The Winter's Tale at La Mama Courthouse can be made via the La Mama Website or 03 9347 6948.