La Trobe University has a rich and varied history of student theatre and film on campus. We plan to slowly upload and create an interesting collection of archival material into this website.
Moat 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.
Check out the 1984 Moat Festival program, with logo design by Glen McEldowney.
In 2018, seven Aussie students and our Artistic Director travelled to Bandung, Indonesia to devise, rehearse, and perform with seven Indonesian students and a director. The show - entitled Light Within The Night - then came to Melbourne for a performance season at La Trobe University and a sell out season at La Mama Theatre. We've subsequently put together Crossing Borders - a documentary of this rather ambitious cross-cultural collaboration with Universitas Pendidikan Indonesia through Main Teater. This initiative was supported by the La Trobe 50 Years grant scheme.
Check out the full documentary below!