2016 Season

We continue to be obsessed with great ideas and intriguing experiences and with forging opportunities for all kinds of people to be a part of creating them.

Our 2016 season is full of brave new artistic expression. We’ve got new works, adaptations, cabaret, pieces exploring unusual spaces and unadulterated fun!

The Phone-It-In Film Festival

22 September

After a stellar run in Semester One, The Phone-It-In Film Festival is returning this semester!

Join your host, the hilarious Patrick Collins, for our showcase screening of student made short films shot entirely on smartphones. Prizes will be awarded to the filmmakers who have made the most creative use of the Festival format. Come and see these wonderful short films full of laughs, chills and intrigue. And yes, there will be plenty of popcorn!

Memento Mori

8 - 17 September

Memento Mori: (Latin) ‘remember that you must die’

Love and Death. Two things we literally all experience. Well, hopefully.

Memento Mori is a bold new multi-venue work that explores these two everyday occurrences; the inescapable facts of life that can hurt us, help us, change us and make us. This exciting new promenade performance will find audiences journeying between unusual spaces at Monash University’s Clayton campus, each of which will be home to an intimate exploration of these largest of concepts.

Six emerging writers – Kate Speakman, Lachlan Liesfield, Sarah Branton, Genevieve Atkins, Alice Fitzgerald and director Chris Edwards – have created a theatrical event that explores the way we process things such as grief or obsession. How do we as young people talk about extremes like love and death?

Directed & Co-Curated by Chris Edwards.

Awakening: An adaptation of Frank Wedekind's Spring Awakening

  • 25 August - 3 September
  • Off campus at Trades Hall

Melchior, Moritz and Wendla are on the cusp of adulthood, pulled between innocence and responsibility. Physically blossoming and emotionally vulnerable, they have to find their own way when the adult world around them seems incapable of guiding them.

Returning to MUST after the sell-out 2013 production Columbine, Green Room nominee Daniel Lammin and a team of talented young theatre makers honour the legacy of Wedekind’s controversial play and question current Australian attitudes towards the transition into adulthood. In the midst of our national crisis over teenage mental health and sexuality, and debate fuelled by ignorance and bigotry, Awakening brings this timeless classic crashing into the twenty-first century.

Adapted and directed by Daniel Lammin.

Please note: this production contains adult themes, content warnings via online bookings.

2016 MUST Cabaret Festival

29 July - 13 August

The MUST Cabaret Festival provides an engine room and showcase for surprising works of all genres; featuring talent from in and around MUST, including some very special guests!

Audiences will enjoy dynamic, varied cabaret offerings over a two-week festival: performances of innovative new music, comedy, burlesque, magic, poetry, installations and other delights! Join the fun in the buzzing MUST Cabaret Club for evenings of themed entertainment, or immerse yourself in the magic of cabaret with a night of curated mysteries.

A Season Pass entitles you to attend any and every night of the festival as long as you book - you'll receive more information when you buy your pass!

Curated by Jacinta Anderson and Lucy Rosenblum.

Full detailed Festival Program

Slaughterhouse Five

26 May - 5 June (season complete)

This all happened, more or less. The war parts, anyway, are pretty much true. The aliens, spaceships, human zoo and assassination, perhaps less so. But there really was a city called Dresden and it really was fire-bombed during a war that was really fought by children. And Kurt Vonnegut Jnr really did witness all that fire and death as a prisoner of war. And he wrote a book about it. And Fleur Kilpatrick really is adapting it for the stage.

It will begin like this, “Listen: Billy Pilgrim has come unstuck in time.”

It will end like this “Poo-tee-weet?”

Adapted and Directed by Fleur Kilpatrick from Kurt Vonnegut's novel.

NOISES OFF by Michael Frayn

13 - 21 May (season complete)

From the Tony Award winning playwright, Michael Frayn, comes the side-splitting theatre classic, Noises Off, “a comic masterpiece.” (Daily Telegraph)

A fiendishly ingenious homage to the theatre, Noises Off presents a play within a play, and farce within farce, in what is often called the funniest play ever written.

The piece centres on a dysfunctional troupe of second-rate actors, as they rehearse and perform a B-grade British farce, ‘Nothing On’. Everything that could possibly go wrong does, as the emotional and accident-prone actors fumble their way through their regional tour.

Directed by Yvonne Virsik, Set Design by Jason Lehane.

By arrangement with ORiGiN™ Theatrical, on behalf of Samuel French, Ltd.

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