Monash University Student Theatre (MUST) is an engine room of creativity, a department of the MSA that creates vibrant, innovative theatre by, with and for Monash students and the wider community. Works are diverse, ranging from new text-based and devised works to bold takes on classics, adaptations, events and exhibitions. Each year we stage productions and events, support student-initiated projects and hold workshops to develop theatrical skills and facilitate students in professional placements. On and off stage roles are open to all students, with necessary training provided.
How to get involved in 2013:
Come along to our offices and check out audition and crew opportunities, sign up to our e bulletin via the web site, check us out on facebook, visit our table during O-Week and catch the O-Show or make an appointment with MUST staff to chat about opportunities. Workshops are still being planned; you’ll be able to get info on them from MUST in O-Week.
The MUST 2013 Season
The O-Show ( O-Week, Mon 25 – Thurs 28 Feb)
A fun, informative spoof on student life at Monash created anew each year by current students to welcome first years and give them ‘inside info’. The 2013 theme is Sci Fi.
2013, A Space O Show, managed by Tash Milton, written & directed by Kevin Turner, Jen Speirs & Lindsay Templeton.
Season Launch Party! Thursday March 21, 5.30pm till late – in the MUST Space
MUST’s ‘Garage’ Sale, Tuesday March 26 – Thursday March 28
Psycho Beach Party (April 10 – 20) by Charles Busch, Directed by Trelawney Edgar
‘Chicklet’ is a Gidget-esque teen whose dream of learning to surf with the cool local beach bums finally seems to be coming true – just as long as they don’t discover her acute multiple personality disorder… Rehearsals are underway, a few crew roles remaining: contact MUST.
PRONTO (April 22 – 27)
Performed Readings of New Theatrical Offerings (PRONTO). Student- written plays take to the stage in a series of rehearsed readings followed by discussion with the audience, creatives and the playwright. Curator Ella Motteram is taking script submissions and expressions of interest from directors: contact MUST.
B Grade Movie Overdubbing Performance
Overdubbed in a satirical manner with new music and effects, dates TBA, likely week 8.
Contact director James Jackson via MUST if you’re keen to help write or manage.
In the Fires, We Weep (May 2 – 11)
A Contemporary Dance Work based on Dante Alighieri’s The Divine Comedy, focusing on the first of the three books: Inferno. Creator/Choreographer James McGuire is running auditions prior to O-Week, some crew are still being sought: contact MUST.
A Show About… (May 16 – 25)
A piece, TBA, directed by MUST Artistic Director Yvonne Virsik. Auditions and crew sourcing from week one: contact MUST.
Shakespeare Company production – Romeo and Juliet (May 30 – June 8)
‘Stay on the Path’ A Creative Development (June 24 – July 8)
Exploring the creation of a physical space for spectators in which they will become the subject of their own fairy tales. Created by James Jackson and James O’Donoghue.
Live Performance Game (July 30 & 31)
An interactive game exploring character, strategy, performance and play. Creator and Director: Peter Giannopoulos, Co-director Genevieve Atkins
The Container Festival (August 2 – 20)
A brand new enterprise for MUST incorporating exciting and ground- breaking new work of all shapes and sizes! Shipping containers around campus, a ‘Hub’/lounge/bar located in the MUST space, ‘miniMUST’ and other spaces filled with brilliant new music, dance, short plays, circus, burlesque, hybrid work and exhibitions. We’re gathering ideas and EOIs from artists – info on the web site, or email MUST.
Columbine (August 28 – September 6)
A verbatim theatre piece using the Columbine High School massacre and its aftermath as its starting point. To be created and developed throughout the year by professional guest director Daniel Lammin and the ensemble. Auditions and crew sourcing early semester 1.
Noel Carrington’s Last Broadcast (September 10 -14)
In the dying era of radio dramas, a studio makes one last broadcast. Can long forgotten tales of murder, mystery, invasion and ghouls keep the debt collectors at bay? Think 40s radio drama crossed with The Goon Show, crossed with hilarious live Foley!
If you are keen on helping write or create the works, contact creator James O’Donoghue via MUST.
Of War and Women (September 19 – 28)
A new work by Genevieve Atkins, inspired by The Women of Troy, which seeks to challenge ideas of war, masculinity and stereotypical female roles. Co-directed by Sharna Cousland and Genevieve Atkins
Australian New Work (off Campus in the Fringe Festival)
A new play written by ex-MUSTer Isobel Roberts-Orr, directed by Nick Fry, exploring what it means to be a young adult right here, right now.
The Threepenny Opera (October 10 – 19)
An operetta written by Bertolt Brecht with music by Kurt Weill, based on The Beggar’s Opera, set in Victorian London, directed by Robert Johnson. An entertaining critique of bourgeois corruption and complacency. Auditions late semester 1.
A reworking of the brilliant 2012 Rob Reid/MUST/La Mama co production!
At La Mama in December and the 2014 Adelaide Fringe
An on-going initiative. What can you create that will fit into a mere 2m x 2m space? Intimate and innovative work performances, events, conversations, experiences or exhibitions.
Shakespeare Company production – The Twelfth Night, (24 October-2 November)
MUST is staffed by a full time Artistic Director, Yvonne Virsik, and Technical Manager, Jason Lehane.
(ph) 9905 8173
MUST Office Ground Floor, Western End Campus Centre