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Theatre Works Presents

Radical Acts Festival Readings

By The She Writes Collective

5 - 6 MARCH 2022

8 plays in 8 hours / 9 writers / 6 directors / 15 actors in 38 roles

1 weekend of free public readings / Playwrights in-conversation

When Summer turns to Autumn turn to the She Writes Collective to provide a sneaky peak inside their new work in a series of play readings with professional actors and directors.

Climb inside each writer’s mind when they discuss intimately the radical act of playwriting, why they do it, how they go about it, and the unique genesis for each of their works in a series of dialogues to accompany the readings.

The Collective will take over Theatre Works’ new space the Explosives Factory for 2 days of heart-wrenching, captivating, dangerous, political and poetic moments of theatre.

See excerpts of these resident writer’s new plays before they hit Australian stages as fully formed beasts.


This festival was made possible with the generous support of City of Port Philip, Besen Foundation, Malcom Robertson Foundation, Creative Victoria and Palais Theatre.


Explosives Factory


2 days


Content warnings about each play reading TBC


SESSION 1 - SAT 5th MARCH | 10:30am - 1:30pm

SESSION 2 - SUN 6th MARCH | 10:30am - 1:30pm

SESSION 3 - SUN 6th MARCH | 2:30pm - 4:30pm


"Politics Aside"
Writer: Vivian Nguyen
Director: Katy Maudlin
Dramaturge: Morgan Rose

"The Worst Thing You Ever Did"
Writer: Bumpy Favell
Director/Dramaturge: Alanah Guiry

"As She Lay"
Writer: Caitlin Doyle-Markwick
Director/Dramaturge: Briony Dunn


"Bluestone College or, The Last Woman Put To Death"
Writer: Emma Gibson
Director: Katy Maudlin
Dramaturge: Brooke Fairley

"The Greer Effect"
Writer: Vanessa O’Neill
Director: Briony Dunn
Dramaturge: Jane Bodie

"The Cave of Spleen"
Writer: Laura Collins
Director: Stephanie Ghajar
Dramaturge: Noemie Huttner-Koros


Writer: India Alessandra
Director: Stephanie Ghajar
Dramaturge: Meta Cohen

"The Countdown"
Writers: Lauren Anderson & Meegan May
Director/Dramaturge: Krystalla Pearce

Cast of Radical Acts:
Max Brown
Bronwen Coleman
Chris Connelly
Ruby Duncan
Stephen Hall
Amelia Jane
Darcy Kent
Cecilia Low
Diana Puot
Brandon Rae
Karl Richmond
Heather Riley
James Saunders
Louise Siverson
Jessica Window
Izabella Yena

Stage Manager:
Kym Davies

Dramaturgy Secondment:
Enya Daly

Podcast / Photography:
Iris Gilliard

Underground Media

Workshop Artist:
Morgan Rose


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