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Welcome to the audio library of Melbourne's home of theatre, MTC. Hear from actors and creatives including David Hare, Missy Higgins, Barrie Kosky, Jamie Lloyd, Miriam Margolyes, Joanna Murray-Smith, Simon Stephens, Brett Sheehy, Sam Strong, THE SWEATS, Sigrid Thornton, Jane Turner and more in this collection of recordings from live events, music, and our MTC Talks interview series hosted by Fiona Gruber.
 
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Theatre First Episode 288 Stream podcast episodes on demand from www.bitesz.com (mobile friendly). Marooned – Wolves Theatre Company, Melbourne, Australia Three years ago, a mature aged actor, Guy May left a note on his bedroom door apologizing to his house- mate for what they would find. A short time before this he’d messaged a few friends stating…
 
Paul Rae is Head of the School of Culture and Communications and an Associate Professor in Theatre Studies at the University of Melbourne. He is the author of two books – Real Theatre: Essays in Experience (published in 2019) and Theatre & Human Rights (published in 2009) and is currently working on two others. Alongside Kaylene Tan, Paul was co-di…
 
Theatre First Episode 295 Stream podcast episodes on demand from www.bitesz.com (mobile friendly). The Pitts – Athenaeum Theatre, Melbourne, Australia Ridiculous power-pair Carol and Daryl Pitts have recently graduated from their own self-devised 6-week musical theatre course and are now hitting up Shady Pines Nursing Home to deliver their Weekly W…
 
Theatre First Episode 294 Stream podcast episodes on demand from www.bitesz.com (mobile friendly). Eric Carle’s Very Hungry Caterpillar – Athenaeum Theatre, Melbourne, Australia One of the most-read and famous children's books of all time, The Very Hungry Caterpillar emerges off the page in a masterful theatrical experience for children 18 months+ …
 
Theatre First Episode 293 Stream podcast episodes on demand from www.bitesz.com (mobile friendly). Aida – State Theatre, Arts Centre Melbourne, Australia This is a story of a love so strong it defies enemy lines. This is a story of a kingdom in triumph and a nation in chains. This is a story of betrayal. Verdi’s monumental music makes this historic…
 
Theatre First Episode 292 Stream podcast episodes on demand from www.bitesz.com (mobile friendly). Fangirls – Playhouse, Arts Centre Melbourne, Australia FANGIRLS follows the uproarious story of Edna, a plucky misfit scholarship girl who believes that she alone can win the heart of the world’s biggest pop star; Harry. Sure, he has 38 million other …
 
Theatre First Episode 291 Stream podcast episodes on demand from www.bitesz.com (mobile friendly). Drummer Queens – Comedy Theatre, Melbourne, Australia 8 Extraordinary women. 1 Brand new show that will blow your mind! Drummer Queens is a powerhouse of pure entertainment like you’ve never seen before. You’ll be swept away by the uplifting beats and…
 
Theatre First Episode 290 Stream podcast episodes on demand from www.bitesz.com (mobile friendly). Matador – Her Majesty’s Theatre, Melbourne, Australia A fiery fusion of dance, burlesque & circus After a sold out National Tour in 2019, a world wide pandemic, and after a sold out encore season in Brisbane in 2021 and fresh off an award winning debu…
 
Theatre First Episode 289 Stream podcast episodes on demand from www.bitesz.com (mobile friendly). Berlin – MTC, Melbourne, Australia Joanna Murray-Smith is one of Australia’s most celebrated playwrights, captivating audiences from Melbourne to Broadway and the West End. Her riveting NEXT STAGE Original is a romantic thriller that pits the devastat…
 
Kaylene Tan is a theatre maker from Singapore with a large body of performance, audio and site-specific theatre work. She has been the recipient of numerous fellowships for her work as a writer, director and performer. Alongside Paul Rae, she was co-director of the theatre company, Spell Seven - a performance company with a distinctive and inventiv…
 
Theatre First Episode 287 Stream podcast episodes on demand from www.bitesz.com (mobile friendly). The Cane – Red Stitch Theatre Melbourne, Australia Ravenhill’s darkly humorous meditation on institutionalised violence examines how we judge the past, with its different values, by the standards of the present. Edward, the last bastion of an era that…
 
Theatre First Episode 286 Stream podcast episodes on demand from www.bitesz.com (mobile friendly). Shaun The Sheep’s Circus Show – Regent Theatre Melbourne, Australia Two worlds gleefully collide when the internationally acclaimed Australian circus ensemble Circa and Academy Award®-winning studio Aardman, bring Shaun the Sheep to the stage. The thr…
 
Theatre First Episode 285 Stream podcast episodes on demand from www.bitesz.com (mobile friendly). The Dumtectives in Cirque Noir – The Famous Spiegeltent at Arts Centre Melbourne, Australia From the internationally acclaimed Australian circus company - Dummies Corp, comes a new explosive, killer circus comedy for adults. Blast into an exciting wor…
 
Theatre First Episode 284 Stream podcast episodes on demand from www.bitesz.com (mobile friendly). Because The Night – Malthouse Theatre, Melbourne Australia Something is unfolding here in Elsinore. For weeks the strikes have been intensifying—but there’s a new mood tonight as Carnival approaches. There’s a vivid sense of an era ending—a new age op…
 
Theatre First Episode 283 Stream podcast episodes on demand from www.bitesz.com (mobile friendly). Faulty Towers The Dining Experience - Duke of Wellington Hotel, Melbourne Australia The international smash-hit, Faulty Towers The Dining Experience is returning to Melbourne from 8th April to 18th April at The Duke of Wellington Hotel as part of the …
 
Theatre First Episode 282 Stream podcast episodes on demand from www.bitesz.com (mobile friendly). Coral Browne : This F**king Lady - Brunswick Ballroom, Melbourne Australia A new play about the front lines of normal life. Grande dame, adventuress, beauty, wit... the flamboyant Coral Browne travelled a world away from her humble Australian beginnin…
 
Theatre First Episode 281 Stream podcast episodes on demand from www.bitesz.com (mobile friendly). Stop Girl - Belvoir St Theatre, Melbourne Australia A new play about the front lines of normal life. Suzie’s at the top of her game. She’s devoted the best years of her life to reporting from the dangerous front lines all over the world. But even the …
 
Theatre First Episode 280 Stream podcast episodes on demand from www.bitesz.com (mobile friendly). The Umbilical Brothers – The Distraction - Melbourne Comedy Festival Do you love staring at screens? Are you staring at a screen right now? You should get out more. Specifically to a show that has an enormous screen smack-bang in the middle of it. The…
 
Theatre First Episode 279 Stream podcast episodes on demand from www.bitesz.com (mobile friendly). Michael Shafar – Melbourne Comedy Festival There's a reason Michael Shafar is one of the most exciting new comedians in Australia right now and has sold out at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival since his debut in 2017. This year he's back to…
 
Theatre First Episode 278 Stream podcast episodes on demand from www.bitesz.com (mobile friendly). Black Santa – Melbourne Comedy Festival Christmas was late this year. Forgive Santa, he was running on black time. After winning the state finals of RAW Comedy, Emo made a successful debut in Melbourne and Perth FRINGEWORLD 2019 with his show, Not Qui…
 
Theatre First Episode 277 Stream podcast episodes on demand from www.bitesz.com (mobile friendly). Handa Opera – La Traviata on Sydney Harbour (Australia)) Raise your glass, flutter those lashes. He’s staring at you, he’s singing for you… Are you tempted? Violetta is the life of every party. A courtesan with a heart of gold, she’s free and free-spi…
 
Theatre First Episode 276 Stream podcast episodes on demand from www.bitesz.com (mobile friendly). Frozen The Musical (Capitol Theatre, Sydney Australia)) You’ve never seen Frozen like this before. For more information visit: https://frozenthemusical.com.au Theatre First RSS feed: https://rss.acast.com/theatre-first Subscribe, rate and review Theat…
 
Theatre First Episode 275 Stream podcast episodes on demand from www.bitesz.com (mobile friendly). Hamilton (Lyric Theatre, Sydney Australia)) HAMILTON is the story of America then, told by America now. A record-breaking masterpiece that has “transformed theatre and the way we think about history.” – The New York Times The Tony®, Grammy®, Olivier a…
 
Theatre First Episode 274 Stream podcast episodes on demand from www.bitesz.com (mobile friendly). Pants On Fire (Melbourne International Comedy Festival) PANTS ON FIRE live onstage at Andrew Kay’s brand new venue Brunswick Ballroom. Two teams of well known showbiz types from comedy, television, film, music and more; compete to see who is the great…
 
Theatre First Episode 273 Stream podcast episodes on demand from www.bitesz.com (mobile friendly). Voldemort and Teenage Hogwarts Musical Parody (Theatre Works, Melbourne Australia) Tickets to Voldemort and the Teenage Hogwarts Musical Parody are available now via the Theatre Works website. Keep in mind it's showing in the Glasshouse, hence tickets…
 
Theatre First Episode 272 Stream podcast episodes on demand from www.bitesz.com (mobile friendly). RUNT (fortyfive downstairs, Melbourne Australia) One small woman takes on the world. Following their incredibly successful and multi-award-winning collaboration on SHIT, Susie Dee, Patricia Cornelius and Nicci Wilks have re-teamed to create RUNT, a pl…
 
Stream podcast episodes on demand from www.bitesz.com (mobile friendly). Theatre First Episode 271 Come From Away (The Comedy Theatre, Melbourne Australia) The Tony® and Olivier Award-winning musical Come From Away tells the remarkable true story of thousands of stranded passengers and the small town in Newfoundland, Canada that welcomed them all. …
 
From her home in Los Angeles, playwright Lally Katz creates a monologue for MTC that began as a reflection on Melbourne during a time of great change and evolved into a waking dream about life, death, past, present and pandemics.The monologue is performed by Emily Goddard, directed by MTC Associate Director Petra Kalive and with a sound design by E…
 
Stream podcast episodes on demand from www.bitesz.com (mobile friendly). Theatre First Episode 270 Very Nice Pot Plants To Purify The Air and Enrich Your Life (Theatre Works, Melbourne Australia) A fern breaks an aloe vera’s heart. A monstera gets loose on a night out. A tiny cactus dreams of a better tomorrow. This is a show about pot plants. Just…
 
Join us for an in-depth conversation with dance & theatre dramaturg Ruth Little as we discuss making a life in-between scripts, working in the varied worlds of theatre companies and dance studios, and the art of dramaturgy.Throughout 2020, dance & theatre dramaturg Ruth Little has been taking part in the University of Melbourne’s Macgeorge Fellowsh…
 
Join us as we relive our 2016 In Conversation event with internationally renowned UK playwright and screenwriter Sir David Hare.During his illustrious career, David Hare has written more than 30 plays including Plenty, Racing Demon, Amy’s View and Skylight. He has received two Academy Award nominations for his screenplay adaptations of The Hours an…
 
As the colder weather creeps up, there’s no better time to dream of summer. So settle in with our audio recording of director and playwright Andrea James, discussing her new play Sunshine Super Girl, ahead of its season at the Sumner in November.You will hear Andrea James discuss her new play, Sunshine Super Girl – the remarkable story of Australia…
 
Stream podcast episodes on demand from www.bitesz.com (mobile friendly). Theatre First Episode 269 Emerald City (MTC, Melbourne Australia) Welcome to the glittering jewel in Australia’s cultural crown – that sinkhole of ambition and superficiality we call Sydney. Colin is Australia’s most successful screenwriter, but since moving from Melbourne wit…
 
Stream podcast episodes on demand from www.bitesz.com (mobile friendly). Theatre First Episode 266 Slut (The Burrow, Melbourne Australia) Slut is a powerful indictment of misogyny from one of Australia’s most celebrated playwrights. It follows the rise and fall of Melbourne schoolgirl Lolita, chronicling her fraught journey from girlhood to womanho…
 
Stream podcast episodes on demand from www.bitesz.com (mobile friendly). Theatre First Episode 266 Shrek The Musical (Her Majesty’s Theatre, Melbourne Australia) The Broadway smash hit SHREK THE MUSICAL is now playing in Melbourne. This lavish multi-million dollar musical, starring Ben Mingay as Shrek, Lucy Durack as Princess Fiona, Todd McKenney a…
 
Stream podcast episodes on demand from www.bitesz.com (mobile friendly). Theatre First Episode 265 Billy Elliot The Musical (Regent Theatre, Melbourne Australia) Featuring music by the legendary Elton John, Billy Elliot the Musical is an extraordinary theatrical experience that has captivated audiences around the world. Seen by over 12 million peop…
 
Stream podcast episodes on demand from www.bitesz.com (mobile friendly). Theatre First Episode 264 Torch The Place (MTC, Melbourne Australia) Teresa’s mum finds it impossible to let anything go – from grudges to household objects. She thinks of her home as a museum full of irreplaceable treasures. But she’s not really a curator – she’s a hoarder – …
 
Theatre First Episode 263 Cats (Young Australian Broadway Chorus, Melbourne Australia) Based on TS Elliot’s collection of poems ‘Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats’, and featuring an eclectic score by Andrew Lloyd Webber, CATS has enjoyed record-breaking runs in the West End, on Broadway, and all around the world, and later this year will be relea…
 
Theatre First Episode 262 Legends In Concert (The Palms at Crown, Melbourne Australia) Legends In Concert is one of the longest-running and most popular shows in Las Vegas and Melbourne audiences are showing they love this show every bit as much as the Vegas fans. Returning by popular demand for a fourth season will be Elvis Presley along with high…
 
Theatre First Episode 260 War Horse (Regent Theatre, Melbourne Australia) Based on the beloved novel by Michael Morpurgo, the National Theatre of Great Britain’s Multi Tony Award Winning Broadway Hit production of War Horse is now playing in Melbourne until 8 February and will open in Sydney on 15 February before continuing onto Perth from 24 March…
 
Theatre First Episode 260 Mullygrubs (Melbourne Fringe, Melbourne Australia) Mullygrub: noun /archaic 1. A period of time when one is feeling down and out. /colloquial 2. That f****d up kids show from the 90s that had no place being as creepy and well-adored as it was. /fringe 3. The creature you become when you’re exhausted by the weight of being …
 
Stream podcast episodes on demand from www.bitesz.com (mobile friendly). Theatre First Episode 259 Cirque Stratosphere (Arts Centre, Melbourne Australia) Cirque Stratosphere features gravity-defying, head-spinning stunts that will elevate, thrill and bewilder. More than an entertainment experience, this is a journey out into the stratosphere that w…
 
Stream podcast episodes on demand from www.bitesz.com (mobile friendly). Theatre First Episode 258 The Choir of Man (Arts Centre, Melbourne Australia) Combining live music, high energy dance and a few surprises, with everything from piña coladas to live pint percussion, The Choir of Man is a rollicking good time; jam-packed with all your favourite…
 
Stream podcast episodes on demand from www.bitesz.com (mobile friendly). Theatre First Episode 257 Songs for Nobodies (Arts Centre, Melbourne Australia) First performed 10 years ago, Songs For Nobodies is a spellbinding one woman play, a tour de force of imagined encounters between five mid 20th-century divas, Judy Garland, Patsy Cline, Billie Holi…
 
Stream podcast episodes on demand from www.bitesz.com (mobile friendly). Theatre First Episode 256 Chicago (Arts Centre, Melbourne Australia) Winner Of 6 Tony Awards®, 2 Olivier Awards, A Grammy® Award and Thousands Of Standing Ovations. For more information visit https://chicagothemusical.com.au/tickets/melbourne/ Theatre First RSS feed: https://r…
 
Stream podcast episodes on demand from www.bitesz.com (mobile friendly). Theatre First Episode 255 Human Nature: Christmas at The Palms (The Palms at Crown, Melbourne Australia) It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas as Australia’s superstar vocal group Human Nature announce an exclusive Christmas concert season at The Palms at Crown Melbourne…
 
Stream podcast episodes on demand from www.bitesz.com (mobile friendly). Theatre First Episode 254 People Suck (Theatre Works, Melbourne Australia) Jerks, morons, flakes – let’s face it: PEOPLE SUCK. Winner of Best of Toronto Fringe and Patron’s Pick, this irreverent, hilarious and all-too-relatable musical comedy explores the many, many ways in wh…
 
Stream podcast episodes on demand from www.bitesz.com (mobile friendly). Theatre First Episode 253 Tales of Hoffman Ooh La La (LUX Cabaret Nightclub, Prahan, Melbourne Australia) This is a popular French inspired burlesque take on Offenbach’s famous Tales of Hoffman at LUX - the luxurious cabaret nightclub in Prahan. Our Hoffman is slashed to 90 mi…
 
Stream podcast episodes on demand from www.bitesz.com (mobile friendly). Theatre First Episode 252 Apocalypse Meow - Crisis is Born (Malthouse Theatre Company, Melbourne Australia) Get ready for imminent cat-astrophe. Everyone’s favourite Wandering Star returns to glory in the silly season, bursting onto the Merlyn Theatre stage with a sizzling hot…
 
Stream podcast episodes on demand from www.bitesz.com (mobile friendly). Theatre First Episode 251 Photograph 51 (Melbourne Theatre Company, Melbourne Australia) Rosalind Franklin was one of the great scientists of the 20th Century. In 1952 she used X-ray diffraction photography to examine the intricate structure of DNA, but her trail-blazing work …
 
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