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The Cybec Foundation

Melbourne Theatre Company

 

Cybec Readings

Cybec Electric

In 2003 the Foundation paid for MTC to commission Melbourne playwright Joanna Murray-Smith to write a new play, to be performed by the Company. This play, with the title Ninety, was finally performed, with great success, in the 2009 season.

 

 

2003

Joanna Murray-Smith Ninety

 

In 2005 MTC introduced the Hard Lines play development program, which was an extension of an earlier affiliate writers scheme. In the following years this program supported a number of would-be playwrights, and provided public readings of their works.

In 2006 the Foundation agreed to support an extension of this under which one new play would be given a studio production each year. The following plays have been produced under this program:

Jane Bodie's play A Single Act won the Victorian Premier's Literary Award in 2007.

 

 

2006

Jane Bodie A Single Act

  2007

Ross Mueller The Ghost Writer

  2008

Matt Cameron Poor Boy

  2008

Paul Galloway Realism

Poor Boy and Realism were both performed early in 2009 in the new MTC Ray Lawler Theatre

Jane Bodie

A Single Act 2006

Cybec Readings: In 2009 The Foundation agreed to replace the Hard Lines Program with the Cybec Readings, under which a number of new plays were read in public each year. The initial series were very successful, and attracted good audiences.

The authors and directors of these plays were:

 

 

2009

Nicki Bloom Tender (dir: Sam Strong)

 

Ian Wilding The Water Carriers (dir: Tom Gutteridge)

 

Robert Reid The Joy of Text (dir: Aidan Fennessy)

 

Elise Hearst The Sea Project (dir: Sam Strong)

 

Amelia Roper Hong Kong Dinosaur (dir: Naomi Edwards)

 

Declan Greene Pretty Baby (dir: David Mence)

 

 

2010

Raimondo Cortese The Dream Life of Butterflies (dir: Heather Bolton)

 

MJ Hyland/David Tredinnick This is How (dir: Aidan Fennessy)

 

Tom Holloway You Won't Be Seeing Rainbows Anymore (dir: Matt Lutton)

 

Michelle Lee Roundabout (dir: Sarah McCusker)

 

David Mence The Gully (dir: Anne-Louise Sarks)

 

Natasha Jacobs If I Can Dream (dir: Petra Kalive)

 

 

2011

Paul Galloway Rekjavik (dir: Matt Scholten)

 

Melissa Reeves Happy Ending (dir: Aidan Fennessy)

 

Robert Reid eating Alone (dir: Adena Jacobs)

 

 

2012

Kate Mulvaney The Rasputin Affair (dir: Leticia Caceres)

 

Richard Flanagan Ronnie Gospers (dir: Aiden Fenessy)

 

Daniel Keene The Curtain (dir: Matt Scholten)

Cybec Electric: As the Cybec Readings became more popular, the MTC proposed in 2013 to replace them with a new program called Cybec Electric, under which each new play would have several performances. No plays were performed in 2013, but the new program began in 2014.

The authors and directors of these plays were:

 

 

2014

Jane Harrison The Visitors (dir: Leah Purcell)

 

S Shakthidharan A Counting and Cracking of Heads (dir: S Shakthidharan)

 

Sue Smith In the Kingdom of Cha (dir: Petra Kalive

 

Kylie Trounson The Waiting Room (dir: Naomi Edwards)

 

Declan Greene 8GB of Hardcore Pornography (dir: Susie Dee)

 

 

2015

Dan Lee Frogs Cry Wolf (dir: Ian Sinclair)

 

Tobias Manderson-Galvin The Unknown Man on Somerton Beach (dir: Sarah Giles)

 

Melissa Reeves Archimedes War (dir: Tanya Dickson)

 

Michelle Lee Moths (dir: Lee Lewis)

 

 

2016

Rashma Kalsie The day I Left Home - Melbourne Talam (dir: Alex Pinder)

 

Justine Campbell & Sarah Hamilton Untold (dir: Justine Campbell)

 

Bridget Mackey The exact dimensions of Hell (dir: Luke Ketteridge)

 

Louris van der Geer The Son (dir: Kat Henry)

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