Melbourne / Moat Fest 2020

4 – 22 March with a special Launch event on Friday 28 February

Welcome to La Trobe Student Theatre and Film’s annual Moat Festival, the longest continuously running student theatre festival in Australia.

2020 marks another big year of student theatre, as we celebrate our 36th Moat Fest. The 2020 festival is full of interesting and dynamic plays showcasing some of the best student actors, directors, writers, and artists at La Trobe University.

This year features a very exciting international collaboration with Hong Kong SHAX Theatre Company presenting William Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale. The production involves six Australian cast members and six Hong Kong cast members, who have rehearsed together in Hong Kong and in Melbourne. The show will be performed at La Mama Courthouse as part of 2020 Asia TOPA: the Asia-Pacific Triennial of Performing Arts. The production will then be brought back to campus, performing at Menzies Theatre.

The 2020 festival then kicks off with the historical Australian play Blackrock, written by Nick Enright, and performed in the Moat Theatre and then Sarah Kane’s experimental work Crave in the Playroom. The second week of Moat features a touching student-written play, Uggo, written and directed by Helen Krionas, performed in the Studio, and Yasmina Reza’s hilarious play ‘Art’ in the Playroom. Moat Fest 2020 closes with The Illusion, Tony Kushner’s melodramatic adaptation of Pierre Corneille’s 17th century play L’Illusion Comique.

We hope you enjoy Moat Festival 2020 and support the hard work and passion of the students involved. 

See the launch details and show times on the LTSU website.