Re-Moat Festival

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 they celebrate their 36th Moat Fest. Due to COVID-19, the 2020 festival has headed online.

Watch interesting and dynamic plays from home showcasing some of the best student actors, directors, writers, and artists at La Trobe University.

See the full program below and how you can get involved. Head to their Facebook page for more information and Zoom links.

Love in the Time of Quarantine
Monday 18 May, 8PM on Zoom

As the world adjusts to a strange and uncertain new normal, we are grappling with a crucial question: How do love and social distancing coexist? Welcome to Love in the Time of Quarantine, a night of cabaret and comedy, music, monologues, and more. This variety show is a love letter to those who keep us going through these times.

Expressions of interest to perform are open.

Interviews with Famous People
Wednesday 20 May, 8PM on Zoom

Pairs of actors recreate a series of real interviews with an eclectic selection of great figures of the 20th Century. Without relying on mimicry or impersonation and without ever naming the person being interviewed the result is a blurring of the distinction between the lives and thoughts of the famous and the ordinary. Devised by Bob Pavlich and directed by Bob Pavlich and Lucy Rees, Interviews with Famous People was first performed at La Mama Theatre in 2006.

The Shortest Bestest Play Competition
Thursday 21 May, 4pm on Zoom

We’re looking for the best play ever written. No, wait the shortest play ever written. No…that’s not right. We’re looking for the shortest, bestest play ever written and we’re looking for you to write, act, and vote on ‘em! Welcome to STF’s Shortest, Bestest Play Competition.

Play submissions are open until 15 May and can be emailed to
Actor sign-ups are open until 20 May.

Lost in Isolation
Throughout the week, with a Watch Party on the weekend (23 or 24 May, TBC)

‘Lost in isolation’
‘Frost in the nation?’
‘No, parliament station!’

Lost in Isolation is an online game of whispers. One participant records a story and sends it to the next, who can only watch the video once before recording their own version for the next person, and so on. At the end of the week, participants come together to watch where they all went wrong…

Sign-ups will be available at La Trobe Student Theatre Facebook page.