Make My Play / Play for Australia - Vessel in partnership with Transvision Arts

Make My Play / Play For Australia is a flexible residency project developing skills for young people & communities to write ultra short plays (up to 600 words or 4 minutes) leading to a public reading. The residency develops the capacity of individuals for self-expression empowering a diversity of voices across Australia. The focus of the project is on vision and voice for those who do not always have one - especially young people .

Make my Play / Play For Australia assumes no prior knowledge about theatre or writing.

Particpants are engaged in a series of practical workshop activities leading to writing OR devising* a very short play. (* devising techniques would be used if literacy skills are low or non-evident or cultural storytelling  traditions are usually oral)

The project is suitable for all students from Years 5 - Year 12 and beyond and all community members. It has relevance to several key national curriculum areas including but not limited to English, Humanities and The Arts.

The project can be delivered to young people outside traditional learning structures as well as young people in schools.

The Play For Australia / Make My Play residency can include an additional component in direct teacher professional development. The project then has legacy within the school/community and it is intended to develop skills for teachers, community leaders, & local artists to continue the project in future years.

The residency ideally runs for a minimum of 2 days but can extend signifcantly.       

A combination of schools and community residencies in a singular region would be possible to make the residencies cost effective.

At the completion of the residency, a public reading of the plays would take place & school and local community would be invited to attend, extending the reach and legacy of the project. Ownership of the plays rests with the writers and the Community. Always.

Ideally the workshop and/or public reading would take place at the relevant local performing arts venue further connecting community.

The residency is flexible, responsive and negotiable.      

Voice, National Identity, Diversity


Residency, Terms 1, 2 & 3 2017


Years 6 -12

Max Students 25 at a time


2 days – 1 week


$1200 + GST (for one artist) 2 days

$2300 + GST for 2 artists/ 2 day workshop LESS Eligible Subsidy

$950 + GST Teacher Professional Development for up to 10 teachers

Victorian Curriculum Links: The Arts, English, Languages, The Humanities - History

Capabilities: Personal and Social, Critical and Creative Thinking, Intercultural

VCE: Units 1 – 4 Drama, English, Literature, Theatre Studies

Artforms: Drama, Writing & Publishing

Key Themes: Cultural Traditions, Asia Literacy, Historical Understanding

Exciting & constructive, inclusive & informative guidance. They listened & got the best from the group in a very short time.  My confidence in playwriting has increased significantly". Recent participants Regional Victoria

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Make My Play / Play for Australia empowers participants who may have no prior theatre knowledge to write ultrashort plays for a public reading. The residency develops self-expression and voice for young people who do not always have a voice.

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Metro: 30th Jan 2017 to 22nd Sep 2017
Regional: 30th Jan 2017 to 22nd Sep 2017

Vessel and Transvision Arts
Duration: 2 days - 1 week
Artforms: Writing & Publishing, Drama
Minimum fee: $1200 + GST (for one artist) 2 days $2300 + GST for 2 artists/ 2 day workshop LESS Eligible Subsidy $950 + GST Teacher Professional Development for up to 10 teachers
Suitability: Year 5, Year 6, Year 7, Year 8, Year 9, Year 10, Year 11, Year 12
Terms: Term 1, Term 2, Term 3
Maximum Student Attendance: 30
Booking info: Technical Specifications: Tables and chairs for writing as well as an open space to move. Ideally has access to sound and lighting.