Newly launched Crash Test Drama Melbourne is expanding due to increasing demand from playwrights, actors and directors.

Theatre industry event Crash Test Drama is attracting so many from Melbourne’s fringe theatre community that after only two events at Dogs Bar (St Kilda’s popular arts hub) it is set to relocate to the much larger MeMo Hall on Acland St.

Melbourne actors and producers Emma Walmsley, Rain Fuller, Wallis Murphy Munn and Pennie Brown launched Crash Test Drama Melbourne (CTDM) at the Dogs Bar in October 2011.

“We have had such a great response from Melbourne’s arts community, packing out the function room at the Dogs Bar with almost no promotion,” says Rain Fuller.

“When we had to turn some people away because we had such a full house, we decided it was best to make the move to the much bigger MeMo Hall, where we can accommodate up to 300 audience members,” says Emma Walmsley.

Crash Test Drama Melbourne (CTDM) is a unique event that 'crash tests' new 10-minute theatre scripts via moved readings, in front of a live audience and a panel of industry judges. Actors and directors are cast at the event, and given two hours to rehearse before taking the stage.

Pioneered by Harry Paternoster and Bearing Your Arts, Crash Test Drama began in Melbourne in 2005 as a theatre networking event and an opportunity for writers to develop their scripts for Short + Sweet, the world’s largest 10 minute play festival. Crash Test Drama has since grown, with Crash Test Drama Sydney launching in 2008, now a hugely successful event packing out Newton Theatre at monthly events.

Melbourne’s theatre lovers are encouraged to attend CTDM’s next event, to be held in St Kilda’s magnificent MeMo Hall.

When:                  3:00PM, 22 January 2012

*Actors and directors – arrive at Dogs Bar (54 Acland St, St Kilda) at 12:50PM for casting!*

Where:                MeMo Hall, 88 Acland Street St Kilda

What:                   Eight of Melbourne’s best new 10 minutes plays will be on show, with some great prizes on offer for participants and audience members.

How much:         $10 – door cost contributes to prizes for the best plays, as chosen by the audience!

For more information and to get involved…

Email: [email protected]