2017 will see Melbourne Theatre Company’s playwriting initiative, Cybec Electric, partner with Asia TOPA, the Asia-Pacific Triennial of Performing Arts, to celebrate our finest Asian-Australian playwrights from Thursday 23 February Saturday 25 February at Southbank Theatre, The Lawler.

Building on the success of last year’s lineup of five incredible female playwrights, MTC is thrilled to announce that Cybec Electric 2017 has expanded to include the work of nine of Australia’s most promising playwrights: Kim Ho, Hiroki KobayashiAlan NguyenJeremy NguyenHoa Pham, Natesha Somasundaram, Arun Subramaniam, Jean Tong and Chi Vu.

And, for the first time ever, MTC will be joined by international directors Jo Kukathas from Malaysia and David Jiang from China, who will work collaboratively with the playwrights and MTC Literary Director Chris Mead to bring each of these new exciting works to the stage.

The works featured in Cybec Electric 2017 include two full plays and two sets of excerpts of works-in-development (Cybec Scenes 1 and Cybec Scenes 2). Each work will have public, semi-staged readings by professional actors

The play reading series will give each playwright the opportunity to showcase their work to the critical ingredient of live theatre: an audience.

From political assassination to crowded trains, from a small Mallee town to angry mermaids, MTC’s Cybec Electric 2017 returns with originality, wit and great insights.

23 February to 25 February 2017