MTC Associate Director Aidan Fennessy today announces the  2012 Lawler Studio Season:

“I am very excited to be presenting five brilliantly eclectic works from these highly talented local, national and international  artists as part of our 2012 Lawler Studio Season. These plays are in turn provocative, smart, theatrically daring, and blisteringly funny and provide a fascinating departure from our mainstage fare. Most importantly they are presented in the beautifully intimate confines of the Lawler Studio. This is theatre ‘up close and personal’ and this season is not to be missed. Enjoy!”

For the 2012 Lawler Studio Season, MTC is pleased to invite  five playwrights and two directors to work with the  Company for the first time. Angela Betzien, Melissa Reeves,  Matthew Ryan, Lucas Stibbard and Roland Schimmelpfennig are outstanding playwrights who have received prestigious awards in recognition of their work. Susie Dee and  Clare Watson have directed some of Australia’s most innovative productions.

One of Australia’s most exciting young playwrights,  Robert Reid makes his second appearance at MTC with  On the Production of Monsters, following his 2011 MTC mainstage offering The Joy of Text. Plays by Angela Betzien, Melissa Reeves and Robert Reid  will have their world premieres at the Lawler Studio this year. Daniel Clarke who was Assistant Director on The Importance of Being Earnest and recently produced the hit Adelaide Fringe show The Year of Magical Wanking, undertakes German playwright Roland Schimmelpfennig’s multifaceted production The Golden Dragon.

MTC is also proud to collaborate with two of the country’s most accomplished independent theatre companies, The Escapists, whose spectacular one-man show Boy Girl Wall has enjoyed three sell-out seasons in Brisbane; and Real TV bringing Helicopter to the stage by the dynamic team Angela Betzien and Leticia Cáceres. Boy Girl Wall and Helicopter are also part of the 2012 MTC Education Season.

The playwrights, directors, designers and actors featured in the 2012 Lawler Studio Season join MTC in presenting a thrilling year of new Australian work and cutting-edge theatre.

5 play Lawler Studio Season:

Opening the 2012 Lawler Studio Season is Brisbane’s hit one-man extravaganza Boy Girl Wall by Matthew Ryan  and Lucas Stibbard, starring Helpmann Award nominee Lucas Stibbard. Thus is a comic romp about love with a touch of  magical realism, where the universe conspires to bring two lost and lonely souls together.
The MTC Theatre, Lawler Studio 17 April to 4 May 2012

Robert Reid is back with a biting satire inspired by the media frenzy surrounding the Bill Henson photography scandal and takes a swipe at society’s herd mentality.  Clare Watson directs On the Production of Monsters with Virginia Gay (Winners & Losers) and James Saunders, both playing multiple characters.
The MTC Theatre, Lawler Studio 23 May to 9 June 2012

The National Post dubbed Roland Schimmelpfennig the world’s new favourite German playwright. His latest work The Golden Dragon is a brutal and mysterious theatrical feast about the modern migratory world, directed by  Daniel Clarke and starring Dana Miltins.  
The MTC Theatre, Lawler Studio 20 June to 7 July 2012

Starring Daniela Farinacci, Charles E. C. Grounds  and Terry Yeboah and directed by Leticia Cáceres,  Helicopter is an unnervingly familiar suburban satire, when the lives of  two youths from opposite worlds collide,  by Angela Betzien whose recent Sydney Theatre  Award-winning play The Dark Room garnered rave  reviews and a sell-out season in Sydney. 
The MTC Theatre, Lawler Studio 2 August to 17 August 2012

A middle-aged woman develops an irrepressible crush on her rather young Chinese masseur in Happy Ending, a comedy about desire and misguided obsession. Written by award-winning playwright Melissa Reeves, directed by Susie Dee and starring Keith Brockett, Fanny Hanusin and Gareth Yuen.
The MTC Theatre, Lawler Studio 5 September to 22 September 2012

In addition to five Lawler Studio productions, the venue will host three Lawler Studio residencies and MTC’s  Cybec Readings series.  The recipients of the 2012 Lawler Studio residencies were chosen from an overwhelming number of high-quality applications. The residents will each use the Lawler Studio for two weeks at three different points during the year to develop their respective projects.

For the third consecutive year, the Lawler Studio will  once again be home to the Cybec play readings series.  The Cybec Readings will present three brand new plays in November this year. More details will be available mid-year via 

The MTC Theatre Box Office 03 8688 0800  or
3-5 play Lawler Studio packages start from $60 Single tickets to Lawler Studio productions  start from $25