Melbourne Theatre Company today launched its new series of audio conversations, MTC Talks with Fiona Gruber, streamed on its website and available for download via Melbourne Theatre Company in the iTunes store each month.

For November’s podcast, journalist Fiona Gruber talks to historian Dr Clare Corbould, who lectures in African-American studies at Monash University, about Dr Martin Luther King Jr as the Australian premiere of MTC’s The Mountaintop starring Bert LaBonté and Zahra Newman opens to rave reviews.

‘MTC is keen to create conversations around the plays we present. Whether it’s talking to artists or even cultural, political or social experts in their field, we see these podcasts as adding to the theatregoing experience of our audience. We’re delighted that Fiona Gruber joins us to present these insightful and thoroughly engaging MTC Talks,’ said Virginia Lovett, MTC’s Executive Director.

Commenting today, Fiona Gruber said ‘One of the first things I discovered about Melbourne when I moved here from the UK was its rich arts scene and especially the boldness of its theatre scene. From the fringe to the mainstage I've seen amazing thrilling work and also work that is sober, honest and moving.

‘Now more than ever there's a dynamic and provocative sense between theatremakers and their community that the theatre we make today is an essential part of the conscience of a nation and of an era. Through MTC Talks we can broadly explore the intersection between arts and the society in which they exist,’ Fiona Gruber said.

Fiona Gruber has been talking to theatre people on air and in print for over ten years, on her former arts show The Opening for PBSFM, in features for Books and Arts Daily on ABC Radio National, with Derek Guille's Evening show on 774 ABC Melbourne, on the BBC World Service and on ABC TV’s Sunday Arts. 

She also writes for The Age, The Australian, Guardian Australia and the Times Literary Supplement. In 2005 she won a special Green Room Award for services to cabaret, as the co-founder of Gert's Sunday Salon, an arts and revue club in Fitzroy.

The Mountaintop
Venue: Arts Centre Melbourne, Fairfax Studio
Season dates: 1 November to 18 December 2013
Tickets: from $58, Under 30s just $33
Booking Details: Southbank Theatre Box Office 03 8688 0800 or;
Arts Centre Melbourne on 1300 182 183 or