Three MTC commissions will be placed under the spotlight as a part of their development process.

As part of MTC’s creative development program PreTEXT and its commitment towards the development of new works, The Cybec Readings– a series of public play readings, will be presented on 2, 3 and 4 September 2010at the MTC Theatre, Lawler Studio.
 
This year’s program offers three unique play readings by three of wonderfully talented Australian playwrights and will be directed and read by some of Melbourne’s outstanding artists.
 
This year’s playwrights, whose work has been especially commission by MTC, were developed and mentored under the watchful eye of MTC Associate Director Aidan Fennessy.
 
"This year’s Cybec Readings provides a wonderful platform to road test three of our recent commissions from three very talented Australian writers. These are works in development and the readings will provide a crucial opportunity not only for the writers to gauge their work in front of an audience but will also provide the audience with a chance to see these works at an early stage in their creation. The three works themselves are remarkable for their diversity of style and approach. I encourage anyone with an interest in new Australian theatre-making to come along and experience all three play readings."
 
The Dream Life of Butterflies
by Raimondo Cortese
Thursday 2 September 7pm
Directed by Heather Bolton
Featuring Natasha Herbert, Margaret Mills and Anastasia Russell-Head
Two middle-aged women talk in a room. One is recently returned. One has always been there. Between them sits their past. The Dream Life of Butterflies is a beautiful dissertation on the illusion of memory and the impossibility of retrieving what has been lost. In a seamless single scene, award-winning writer Raimondo Cortese exposes their delusions about themselves and each other, hinting at the terrible taboo at the heart of their relationship.
 
This is How
an adaptation of the MJ Hyland novel by David Tredinnick
Friday 3 September 7pm
Directed by Aidan Fennessy
Featuring Katrina Milosevic, Richard Piper and Luke Ryan
Patrick, a young motor mechanic, escapes to an English seaside village to lick his wounds after a relationship break-up. However, he soon discovers that his demons have followed him, and he will end up doing a very, very bad thing. This is How traces the journey of a man through Britain’s criminal justice system in the late 1960s. It’s a waking nightmare where fantasy and reality co-exist.
Commissioned with the support of The Joan and Peter Clemenger Trust
 
You Won’t be Seeing Rainbows Anymore
by Tom Holloway
Saturday 4 September 7pm
Directed by Matt Lutton
Featuring Julie Forsyth, Jan Friedl, Francis Greenslade, Bruce Kerr, Thomas Wright and Dylan Young
Within the world is a city. Within the city is an apartment block. Within the apartment block are six very ordinary human beings. One is on the roof looking back at the world, which seems, in a way, that it’s perhaps, well … dying. With deft humour and his typically distinctive style, Tom Holloway’s genre defying new work guides us through the human condition as it enters its death-throes.
Commissioned with the support of The Joan and Peter Clemenger Trust
 
As part of a three-year project fund, MTC has received vital funding from The Cybec Foundation to present The Cybec Readings series. The program, now in its second year, has been created to develop new Australian work.
 
The Foundation’s Director Dr Roger Riordan says, "The primary emphasis of The Cybec Foundation is to help young people get off to a good start, and to this end we have established a number of scholarships. As we believe that diversity is important, and that the arts have an important civilising influence, several of these scholarships are in arts-related fields. In particular we have chosen to support The Cybec Readingsbecause of the role of playwrights as custodians of the public conscience. After seeing last year’s amazing play reading series we cannot wait to see what this year’s series brings."
 
Venue: The MTC Theatre, Lawler Studio
Tickets: Adult $10 (or 3 plays for $24)* / Under 30s $5
Bookings: The MTC Theatre Box Office (03) 8688 0800, mtc.com.au or at the door

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