Meant to be spoken

A friction between setting, audience and performers

Celebrating Australian Playwrights

Host and playwright Rob Reid joins Tashmadada as he invites exciting contemporary playwrights to read their work in a celebration of Australian playwriting. Playwrights who have been involved with MTBS include: Patricia Cornelius, Raimondo Cortese, Kit Lazaroo, Steven Sewell, John Romeril, Peta Tait, Declan Greene, Melissa Reeves, Van Badham, Angus Cerini and more. If you'd like to include a Meant To Be Spoken session as part
of your festival/event please contact Deborah at

Spoken word on stage

Posted by Melbourne Writers Festival Blog Enquire Within Chris Flynn August 2010
Writing for the stage is often sadly neglected at writer’s festivals, but we’re so into it that we’re devoting our first Saturday night to a celebration of playwriting. Tashmadada are one of those rare theatre companies that revel in the spoken word and who manage to corral a staggering range of voices under their banner. Deborah Leiser-Moore is the brains behind it all, and you can catch her in conversation with playwright John Romeril
at the festival.

The Festival Club will come alive at 7pm that night with a pretty intimidating lineup of playwrights performing excerpts from their work. Louise Doughty, Stephen Sewell (Animal Kingdom, The Boys), Van Badham, Melissa Reeves, John Romeril (One Night the Moon), Ross Mueller, Peta Tait, Aidan Fennessy & Jane Harrison are all on the bill, with Robert Reid hosting. This is a really unique opportunity to hear these writers interpret their own scripts – how often would audiences get that chance? I reckon it’s a great idea and I’m honestly surprised no one’s thought of it before. Tashmadada have tapped into something special here and we’re just grateful to be able to present Meant to be Spoken at the festival, particularly given its success earlier this year during the Searchlight Festival at fortyfivedownstairs. Have a browse around the Tashmadada site and check out some videos to get a glimpse of what an exciting night this is going to be!
Posted by Melbourne Writers Festival Blog Enquire Within Chris Flynn August 2010.

Have been held at:
• Searchlight Festival at fortyfivedownstairs
• Melbourne Writers Festival over 3 years

Please contact us if you'd like us to organise a Meant To Be Spoken event.

Witness Relocation

Combines dance and theatre with the energy of a rock show, exploding contemporary culture into intensely physical, outrageous, poetic, and sometimes brutal.

Cordelia, Mein Kind

A duet for film and live body;
a personal exploration of a present-day Cordelia-like character revealed through language, physicality, image and film.

Director's Cut

An ir/regular gathering and
an evening of Subversion, creation, performance, ingestion, desire, adulation, laughter and especially “imbibing".

Searchlight Festival

Searchlight Festival was launched in February 2009. Due to demand and its success, it ran, with an expanded program, for
a second year in 2010.