history

2010: THE BEGINNING

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mka richmond 2010-present
Officially opened to the public on the 3rd of November 2010, MKA Richmond is our intimate development space, comprising a 40 seat theatre and offices, nestled in the historic Australian Knitting Mills of Richmond. MKA Richmond was founded with the wish of specifically attending to the needs of a blossoming new playwrights’ community. MKA Richmond is the home of development, workshops, administration and discussion. It was from this centre of activity that fellow playwrights Glyn Roberts and Tobias Manderson-Galvin formed the company, the theatre’s first task, in June 2010, housing 10 day long writers’ workshop. The theatre then swiftly became the foundry from which MKA’s first production, Manderson-Galvin’s dogmeat was created. The space and the company at this point were synonymous but that would soon change. 

mka melbourne 2010
Following the unexpected forced closure of MKA Richmond as a performance venue, MKA Theatre shifted public operations to Jane Bell Lane in the QV building in Melbourne’s CBD. This exciting temporary space was home to the live performance seasons 25X1 and Open Season.

2011

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mka prahran (+satellite southbank) 2011
In 2011, the Season One program Sleepyhead22 Short Plays,The Horror Face and J.A.T.O. was housed in the Prahran Mission complex at 211 Chapel St. In Melbourne’s Southbank a satellite venue was also run concurrently from the Melbourne Theatre Company’s MTC Theatre VIP Rooms, where four plays by emerging female writers, The Sun Room, Rockefeller, Twins and Tuesday, were each given a week long development with professional directors and actors.

mka abbotsford 2011
The second program of events for 2011 was housed on the site of an old Catholic School turned artist collective: School House Studios, Abbotsford. MKA took the old assembly hall for the purpose of making the best theatre in the city until the site was demolished in late 2012 to make way for apartments. New play reading festival Open Season returned for a second year, and two new plays She’s a Little Finch & The Economist also premiered at the fifth pop-up venue by MKA.

ABOVE: MKA ABBOTSFORD

2012

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mka at courthouse arts
In February and March 2012 MKA presented two new works at Theatre Works, ‘Hose’ by Bridget Mackey and ‘Tinkertown’ by Nathaniel Moncrieff.

double bill at theatre works, st kilda
In February and March 2012 MKA presented two new works at Theatre Works, ‘Hose’ by Bridget Mackey and ‘Tinkertown’ by Nathaniel Moncrieff.

winter season at mka north melbourne
From June-August 2012 MKA presented the MKA Winter Season of three new plays, ‘Tuesday’ by Louris van de Geer, ‘Sex.Violence.Blood.Gore’ by Alfian bin Sa’at and ‘Triangle’ by Glyn Roberts at a new multi-space pop-up venue at 64 Sutton Street, North Melbourne. This season was subsequently awarded a special one-off Green Room Award for Contribution to Independent Theatre in Melbourne and was accepted by Co-Creative Directors Tobias Manderson-Galvin & Glyn Roberts, and Resident Director Tanya Dickson on behalf of the company.

edinburgh in a basement at c-venues
In 2012, MKA toured ‘The Economist’ by Tobias Manderson-Galvin to Edinburgh Fringe, selling out a month long season.

svbg in sydney at old fitzroy theatre
Following a succesful season at MKA North Melbourne, MKA toured Alfian bin Sa’at’s sex.violence.blood.gore for a sold out season at the Old Fitz Theatre.

melbourne fringe at lamama
2012 also saw ‘The Unspoken Word is Joe’ sell out a season at La Mama Theatre for Melbourne Fringe and extend to further shows at Northcote Town Hall.

2013

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world theatre festival at brisbane powerhouse
mka will again present Tobias Manderson-Galvin’s ‘The Economist’, this time for Brisbane Powerhouse’s World Theatre Festival alongside companies such as Gob Squad & Pan Pan.

adelaide fringe at mka pop-up
mka presented three shows for adelaide fringe festival including the ever popular 22 Short Plays by David Finnigan, Mark Wilson’s UnSex Me and Tobias Manderson-Galvin’s Soma.

monash university
unsex me

melbourne fringe festival
mka present 3 productions: ‘Kids Killing Kids’, ‘Unsex Me’ and ‘Side Effect’

brisbane festival & geelong fringe
‘The Unspoken Word is ‘Joe” goes on tour.

melbourne writers festival
mka were Theatre-in-Residence for the festival, infiltrating the festival and presenting a performance for the closing night event.

crack theatre festival
‘kids killing kids’ on tour!

q theatre, penrith
‘kids killing kids’ on tour!

the village festival
‘shows you won’t see’

NOW

NOW

fringe world, perth
mka: dogmeat, PICA
mka: party time giftset, MKA Pop-Up
mka: unsex me, Noodle Palace

sydney mardi gras
unsex me, PACT Centre for Emerging Artists

you are here festival, canberra
mka: unsex me
mka: the filth (work-in-progress)

neon up late, melbourne theatre company
lord willing and the creek dont rise
triumph
alraune

works-in-development
new world orphans/awful, artshouse culture lab
mka multi-project, hot house
the unknown man on somerton beach, bundanon

What’s next? Let’s find out together.