First Stories Festival

Across February and March of 2022, Theatre Works will present the inaugural FIRST STORIES FESTIVAL – a Deadly new writers festival for First Nations storytellers, proudly  delivered#ByMob4Mob. We are currently seeking expressions of interest from First Nations and Torres Strait Islander participants, with applications open until October 29.

About the festival

The week-long program aims to empower emerging First Nations writers to find their voice in their own way.

5 selected writers will be asked to bring a dream project to work on throughout the week, with the opportunity to share with the group and receive dramaturgical advice for their piece, while exploring new creative methods to inspire their writing practice.

Participating writers will be paid MEAA rates for their time, and regional/interstate writers are encouraged to apply also.

The festival is led by industry professionals Brittanie Shipway and Sermsah Bin Saad, and will feature sessions from esteemed creative mentors including musician Mitch Tambo (Australia’s Got Talent), playwright JaneHarrison (Stolen, Rainbow’s End), actor Uncle Jack Charles (Mystery Road, Blackfellas), dramaturg Kamarra Bell-Wykes (Chopped Liver) and more.


Applications closing: October 29, 2021

Please note, applications will only be accepted from First Nations and Torres Strait Islander persons.

Season Details

Venue: Theatre Works, St Kilda
Date: February 28 – March 4, 2022

For more information click HERE


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