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Simon Stephens in Conversation

18 Nov 2015

Melbourne Theatre Company presents a free public talk with Olivier award-winning writer Simon Stephens on Wednesday 9 December at Southbank Theatre.

Facilitated by MTC Literary Director Chris Mead, this special free event sees British playwright Simon Stephens talk about his career, the incredible success of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time and writing plays for the 21st century.

Described by ABC Arts as one of Britain’s most important contemporary playwrights, Simon’s stage adaptation of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time received seven Olivier Awards including Best New Play and continues to captivate audiences on the West End and Broadway.

Earlier this year, MTC produced the Australian premiere of Birdland, Simon’s thrilling exposé of fame and rock-stars, and his play Heisenberg made its world premiere to rave reviews at the Manhattan Theater Club in New York, starring Tony and Emmy award-winner Mary-Louise Parker.

His other works include On the Shore of the Big Wide World, winner of the 2005 Olivier Award for Best New Play; Port, winner of the 2001 Pearson Award for Best New Play; Pornography, which toured extensively including to Melbourne in 2009 for the Melbourne Festival; Motortown; Song From Faraway; The Funfair; and Carmen Disruption.

Simon is currently an Associate Artist at London’s Lyric Theatre and Associate Playwright at the Royal Court. He was on the board for Paines Plough between 2009 and 2014, and was a Writers’ Tutor for the Young Writers’ Programme at the Royal Court between 2001 and 2005.

Simon Stephens: In Conversation is a free event but bookings are required.
For more information and to book visit

Simon Stephens: In Conversation
Southbank Theatre, The Lawler
Wednesday 9 December, 6pm-7pm

This special event is possible thanks to the University of Melbourne’s Macgeorge Fellowship program.

Published on 18 November 2015