Cybec Electric

19 — 20 Feb 2021

Southbank Theatre, The Sumner

Excerpts of electric new writing

Approximately 90 minutes, without an interval.

Seating capacity in the Sumner has been reduced in line with government restrictions.

Please note that audiences will be required to wear a mask during their visit to Southbank Theatre. Learn more here.

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For over a decade, MTC’s annual series of Cybec Electric play readings has brought the beating heart of theatre to audiences interested in great stories, electric writing and brilliant acting. With scripts in hand, actors present new works-in-progress with the assistance of directors and dramaturgs.

In 2021, six playwrights join the ranks. Grace Feng Fang Juan’s 100 Days explores the fault lines that arise when Wenwen and her visiting parents end up stuck in a studio apartment together during Melbourne’s lockdown. With Dead in a Liveable City, Margot Morales Tanjutco gives us a comedic nightmare version of your future, when your work friends, work life and work worries overwhelm all other aspects of your life. Benjamin Nichol’s Croydon tells of the life, death and afterlife of a co-dependent mother and daughter. In Maurial Spearim’s dramatic comedy Inside Out, four Blak women talk, sing and dance, stopping at nothing to right wrongs and pave a new path. Dylan Van Den Berg’s Whitefella Yella Tree is a play about the impact of colonisation on queer Aboriginal identities. Jamaica Zuanetti’s The World Isn’t Made for Them is the story of four almost forgotten women patients who were central to the development of modern conceptions of psychology.

Over one weekend, these six playwrights will present excerpts of their work, with this year’s NEXT STAGE residents, Emme Hoy and Merlynn Tong, also joining the line-up. Cybec Electric offers a coveted opportunity to be a part of the development process for new Australian stage plays – don’t miss your chance to be among their very first audiences.


Friday 19 February, 7.30pm
Featuring writing by Benjamin Nichol, Maurial Spearim & Jamaica Zuanetti
Directed by Katy Maudlin

Cybec Secenes 1 Tickets

Saturday 20 February, 2pm
Featuring writing by Emme Hoy & Merlynn Tong


Saturday 20 February, 7.30pm
Featuring writing by Grace Feng Fang Juan, Margot Morales Tanjutco & Dylan Van Den Berg 
Directed by Stephen Nicolazzo

Cybec Scenes 2 Tickets

All tickets $12.
Strictly limited availability. Max 4 tickets per booking.

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Cybec Electric is made possible by the support of the late Dr Roger Riordan AM and The Cybec Foundation.

MTC's Summer Series is supported by Genovese

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  • Wheelchair Accessible

  • Hearing Assistance

Artwork for Grace Feng Fang Juan

Grace Feng Fang Juan


Artwork for Emme Hoy

Emme Hoy


Artwork for Margot Morales Tanjutco

Margot Morales Tanjutco


Artwork for Benjamin Nichol

Benjamin Nichol


Artwork for Maurial Spearim

Maurial Spearim


Artwork for Merlynn Tong

Merlynn Tong


Artwork for Dylan Van Den Berg

Dylan Van Den Berg


Artwork for Jamaica Zuanetti

Jamaica Zuanetti


Artwork for Katy Maudlin

Katy Maudlin


Katy Maudlin is a director and dramaturg with a focus on collaboration, new writing and feminist dramaturgies. She has worked extensively across Australia, New Zealand and Europe in both theatre and opera. She holds a Masters in Directing from the VCA. Her graduate production, The Last Ten

Minutes of History (2016) , was a collaboration with writer Ross Muller.

In 2019 Katy directed Tap Head by Barnie Duncan (nominated for The Fred Award - NZ International Comedy Festival) and worked with Matthew Lutton on Solaris (Malthouse). Other notable credits include: Right Now (Red Stitch Actors’ Theatre, 2018), AntigoneX (Theatre Works, 2018) and working as dramaturg on award-winning Apokalypsis (Next Wave, 2018).

In 2017 Katy was the Graduate Director at Red Stitch Actors’ Theatre, worked with the National Theatre of Croatia on Verdi's Otello (Best Opera, Croatian Actors Awards) and as associate artist on For The Ones Who Walk Away (Best Live Art - Melbourne Fringe). In 2016, she undertook a secondment with Katie Mitchell, on Lucia Di Lammermoor , at the Royal Opera in London followed by a residency with Croatian National Theatre. She was the recipient of the Melbourne Global Scholars Award (2016) and Orloff Family Charitable Trust Scholarship (2015).

Stephen Nicolazzo

Stephen Nicolazzo


The Sumner

140 Southbank Boulevard

Southbank, Victoria 3006