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The Moat Festival is an annual showcase of some exceptional emerging talent at La Trobe University. Moat Festival 2019 marks the 35th annual festival held at the university. The festival was launched in 1984 by then Vice-Chancellor J.F. Scott as an initiative to bring the University and the public together to participate in the performing arts. He viewed this first Moat Festival as an experiment to remove the intellectual barriers of higher education, a way to add a little to the life of the University.

This year, the festival features five full-length theatre productions as well as a work in development cabaret, a movie night under the stars, and our closing night drag show.

The 2019 Moat Festival includes:

  • Vernon God Little, based on the book by DBC Pierre and adapted by Tanya Ronder;
  • If the Truth be Told, written by Margaret Hickey;
  • They Saw a Thylacine, written by Justine Campbell and Sarah Hamilton;
  • Dream Play, based on the play by August Strindberg;
  • The Drag, based on the plays of Mae West;
  • Lovesick, a work in development cabaret by Jess Cook;
  • Barely a Queen, conceived and performed by Josh McFarland;
  • Free MOAT Moonlight Cinema featuring Avengers: Infinity War.

A full program of all our events is available online here.

We hope that our 35th Moat Festival does indeed add a little to the life of La Trobe University.