Welcome to STF's annual Moat Festival, the longest continously running student theatre festival in Australia. 2020 marks another big year of student theatre, as we celebrate our 36th Moat Fest. The 2020 festival is full of interesting and dynamic plays showcasing some of the best student actors, directors, writers, and artists at La Trobe University.
This year featured a very exciting international collaboration with Hong Kong SHAX Theatre Company presenting William Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale. The production involved six Australian cast members amd six Hong Kong cast members, who have rehearsed together in Hong Kong and in Melbourne. The show was performed at La Mama Courthouse as part of 2020 Asia TOPA: the Asia-Pacific Triennial of Performing Arts. The production was then brought back to campus and performed at Menzies Theatre.
The 2020 festival then kicked off with the historical Australian play Blackrock, written by Nick Enright and directed by Rachael Taylor, and performed in the Moat Theatre. Sarah Kane's experimental play Crave followed in The Playroom, directed by Brigid Charis. The second week of Moat Festival featured a touching student-written play, Uggo, written and directed by Helen Krionas, performed in the Studio.
The last two shows of Moat Fest - 'Art' and The Illusion - were postponed to semester two, due to the suspension of events on campus due to COVID-19.