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About the festival

Poppy Seed Festival is a new, vibrant, boutique festival of theatre that captured the imagination of Melbournians in its début season, in November and December of 2015.

Born out of Melbourne’s thriving theatrical landscape, Poppy Seed presents a unique proposition to theatre makers. Artists, individuals and companies submit their proposal for a theatrical production. We’re open to any style and content – we’re simply looking for the most outstanding, viable work. Four projects are selected by a panel of leading industry professionals and programmed into a festival.

These four projects receive a theatre for their performance season, courtesy of Poppy Seed Festival, as well as financial, logistical, artistic and marketing support. Successful applicants form part of a de-facto festival Ensemble – which supports the creation and delivery of all participating shows.

Through coordinated and collaborative marketing strategies the Ensemble will promote the entire program as well as each individual production. The Ensemble will also have the opportunity to share resources and problem solve together, via regular production meetings.

festival information for 2017 applicants

Applications for the 2017 Poppy Seed Theatre Festival will be open 24 April - 20 May. The festival takes place from 1 November (we preview 31 October) to 9 December. We will be hosting two information sessions regarding the festival and application process - one in April and one in May (details below). We will also be announcing our festival venues imminently and are extremely excited by some changes we have made to Poppy Seed...

To be kept up to date with our upcoming announcements please subscribe to our mailing list. If you're interested in participating in the Poppy Seed Theatre Festival we highly recommend attending one of our upcoming Information Sessions, held at the Arts Centre Melbourne in The Channel room (100 St Kilda Road, Melbourne, 3004).

Information Session 1: Friday 21st April 7-9:00pm
Information Session 2: Saturday 6th May 1:30-3:30pm

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who can apply?

Directors | Performers | Writers | Designers | Collectives | Producers

We want to be the last collective push that sets your idea or project in motion. We are fully inclusive and want to hear stories that reflect the diverse societies that comprise Australia and the world we live in. We are interested in all theatrical forms (ie plays, musicals, cabaret, storytelling) and in supporting emerging and mid-career artists. Please note, remounts of pre-existing productions will not be considered for selection without significant artistic reasoning. We support independent theatre makers and the independent theatre sector, we are here to support you in the creation of your art, and in building and sustaining a career.

Please note: Applicants must be a minimum of 18 years of age.

benefits to artists

You get a venue for two weeks

You get $7500 to spend

You get a publicist

You get production support

You get to engage with your industry peers as part of a big team

You get structured, industry mentorship from outside the festival

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The Team

The Team

festival directors and core team

artistic panel 2017


Festival Partners

Festival Partners

festival Partners