Lonely Company is a new initiative by playwrights and dramaturges Fleur Kilpatrick, Bridget Mackey, and Morgan Rose. We aim to create a space where writers feel supported in their work in what can sometimes be an alienating industry. Lonely Company do not stage works, rather, we support playwrights throughout the first year of their writing process on a brand new project.
Lonely Company is founded on two core beliefs about playwriting:
1. That playwriting is lonelier than a collaborative art form should be.
2. That we trust playwrights to know what creative process works for them.
Here is the deal:
We take on three playwrights every six months. One works with Fleur Kilpatrick, one with Bridget Mackey and one with Morgan Rose and we support and meet with them over the course of a year.
Our playwrights set their goals and mode of working and we endeavour to make their process less lonely, more connected and to help find avenues for their script to continue to grow once their year with us is over.
Our next intake will be mid-year 2017. However, we host public events – forums, workshops and reading parties – every few months all with the goal of making playwriting less lonely and more connected to our community.
The three founders (Kilpatrick, Mackey, and Rose) all have extensive background in theatremaking, and believe in the ability of artists to assist and be creatively inspired each other. Bridget Mackey has worked as Literary Manager for five.point.one and written a number of works for the stage including Kindness (Theatre Works, 2015). Morgan Rose is an internationally produced playwright who has had work staged in Melbourne at MTC-NEON, Theatre Works, and La Mama. Fleur Kilpatrick is a multi-award winning playwright, an arts commentator, and dramaturge, who is currently the Artistic Coordinator of Monash Academy of Performing Arts.
Lonely Company are based at the beautiful Boyd School Studios in Southbank, Melbourne with the support of Creative Spaces.
Lonely Company acknowledge the Kulin nation and the traditional custodians of the land on which we work. We pay our respects to local Elders and to the Elders, past and present, of all communities and cultures across Victoria. We acknowledge that these lands have been stolen, that sovereignty has never been ceded and that this always was, always will be, Aboriginal land.