Saturday 21 July 2012


The Melbourne Theatre Company (popularly known as MTC) is a theatre company based in Melbourne. Founded in 1953, it is the oldest professional theatre company in Australia, and has its own theatre, The MTC Theatre – which houses the 500-seat Sumner Theatre and the 150-seat Lawler Studio – located in Melbourne's Arts Precinct in Southbank. Despite being recognised as Victoria's State theatre company, it is a department of the University of Melbourne. Currently, it offers a Mainstage Season of ten to twelve plays each year, a Studio Season and an Education Season in the smaller Lawler Studio, and affiliate writers programs. It has a current subscriber base of 21,000 people and plays to a quarter of a million people annually.

In 2005 it was announced that the company would have its own theatre on Southbank Boulevard in Southbank. The MTC Theatre with its bold b&W cubic-inspired venue opened in January 2009 with a production in the Sumner Theatre, a state-of-the-art 500-seat venue. The MTC Theatre also houses the flexible Lawler Studio for small scale work. In March 2010 the theatre was badly hit during a severe hailstorm, and refurbishments to the venue occurred throughout 2010.

Behind the MTC is the Victorian College of the Arts School of Drama. Most of the buildings that make up the Victorian College of the Arts of Melbourne University, are stately and historic. Then, you come across the fa├žade of the School of Drama, designed by Castles Stephenson + Turner Pty Ltd / Edmond & Corrigan. The unique, colourful design makes it clear that this is a place of creativity.

This post is part of Madge's Weekly TopShot meme.


  1. Now that is a CREATIVE place indeed! How fun! Wonderful captures, Nick! Have a lovely evening!!

  2. Hi Nick
    Both buildings are very attractive!

  3. Such a brilliant collision of lines and colour. Must get down there.

  4. I love the geometrics! What a great looking place - definitely screams "creativity"!

  5. Amazing! Such creativity. I would love to go there! Great shots.

  6. What an interesting place! There's no way to NOT see it when you pass by.

  7. Wow, the time has flown by, I can't believe it's Wednesday already... I've been outside painting the house everyday, all day! Love your entry, thank you for sharing on Weekly Top Shot #40!


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