Crash Test Drama Melbourne

Meet the thespians who work best under pressure

It’s a huge drama – literally. Crash Test Drama Melbourne (CTDM) brings together theatre enthusiasts, from playwrights to actors to directors.

The whole idea is to 'crash test' new ten-minute theatre scripts (and this year film scripts too). Actors and directors are cast on the day, given two hours to rehearse, then perform in front of a live audience and a panel of industry judges. Talk about pressure. The who’s who of Melbourne’s entertainment industry have been judges in previous years, including Luke Arnold (Michael Hutchence in Never Tear Us Apart), Nicholas Bufalo (Winners & Losers director), and Howard Fine (Top LA acting coach to the stars), to name only a few. This year, AFI award-winning actress, Nadine Garner joins the judging panel.

Previous Crash Tests have opened massive doors for many up-and-comers; plays have made into films, like Matt O'Reilly's Lost in Ringwood, which was a finalist at Tropfest – the biggest short film festival in the world. Actors involved in previous years have been cast in productions by award winning company Mockingbird Theatre and big screen films including Wolf Creek.

St Kilda's MeMo Hall is hosting the fourth annual Crash Test on Saturday, May 24, and with the event gaining momentum each year it's expected to be the biggest yet.

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First published on 17 Apr 2014. Updated on 19 Apr 2014.

By Jessica Lodge   |  

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