La Mama’s Explorations season has been supporting works in development since 1980.

Creative exploration is at the core of all works produced and presented at La Mama, however the Explorations‘ annual season of works in development is a special time of year where productions are given three nights in the space to explore their practice and develop their theatrical pursuits.

October and November at La Mama is filled with artists and audiences engaging in the process of development – of ideas, form, content, words, processes, whatever is useful to the particular production. It’s a wonderful environment to try out your new work.

In 2015, 192 Explorers engaged in the process of making theatre that represents the diverse range of styles, ideas and brilliant people that gravitate towards La Mama.

For many productions this is the beginning of a long and successful journey. From Explorations 2014, we have seen future developments of Drago’s Amazing Bona Fide Freak Show (Metanoia), Miss Jean Batten (Basement Theatre, NZ), Blending (Plunge in 2015 Melbourne Fringe), The Birds Conference (La Mama), This Is Eden (Hothouse). and Catherine: The Body Politic, Pancake Opus 100, Little Daughters, and Of Cows, Women and War (all La Mama).

Explorations 2016 program will run from October 10 – December 18th. We are very excited to see another 35 developments; welcoming back some familiar faces as well as a number of artists new to La Mama.

Applications for Explorations 2017 close April 30, 2017.
To submit an application please email Caitlin, [email protected]

There is no template for application, just provide as much information as you have about the work you want to make, what you think it will look like, and what, specifically, you would like to explore. Scripts, synopsis, images, ideas are all are welcome. If you have information about who will be involved, please include this. Please also include information about ideal performance dates (Explorations will run from October – December 2017) and any dates that are not possible. Please note that for Explorations in 2017, shows will be sharing the space and so there are limitations in terms of design, set and running time. Don’t hesitate to contact Caitlin if you need more information.