La Mama Theatre is nationally and internationally acknowledged as a crucible for cutting edge, contemporary theatre since 1967. Valued by artists and audiences alike, La Mama is treasured for its continued advocacy of those seeking to explore beyond mainstream theatre.

As a non-for-profit association, La Mama is producing work by theatre makers of all backgrounds and encouraging works that deconstruct and critique form, content and social issues. Described by its founder Betty Burstall as “essentially a playwright’s theatre, a place where new ideas, new ways of expression can be tried out, a place were you can hear what people are thinking and feeling”, La Mama is the home of alternative and experimental local theatre. Receiving annually at least two hundreds unsolicited scripts, La Mama leitmotiv is to provide a low financial risk in the face of a high artistic risk framework, by facilitating the production and presentation of shows.

La Mama’s list of Alumni reads like the Who’s Who of Australian Theatre including such greats as David Williamson, Cate Blanchett, Jack Hibberd, Graeme Blundell, Judith Lucy and Julia Zemiro. La Mama is proud to play a crucial role in fostering the distinguished careers of so many established and emerging Australian artists.

In recent years, La Mama artists such as The Rabble, Daniel Schlusser and Nicola Gunn have gone on to perform at the Melbourne International Festival and MTC’s NEON Festival of Independent Theatre. La Mama veteran Jack Charles continues to work across the country, and in 2013 La Mama regular Ben Grant was touring internationally with Robert Lapage.

Years of theatre


La Mama Productions


“Original, funny, smart, uncomfortable and beautiful”

Elly Varenti

Arts Journalist, The Age

“Odd that such a tiny work can deliver such rich rewards, but perhaps that’s what La Mama does best.”

John Bailey

Arts Journalist, The Sunday Age

“… Must-see theatre: complex, honest and powerful”

Alison Croggon

Theatre Critic, ABC