Photo: Jodie Hutchinson Photography

About the INK program.

Red Stitch actors are inspired by great writing. INK is Red Stitch’s initiative to develop new Australian plays.

We believe a meaningful engagement with Australian writers is vital to our theatre community and an investment shaping our cultural identity. We love Australian stories and we want to bring a variety of voices to our stage from both home and abroad.

INK seeks playwrights who are passionate about an original idea for a new play who also have an interest in collaborating with the Red Stitch ensemble actors. We want to work with writers who are committed to their idea and ready to go the distance, as we understand that play development is a complex process. INK is determined to develop and nurture work to its fullest potential in the pursuit of artistic collaboration and excellent writing.

If you are a playwright with a story you believe in and a desire to collaborate with our ensemble, we want to hear from you!

Applications for the 2018 INK program will open in November 2017.

Best wishes, 

The Red Stitch Ensemble


We are delighted to announce our 2017 INK playwrights.

These gifted writers inspired us. Their new writing sparked our imaginations, and we’re excited to begin working together.

We thank the great many playwrights who applied; the calibre of applications was exceptional. We look forward to further collaborations with local playwrights through our INK program and on our stage.


INK is proudly supported by the Malcolm Robertson Foundation, Playwriting Australia, the City of Port Phillip, the Copyright Agency Culture Fund and our Kindred patrons the Kestin Family. 

2016 INK playwrights

Thanks to the Malcolm Robertson Foundation, we were able to accept a record number of new works for development in 2016-2017.

These extraordinary writers are at varying stages in their careers, ranging from emerging artists to very experienced playwrights. Each inspired the Ensemble with their proposal, and we’re having a great time working with them.


We’re delighted to have programmed new works by 2015 INK playwrights Josephine Collins and Morgan Rose in the 2017 season.

Previous Writing Collaborations

We’re proud to have collaborated with the following artists.



by Tom Holloway

Director Kirsten von Bibra
Red Stitch Season 2016

Sunshine was developed with the assistance of the City of Port Phillip


The Honey Bees

by Caleb Lewis

Director Ella Caldwell
Red Stitch Season 2016



by Dan Giovanonni

Director Bridget Balodis
Red Stitch Season 2015

Jurassica was developed with assistance of the Istituto Italiano di Cultura, Melbourne.


Dead Centre

by Tom Holloway

Director Julian Meyrick
Red Stitch Season 2015
Darwin Festival 2015
Brisbane Festival 2015Director Julian Meyrick
Old Fitz Theatre, Sydney 2015

Dead Centre was developed with the assistance of the City of Port Phillip


The Mesh

by Elise Hearst, Collaboration with Arthur

Director Paige Rattray
Red Stitch Season 2014

The Mesh was developed with the assistance of the Robert Salzer Foundation and the City of Port Phillip



by Adam Cass

Director Gary Abrahams
Red Stitch Season 2013



by Melissa Bubnic

Director Anne Browning
Red Stitch Season 2010
National Tour 2012


Red Sky Morning

by Tom Holloway

Director Sam Strong
Red Stitch Season 2008
The Fairfax Theatre Arts Centre (2009 Full Tilt)
National Tour 2010

Red Sky Morning was developed with the assistance of the Australia Council for the Arts, The RE Ross Trust and Arts Victoria.