The evening was hot and sultry, the wine flowed freely and the entertainment was good.
But even better than the great weather and perfect condiments was the fact that on Thursday night in a snug corner of the old Knitting Mills MKA Richmond's Writer Theatre was officially launched.
The 44 seat theatre was brimming over with thespians, artists and an assortment of other writers, directors and of course playwrights. Co-founders Tobias Manderson-Galvin and Glyn Roberts, appropriately equipped with fencing swords and bawdy humour welcomed the crowd into the new home of Melbourne's playwrights.
Simple and grateful, the informal welcome was followed by the cutting of the ribbon that took somewhat longer than intended but was heartily met with a cheer at every incisive step. Glasses were lifted and toasts were raised as MKA Richmond opened its doors to the artists of Australia.
Recent winner of St. Martins National Playwrighting Competition, Co-founder and Artistic Director of MKA Richmond,Tobias Manderson-Galvin explained that at the locus of this organisation is a 'dare', one that aims to bring theatre that is 'ambitious, eccentric, insightful, intelligent, terrifying, seductive, far-fetched, fantastic, heart-felt, mesmerising and always entertaining' to the Australian public.
'But also and perhaps more importantly, it is a challenge to all artists', he adds, ' A dare to make the best theatre there is.'
With the launch of MKA Richmond Melbourne's audiences are rustled into an exciting month of rehearsed playreadings celebrating an array of very diverse work. With a strong committment to local, Indigenous, national and international work MKA Richmond is definately the new watchword on the Melbourne Theatre Scene.
Something definately worth checking out.