Lab Kelpie is a not for profit theatre company dedicated to the production of new work by Australian playwrights.
We actively seek out works that engage audiences by interrogating with intelligence and vigour how relationships, power, family, love and politics function in the twenty first century.
As strong advocates of new writing, we support Australian playwrights by commissioning, developing, presenting and touring their work, encouraging our writers to take risks and inspire audiences with the themes and messages they want to explore.
“One of Australia’s most exciting independent theatre companies on the rise.” – Maxim Boon, The Music
Originating from the green hills of Gippsland and now based in Melbourne, Lab Kelpie was founded in 2012 by Artistic Director Lyall Brooks and Creative Producer Adam Fawcett.
Their critically acclaimed production of Elegy about the plight of LBGT refugees was a Premier Event for the 2016 Midsumma Festival, while their production of Katy Warner’s A Prudent Man was nominated for Best Performance and won the WA Tour Ready Award and the Bank Australia Audience Choice Award from over 400 shows at the 2016 Melbourne Fringe Festival.
Their two latest works A Prudent Man and Spencer, both by Katy Warner, have garnered three Green Room Award nominations.
Previous works have toured to regional Victoria and interstate including Queensland, New South Wales, Western Australia and internationally to New Zealand.