The VDL

The VDL Monologue Competition 2020 entries

Thank you and congratulations to everyone who entered the VDL’s inaugural Monologue Competition. Forty six entries were received. We appreciate the work and commitment that went into every entry and were particularly impressed with the number of original scripts. The adjudicators scored each entry ‘blind’ and the overall scores were tallied by an independent party […]

Deborah Fabbro – beyond the call of duty

Whether working on her own or someone else’s production, Deborah has shown a capacity to do more than expected in a selfless and conscientious way. Director, Production Manager, Reviewer and, importantly for the theatre community, Treasurer for the VDL, Deborah has worked many hours in the VDL office. With our City office closed for months […]

FROM CONVICTS TO COVID-19 – AMATEUR THEATRE IN VICTORIA

book review by Ken Barnes Imagine being able to consult a thoroughly-researched reference work which covered the entire history of amateur (or community) theatre and explored the many facets of this form of entertainment in Victoria. That dream has become a reality with the imminent release of Dr. Cheryl Threadgold’s authoritative book In the Name […]

THE ADVENTURES OF A VDL REVIEWER by Ken Barnes

The health authorities keep telling us to stay home, so I’ve been busying myself leafing through the back issues of Theatrecraft and can recommend this as a way to keep sane during the corona virus lockdown. It turns out that I’ve been a VDL reviewer for 17 years and in that time have seen over […]

ALISON CAMPBELL RATE – WORDPOWER, MINDPOWER, GIRLPOWER.

To some in our world she may seem to be unobtrusive but look out, she’s got the helicopter vision to quickly identify what’s gone wrong and how to fix it. Writer of 3 full length plays, full time professional administrator, best actor and support actor awards, VDL Secretary now for seven years, Alison is a […]

DRU BARTLETT: Nothing she won’t take on as a theatre person (except making scones!)

When VDL President asked Awards Adjudication Co Ordinator Dru, for a resume of her life in and out and roundabout theatre he was unprepared for what he got from her. He then replied, “Your response takes my breath away, so much info it’s simply: Supercalifrajalisticexpialidocious – I need to take some time to work out […]