Homegrown Independents Program

Homegrown Independents Program is the Empire Theatre Projects Company’s assisted hire program encouraging the development and production of new and exciting works, allowing them space to be seen and presented. Independent producers are afforded expert advice and assistance to produce their event.

The program allows for experimentation, collaboration and creative freedom and produces high quality results. It is designed to provide access, develop community capacity, support local emerging artists and develop theatre audiences by introducing them to new and local adventurous work.

Presenters apply for the program through a competitive application process and 2018’s program includes 6 productions covering drama, dance, cabaret and children’s theatre. Tickets will be available six weeks prior to the first performance of each show.

See below what is on offer this year and mark it in your calendar!


Show Information

by Declan Green 
Empire Theatre Studio
 Playing from May 30- June 2
Show dates and times TBC 

Sebastian and Claryssa, a suburban stereotype and a wanna-be Wiccan, find solace and strength in each others company.  When they’re together, nothing else seems to matter, everything just feels… right.

But things are never that easy.  What should be just another night drinking goon under the flood-lights takes an unexpected turn with an unexpected arrival, the ultimate betrayal and an inconceivable vision.

Written by award-winning Australian Playwright Declan Greene, Moth explores the themes of friendship, bullying, mental health and the mounting pressures of adolescent ordeal in this griping two-handed drama.

Who will be left standing once the dust has settled?

Sebastian – Harry Harms
Claryssa – Rianna Jenkinson

Moth is the winner of the AWGIE Theatre for young Audiences Award, 2011. 

MOTH was originally produced by Malthouse Theatre VIC in 2011.