MELBOURNE | La Mama Theatre in Carlton is one of Australia’s most iconic independent theatres. The theatre was founded by Betty Burstall in 1967, inspired by the ‘off Broadway’ scene in New York City. Over the years, it has built a global reputation as a hub for independent, contemporary theatre.
La Mama’s primary mission is to discover, uncover, and provide a platform for new voices and ideas. The theatre champions artistic individuality and freedom, prioritises accessibility, and celebrates a diverse community of artists and audiences alike. Creative risk is encouraged, and artists are fairly remunerated.
The theatre was significantly damaged by fire in 2019, and reopened in December 2021. The restoration and rebuilding of the original building includes a new rehearsal space, a green room and artists’ space, a kitchen and shower and a mezzanine with a breakout room. The theatre is wheelchair accessible, with solar panels and a water tank.
Offices are housed in a new building on the Shakahari restaurant side. The forecourt features a bright mural painted by Gumbaynggirr artist Aretha Brown.
Check out the La Mama website for details on upcoming performance and events.
La Mama Theatre
205 Faraday Street
Check La Mama website for schedule