FreshMint Theatre

FreshMint Theatre is a platform dedicated to the development of unique and contemporary Australian music theatre, via readings and workshops. It is a new initiative under the Watch This banner, aligned in its philosophies but distinct from the production of Sondheim repertoire. In line with your values, this platform promotes diverse voices and inclusive theatre practice.


In 2019, with support from Darebin Arts and our wonderful Friends of Watch This, we piloted this initiative with a development workshop for Vidya Makan's Woman, a musical based on the lives of gender non-conforming Danish artists, Gerda Wegener and Lili Elbe. Set against the backdrop of the bohemian art scene at the turn of the 20th century, Woman is a highly ambitious and provocative work about women fighting for their voices in a man's world. Musically, it references a broad range of styles – from Hair to Hamilton.


We are currently seeking ongoing project funding to ensure the viability of this platform in 2020 and beyond. Watch This is well positioned to apply the considerable skill-set and unique lens of its artistic leadership to nurture local composer/ lyricists in the next stages of developing new work - a feedback process that is crucial to writers in the creative process. To support new and diverse voices in Australian music theatre, click here and follow the prompts to make a tax deductible donation.



WOMAN by Vidya Makan

Workshop Cast:

Grace Phoebe Panaretos
Andre / Lili Rosalind Silver / James Majoos
Painted Woman 1 / Other Roles Melanie Hillman
Painted Woman 2 / Other Roles Bianca Bruce
Painted Woman 3 / Claudine Ayesha Madon
Elena Imogen Spendlove
Georgio Nelson Gardner
Henri / Picasso Zack Curran
Frantisek / Matisse Tod Strike
Louis Vauxcelles Darcy Brown