We’re constantly struck by all the exciting things going on in Melbourne and busy trying to tell you about it, but one thing we’re really excited about at the moment is the independent theatre scene and its ability to constantly challenge our perceptions of what can be done on the stage (and off it).

With festival season upon us (Fringe and Melbourne Festivals in particular), there is no better time to get stuck in, so we’ve teamed up with Theatre Alive on a project to document it: The Theatre Post. Since kicking off a few weeks ago, we’ve discovered not just a great variety of productions in Melbourne, but a genuine pulse around the stage, theatre and various other theatrical and performance disciplines, and we’re excited to be a part of it.

So far, we’ve discovered operas in people’s living rooms, talked to roving reporters and picked out the best places for dinner and a drink pre or post show.

But over the next couple of weeks, you’ll be hearing even more from us. For our upcoming coverage, we’ve chatted with some of the most important people in the industry, including Mary Lou Jelbart (Artistic Director at FortyFiveDownstairs), up-and-coming actress Brigid Gallacher, as well as Gideon Obarzanek, as he begins his final project with Chunky Move, Assembly. We also asked Liz Jones from La Mama about her top picks for spring theatre and spoke to artistic directors at Red Stitch and 5pound on how they got involved in theatre in the first place.

So check the Theatre Alive website for regular updates on The Theatre Post by Broadsheet. Why not even head over there right now to read about what goes on backstage, as we pick the brains of a lighting designer, a sound engineer and a production manager.