“In each of Lethlean’s plays she is constantly driving forth a strong message that leaves us with new ideas. She is confident in what she portrays across her stage, bringing out a collection of emotions and ideas that twirl around within our mind. “
-Lara Franzi, PLAYWAVE 2018
“The strength of the night is the writing detail from scene to scene from Ms Lethlean – its preoccupations are indeed off-centre, quirky and refreshing”
- Kevin Jackson, The Blurb Magazine 2018
“Playwright Laura Lethlean is a restive thinker with a keen ear for contradictions and obfuscations in language that speaks to the failures between communication, intention and experience.”
- Lisa Thatcher 2018
“Lethlean excels in projecting people’s inner thoughts about their relationships with others onto the stage.”
- Jenna Schroder, Audrey Journal 2018
"Skilfully crafted exposés that shift and turn, avoiding the banal, the predictable and the cliché, while at the same time establishing relationships and interactions with an instantly recognisable truth.”
- Peter Wilkins, Canberra Critics Circle, 2015
“Conscious drama that boasts great stage and lighting design, puppetry and visual reveals.”
- Cameron Woodhead, the Age, 2013
Laura Lethlean is a Melbourne based playwright, with work produced in Melbourne, Sydney and Canberra. Laura is a graduate of NIDA's Writing for Performance MFA, an alumni of the ATYP Fresh Ink program and a founding member of The Anchor.
Laura directed her first play, ‘Plastic Pacific’ at The Substation in 2013, before being accepted into NIDAs Writing for Performance Masters of Fine Art. Since graduating, she formed a theatre company, The Anchor with directors Katie Cawthorne and Jessica Arthur. The Anchor then produced Laura's play ‘How Are You’ at the Public Theatre for the DESIGNcanberra Festival 2015.
Following this, Laura's play, ‘The Space Between the Fuel and the Fire’ was selected for production at NIDA 2016. Laura was then selected to be a part of Australian Theatre for Young People's (ATYP’s) Fresh Ink program, where she was mentored by leading playwright Ross Muller. Under Ross' mentorship, Laura wrote ‘Now is the Edge of the Universe’ and ‘Something Actually’. Both of these plays had staged readings at the Victorian Collage of the Arts in 2016. During this time, Laura also attended ATYP's National Studio.
In 2017, Laura worked as a script consultant for Screen Australia funded project ‘The Heros of Aus’, was lead artist in residence for the Maribyrnong City Council’s project ‘Memory Cycle’, and was a resident artist at Testing Grounds in Melbourne where a reading of her play ‘Where the Breath is Kept’ took place. Laura was also asked to be a featured guests during Play Writing Australia's live broadcast of Joanna Murray-Smith's Master Class on playwrighting. Also during 2017, Laura's play ‘The Three Graces’ was selected by Play Writing Australia for long form development. An excerpt from this play was featured in Kings Cross Theatre’s Story Tellers Festival in August 2018.
2018 brought Laura many highlights. She was commissioned by Canberra Youth Theatre, where her play ‘Fading’ was produced at the Canberra Theatre Centre. She was script consultant for the Screen Australia and YouTube Red funded short film ‘Rebooted’ by Michael Shanks. The Anchor’s project ‘Two Hearts', written by Laura and directed by Jessica Arthur, was staged at Kings Cross Theatre. Laura also co-wrote 'Strata Inc.' with Faran Martin, which was produced by North of Eight theatre company in November 2018.
2019 will see Laura's play Two Hearts directed by Katie Cawthorne and produced at The Butterfly Club, while her play The Three Graces will be produced at Theatre Works as a part of their Chapter Two season in May.
‘The Space Between the Fuel and the Fire’ is Laura’s first play to be published.