Writing for Theatre and Film

Goolarri Writers Program 2014!

Writing for Theatre and Film

Goolarri Writers Program 2014!


Have you got a script hidden under your bed you’ve never shown anyone?


Got a note book full of ideas, but don’t know what to do with them?


Or a story you’d love to tell but don’t know the first thing about how to go about it?




In recognition of the wealth of stories and talent that abounds in Broome and the Kimberley region, GOOLARRI Media has created a unique, professionally tailored writing program targeting Indigenous artists seeking to develop their skills as writers and to progress their work towards professional performance or film scripts. The express purpose of this program is to support the emergence of new Indigenous writers for theatre, performance, film and TV, and to seed new works. The program is inspired by similar initiatives pioneered by Indigenous theatre companies ILBIJERRI Theatre in Melbourne, Yirra Yaakin in Perth as well as Playwriting Australia.


By developing the skills of Indigenous writers in a supportive environment, Goolarri can continue to assist the emergence of new contemporary Indigenous stories, told in our own unique voices.


Coordinated by playwright/facilitator Mari Lourey and scriptwriter/trainer Dot West you will learn the nuts and bolts skills of writing so that you can get your words from the page to the stage or screen.


Sessions will begin the 2nd week of April and will run approximately fortnightly until the end of May and resume in mid July.  All material produced will remain the Copyright of the writers. The program will include rehearsed readings of your work in progress and Masterclasses from leading industry veterans!



Who the presenters are:


Mari Lourey is an award winning playwright, performer and dramaturg who came to theatre via a music background. Her most recent play Bare Witness completed a national tour with Performing Lines 2012, following a sold out premiere season in Melbourne. She is currently developing a new work Dirt Cloud that was recently work-shopped in Sydney with Playwriting Australia, directed by Leah Purcell. Previous independent work includes the critically acclaimed Dirty Angels, (La Mama ’03, regional Victorian tour ’04).


Between 2002-06 she was researcher, writer and performer of several plays for the ground breaking Torch Project company, including the Green Room and Vic Health Award winning The Bridge, 2003, made with the Murray River communities of north-west Victoria directed by Rachael Maza. She holds a Masters in Performance Writing from VCA University of Melbourne, and has just received her second Ross Trust Award for Dirt Cloud.


Between 2010 – ’13 she was co-facilitator of ILBIJERRI Theatre’s Black Writers Lab. She has led major artistic projects in communities including The Big Issue’s Homeless Not Artless project.  Between 1996-99 she worked with Beyond A Shadow Of a Doubt shadow puppet theatre company which performed numerous shows around Victoria and NSW, as well as performing in various bands. She is currently resident in Broome.



Dot West is a 53 year old Ngoongar woman from the South west of Western Australia, but has been living and working in the Kimberley region for the last 36 years. Dot has worked in the Indigenous media industry for over 25 years in various managerial and operational roles. Whilst in these roles she had the opportunity to write content for both Indigenous radio and television services.


In 1996 Dot completed a Batchelor of Arts in Media Studies and in her last year focused on screen writing. Once she returned to work full-time with Goolarri Media she was able to apply her skills and knowledge taking up roles such as script editor and 3rd Assistant Director for the Mary G Show Series 1 & 2, Scriptwriter and Co-Producer for the Circuit 1 & 2 along with various other projects.


In 2010 she left her employment to pursue her career in scriptwriting.  She has been fortunate enough to work on a variety of works including corporate, social marketing, drama and documentary. Her recent projects for a national audience are two short dramas 'In the Air' and ‘High Tide’ along with documentaries 'Muster Up', ‘Characters of Broome’ and ‘Elizika’. Dot has been recognized for her work in Indigenous Media and scriptwriting by being awarded in 2005 Tudawali Award and the local Kullarri Region NAIDOC award.


In 2008 she received two accolades from the WA Screen Awards, one for Outstanding Contribution to the WA Screen Industry and a Scriptwriting Award for Circuit 2.  In 2009 along with the other writers of the Circuit 2 Dot received the Australian Writers Guild award for Television original miniseries.


Goolarri Writers Program 2014 has been generously sponsored through






This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body.