About Prompt

Malthouse Prompt is the crafty name of our youth and education program.

Malthouse Theatre invites you to join us for a season of theatre that searches for empathy in unexpected places, and focuses on characters at epic crossroads. In 2017 we offer a dynamic range of productions, workshops and programs with the support from our Prompt Education Partner, Victoria University.

We encourage young audiences and artists to engage deeply with all aspects of our work, and hope to provoke robust discussion, debate and reflections on the world around us. All our activities bring students, teachers and Malthouse Theatre artists together for a year of provocative theatre and inspiring adventures behind the scenes.

For education queries or to discuss your booking, contact the Prompt team.

YOUTH & EDUCATION MANAGER / (03) 9685 5164 /


EDUCATION PRODUCER / (03) 9685 5165 /

Education Supporters

Victoria University is proud to be the Education Partner of Malthouse Prompt. The Suitcase Series is supported by the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development and the Trawalla Foundation. Malthouse Prompt wishes to thank a number of our Muse donors for their specific support of this program.


VCE Playlisted 2017

Malthouse Theatre’s VCE playlisted shows are supported by our excellent Prompt Packs, VCE Seminars and Revisit the Play sessions, to ensure that you and your students have everything you need for a deep engagement with and rich analysis of these productions.


3 – 28 MAY 2017

BY / Michael Gow
DIRECTION / Matthew Lutton

VCE Theatre Studies (Unit 3)—Playlist

We are delighted to announce that the Malthouse Theatre production of Away has been selected for the 2017 VCE Theatre Studies Playlist (Unit 3).

Taking up playwright Michael Gow’s challenge to break apart the rules of theatre, Matthew Lutton’s production unleashes the full theatricality of the text; intimacy gives way to the epic, and suburbia 
is replaced with the dark spectacle of a tempest. As the pressure of family secrets gather into a storm and break, each mother and each family feels their way towards new, more hopeful ground.

Find out more

The Real and Imagined History of The Elephant Man

4 – 27 AUGUST 2017

BY / Tom Wright
DIRECTION / Matthew Lutton

VCE Theatre Studies (Unit 4)—Playlist

We are delighted to announce that the Malthouse Theatre production of The Real and Imagined History of The Elephant Man has been selected for the 2017 VCE Theatre Studies Playlist (Unit 4).

Joseph Merrick, better known as the Elephant Man, is cast out. He survived circus ‘freak shows’ and the revulsion of a gawking public for years until a young doctor offered him asylum at the London Hospital in 1879.

Now the team behind Malthouse Theatre’s Picnic at Hanging Rock, director Matthew Lutton and playwright Tom Wright, reunite to create a poignant new work that uncovers empathy in a world that rejects difference.

Find out more

Join Malthouse Theatre’s Artistic Director Matthew Lutton on the Merlyn Theatre stage for an in-depth presentation of the lighting, sound and set design for our two VCE Playlisted shows. Matthew will provide students with a unique insight into how the director’s vision is realised through stagecraft.

Away / 5pm, Wednesday 17 May
The Elephant Man / 5pm, Wednesday 16 August


Education Workshops and Tours

We offer outstanding resources on workshops run by experienced educators, actors and designers to inspire and challenge your VCE students.

We also offer bespoke workshops and tours designed to cater to your school's individual needs.

Vce Playlist

  • Design Presentation with Matthew Lutton
  • Revisit the Play

VCE Drama

  • The Solo
  • Ensemble Exchange

VCE Theatre Studies

  • The Mono

On Demand

  • Backstage Tours
  • Bespoke Workshops
Explore all Prompt Programs


The Suitcase Series

Our award winning education program.

The Suitcase Series empowers young people to tackle the greatest challenge of their generation: climate change. Year 9 and 10 students devise their own works in response to the commissioned script. This innovative program is a chance for students to develop and expand their theatre-making skills and to share a performance day with their peers, as well as viewing Malthouse Theatre’s full production of the play.

In 2017 we will see the return of the fourth play commissioned for this award-winning program: Turbine by Dan Giovannoni.




9am – 3.30pm, Wednesday 25 October
9am – 3.30pm, Thursday 26 October
9am – 3.30pm, Friday 27 October

9am – 3.30pm, Monday 30 October – SOLD OUT
9am – 3.30pm, Tuesday 31 October
9am – 3.30pm, Wednesday 1 November
9am – 3.30pm, Thursday 2 November
9am – 3.30pm, Friday 3 November

9am – 3.30pm, Wednesday 8 November
9am – 3.30pm, Thursday 9 November – SOLD OUT
9am – 3.30pm, Friday 10 November – SOLD OUT


October 17 / Courthouse Youth Arts, Geelong, contact Laura McIlrath:
November 14 / Latrobe Performing Arts Centre, Traralgon, contact Eloisa Tripodi:
November 17 / Wangaratta Performing Arts Centre, contact Penny Hargrave:


2011 / Drama Victoria Award for Innovative Curriculum for Drama (Years 7 – 10): Happiness
2012 /
Drama Victoria Award for Best Performance by a Theatre Company for Secondary Students (Years 7 – 10) : Tame
2014 /
Drama Victoria Award for Best Performance by a Theatre Company for Secondary Students (Years 7 – 10): normal.suburban.planetary.meltdown

The Suitcase Series is supported by the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development and the Trawalla Foundation.

A number of individual donors also support individual school participation – we thank you!


Planning your Education Visit

Useful information for school groups

Here's some general information to help you prepare for your visit to Malthouse Theatre. If you have any queries, please don't hesitate to contact Malthouse Prompt for more information on 03 9685 5164 or

Teacher previews are available for most performances. For more information see here.

Risk Assessment Guidance for Schools

It’s Malthouse Theatre so there’s always the chance that someone will get naked or say something rude. The nature of devising theatre is that things can change right up until opening night. If we feel that the content of a work may inhibit yours or your students’ enjoyment of the experience we will get in touch.

We’ve provided some Risk Assessment Guidance to assist teachers prepare for excursions to The Coopers Malthouse:

Education Ticket Information

Ticket prices for Prompt Education Programs and Malthouse Theatre performances can be found on individual event pages here.

Planning and Resources

Prompt Packs

Need a prompt? Prompt Packs are a free and invaluable resource that will give you an insight into how and why the performance was created. 

All Prompt Packs are available here.

Prompt Video

We have scores of videos about our shows including interviews with artists and creators. 

Our video channel can be found here.

Contact Malthouse Prompt for more information on 03 9685 5164 or

Make a Booking

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Primary and Secondary School Booking Form

Use this form for all teacher and student bookings and requests.

Fill out my online form.