Hayes Theatre Co

A home for Music Theatre and Cabaret in Sydney.

Hayes Theatre Co


SHOWLAB is an educational initiative from HAYES CREATIVE DEVELOPMENT, where aspiring writers and composers present an excerpt from their musical to a committee of industry professionals and receive feedback on their work.

SHOWLAB is a full day dedicated to musical theatre writing and composition. All participants are present for the other presentations and feedback seasons with up to 12 musicals presented on the day.


Who is eligible?

Anyone at all. Your musical does not need to be finished or completed for you to present, nor do you need to have written a musical before. There’s no cost to be involved. We do receive many more submissions than we can support however, so there’s no guarantee of a place on the day.

What should I present?

Each participant presents up to 10 minutes of their work, which could incorporate a brief overview or synopsis, musical numbers (with or without lyrics) or dialogue scenes. Remember that this is not a pitch session or competition, we want to focus on the work itself. Due to the online format, presentations may be given live or pre-recorded.

Will my musical be programmed by Hayes?

SHOWLAB is designed to provide advice to emerging writers and composers. If you’d like to apply for development assistance or submit your work for consideration by our Programming Committee you need to apply to our Open Submissions Program separately.

How do I apply to the program?

To indicate your interest in this program, please send an email with a brief outline of your project or idea, including any development so far. You may wish to indicate the areas for which you would appreciate advice (e.g. plot development, dramaturgy, songwriting). You can expect to hear whether you have secured a spot within 7 days.