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Arete festival


Areté originates in ancient Greece and has many interpretations. It is generally understood to mean striving for excellence, being the best that you can be and is also wound up in the notion of moral virtue. For Dionysus Theatre, Areté is a festival of short plays, performance works and visual arts; manifesting unique thought through innovative performance and visual arts.


Dionysus Theatre focuses on a theme each year that sparks artists to reflect on our society and its morals. 


Writers and Artists of any medium can submit their short scripts or visual works for consideration. Anyone is welcome to submit. Writers can be published, previously performed or virgin wielders of the theatrical pen. Submissions are invited from interested visual artists who wish to respond to the theme in their own mediums with work to be exhibited at and/or used within the performance itself. Local artists are welcomed. Experienced or emerging directors are always encouraged to apply.


Beginning in 2014, Areté was created by Dionysus Theatre’s Company Director, Emma Sproule, in response to those inspiring playwrights and artists who found it challenging to find a place to present their works. Areté provides a safe and professional platform for artists of all theatrical natures to to hone their craft, providing support for excellence and an audience for feedback. After each season, Areté is carefully reflected upon and sharpened for best practice with and for our artists.


We proudly house our performances at Cube37 at Frankston Arts Centre and support the artistic community through our original festival concept.



Arete - Epsilon

"Happiness is beneficial for the body, but it is grief that develops the powers of the mind" - Marcel Proust



- Second Chance

- A Short and Beautiful Moment - 'The Swanry Story'

- Moving On

- Happiness Is An Illusion

- Just Some Yellow Daisies

- In and Out of My Mind (Pythia)

- A Voice From The Past with Jeremy Hanson

- Works of Helmut von Push

- The Growing Pain

- Nothing is Forever and Nothing is Forever

Set piece - Sally Curry


- Brett Ashby (visual art)

- Michelle Robertson (installation)

- Melanie Thomas (installation)



Arete - Delta

"I think you travel to search and you come back home to find yourself there"

-Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie 


- Between Water and Air

- Coping

- Still Waters

- Nigella

- Rumours of my Death

- Notes From a Notebook & A '78 Bedford Van

- Holly and the Ivan Blues

- The Verbatim Quilt

- Brasil/France/India (Pythia)

Set piece - Annalise Scott


- Lauren Varcoe (photography)

- Vicky Karitinos (poetry)

- Hayley Lawson-Smith (playwright)

- Sheridan Killingback (music)



Arete - Gamma

"Science is a way of thinking much more than it is a body of knowledge"

- Carl Sagan


- Adam and Eve

- The Half Life of Truth

- A Method

- Of Cabbages and Kings

- Gretel's Episodes

- Isolation (Pythia)

Set piece - Brett Hicks


- Sarah Farrugia (poetry)

- Bryce Flint (oil on glass)

- Kellie Lindemann (photography)



Arete - Beta

"Technology proposes itself as the architect of our intimacies..."

- Sherry Turkle


- Edit and Delete

- Bed Head

- Cards

- On the Line

- My 'About Me'

Set piece - David Hatcher


- Erson Carbajosa (photography)



Arete - Alpha

"For most of history Anonymous was a woman"

- Virginia Woolf


- Casilde

- F.A.C.T.S.

- Blue for a Boy

- Venus in the Mirror

- Shocked

- A or B?

- Feminism is not a Dirty Word

Set piece - Michael Van Der Linden


- Laura Purcell (exhibition)

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