Nina Culley

Nina Culley is a writer and horror enthusiast based in Naarm. She’s the Studio Manager and Director of Melbourne Young Writers' Studio where she also teaches creative writing. Her works have appeared in Kill Your Darlings, Aniko Press and Eureka Street.

Nina's Latest Articles

A table laden with food and candles.

Theatre review: Perpetual Stew, Midsumma Festival

Bite-sized stories served at dinner.

overflow. A woman stands next to a basin in a graffitied club toilet. She is wearing a fishnet top and short black skirt and preening for the camera.

Performance review: Overflow, Arts Centre Melbourne

A discomforting but illuminating exploration of the trans and gender-diverse experience.

Slippery. Image is three white faced clowns (one of whom is bearded and bald) with big ruffs and hearts on the front of their gowns.

Theatre review: Slippery, The Butterfly Club, Midsumma Festival

Mayhem ensues when a polyamorous love square becomes a triangle and one of the lovers returns as a ghost to…

The Long Pigs. Image is a darkly malevolent clown, sporting a black nose and brandishing a cleaver.

Theatre review: The Long Pigs, Theatre Works

Darkly funny, this production pits black nose clowns against their cheery red nose counterparts.


Musical review: Dogfight, Chapel Off Chapel

What does a contemporary stage adaptation of this 90s movie about misogyny and sexual politics look like?

In the Club. Image is a theatre set of a dark smoky club with a black and red striped bench seat and a young man sitting with a young woman on his knee.

Theatre review: In the Club, Theatre Works

Patricia Cornelius' play tackles consent, coercion and sexual violence in the AFL.

Fradulent horse girls. Image is a young girl in a blue jumper, red and white stripey T-shirt below, and orange waistcoat with hands on her chest looking upwards in a pleading fashion, with horse pictures behind her.

Performance review: All the Fraudulent Horse Girls, Trades Hall, Melbourne Fringe Festival

A queer coming-of-age production that involved a fever dream of horses and the novelist work of Cormac McCarthy.

Mr. III三III. Image is three men with juggling pins. One is seated in front of a drum kit.

Circus review: Mr.  III三III (Mr Three), NICA, Melbourne Fringe Festival

Office workers trying to break away from corporate, capitalist routines.


Performance review: Pattern of Plants, The Eleventh Hour Theatre

An ensemble with traditional Japanese and baroque Western instruments looked musically into the world of plants.


Theatre review: Powder Room, The MC Showroom

Forget the dance floor, the real action happens in the bathroom.