Supporting Regional Audiences

Through touring to an ever-expanding network of locations around regional, remote and rural Australia, we are ensuring that audiences can experience diverse & innovative professional live performance.

Creating Opportunities for Artists

By extending the life of outstanding productions and providing market development support to artists through touring, we are supporting sustainable careers for Australian artists and providing longevity for their work.

Mentorships, Residencies & Exchange

Through our regular forums, residencies and workshops, we are fostering an exchange of ideas and knowledge, contributing to a strong, connected, healthy, diverse, vibrant and inter-connected theatre culture.

Our Latest Works

A Little Piece of Ash

Hamlet: Prince of Skidmark

Pacific actor Goretti Chadwick, dressed in traditional dress with flower in hair pulled back holds a chicken. She has a quizzical look on her face.

Still Life With Chickens

Rovers

Our 2019 Touring Productions

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What They’re Saying

“Wonderful to experience such a well-crafted – and truly epic – play; thank you again for making it work for us to have it come to Central Australia.”

Mark Crees, Director, Araluen Cultural PrecinctTHOMAS MURRAY & THE UPSIDE DOWN RIVER

“Loved the singing and great music incorporated into the show. We definitely need more comedy in the country to relieve the stresses of rural life!”

Susan from BarrabaHOOTING & HOWLING 2016

“A very high quality show with exceptional production values. I have great trust in the quality of Critical Stages work.”

Jill Standfield, QUT Gardens TheatreTHERESE RAQUIN 2017

“What an amazing play. The response was excellent, even a small standing ovation for the play!
Very positive feedback. Such a slick production and a masterclass in acting. Thank you for letting us be a part of your tour. As usual a quality, professional production from Critical Stages.”

Stephen Pike, Queanbeyan Performing Arts CentreStones in his Pockets

“The show was wonderful – the design, the soundscape, the subtle lighting changes, the direction and transitions and the actor’s work were all just perfectly balance to create a fun and yet moving night in the theatre. I really loved it. Thank you. ”

Peter Ross Manager, Capitol Theatre TamworthSTONES IN HIS POCKETS 2017

“It was great to see a period drama with such high production values on our stage: amazing set, fabulous costumes and talented actors. It’s always a pleasure to have a Critical Stages production at the Whitehorse Centre.”

Centre Coordinator, Whitehorse CentreTHERESE RAQUIN 2017

““Loved it and was moved to tears. On exiting the theatre there was a buzz with our patrons, you could hear them discuss the play in a positive way. One looked me and stated ‘BRILIANT!!!’”

Valli Pappini, Queens Park Theatre, Geraldton Stones in his Pockets

“"Cartwright and Hawkins’ whirlwind, muscular performances, and terrific direction by Chris
Bendall, on a welcome return to Perth, made for a genuinely engaging entertainment that was
warmly, and justly, applauded by a capacity audience."”

David Zampatti, The West AustralianStones in his Pockets

“We presented Jurassica in Griffith last night. As I sat in the audience it was great to hear another language spoken on stage and to hear people laughing along at the Italian language punchlines. I spoke to people after the show and they were universally impressed with it- and rather taken aback by their own quite profound reactions to it. Today - for the first time ever - I had people coming into the Theatre especially to tell me how much they loved the play - how it raised so many issues, provoked so much thought and discussion and was so brilliantly presented. The audience may not have been big but it was very very deep. After a tough couple of weeks this has re-inspired my belief in the power of theatre and the value of persisting in the often thankless project of bringing more challenging works to regional audiences. Thank you.”

Raina Savage, Griffin Regional TheatreJurassica

“"It was incredibly physical… Visually spectacular… Constant colour and movement… It’s a relationship condensed into one hour. A really joyous experience – like Valentine’s Day on crack!” ”

Fleur Kilpatrick, 3RRR MelbourneI Want to Know What Love Is

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