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, creating new channels for live work, and providing market development support to artists, 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.

Theatre at Home

Stage & Stream

Our popular blog for live theatre and performance streaming online lists the next week’s links in an easy daily format. All the Australian and NZ independent theatre and cabaret we can find plus a curated list of the best international shows, a handy arts education section, and opportunities for artists.
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Come To Where I Am – Australia

Produced in partnership with the UK’s Paines Plough #CTWIA will commission playwrights from around Australia to write short works about the towns they live in, which will be produced as short films for our new digital platform, with the potential for live performances with regional partners in future.
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Jillian Murray as Joan Didion in The Year of Magical Thinking. Image by Jodie Hutchinson

The Year of Magical Thinking

Woman in vintage early 20th century swimmers stands with arms crossed with her feet in the ocean.

Waves

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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. This has re-inspired my belief in the power of theatre and the value 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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