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Stage & Stream – Streaming Theatre & Cabaret – May 15-21

Welcome to the Critical Stages Touring list of streaming theatre, cabaret, arts education and artist opportunities happening online this week and next. Here you won’t just find the best, you’ll also find indy works from Oz and NZ that aren’t featured anywhere else. The list is updated throughout the week so if you find something we don’t know about, make sure we do!

Donation links will take you directly to donations for that project – please consider supporting the artists who entertain you, they need your support the same way you need entertainment. And if you have something to share send a message to robbi@criticalstages.com.au or complete the form. We are especially keen to hear from independent artists and those streaming accessible performances.

Stage And Stream Links
Fri 15th – Thursday 21st May

AUSTRALIA / NZ BY DATE

Friday 15th May

  • THE SAPPHO SHOW
    The Sappho Show is a monthly event featuring some of Australia’s best LGBTQ+ women performers. They’re taking their May show online featuring Sydney based singer/songwriter Dani El-Rassi, Australia’s top female speed painter Sarah Rowan and “Irresistibly sultry” soul, pop & R&B artist Rayn.
    6.30pm-8.30pm AEST – $10, $25 or $50 – Pay the ticket price y ou can afford Closed Captions available
    www.hopin.to/events/the-sappho-show
  • THE ISOLATE LATE SHOW – LITTLE RED COMPANY
    Lockdown and stay-up every Friday night with The IsoLate Late Show. The show has been gaining huge audiences over the last few weeks and continues to raise funds for Australian performers in association with the Actors’ And Entertainers’ Benevolent Fund. Hosted by Naomi Price.
    8pm AEST – Free – Please donate
    FACEBOOK & YOUTUBE – www.facebook.com/events/153740219261322/
  • BATS HAPPY HOUR
    Wellington’s BATS Theatre are hosting weekly happy hours hosted by the BATS team via Zoom. It’s drinks, laughs and an opportunity for some cross-Tasman covid support. Only, it’s much more fun than we just mad it sound.
    5.30 – 7pm UTC +12 / 3.30 – 5pm AEST – Free, NZ$5+
    www.bats.co.nz/whats-on/bats-happy-hour/
  • LOUD N QUEER TV 
    Sydney’s Create or Die and Heaps Gay have partnered with support of DPLR, Listen Up Music and local artist Rackett to produce a weekly live-streamed party featuring live music, performance art, interviews and the kind of queer content no one else is doing.
    8pm AEST – Free – Please donate
    FACEBOOK – www.facebook.com/events/572187253654625/
  • LET’S FRIDAY WITH THE LISTIES
    Will there be remote Learning? No! Will it be informative? Unlikely! Will it be barely held together chaos? Probably! Kid’s favourites The Listies are back with a weekly live-stream of the kind of madness that only they can make. Tune in and LOL out.
    4:30pm AEST – free, please donate
    FACEBOOK – www.facebook.com/events/2745559065730543/

Saturday 16th May

  • VARIETYVILLE – ACTS OF ABSURDITY
    Streaming out of Melbourne is Varietyville’s new live show featuring some of Australia’s leading cabaret and performance artists. Hosted by The Dandy and Foxy Moron. Special Guests are announced very close to show time. 
    7:40pm AEST – A$5+ Pay what you can afford. Patron of the Arts tickets available.
    www.varietyville.net
  • COOPED UP CABARET
    Each show will feature a tasty selection of performers from all over Australia (and international, if ya lucky!)… Magic in the kitchen? Comedy in the bathroom? Fire show in the backyard? Burlesque in the living room? Aerials in the hallway? You’ll never know what you’re gonna get, with Cooped-Up Cabaret! 16+
    8pm AEST – A$15.71
    Broadcast via Zoom
  • I’VE BEEN THINKING (ABOUT GROWING UP)
    An immersive 12 hour live stream theatre performance where you the audience are invited to engage with, question, call and connect with artist Zed Hopkins as he attempts to traverse the transition from youth into adulthood. Zed is about to graduate college (on the 17th) so before he officially becomes an ‘educated member of society’ he’s surrendering to you – the audience – for the 12 hours between sunset and the sunrise that marks his entrance to adulthood.
    May 16th 6pm to May 17th 6am , AEST – Free
    FACEBOOK – www.facebook.com/events/162086001888757/
  • THE TAP PACK 
    Following the smash hit season in 2018, the modern kings of swing return to transport you to a world of timeless entertainment. Performing live from the Joan Sutherland Theatre at the Sydney Opera House, direct to your living room. Get ready for some slick suits, classic tunes and magic moves.
    On-Demand from 8pm AEST – Free
    www.sydneyoperahouse.com/digital/season/cabaret/the-tap-pack-live.html
  • SEQUIN SESSIONS
    Cabaret star Michaela Burger returns with all-new Sequin Sessions shows! Tonight it’s all-80’s retro adventure for the grown ups featuring all the music you remember, or wish you could. Michaela’s trademark humour and fabulous voice is a great way to spend Saturday night. Tune in again with the little ones for a children’s cabaret special on Sunday.
    8pm AEST – Free, please donate
    www.michaelaburger.live/
  • LIVE FROM STONEWALL
    The Stonewall Hotel, Create & Cast and Undefine Media present an exciting new weekly multi-camera live-stream community entertainment variety hour starring Minnie Cooper.
    8pm AEST – Free, please donate
  • BEGOTTEN – MINOLA THEATRE
    A special lockdown edition of Begotten, the new play by award-winning playwright Bianca Butler Reynolds. Hear the stories of five generations of women, spanning a century and two continents, as they grapple with motherhood, grief, war, sanity and revenge. Directed by Kat Dekker. Audio-only.
    Listening Party 7.30pm – then On-Demand – Pay what you can
    FACEBOOK – www.facebook.com/events/188425775809027

Sunday 17th May

  • SUNDAY SONNETS
    A fortnightly reading of William Shakespeare’s timeless poetry, to be read by an incredible ensemble of actors, based in both Australia and overseas in a joint live feed. Directed by Sam Haft.
    11am AEST – Free
    FACEBOOK – www.facebook.com/events/1344454095751292/
  • MUSICAL MUGWUMPS
    Each week a new musical for artists to perform is announced. Artists volunteer to be part of the read/sing-through and on Sunday nights these brave performers go live for a non-rehearsed, full run through of the show! 
    7pm AEST – Free
    FACEBOOK – www.facebook.com/MusicalMugwumps/
  • AFTERNOON TEA WITH BOOFF
    This is final week in what has been a fabulous way to spend Sunday afternoons. Join Booff (Clint Bolster), the clown with a twist, live as he entertains his final guests – ABC weatherspunk Nate Byrne, QLD whip-cracking champion S.T. Ruth, More Than Mime’s The Gentleman, and a surprise fourth artist! Let’s hope Booff will be back soon. 
    3:30-4:30pm AEST – Free, please donate.
    FACEBOOK – www.facebook.com/clint.bolster
  • THE WINTER’S TALE – STREAMED SHAKESPEARE
    The seventh (yes, seventh) live-streamed, virtual staged reading of Shakespeare’s works is Romeo & Juliet, directed by Sasha Danswan
    2pm AEST – Free, please donate
    FACEBOOK –  www.facebook.com/StreamedShakespeare/

Monday 18th May

  • ADULTING – TASH YORK
    If you’ve ever been engaged at 19, or racked up parking fines worth a house deposit, then like Tash York you’ve probably not mastered Adulting. A spoken word journey into one adults failure to, well, adult. Winner of Adelaide Fringe Best Cabaret Weekly Award.
    On-Demand – A$15
    FRINGEVIEW – www.adelaidefringe.com.au
  • BRAVE NEW ROUGH & READY – BRAVE NEW WORD
    The first week of submissions to Sydney’s indy storytelling darlings, Brave New Word, were an eclectic and exciting round of shortform stories. There’s a new round every week and this week will centre around the theme ‘nostalgia’. Start every night with a quick story from great Australian thetare makers.
    6pm (Daily) AEST – Free
    FACEBOOK – www.facebook.com/BraveNewWordTC/
  • THE STORY CHUNDER WITH MATT YOUNG
    Matt’s weekly live event was performed at Brisbane’s BackDock Arts. Every week a new lot of storytellers spew forth their most entertaining stories for your delight or disapproval. Join host Matt Young (TBS’s WRECKED, original Australian cast of THE PRODUCERS) for the livestream then listen to his podcast on Spotify, iTunes, Twitch or where ever you listen to podcasts.
    7pm AEST – Free, please donate.
    INSTAGRAM – www.instagram.com/thestorychunder

Tuesday 19th May

  • 30,000 NOTES – JOSH BELPIRIO
    Adelaide-based artist Josh Belperio has 4,434 notes on his iPhone, 3,923 voice memos, 3 drawers full of handwritten notes, and scores of original compositions
    totaling over 100,000 musical notes. With a virtual string quartet and choir of 16, watch Josh weave a story of finding love, of finding who we can love, and how we can carry with us those who are no longer here. Winner of 3 Adelaide Fringe Awards in 2019, and a favourite of the Critical Stages Touring team when we were in town for the festival.
    On-Demand – A$5
    FRINGEVIEW – www.adelaidefringe.com.au
  • CORONAVLOG
    Using her psychological insight, musical therapy exercises and psychic powers, the very fictional Jan van de Stool is here to unwrap the #Coronavirus news, in an attempt to help tens of people around the world, weekly.
    On-Demand – A$1.98
    VIMEO – www.vimeo.com/ondemand/coronavlog
  • HOME THEATRE ARTS
    This online collective record a zoom group performance every week and host a global weekly watch party every Tuesday.
    7pm AEST – Free
    http://tiny.cc/HomeTheatreArts

Wednesday 20th May

  • WE’LL DANCE ON THE ASH OF THE APOCALYPSE
    This evocative new play by Australian playwright Melissa-Kelly Franklin tells the story of a young couple living in a world ravaged by climate change. Described as original and moving, and an outstanding piece of theatre by its original audience at London’s Bathway Theatre, this one act play explores the ethical and emotional implications of raising children in a precarious world.
    On-Demand – A$5
    FRINGEVIEW – www.adelaidefringe.com.au
  • ART CENTRE MELBOURNE’S BIG NIGHT IN
    Arts Centre Melbourne, one of Australia’s most important artistic hubs for more than 35 years, has teamed up with John Foreman’s Aussie Pops Orchestra to present a weekly live digital show every Wednesday at 7pm. Special guests, great chat, top performers!
    7pm – Free – Please donate
    www.artscentremelbourne.com.au/

Thursday 21st May

  • THIRSTY! – GRIFFIN THEATRE  CO
    Multidisciplinary artist and interactive performance extraordinaire Roshelle Fong had audiences on the edge of their seats with her Griffin Lock-In performance of Thirsty!, a witty, contemporary internet-noir performance piece for the quarantine era.
    7pm AEST – Free, please donate
    www.griffintheatre.com.au/whats-on/thirsty/
  • BE A BILLIONAIRE – HOPE NEW WORKS
    Life isn’t going well for Beau, until an appearance on the game show ‘Who Wants to Be a Billionaire,’ sends Beau’s world spiralling out of control in a clash of identity, family, love and grief. This musical is a whacky, farcical over the top comedy packed to the brim with humour and heartache in contemporary Australia
    7pm AEST – Free, please donate
    www.hopenewworks.com
  • FAILED BECHDEL TEST – THORNHILL THEATRE
    Pedro Diegues’ play will be presented as part of Thornhill’s Couch Readings today. After a disappointing book club session where little time was spent discussing literature due to conversations circling back to husbands and boyfriends, 2 women decide to have an exclusive one on one book club in  a coffee shop where they’re conversation also spirals onto the topic of men. Featuring Australian actors Elisa Vitagliani and Fernanda Murialdo.
    postponed until May 28th
    FACEBOOK – www.facebook.com/ThornhillTheatreSpace
  • WHAT DAY IS IT ANYWAY – MOONTAN
    Moontan Productions, Anywhere Festival and The University of Queensland have come together to create a live-streamed improv special for QLD artists. Live Captioning.
    6pm AEST – Free
    FACEBOOK – www.facebook.com/MoontanProductions/
  • ME AND ME MATES
    A 30 minute concert of Australian folk and country yarns and song told with wry Australian humour. Presented by South Australian-based artists and live streamed from the Marion Cultural Centre. 

    11:30am AEST – Free
    FACEBOOK – www.facebook.com/menmemate

 

AUS/NZ ON-DEMAND

  • MOUNTAIN GOAT MOUNTAIN – THRESHOLD
    Families across Australia have the opportunity to participate in an adventurous new audio-led theatre experience, developed during isolation for families to enjoy at home. Guided by a narrative soundscape, families will embark on this 45-minute theatrical experience using only a charged audio device (computer, phone of tablet), a bed sheet (the bigger the better), a piece of blank paper (A4 will do) and favourite pencils, pens or textas.
    On-Demand from May 14 – A$12.95 for 30 days access
    www.artscentremelbourne.com.au
  • ADELAIDE FRINGEVIEW
    Adelaide Fringe Festival has launched a digital project and there’s a ton of content across every genre of performance. We’ve highlight a few in the list this week but it’s well worth checking out the full offering.
    On-Demand, limited time – check site for listings
    www.adelaidefringe.com.au/fringeview
  • NANDHU – BANGARRA DANCE COMPANY
    Bangarra have curated a new digital offering – Nandhu (‘to be close in Wiradjuri language) – which will include a selection of performances from their repertoire. Each will be presented with interviews, BHS features and more to dive deeper into each work.
    On-Demand – free, please donate
    www.bangarra-knowledgeground.com.au
  • STAN ORIGINAL LOCKDOWN COMEDY FESTIVAL
    Filled in the homes of comedians in isolation the specials will features over 25 Australian comedians making us chuckle from the (dis)comfort of their living rooms. Four specials over four weeks from 9th May.
    On-Demand, subscription service (Australia only)
    www.stan.com.au
  • KIDS COUCH CONCERTS
    Hosted by Emily Who the Kids Couch Concerts were created as a way for indy preschool entertainers to keep connecting with the audiences they love. The project has produced two volumes that take the form of a video variety show featuring The Mik Maks, Pevan and Sarah and Avocado Smash. 95% of profits go the artists involved.
    On-Demand – A$11.95 to purchase, A$5.95 to rent
    VIMEO – Volume 1 & Volume 2
  • ADAPT – AUSTRALIAN DANCE THEATRE
    Australian Dance Theatre’s exciting online-only season for 2020 is on-demand with new shows going live regularly.
    On-Demand – Free, please donate
    www.adt.org.au/adapt/the-beginning-of-nature/
  • GEELONG ARTS CENTRE
    Watch previous editions of their live-streamed events that have featured artists including Michaela Burger, Jude Perl and Hassall.
    On-Demand – Free, please donate
    www.geelongartscentre.org.au
  • RED RATTLER 
    Sydney’s Red Rattler Theatre is at the heart of emerging, fringe and queer arts practice, and this week they begin a new fortnightly online events series with a screening of Kelli Jean Drinkwater’s groundbreaking documentary Nothing To Lose. There’s lots to come from the rattler so bookmark them and check back Fridays.
    www.facebook.com/TheRedRattler/
  • MARDI GRAS LINK LIST
    Looking for great queer content and a complete listing of drag performances happening online? Sydney Mardi Gras has a handy list with far more shows than we can list here and some great music picks as well. Check it out here.
  • PLAYWAVE
    Youth arts access platform Playwave is curating their own list of online offerings that are suitable for theatre lovers 16-21. They’re updating the page regularly and also offering a number of creative resources that anyone with a teen in the house should check out.
    www.playwave.com.au
  • MONKEY BAA THEATRE CO
    Look behind the scenes of one of the world’s best children’s theatre makers. Each session will give young people an insight into the many people who work to create a live theatre production. New episodes coming soon. Previous live-streams available on-demand.
    On-Demand – Free, please donate
    FACEBOOK – www.facebook.com/monkeybaatheatreco

INTERNATIONAL

  • THE ENCOUNTER – COMPLICITE
    We were absolutely blown away by this production when it was part of Sydney Festival. Inspired by the book Amazon Beaming by Petru Popescu. Simon McBurney traces McIntyre’s journey into the depths of the Amazon rainforest, incorporating innovative technology into his solo performance to build a shifting world of sound. Bring your headphones!
    On-Demand from Friday 15 May (7pm BSET) to Friday 22 May (10pm BST) – Free
    www.complicite.org/theencounteronline
  • BOMBSHELL – THE FULL CONCERT
    Fans of SMASH rejoice – the streaming of the full concert of BOMBSHELL  is going online. The musical, in which SMASH cast members reunite to sing the complete score of the musical within the hit TV show, about the life of Marilyn Monroe.
    The show will stream May 20th at 8PM ET.
    www.people.com
  • HITLER’S TASTERS
    Hitler’s Tasters is inspired by true events. Three times a day, every day, a group of young women have the opportunity to die for their country. They are Adolf Hitler’s food tasters. And what do girls discuss as they wait to see if they will live through another meal? Like all girls, throughout time, they gossip and dream, they question and dance. They want to love, laugh, and above all they want to survive. Written by Michelle Brooks (daughter of comic legend Mel Brooks). This US production was a huge hit at Edinburgh Fringe, taking out The Stage’s best of fringe award.
    On-Demand until May 20 – US$15
    www.hitlerstasterstheplay.com/
  • PEACH COBBLER – BIG MOOD
    A recording from the 2020 Adelaide Fringe season. An immersive theatre work performed and filmed in an everyday suburban home, which examines the conversations had behind closed doors. 
    On-Demand – A$20
    FRINGEVIEW – www.adelaidefringe.com.au
  • A MONSTER CALLS – THE OLD VIC
    The Old Vic are making a number of their incredible shows available but we recommend starting with this one from Saturday – Patrick Ness’s piercing novel A Monster Calls is brought to The Old Vic stage in a powerful new adaptation by visionary director Sally Cookson.
    On-Demand from May 16 (UK) – Free
    YOUTUBE – www.youtube.com/user/OldVicTheatre/videos
  • BARBER SHOP CHRONICLES – NATIONAL THEATRE LIVE 
    Directed by Olivier award-winning director Bijan Sheibani, this heart-warming, hilarious and insightful new play leaps from a barber shop in Peckham to Johannesburg, Harare, Kampala, Lagos and Accra over the course of a single day. On-Demand from May 14th (UK). Closed captions.
    YOUTUBE – www.youtube.com/watch?v=oNxfr9tSsSc
  • A DOLL’S HOUSE – LYRIC THEATRE
    A Doll’s House opened at the Lyric in September 2019, the production was filmed at the end of the run and will be available to view from 2.30pm until midnight on Wednesday 20 May on the Lyric’s YouTube channel. Directed by Rachel O-Riordan. Closed captions.
    On-Demand May 20, 2.30pm – Midnight BST – Free, please donate
    www.lyric.co.uk
  • CABARET – DONMAR WAREHOUSE
    The legendary 1993 West End production of Cabaret starring Jane Horrocks and Alan Cumming is available to stream free on YouTube. A piece of theatre history! 
    On-Demand – Free
    YOUTUBE – www.youtube.com/watch?v=IOs82ubFyFQ
  • GROUNDED – DEAFINITELY THEATRE
    Deafinitely Theatre’s production of Grounded by George Brant performed at Park Theatre. George Brant’s electric monologue Grounded was one of the first plays to explore a new form of war – presented in British Sign Language. Closed captions.
    On-Demand – Free
    YOUTUBE – www.youtube.com/watch?v=k1W8rdCm_SM
  • KIKA’S BIRTHDAY – WATFORD PALACE
    Kika’s Birthday is a delightful story, with puppetry, by award winning storyteller Danyah Miller. It was first performed at Orange Tree Theatre in London, in December 2017. Watch with little ones 4+.
    From 15 May UK – Pay what you can afford
    www.watfordpalacetheatre.co.uk
  • MANCHESTER INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL
    MIF has an ongoing online programme featuring new shows, archive productions and artist talks. There’s some fantastic offerings for lovers of UK arts, especially on May 22nd when the immersive Party Skills for the End of the World becomes available on the platform.
    On-Demand – see site for full listings and details
    www.mif.co.uk
  • THE MIDNIGHT GANG – CHICHESTER FESTIVAL THEATRE
    Brought to the stage by Bryony Lavery and Director Dale Rooks, This inventive tale of fun, friendship and the importance of kindness is adapted from David Walliams‘s biggest selling children’s book of 2016. One for the whole family! Closed captions.
    On-Demand until May 30 – Free
    www.cft.org.uk
  • THERE IS HAPPINESS THAT MORNING IS – CATASTROPHIC
    Mickle Maher’s play is a comedy in rhymed verse that centers on two lectures on the poetry of William Blake–delivered by a pair of professors who were caught having sex on the campus lawn the night before.
    On-Demand – Free
    YOUTUBE – www.youtube.com
  • MACBETH – FOLGER THEATRE
    Shakespeare’s chilling Scottish tragedy is realized by Emmy-winning magician Teller (of Penn & Teller) and Helen Hayes Award-winning director Aaron Posner as a startling, supernatural show brimming with magic, mayhem, and madness.
    On-Demand – Free
    www.folger.edu/video-macbeth-folger-theatre

 

ARTIST OPPORTUNITIES

  • NEW – MINI FILM & SCRIPT COMPETITION – THEATRE BUGS & ADELAIDE THEATRE
    Calling all young Filmmakers & Screenwriters! This is your chance to win $500 and other Awards in the inaugural ATABUG Mini Film & Script Competition. There are two competitions to enter: 1. Produce a three-minute film, a slideshow with voice over, a music video, an animation, a documentary, or a musical. OR 2. Write a three-page script. Pay to enter – A$37.50 per entry. Entries close June 7th.
    www.filmfreeway.com/Atabug
  • NEW – NATIONAL THEATRE OF PARRAMATTA – OPEN DAYS
    NTofP is looking to meet arts professionals (performers, designers, creatives) from Western Sydney to do auditions and talk ideas, which may lead to commissions and paid opportunities. Open Days on 1 & 2 Jul (possibly via Zoom). www.riversideparramatta.com.au/NTofP/engage/opendays/
  • NEW – PRAYAS THEATRE – SHORT SCRIPT DEVELOPMENT
    Prayas is looking to develop short-form, original plays by local Kiwi writers to be included in a future production. We are seeking first drafts of bite-sized works which will be assessed and shortlisted by a panel of NZ theatre professionals. If shortlisted, the script will be put through a process of development, with resources from us, with the aim to programme it in a future anthology show. www.prayas.co.nz
  • NEW – PARLOUR GAMES – CASTING
    James Harvy is casting for a zoom-enabled read of Neale Irwin’s Parlour Games, a murder mystery inspired by Agatha Christie. If you’re keen to take part email James with your headshot and short bio – jamesharvy@gmail.com
  • METRO ARTS
    Queensland-based artists should take note – Metro Arts offering support for the creation of four new creative projects. This new program is aimed at providing artists opportunities to create work ready for presentation in and around their new home at West Village, in late 2020. Applications close Sunday, 24 May 2020, midnight. www.metroarts.com.au/call-for-proposals-2020
  • KEEP HEART PENRITH
    The new online program Keep Heart Penrith delivered by Penrith Performing and Visual Arts will help guide audiences and community to the new changed arts world via Creative Care Packs; a series of arts-based content & learning delivered to your email address.
    www.qtheatre.com.au/keep-heart-penrith/
  • LITTLE LUNCH ONLINE – ARTS FRONT
    Little Lunch Online is a chance to check in and connect with each other while we grab a quick bite of lunch, or a morning coffee for folk in the West. It’s a quick 30 minute window to share ideas and resources, and plan our actions in responding to the pandemic, the climate crisis and whatever global emergency awaits us next.
    Daily, Midday AEST – Free
    www.artsfront.com/event/37103-little-lunch-online-llol
  • BROWN’S MART BUILD UP 
    BUILD UP is Brown’s Mart’s seeding and development program. Projects can be for research or creative development of new projects by Independent Theatre artists working and living in the top end of the NT. These projects are for any stage of development and are designed to support a fertile environment for the creation of new
    NT theatre. Brown’s Mart will offer 3 new BUILD UP opportunities. 2 more rounds, with applications closing on the 18th May and 15th June. Full details at www.brownsmart.com.au
  • ADELAIDE FRINGEVIEW
    Applications are open until May 31 for the pilot of their online, digital Fringe experience, now running. Artists are invited to register a video as a Fringe event. It is free to register as an artist and take part in the pilot, with Fringe waiving all registration and artist ticketing fees to make it available to everyone. And this will eventually be a ticketed event! Get all the details here.
  • BRAVE NEW ROUGH & READY
    Sydney indy favourites Brave New Word Theatre Co are inviting artists to take part in a new project – an open access, weekly invitation to tell a story from your own home and have it featured on their networks. There are very finite guidelines that make participation easy, and a weekly theme to inspire you. Seven performances will be showcased weekly. Get all the details on their Facebook page.
  • PERFORMING LINES
    Performing lines have put together an exhaustive list of resources, grant links and current programs that every artist and independent org should look over.  www.performinglines.org.au

SAVE THE DATE

These are the future streams that are high on our list – get them into your diary now!

  • FRI MAY 22 – SUN MAY 24 – BELVOIR IN CONCERT

    Streaming from Friday 22 May for one weekend only, Belvoir in Concert presents the best of Belvoir’s songs in a series of specially recorded performances by their original cast members. Just for the joy of it!  If you’ve been a fan of the music and musicals Sydney’s iconic theatre company has produced over the years you son’t want to miss this, and there’s a big lineup coming. 

  • SAT MAY 23 – SUMMER OF THE SEVENTEETH DOLL – BLACK SWAN THEATRE COMPANY
    Black Swan State Theatre Company of WA is celebrating national treasure Ray Lawler’s 99th birthday on Saturday 23 May at 7.30pm WST with a stream of the much-loved play Summer of the Seventeenth Doll from their 2018 season. Pre-register for this now and don’t miss out.

  • MON MAY 25 – LOCKDOWN FOR LOVERS
    Koorliny Arts Centre presents crooner Jake Dennis in “Lockdown for Lovers,” a romantic selection of classic swing, jazz, and blues songs made famous by Bobby Darin, Frank Sinatra, Michael Buble, Ray Charles, and Tony Bennett. The live event goes for thirty minutes from 11.30am AEST. A recording will not be available after the live event. www.facebook.com/koorlinyartscentre/
  • SAT MAY 30 – ANANSI THE SPIDER RE-SPUN – UNICORN THEATRE & THE GUARDIAN
    The Guardian and Unicorn Theatre present a free digital theatre series inspired by its acclaimed 2019 production Anansi the Spider. Three tales about the mischievous folkloric webspinner, designed for audiences aged three to eight, will be streamed on Saturday mornings on the Guardian website and the Unicorn’s YouTube channel.
  • SUN – MAY 31 – SLAMALAMADINGDONG
    Poetry slam kings Slamalamadingdong’s May Slam has the same structure and flair of an online slam, but with an international feature close to Slama Fama’s heart and more poetic stories shared! Special guest poet this month – Texas-born Afro-Latinx performance artist Arielle Cottingham/

EDUCATION / ACTIVITIES

  • NEW – Curious Legends Workshops
    Newcastle’s Curious Legends are running a series of free, live streamed workshops from their studio every Tuesday and Thursday @ 4pm AEST. Aimed at helping kids and parents in lockdown, as well as to support artists during this time. Workshops explore performance, puppetry, clowning, making, dance, storytelling, and much else besides!  Supported by Create NSW, Orica, and Newcastle Region Library. www.curiouslegends.com.au/out-of-the-box
  • Barking Gecko Theatre – Isolate > Create > Connect
    Made in collaboration with ThinkArts in India. A weekly video delivered by teaching artists from BGT and ThinkArts online, children aged 5 to 17 will set a creative task inviting them to create a small artwork capturing their perspective on the world right now. Each week children will be asked to upload their creation digitally to the Barking Gecko website. At the end of the 10 week-long project we will have created a digital scrapbook that documents this unprecedented time in history through the eyes of children. Now in week 4 it’s not too late to jump in and get creative with kids around the world. No cost. www.barkinggecko.com.au
  • ATYP Home Theatre Plays – With help from the ATYP Foundation, Australian Theatre for Young People have commissioned 10 brilliant Australian playwrights to each write a 5-minute script that you can download and perform with your family and friends (when visitors are allowed at your place or try it with your friends over Zoom!). Each script features 2-6 characters, with a mix of some young people and some adults. Anyone in your house can play any character – or multiple characters! There are no boundaries! And if you want to share your reading with the world submit it to ATYP for inclusion in their YouTube Channel. All the details at www.atyp.com.au
  • Poetry In Action – this NFP touring company has brought their popular education program online to stream into homes and classrooms. There are 4 performances in line with curriculum for Years 5-12. Visit www.poetryinaction.com.au for more info.
  • Storyville Live – Storyville’s in-school program sends performers to read much-loved storybooks to children. For the next couple of weeks they’ll be trialling live storytime via Facebook, and it’s well worth it for those with little ones at home. 11am and 3pm AEST daily – free www.facebook.com/theStoryville/
  • Slingsby by Request – South Australian theatre company Slingsby has created an online resource of live performances in line with curriculum. The first work is Emil and the Detectives by Erich Kastner, adapted for the stage by Nicki Bloom. Teachers and home-teachers should check out this great new resource.  www.slingsby.net.au/slingsby-by-request/
  • Audioplay – This is unlike any other activity out there at the moment. An immersive play experience for kids (ages 6-12) where they download an audio story in which they play one of the characters using ordinary household items for props. Creative play just got so much better! www.audioplay.me
  • Shake & Stir Interact
    Since 2006, shake & stir drama classes have been a regular extra-curricular activity adored by tens of thousands of students, and now their latest program has moved online. Each week, your child will engage with a carefully-planned, professionally-produced and, most importantly, super-fun 30 minutes of creative play, at home. We’re talking drama activities and performance-based games that will get them acting and keep them active. www.shakeandstirinteract.com.au
  • ATYP Online
    Australian Theatre for Young People have brought made their drama programs virtual just in time for term 2. A selection of their regular programs will be facilitated live each week via Zoom and Google Classroom. Participants will work with a skilled ATYP tutor and classmates in an interactive online space from the safety of their homes. It’s just one of several programs teachers and home teachers should discover. www.atyp.com.au
  • Patch Theatre
    Patch Theatre has been making shows for 4–8 year old children and their families from our home in South Australia since 1972. In our nearly 48 years, Patch has made 110 much loved theatre works and performed to over 1.8 million children around the world. They’re posting regular updates to arts activities for little ones online, and via Facebook and Instagram. www.patchtheatre.org.au/activities
  • Polyglot Theatre
    Children’s theatre makers Polyglot have developed a series of new arts activities that will keep young ones busy and thinking during creative play. There’s heaps of fun stuff to explore and if you don’t have kids we highly recommend doing them anyway because a) they’re fun and b) home-grown hilarity is needed right now. www.polyglot.org.au/polyglot-at-home/
  • Riverside Theatres
    Parramatta’s Riverside Theatres has always had a fantastic education team and resources to match – and now a directory of teacher resources from past performances is available on their website. There’s also a super-handy (and HUGE) listing of other online resources that teachers and parents should not miss. www.riversideparramatta.com.au