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Stage & Stream – Streaming Theatre & Cabaret – May 8-14

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 8th  –  Thurs 14th May

AUSTRALIA / NZ BY DATE

Friday 8th May

  • FRIENDLY FEMINISM FOR THE MILD MANNERED
    Written and performed by Millicent Sarre, this is a smart and funny cabaret crash-course in intersectional feminism, featuring 10 original songs and backed by an all-woman band. Their 2020 Ad Fringe season was not smash taking home the Holden Street Theatres Award amongst three others!
    On-Demand – A$12
    FRINGEVIEW – www.adelaidefringe.com.au
  • 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/
  • LOVE SONGS AND DEDICATIONS – GEELONG ARTS CENTRE
    Two of Australian musical theatre’s leading men team up for a night of R&B, soul and funky acoustic classics. Join Bert LaBonte and Rob Tripolino for 40 minutes of live musical fun.
    8pm AEST – Free, please donate
    www.geelongartscentre.org.au/whats-on/bert-rob/
  • 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.
    3:30pm AEST – free, please donate
    FACEBOOK – www.facebook.com/events/2745559065730543/

Saturday 9th May

Sunday 10th May

  • TALES OF THE CITY BY THE SEA
    Join the stellar cast of the award-winning theatrical piece Tales of a City by the Sea, for an emotionally charged live reading of this lyrical love story on Zoom. You will also be treated to the show’s original songs, sung by the mesmerising Aseel Tayeh. The show sold out in 5 cities on it’s last tour, you don’t want to miss this.
    7.30pm AEST – Free, donations go to Zinah Association to create cultural toys for Gaza’s Toy Library.
    www.eventbrite.com.au
  • BARBAROI – AFTERDARK THEATRE
    Inspired by the world of shadows where anything goes, and the gritty underbelly of society, BARBAROI is a blend of high octane circus, cabaret and physical theatre from Australia’s After Dark Theatre.
    On-Demand – A$10
    FRINGEVIEW – www.adelaidefringe.com.au
  • 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
    Booff (Clint Bolster) is not your usual afternoon tea host. This clown with a twist is live every Sunday enjoying tea with artists, actors and performers from around Australia. Guests this week include Liz Skitch’s hilarious alter-ego Peta Swift and critically acclaimed and internationally renowned circus artist Rhett Morrow.
    3:30-4:30pm AEST – Free, please donate.
    FACEBOOK – www.facebook.com/clint.bolster
  • ROMEO AND JULIET – 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 11th May

  • SCRATCH NIGHT – SHOPFRONT
    Shopfront Arts Co-Op host scratch nights monthly to provide opportunities for young emerging artists. It’s a place for young performers to test new ideas and no two nights will ever be alike. Zoom details on their Facebook event page.
    7pm AEST – Free
    FACEBOOK 
  • THAT DARING AUSTRALIAN GIRL
    Joanne Hartstone’s original musical work tells the remarkable true story of Muriel Matters: a South Australian actress & elocutionist who became a leading public figure of the UK’s suffragette movement. Non-stop 5 star reviews and the 2020 Frank Ford Award should be enough to convince you to stream this tonight.
    On-Demand – $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 12th May

  • HEART SOUNDS CONCERT
    Direct from their homes to yours, an epic line up of Australian talent will celebrate International Nurses Day and our incredible Healthcare Workforce. Featuring (among MANY) David Campbell, Yve Blake, Virginia GAy, Rebecca Gibney, Hayden Tee, Clare Chihambakwe, and Eddie Perfect.
    7pm AEST – please donate
    FACEBOOK – www.facebook.com/HeartSoundsConcert/
  • ONCE UPON A TEASER: A DISNEY TRIBUTE
    Created by Viola Verve, and featuring award-winning burlesque artists alongside emerging talent, this magic carpet ride is not for the littlies – Rated R. No princess (or prince) is safe and it’s the perfect early-week boost when partnered with a little champagne.
    On-Demand – A$15
    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 13th May

  • 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. The first will be a conversation with Eva Di Cesare, the Director, Writer and Composer of their latest production, Edward the Emu. Interactive and fun there will be time for Eva to answer your questions.
    11am AEST – Free, please donate
    FACEBOOK – www.facebook.com/monkeybaatheatreco
  • DISENCHANTED: A CABARET OF TWISTED FAIRY TALES
    Eliane Morel’s not-for-kids cabaret transports you to vivacious Madame d’Aulnoy’s 17th Century Parisian salon, where you learn the twisted truth about your favourite fairy tales. Storytelling meets comedy with original music and song.
    On-Demand in 2 parts – A$10
    FRINGEVIEW – www.adelaidefringe.com.au
  • SLAY LIVE
    Sydney’s Universal Club – Each week witness some of Sydney’s fiercest drag talent compete to win what’s in the coveted SLAY BOX! Hosted by Carmen Geddit & Charisma Belle.
    9pm AEST – Free
    FACEBOOK – www.facebook.com/events/1377796425756504/
  • 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 14th May

  • THE MENTOR – HOPE NEW WORKS
    Young, attractive, actor Jordan begs to be mentored by famous former movie star Amanda Redfern, but does he have the resolution to follow her tutelage? ‘The Mentor’ delves into the quickly formed relationship of two generations and poses the question “why are you here? Really.” This play is for the students who have had teachers push them too far and for the teachers who have given everything they have and continue to give.
    7pm AEST – Free, please donate
    www.hopenewworks.com/developments/the-mentor
  • SPACE ENCOUNTERS
    One for the whole family! Astronauts Jefferson and Harris have been awoken in space due to a strange sound beaming into space! Help them on their quest to discover the source of the sound. What will they find on the planet and when their robot, Roland, malfunctions will they ever make it back home?
    On-Demand – A$10

    FRINGEVIEW – www.adelaidefringe.com.au
  • COUCH READINGS – THORNHILL THEATRE
    All the Rice Paddies in the World written by American playwright Danielle Wirsansky will be presented as part of Couch Readings on May 14th. “All the Rice Paddies in the World” is based on the true story of Grace Harada, a Japanese American in the 1940s, who was torn between her heritage and her citizenship. She decides to fight to find her place in a country that has turned its back on her.
    8pm AEST – Free – available on demand after
    FACEBOOK – www.facebook.com/ThornhillTheatreSpace

 

AUS/NZ ON-DEMAND

  • 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
  • TERRAPIN PUPPET THEATRE
    Contemporary puppetry performance company Terrapin have been busy making baked beans at a distance of 2m. Curious to know what that means? Visit their Vimeo page, click play, enjoy.
    On-Demand, Free – please donate
    www.vimeo.com/terrapintheatre
  • LOVE IN LOCKDOWN – GRISTMILL
    Robyn Butler and Lucy Durack wrote and produced this rom-com in isolation in just 17 days, 9 hours and 26 minutes. Featuring Eddie Perfect and Annie Maynard, directed by Wayne Hope, it’s six episodes of comic romance. Binge this one!
    On-Demand – Free, please donate
    www.gristmill.com.au/shows/love-in-lockdown
  • TERRAIN – BANGARRA DANCE COMPANY
    A hymn to country through contemporary dance, Terrain explores the relationship of Indigenous people to country and how landscape becomes a second skin, inspired by the timeless beauty of Kati Thanda in South Australia.
    On-Demand – free, please donate
    www.sydneyoperahouse.com/digital/season.html
  • 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. Streaming from 9th May.
    On-Demand, subscription service (Australia only)
    www.stan.com.au
  • MICHAEL GOW’S AWAY – SYDNEY THEATRE COMPANY / MALTHOUSE
    Three families embark on life-changing vacations in Michael Gow’s classic play, Away. This co-production between STC and Melbourne’s Malthouse, directed by Matthew Lutton, is streaming free on iView until 30th July.
    On-Demand, ABC iView (Australia only)
    www.iview.abc.net.au
  • THE ONE DAY OF THE YEAR 
    Trish Wadley Productions presents Alan Seymour’s iconic play, directed by Wayne Harrison, and created exclusively with an all star cast to commemorate ANZAC Day 2020. Features Mark Little, Kerry Fox, Daniel Monks, Paul Haley and Celeste Dodwell.
    On-Demand – Free
    YOUTUBE – www.youtube.com/watch?v=1_swwyKuhD0&feature=youtu.be
  • KIDS COUCH CONCERTS
    Hosted by Emily Who the Kids Couch Concerts were created as a way for independent preschool entertainers to keep connecting with the audiences they love. The project has produced two volumes now that take the form of a video variety show with artists like 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 special online-only season for 2020 will broadcast every fortnight beginning Friday 1 May, at 12 pm ACST (UTC +9:3O) with Garry Stewart’s The Beginning of Nature.
    On-Demand – Free, please donate
    www.adt.org.au/adapt/the-beginning-of-nature/
  • 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.
  • 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/
  • 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 for the latest content.
    www.facebook.com/TheRedRattler/
  • 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

INTERNATIONAL

  • PROVOK’D – A RESTORATION – GUILDHALL SCHOOL
    Filmed in 360 (suitable for VR players) – Restoration comedy collides with original rap and hip hop, challenging the parallels between a vicious and vibrant moment in theatrical history and a contemporary questioning of sexuality, gender politics and race.
    On-Demand – Free
    www.gsmd.ac.uk
  • 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/
  • ORPHEUS – GOBBLEDIGOOK THEATRE
    The UK’s Flanagan Collective and Gobbledigook Theatre’s internationally award winning modern re-telling of the ancient myth. A world of dive bars, side streets and ancient gods.
    On-Demand – A$15
    FRINGEVIEW – www.adelaidefringe.com.au
  • FUN HOME – VICTORY GARDENS THEATRE
    Chicago’s Victory Gardens Theatre will present a two-week streaming run of its acclaimed 2017 production of Fun Home. Gary Griffin directed Jeanine Tesori and Lisa Kron’s musical based on the graphic novel by Alison Bechdel. It won five Tony Awards in 2015 including for Best Musical and was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album
    Tuesday May 12 (ends May 24th) – US$20
    www.victorygardens.org/event/fun-home-streaming/
  • HAMLET – BERLIN FESTSPIELE
    In Johann Simon’s Bochum production, selected for the Berlin Festspiele, the multi-award-winning film and theater actress Sandra Hüller shines as Hamlet. {German Language}
    On-Demand, Free
    www.zdf.de
  • MIDNIGHT YOUR TIME – DONMAR WAREHOUSE
    This new UK production has been conceived for online broadcast. Acclaimed stage and screen actor Diana Quick will revive the role she originated in 2011, recording her performance via webcam at her home directed remotely by Michael Longhurst.
    On-Demand from May 13th
    YOUTUBE – www.youtube.com/user/DonmarWarehouse
  • OYSTERS – OYSTER CREATIVES
    Performed by an award-winning cast including Nicholas Collett (RSC), Neil Salvage (RNT) and Ahram Min as The Violinist – this small-stage dramedy, directed by Amy Bonsall, charts an evening of truths, passionate recriminations and farcical misunderstandings as three friends visit composer Johannes Brahms to celebrate a new concerto.
    On-Demand – A$15
    FRINGEVIEW – www.adelaidefringe.com.au
  • TIMELESS – B.DANCE
    Taiwan’s B.Dance Company presents Timeless – The beauty of a woman grows with the passing years. The elegant, confident, peaceful, honest, brave attitude grows in their heart to help to face the unknown world” – an all-dance presentation from choreographer Po-Cheng Tsai.
    Monday 11th May – 10pm (CST/GMT+8)
    FACEBOOK – www.facebook.com/B.DANCE.com.tw/
  • BE AT HOME FESTIVAL
    Birmingham’s annual festival of European performing and visual arts moves online from may 7-16 . More than a dozen events over ten days and there’s an entertainingly ecclectic mix of great performers on board.
    May 7 – 14 (UK) – check website for listings
    www.befestival.org
  • BOUND – SOUTHWARK PLAYHOUSE
    Bound follows the fortunes of six trawlermen from Devon as they embark on one final voyage. Compelled by the threat of bankruptcy, fishing trawler ‘The Violet’ is forced out into treacherous weather. Competing against the overpowering force of nature, the tribulations of life with the opposite sex and each other’s egos, will they lose more than a way of life?
    On-Demand – Various Prices, please donate
    www.southwarkplayhouse.co.uk
  • ANTONY & CLEOPATRA – NATIONAL THEATRE LIVE
    Watch Antony & Cleopatra, starring Ralph Fiennes, directed by Simon Godwin. At the fringes of a war-torn empire the Egyptian Queen Cleopatra and Mark Antony have fallen fiercely in love. In a tragic fight between devotion and duty, obsession becomes a catalyst for war.
    On-Demand 7th-14th May – Free – Closed Captions
    YOUTUBE – www.youtube.com/watch?v=lWc6_aCTqI0&feature=youtu.be
  • PIECES OF STRING – MERCURY THEATRE COLCHESTER
    This new British musical, which premiered on the Mercury stage, explores three generations of one family, alternating between the 1940s and the present day, telling the story of a World War II soldier who returned with a secret that he would carry until the day he died. Winner of the 2018 Stage Debut Award for Best Composer. Age guide 14+
    On-Demand – Free, please donate
    www.mercurytheatre.co.uk/pieces-of-string-online/
  • MEASURE FOR MEASURE – CHEEK BY JOWL
    Declan Donnellan directed this 2015 production at the Barbican London in partnership with Moscow Pushkin Drama Theatre. Told in Russian (English subtitles) the production was hailed as a ‘shattering portrait of contemporary Russia.’
    On-Demand – Free, please donate
    YOUTUBE – www.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=zqeaesGCJD8
  • DEAR IRELAND
    Ireland’s national theatre, The Abbey, commissioned 50 actors and 50 writers to create rapid-response monologues about the coronavrius crisis. Each one is self-recorded from isolation. An impressive lineup of writers and actors to enjoy.
    On-Demand – Free
    YOUTUBE – www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL2z1O2VioKplw05TdCnBSA4lLAyjQp4W5
  • THE UNKNOWN ISLAND – GATE THEATRE UK
    An inventive and rebellious adventure story about dreaming of the impossible and trying to cross the vast distances between ourselves and each other. Based on Nobel prize-winning novelist Jose Saramago’s short story, adapted for the stage by Ellen McDougall and Clare Slater. All  ages.
    On-Demand – Free, please donate Closed Captions
    www.gatetheatre.co.uk
  • THIS IS NOT MY HAT – LITTLE ANGEL THEATRE
    UK Puppetry company The Little Angel Theatre continue their series of short-format shows based on Jon Klassens children’s books. Pure joy in just 8 minutes.
    On-Demand – Free, please donate
    www.youtube.com/watch?v=NBJmp1c3XIQ

 

ARTIST OPPORTUNITIES

  • NEW – 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
  • NEW – 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
  • NEW – 12 HOUR PLAY FEST – THORNHILL THEATRE SPACE
    An interactive play writing challenge! Over the space of 12 hours the goal is to come up with an idea, write the play, read it and then edit to deliver a 10-15 minute play to share and get feedback on. Thornhill will read all the scripts and select one (or more) to be featured on their weekly “Couch Readings” live stream.
    9am-9pm AWST / 11am-11pm AEST – Free
    FACEBOOK – www.facebook.com/events/1106044749766513/
  • 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
  • GRANT WRITING WORKSHOPS – AUSPICIOUS ARTS
    Auspicious Arts is hosting two workshops on-demand that can help artists prepare grant applications from Moonee Valley Council and the City of Yarra – it’s a great time to sharpen our skills in this department if you have the headspace. www.auspicious.com.au/noticeboard/
  • 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. For 2020, and in response to the COVID 19 pandemic, 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
  • CIRCUS ARTS HUB
    Circus Arts Hub are bringing their best and brightest online for a series of panel discussions for Circus arts performers. See the full line up and register at www.thecircusartshub.com/events
  • ADELAIDE FRINGEVIEW
    The Adelaide Fringe team have been working hard to find a way to directly support artists during the crisis, and applications are now open for the pilot of an online, digital Fringe experience. Artists are invited to register a video as a Fringe event. In the spirit of Fringe they’re open to all genres. 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. Brave New Rough & Ready is 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.

SAVE THE DATE

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

  • FRI MAY 15 – THE SAPPHO SHOW
    The Sappho Show is a monthly event featuring some of Australia’s best LGBTQ+ women performer for LGBTQ+ women and allies. We’re taking our May show online and featuring Sydney based singer/songwriter Dani El-Rassi, Australia top female speed painter Sarah Rowan and “Irresistibly sultry” soul, pop & R&B artist Rayn. 
  • SAT MAY 16 – 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.
  • SAT MAY 16 – THE TAP PACK – 8pm – 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.
  • SAT MAY 16 & SUN MAY 17 – SEQUIN SESSIONS
    Cabaret star Michaela Burger returns with all-new Sequin Sessions shows! On Saturday May 16th it’s an all-80’s retro adventure for the grown ups and on Sunday tune in for the very first kid’s session to feature Michaela’s original songs for children. We’re excited to see Michaela back on air (and stage).

EDUCATION / ACTIVITIES

  • NEW – 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
  • Stage Door
    Is an online theatre and performance training program by Q Theatre. This series includes a variety of workshops for creative people of all ages, skills levels and needs. Participants attend a weekly workshop across an 8-week term to learn new skills and work towards a new performance outcome. Each workshop will run via Zoom and Google Classrooms and will allow you to start out, step up, ignite, accelerate or access and build on new performance skills, keeping you connected and collaborating in these unusual times.
  • 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

 

a collage of posters and performance images from the productions listed in the blog article.