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Stage & Stream Australia – Streaming Theatre & Cabaret

By April 24, 2020 No Comments

Welcome to the definitive Australian 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 elsewhere. The list is updated throughout the week so if you find something we don’t know about, make sure we do!

NEW THIS WEEK – check out the ‘Save the Date’ section at the end of the list for our pick of what’s coming up in the weeks ahead.

Donation links will take you directly to donations for that project – please consider supporting the artists who entertain you, they need your love the same way you need entertainment. 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 – April 24th – 30th

AUSTRALIA / NZ BY DATE

Friday 24th April

  • HAYDEN TEE
    Hayden Tee (Les Miserables, Matilda) recently made his Philippine stage debut as the authoritative principal Miss Trunchbull as part of the international touring company of Matilda The Musical, and now he is helping raise funds for the displaced workers of the Pinoy arts community. Tee is one of the biggest names in Australian musical theatre right now – you don’t want to miss it.
    9pm AEST – Free – Please donate
    YOUTUBE – www.youtube.com/PalabasTayo
  • THE ISO LATE SHOW – LITTLE RED COMPANY
    Lockdown and stay-up every Friday night with The IsoLate Late Show – an online concert to raise money for Australia’s creative workforce, streamed live out of Brisbane every Friday. 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 with special guests weekly.
    8pm AEST – Free – Please donate
    FACEBOOK & YOUTUBE – www.facebook.com/events/153740219261322/
  • FABULASH FRIDAYS
    Melbourne’s Vau d/vile Drag Cabaret is ensuring your drag fix is met with a weekly live-streamed drag variety hour. Interactive, naughty, and lots of fun. Locals will love seeing favourites like Bumpa Love and Jemima Handful on stage again.
    8pm AEST – $10, proceeds to artists
    CROWDCAST via www.facebook.com/vaudvile/
  • LOUD N QUEER TV 
    Sydney’s Create or Die and Heaps Gay have partnered with suport 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/

Saturday 25th April

  • BREAKING GLASS – CARRIAGEWORKS
    Sydney Chamber Opera specialise in vivid stagings of chamber opera. In Breaking Glass they present four new one-act mini-operas composed by emerging female composers Peggy Polias, Josephine Macken, Georgia Scott and Bree van Reyk. The Breaking Glass program was due to premiere just after the lockdown came into effect and thanks to the SCO and Carriageworks you can see it tonight!
    7.30pm AEST – Free, please donate
    FACEBOOK – https://www.facebook.com/carriageworks
  • LIVE FROM YOUR LIVING ROOM
    Created and hosted by entertainer Adam Perryman (Legally Blonde: The Musical) to create performance work for local artists, this weekly live variety show is bringing singers, actors and triple threats from around Australia together and the list of great talent is pretty extensive. Episode three goes live tonight but there are two previous episodes you can binge right now.
    7:20pm AEST – Free – Please donate
    YOUTUBE – youtu.be/yTg2PJw5NwI
  • LIVE FROM STONEWALL
    The Stonewall Hotel, Create & Cast and Undefine Media present an exciting new weekly multi-camera live-stream community entertainment show starring Minnie Cooper. Premiere week!
    8pm AEST – Free, please donate
  • LOUNGE ROOM SESSIONS
    Lounge Room Sessions is a comedy, drag, burlesque and DJ live-streamed event, hosted by Sarah Marriott, brought to you by Australian performers every week.
    8pm AEST – Free, please donate
    YOUTUBE – www.youtube.com/channel/UC9wZ8NKqvZQG7e3Swuf2vcQ

Sunday 26th April

Monday 27th April

  • 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
  • KIDS STORYTIME WITH HANNA CONDA
    Join Sydney Drag Queen, Hannah Conda, each Monday to listen to this weeks’ chosen childrens book.
    2.30pm AEST – Free
    FACEBOOK – www.facebook.com/hannahconda13

Tuesday 28th April

  • ANDY DEXTERITY
    The truth is you can stream recent videos from Andy at any time but we thought he deserved a call out in the calendar because on Tuesdays we all need something to cheer us up right? You may already know Andy from the interwebs (remember that time at TEDx?) but since returning from LA to Sydney recently Andy has been in iso with his neon-clad parents (whose cameos are fantastic) making short clips that delight, inspire and, yes, educate. Follow him on Facebook and then go for the deep dive for all the goodness. You won’t regret it.
    On-Demand – Free – please donate
    FACEBOOK – www.facebook.com/dandywobbler
  • CORONAVLOG
    From humble beginnings in Schiermonnikoog (an unpronounceable village in Holland), to being seen by over one million viewers in theatres, TV and online, Jan van de Stool, is no stranger to fame. But she has always ‘kept it real’ by presenting self-help workshops at her local Munudji Scout Hall in Woy Woy, where, over the years, she has helped, literally, tens of people. Using her psychological insight, musical therapy exercises and psychic powers, Jan unwraps the weekly #Coronavirus news, in an attempt to help tens more people around the world through this difficult period.
    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. Previous readings include Like Mother, Like Daughter by Warren Paul Glover, and The Boar.
    7pm AEST – Free
    http://tiny.cc/HomeTheatreArts

Wednesday 29th April

  • STREET by LIVIU MONSTED
    This is a recording of the newly published work STREET, recently performed at the Sydney Fringe Festival in support of “Youth Off The Streets”. STREET is a hard-hitting, confronting commentary on homelessness and social responsibility, written in response to the increasing homeless population in Sydney. “It is not so much a story of why or how they ended up homeless, nor does it present a neat solution to their situation, rather it raises our consciousness and asks us to look more closely at those living on the streets.” – Stage Whispers
    On-Demand – Free
    YOUTUBE – www.youtube.com/watch?v=aHpMVAaujDw&feature=youtu.be
  • 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, starting this week! First episode will feature Casey Donovan (Chicago) and Josh Piterman (The Phantom of the Opera).
    7pm – Free – Please donate
    www.artscentremelbourne.com.au/
  • THE GIRL WHO FORGOT TO SING BADLY – SOH DIGITAL
    Peggy O’Hegarty and her parents are packers. They squeeze fruit into tins, foxes into boxes, even bikes into brown paper bags. But one day, the jobs stop coming in. How will Peggy save the day? Suitable for ages 6+. Closed Captions.
    4pm AEST – Free
    www.sydneyoperahouse.com

Thursday 30th April

  • THE SOOTERKIN – HOPE NEW WORKS
    Diana Simmonds is the latest writer to contribute to the Hope New Works initiative, and The Sooterkin has had quite the journey to get here. First published in 1999, Tom Gilling’s novel about the bizarre birth of a child who appears to be more seal than human plays out in colonial Tasmania during the Winter of 1821. Diana Simonds’ adaptation first came to life during a Bundanon Trust residency and thank s to New Hope Works is now ready for your attention. Don’t miss it.
    7pm AEST – Free – Please donate
    www.hopenewworks.com
  • AN EVENING WITH ADAM NOVIELLO
    Whilst appearing in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory: The New Musical, Adam was hard at work producing his award winning feature film debut, SPENCER, and to raise funds he ran a Pozible crowd funding campaign where donors were rewarded with tickets to a one night only cabaret performance, An Evening With Adam Noviello at Hares & Hyenas in Fitzroy, Melbourne. The night of the show was filmed for archival purposes only, but now be proudly shown to the world to benefit the Victorian Actors’ Benevolent Fund.
    7.30pm AEST – Please donate
    YOUTUBE – www.youtube.com
  • THE RICHARD P DICK VAN JOHNSON SHOW
    Australian cabaret and performance artist Duckie L’Orange has been making wacky, interactive and terribly fun shows for over a decade, and she’s been seen everywhere from the Sydney Opera House to the Ufafabrik Germany. Now based in Berlin, Duckie is back as Richard P Dick Van Johnson in a live-streamed late night/early morning chat show featuring infamous special guests in music, comedy and weirdness, weekly.
    Thursdays 6am AEST / Wednesdays 10pm CET – Free
    YOUTUBE – www.youtube.com/duckielorange
  • SURRY HILLS LIVE
    The City of Sydney chipped in to create and promote local live gigs in the suburb’s pubs through this program, and now these gigs are gone, they’ve moved them online. Evening shows will be streaming through March.
    7.30pm AEST Thursdays – Free
    FACEBOOK – www.facebook.com/surryhills.live

AUS/NZ ON-DEMAND & REGULAR

  • 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. A perfect midday stopping point for artists and arts professionals.
    Daily, Midday AEST – Free
    www.artsfront.com/event/37103-little-lunch-online-llol
  • CABARET ON THE COUCH
    Performer/Writer Nikki Aitkin is live streaming her podcast from Melbourne with a special guest every week. Tune in and find out what happens when the lashes come off. This week’s guest – Sarah-Louise Young!
    On-Demand – Free
    www.nikkiaitken.com/cabaret-on-the-couch.html
  • FROM OUR HOUSE TO YOURS
    The Sydney Opera House’s new digital initiate launches new content daily from Wednesday to Sunday every week. From symphony performances to panel discussions with leading writers, and archival from incredible forecourt shows – it’s going to be just as varied as the house itself. Click over to see what’s on screen this week.
    On-Demand – free
    www.sydneyoperahouse.com/digital/season.html
  • KIDS COUCH CONCERT
    Hosted by Emily Who and produced in association with Sydney’s Rogue Projects, The Aussie Kids Couch Concert brings together 10 fabulous children’s entertainers from across Australia for a song-filled hour of fun in your living room, and some of it from theirs! Purchase or rent on-demand with all proceeds going to the artists, and keep an eye out for concert #2, rumoured to be dropping any minute now.
    On demand – $11.95 to purchase, $5.95 to rent
    VIMEO – www.vimeo.com/ondemand/kidscouchconcert

EDUCATION / ACTIVITES

  • 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

INTERNATIONAL

  • NEW – NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD – REMIX
    Seven strangers take refuge from flesh eating ‘ghouls’ in an isolated farmhouse.  As the night draws in, their situation becomes desperate, hope turns to despair, and the picket-fence American dream is smashed apart. Seven performers enter the stage armed with cameras. Can they recreate the film, shot-for-shot before our eyes, using whatever they can lay their hands on? 50 years after the release of George A.Romero’s politically charged zombie movie, imitating the dog and Leeds Playhouse create a love-song to the original 1960s film, retelling it as a searing story for now.
    On-Demand – Free – Please donate
    www.imitatingthedog.co.uk/watch-living-dead/
  • NEW – CAMPFIRE – TRUSTY SIDEKICK
    Somewhere in the city, there is a tent. Inside this tent, there is an entire forest. And inside every tree trunk, and under every rock, there is a story. Trusty Sidekick invites you to gather around the campfire. Together we’ll gaze through our binoculars, look for shooting stars, and entertain porcupines with a good joke. This intimate multisensory theater experience for ages 2+ uses innovative puppetry and immersive staging to conjure the sights, sounds, smells, and textures of a vibrant forest.
    On-Demand – Free – Please donate
    VIMEO – www.vimeo.com/401858741
  • NEW – US AGAINST WHATEVER – MIDDLE CHILD
    After huge demand for All We Ever Wanted Was Everything on YouTube last week, the UK’s Middle Child Theatr Co are sharing a recording of Us Against Whateverfrom Hull Truck Theatre in 2019, available only until April 27th. Written by Maureen Lennon in collaboration with Nastazja Somers, with music by James Frewer and lyrics by Paul Smith, this is an electrifying cabaret about the places we keep in our hearts.
    On-Demand – Free – Please donate
    YOUTUBE – www.youtube.com
  • NEW – INTO THE WOODS – DEAF BROADWAY
    Deaf Broadway presents an all-ASL interpretation of Into The Woods with 19 Deaf people (many of whom are teachers) on webcams around the country. Only available until Friday 24th April so be quick.
    On-Demand – Free 
    VIMEO – vimeo.com/410465298/0a3ad849ab
  • NEW – THEATRE WITHOUT THEATRE
    A nightly (USA) theatrical broadcast that takes the form of a curated video festival of everything from new writing and musical numbers to full productions. An artist-led initiative.
    On-Demand – Free
    INSTAGRAM – www.instagram.com/theatrewithouttheater/
  • NEW – FIVE ENCOUNTERS ON A SITE CALLED CRAIGSLIST – YES YES NO
    This production from Yes Yes No (UK) was an absolute smash at the 2017 Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Desperately hilarious and achingly bleak, Five Encounters On A Site Called Craigslist is an intricate and tender exploration of our attempts to encounter each other in a technologized world, performed by a single actor interacting extensively with the audience.
    On-Demand – Free
    VIMEO – www.vimeo.com/252612990
  • NEW – ROMEO AND JULIET – GLOBE THEATRE
    Watch Romeo and Juliet for free, with Ellie Kendrick and Adetomiwa Edun as the star-crossed lovers, filmed from Shakespeare’s most famous stage, the Globe Theatre. Available until May 3rd.
    On-Demand – Free
    YOUTUBE – www.youtube.com/watch?v=eSAlPJ0FG_0
  • NEW – byPUBLICdemand
    The Public Theatre of San Antonio has launched a series of virtual offerings. From classes to cabaret to live readings of new plays there’s something almost daily. This is a great opportnity to dive into theatre on the other side of the Pacific.
    Daily, check listings for times.
    www.facebook.com/thepublicsa
  • NEW – TORTOISE AND HARE – ZACH THEATRE
    Ancient versus modern. Brain versus brawn. Peace versus war. Reptile versus mammal. The ultimate culture clash between two tribes and a fantastical race to decide the fate of them all. Written by the talented Allen Robertson and Damon Brown, with modern music and energetic re-imagining of the ancient fable that will delight turtles and hares of all ages! 
    On-Demand – Free – Please donate
    www.zachtheatre.org
  • NEW – MEMOIRS OF AN ASIAN FOOTBALL CASUAL – CURVE THEATRE
    An archive recording of the 2018 production based on Riaz Khan‘s autobiography and directed by Nikolai Foster, this gritty, spirited and colourful production will only be available until Fri 24 Apr so go get it!
    On-Demand – Free – please donate

    www.curveonline.co.uk
  • NEW – LEARNING HOW TO SWIM ON AN IRONING BOARD
    Spend an hour with funny man Conor A, as he takes us through the trials and tribulations of learning how to get better at not getting better whilst living with Fibromyalgia. This show was pre-recorded at Home in Manchester as part of their PUSH Festival, courtesy of Trinity Centre UK.
    On-Demand – Free
    FACEBOOK – www.facebook.com/trinitybristol/
  • NEW – LOVE NEVER DIES – ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER
    Last week’s stream from Mr Webber was viewed no less than 10 million times, generating $350k for The Actors Fund! Will the world tune in to see Phantom’s sequel?
    On-Demand between 4am Saturday 13th and 4am Monday 15th AEST – Free – Closed Captions.
    YOUTUBE – www.youtube.com/channel/UCdmPjhKMaXNNeCr1FjuMvag
  • NEW – TEENAGE DICK – THEATRE WIT
    Theater’s most famous disabled character, Shakespeare’s Richard III, comes to Theater Wit like you’ve never seen him before—in the vicious, no-holds barred brutal politics of high school. Mike Lew’s devastatingly funny, sharply written new play about perception, disability and the lengths we’re willing to go to rise above our station in life. Limited to 98 streams per daily session. Live Q&A after the performance.
    Shows at 11am AEST – From US$20 – Ends May 3rd
    www.theaterwit.org
  • NEW – QUARANSTREAM – NORMAL AVE
    New York’s Normal Ave are paying two playwrights every week a micro commission to write a 10-minute play to be performed and directed by professional artists. Works go live 8pm EST but can be watched on-demand after via Facebook. Now into week 3, there’s already lots to explore here!
    On-Demand – Free, please donate
    www.normalave.org/quaranstream
  • NEW – TWELFTH NIGHT – NATIONAL THEATRE LONDON
  • Where music is the food of love, and nobody is quite what they seem, anything proves possible in Shakespeare’s classic comedy. Featuring Tamsin Greig as Malvolia. Online April 23rd -30th. Closed captions.
    Thursdays 7pm (UK) / Fridays 6am AEST – Free
    YOUTUBE – www.youtube.com/watch?v=SIOJBmpRtYo&feature=youtu.be
  • NEW – SLEEPING BEAUTY – CHILDREN’S THEATRE CINCINNATI
    This bright, beautiful modern take on the children’s classic tale had it’s world premiere in 2019 and it’s great family viewing. Story and book by Ken Jones, music by Jamey Strawn and lyrics by Christine Jones. Directed by Ken Jones and choreographed by Eric Byrd. Kevin Frisch and the Frisch Marionette Company designed the 20-foot dragon appearing in the production (and it’s a doozy!)
    On-Demand – Free
    YOUTUBE – www.youtube.com/watch?v=0dcYmdhDARk&feature=youtu.be
  • NEW – ALL OR NOTHING
    Get ready to Mod out! All Or Nothing- The Mod Musical follows the rise and demise of Small Faces, the band who encapsulated all that was mod – a unique blend of taste and testosterone, clothes-obsessed and street-wise – but most of all, a dedication to rhythm ‘n’ blues in the swinging sixties. This fab new UK musical celebrates the unique mod sound including an arsenal of brilliant hits like Whatcha Gonna Do About It, All Or Nothing, Tin Soldier, Lazy Sunday, Here Comes the Nice and Itchycoo Park. Boomers welcome.
    Premieres 4am AEST April 25th, then On-Demand – Free – Please donate
    YOUTUBE – www.youtube.com/watch?v=QhDs7NawY98
  • THEATRE IS THE CURE
    A pay-what-you-can theatre event, with all proceeds distributed to the artists. 15 Playwrights write one original monologue each. 15 Directors are matched with a script and one of 15 Actors to rehearse via video, culminating in a live-streaming event.
    Every Friday (USA) at 6.30pm PDT and Saturday 12.30pm Sydney – Free
    FACEBOOK LIVE – www.facebook.com/events/1417131878461230

OPPORTUNITIES

  • NEW – ANTIPODES THEATRE COMPANY
    Antipodes Theatre Company is excited to introduce their first ever WINTER DEVELOPMENT RETREAT for new work and bold ideas! Each project that is chosen will receive a minimum stipend of $250 and additional virtual support. All work and genres considered. This retreat will provide support to writers, directors, and actors through virtual workshops, readings, mentoring and more from 17-28 June, 2020. Anyone interested should visit antipodestheatre.com/retreat for more info and fill out an Expression of Interest Form by 8 May, 2020.
  • NEW – 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. 3 rounds, with applications closing on the 27th April, 18th May and 15th June. Full details at www.brownsmart.com.au
  • NEW – NAVA ADVOCACY PROGRAM
    The National Association for the Visual Arts is running free weekly workshops designed to foster better skills for arts advocacy for both artists and arts workers. The first workshops was on April 22nd, but there are many more to enjoy – let’s build resilience and skills together! Details at www.visualarts.net.au/nava-advocacy-program-weekly-workshops-registration/
  • NEW – 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
  • NEW – WORLD MONOLOGUE GAMES
    Submissions open Thursday April 23rd, and registrations are open now, for what organisers are touting as a global acting challenge. Performers, judges and viewers from 63 countries will be involved. Get all the details at www.monologues.com.au/WMG
  • THE REHEARSAL ROOM MELBOURNE
    Join the “Drop In Wednesdays & Sundays Facebook Group” and for a small donation $1-$10 you can help support this artist’s centre, network with artists from the arts capital and even find a scene partner to help you keep your creative wheels greased. Join the group here.
  • 2020 TABLE READS
    The Directors and Editors Guild of New Zealand and New Zealand Writers Guild invite actors to register for the first round of the 2020 Table Reads. This is going to be a Virtual Table Read of a feature-length script with a cast of 6 and the writer/director team on Saturday 16 May.
    Actors can learn more and register at https://www.degnz.co.nz/news/table-reads/
  • 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.
  • ISOLATION FIXATION
    Someone New Theatre Company is producing a friendly competition to get creative and make a little noise. They’re inviting visual artists, film makers, writers and more to choose from a selection of prompts and mediums, with the end goal being new work and maybe even a prize or two. Full details on their Facebook event. Submissions close April 30.
  • MOOGAHL LIVE
    Indigenous arts maker Moogahlin Performing Arts are calling out for performing artists for a series of Facebook takeovers. These could be anything from solo concerts, dance workshops, comedy sets, acting masterclasses, spoken word performances, and more. Deadly artists, step on up. www.moogahlin.org/moogahl-live
    Catch previous episodes of Mooghal Live on their facebook page here.
  • THORNHILL COUCH READINGS
    Ryan Thornhill’s new streaming project is seeking actors and writers for their ongoing streaming project. Check out their Facebook page or email thornhilltheatrespace@outlook.com to get involved.

SAVE THE DATE

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

  • MAY 1 – 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 one of Garry Stewarts most well-known works for a 48 hour period.
  • MAY 1 – KIDS COUCH CONCERT #2 – EMILY WHO & ROGUE PROJECTS
    After a successful launch in March, Kids Couch Concert returns with a new line-up of independent preschool entertainers ready to be streamed to get little ones grooving. The show is hosted by Emily Who with appearances from the Vegetable Plot, the Mik Maks, Tiptoe Giants and more. Suitable for ages two to five. Tune in for the live premiere watch party featuring guests from the show.
    2pm AEST – $5.95 – $11.95 (all proceeds to artists)
    Vimeo to download: www.vimeo.com/kidscouchconcert2
    Facebook for Live premiere event: www.facebook.com/KidsCouchConcert/
  • MAY 1 – A DEAL – FLYING HOUSE ASSEMBLY
    Zhu Yi’s dark comedy A Deal was a major hit of Sydney’s indie theatre scene last August. Tickets for 10 shows sold out soon after its opening at Chippen St Theatre. Now you can enjoy a script reading of this phenomenal play A Deal with its original cast and director.
    7pm AEST – Free, please donate
  • MAY 2 – QUEER LOVE IN – EQUALITY AUSTRALIA
    Queer Love In will bring LGBTIQ+ artists and performers who have lost work due to COVID-19 to your homes, as they gather community across Australia – online – to reconnect and celebrateHosted by Tom Ballard. 
    3pm AEST – Free, please donate
  • MAY 4 – LIGHTS UP ON THE ARTS: HOME DELIVERY
    James Cutler and Joshua Robson Productions announce Lights Up On The Arts: Home Delivery! A concert created and designed to shine a light on our Arts industry and support performers whose livelihoods have been impacted by the COVID-19 arts shutdown. The team has express permission to use Stephen Schwartz’s catalogue and artists from around Australia are lending their talents.
  • MAY 7 – THE PRESENT – GEFFEN PLAYHOUSE
    The first work to be produced from Geffen’s Stayhouse initiative – a live, virtual, interactive theatrical experience. The Present, written and performed by magician Helder Guimarães and directed by Oscar nominee Frank Marshall. Previews begin May 7, with opening night set for May 14.
  • MAY 8 – GRUESOME PLAYGROUND INJURIES – RED LINE PRODUCTIONS
    Featuring Golden Globe and Emmy nominee Rose Byrne, AACTA and Helpmann Award winner Ewen Leslie and ARIA-award winning musician John Butler, Red Line is amping up the streaming theatre stakes yet again. This one-off, worldwide livestream will also support Australian Theatre for Young People (atyp), Support Act, Actors Benevolent Fund and Steppenwolf Theatre Company