StageAndStream – Weekly Streaming Theatre Links – April 10

Every Friday the Critical Stages Touring team posts this list of links to streaming opportunities and performances from artists. It’s our little round-up of what’s available now and over the coming week, with a preference for Australian and New Zealand works from independent artists. Donation links will take you directly to donations for that project – please consider supporting the artists who entertain you, so they can keep entertaining you when you need them most.

Have something? Send your show details, including performance times and links along with a hero image, to robbi@criticalstages.com.au or complete the form here: www.forms.gle/7hhm87S3XwSsM6Ez8. We are especially keen to hear from independent artists and those streaming accessible performances.

Stage And Stream Links

AUSTRALIA / NZ BY DATE

Friday 10th April

  • THE LISTIES MAKE YOU LOL
    Australia’s rockstars of kidult comedy are hosting a watch party of their show The Listies Make You LOL – a live recording from the 2019 Melbourne Fringe Festival. The Listies will be hosting live and answering comments from the audience. If you have never seen them you’ve totally missed out, and if there’s young people 4-10 in your house this is a must-see.
    2pm – Free – Live + Limited Time (7 days)
    FACEBOOK – www.facebook.com/events/231880284849068/ and YouTube: https://youtu.be/hajpK3d4fdc
  • EGG – MTC
    Perfect for families with kids 8-12, Egg by Angela Betzien, is an eco-adventure filled with clowning, puppetry, hope and the promise of renewal. It stars comedy favourites Genevieve Morris and Jim Russell. This award-winning 2016 co-production from Melbourne Theatre Company and Terrapin Puppet Theatre is a brilliant Easter treat!
    On-demand from 8am – Free – Limited Time (until 7.30pm Monday 13th)
    www.mtc.com.au
  • THE DAPTO CHASER – APOCALYPSE/GRIFFIN INDEPENDENT
    The critically acclaimed Apocalypse Theatre Co / Griffin Independent production of Mary Rachel Browne’s warts-and-all Australian comedy is free to stream from today for a limited time. Critical Stages toured this wonderful show no less than 3 times and it still flies. Directed by Glynn Nicholas, featuring Danny Adcock, Noel Hooda, Jamie Oxenbould and Richard Sydenham. Made free for viewing thanks to Australian National Theatre Live.
    On-Demand – Free, limited time 10th – 11th April
    VIMEO – www.vimeo.com/ondemand/thedaptochaser
  • THE SUBTLE ART OF FLIRTING – TUNKS
    Tunks Productions’ first online theatre reading is on tonight! Chosen by popular votes, The Subtle Art of Flirting, is one of Wayne Tunks’s most successful productions. It has sold out 5 previous seasons in both Sydney and Melbourne. Great local cast including Duncan Armitage, Emma Caldwell, Corey Gaal, Abbie Gallagher, Maximillian Johnson, Lydia Kelly, Emma Louise, Cassady Maddox and Wayne Tunks.
    7pm – Free 
    YOUTUBE via FACEBOOK – www.facebook.com/TheSubtleArtOfFlirting/
  • FIONA JOY HAWKINS LIVING ROOM CONCERT
    Grammy-award winning Pianist and composer Fiona Joy Hawkins is broadcasting a live concert from her living room every Friday. This multi-award-winning artist is known for her melodic, lush arrangements, now played live for you on her famous Stuart & Sons piano. Tune in every week!
    11am AEST – Free – please consider donating
    FACEBOOK – www.facebook.com/fionajoyhawkinsmusic
  • 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 – Free – Register for a seat
    CROWDCAST via www.facebook.com/vaudvile/

Saturday 11th April

  • CRAZY NAILS
    Playful, zany and full of surprises! A perfect show for children to introduce them to a wide range of music, this performance concert was intended for the Melbourne Guitar Festival. Gaëlle Solal & Boris Gaquere bring clowning, comedy and a huge array of music to the stage. Proceeds will be split between the creators and the festival.
    3pm – 4pm AEST – from A$22
    Melbourne Guitar Festival
  • DOIN’ IT FOR THE KIDS
    Family theatre makers Brymore have called out across the globe to create a live-streaming ‘festival’ of entertainment for children and parents. Expect an eclectic and international smattering of short performances, along with an opportunity to support the artists involved.
    7pm – 9pm AEST – Free, please consider donating
    FACEBOOK – www.facebook.com/events/623154851569294
  • RULE 34 CLUB – QUEERANTINE
    Sydney’s Rule 34 Club is the city’s subversive, unbridled beast of cabaret and performance art, and although the doors of the club are closed, the wonderfully weird and brilliantly talented artists that are usually on its stage are at home, bored and in need of an audience.
    9.3pm and 10.30pm AEST – Free, please consider donating
    FACEBOOK – www.facebook.com/events/841651699664505/
  • SEQUIN SESSIONS – SATURDAY EDITION
    Join cabaret artiste and star of ‘A Migrant’s Son‘, Michaela Burger, for some grown up cabaret direct from her the sequin cave itself. Music, banter and plenty of glitter. After her killer concert at Geelong Arts Centre this week Michaela is primed for a great show!
    8pm AEST – Free, please consider donating.
    www.michaelaburger.live

Sunday 12th April

  • AFTERNOON TEA WITH BOOFF
    Boof (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. This week he’s joined by Drew Wilson, acclaimed puppeteer, actor and D&D enthusiast. Drew was a 2020 Mike Walsh Fellowship winner and if you’ve ever seen him on stage you’ll know it’s going to be a fun interview!
    3:30-4:30pm AEST – Free, please consider donating.
    FACEBOOK – www.facebook.com/clint.bolster
  • MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING – STREAMED SHAKESPEARE
    The third live-streamed, video conference staged reading of Shakespeare’s work will be romantic favourite Much Ado About Nothing, presented by local independent theatre makers This weekly event is shaping up to be a must-see for Shakespeare fans.
    2pm AEST – Free, please consider donating.
    FACEBOOK –  www.facebook.com/StreamedShakespeare/
  • LIZA’S RESURRECTION SPECIAL – TREVOR ASHLEY
    Helpmann-nominated drag/musical superstar Trevor Ashley (Fat Swan, Diamonds Are for Trevor, Liza (On a E)) is live every Saturday but tonight’s show is all-Liza. She’s back! in her first ever COVID-CABARET. Trevor is known for his uncanny and very funny Liza impersonations, and his voice is bigger and brasher than ever.
    7pm – Free, please donate.
    FACEBOOK – www.facebook.com/TheTrevorAshley

Monday 13th April

Tuesday 14th April

  • 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
  • SHOWTUNE TUESDAY
    Samara Marinelli and James Lee had planned on producing this benefit for the Queensland Actors Benevolent Fund at a Brisbane venue, now they’re bringing their special guest stars to a screen near you. Tune in and help raise some dollars for a great cause.
    7:30pm AEST – Free, please donate.
    FACEBOOK – www.facebook.com/events/210445176876552

Wednesday 15th April

  • NURSERY RHYME TIME
    Michaela Burger hosts alive-streamed show just for little ones who love a story. Classic nursery rhymes are brought to life by one of Australia’s most experienced cabaret artists.
    11am AEST – Free, please consider donating.
    www.michaelaburger.live
  • SLAY LIVE
    Sydney’s Universal Club is bringing the golden mile’s Carmen Geddit & Charisma Belle into your living room as they present Slay LIVE! Each week witness some of Sydney’s fiercest drag talent compete to win what’s in the coveted SLAY BOX! Guest DJ ! Victoria Anthony
    9pm AEST – Free
    FACEBOOK – www.facebook.com/events/1377796425756504/

Thursday 16th April

  • COUCH READINGS
    Thornhill Theatre Space are presenting live-streamed couch readings of Australian works on Thursdays. This week’s play TBA but you can catch the full reading of last week’s play – Hold ‘Em by Alex Broun – on their Facebook page. Visit and follow to know what’s coming next.
    8pm AEST – Free – available on demand after
    FACEBOOK – www.facebook.com/ThornhillTheatreSpace
  • 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

  • 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 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/
  • 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
  • STREAMING 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! Line up includes The Beanies, Cheeky Tunes, Lizzy Loo, Penny Pom Pom, B Minor Music and Van Serano to name a few. Purchase or rent on-demand with all proceeds going to the artists.
    On demand – $11.95 to purchase, $5.95 to rent
    VIMEO – www.vimeo.com/ondemand/kidscouchconcert
  • Piano Bar Geelong – Melbourne’s famous cabaret bar is creating regular mini-concerts featuring local artists and personalities streamed live and available on-demand on Facebook. Follow their page to keep up to date with the latest (and often cheeky) offering.
  • Sequin Sessions – Cabaret star Michaela Burger is live 3 times a week. Every Wed at 11am (nursery rhymes), Sat at 8pm (cabaret), and Sundays at 3pm AEST for sing-a-longs for little ones.
  • Streamed Shakespeare 2pm AEST Sundays – new show weekly, but you can stream previous readings too, including last week’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
  • Home Theatre Arts7pm AEST Tuesdays – This online collective record a zoom group performance every week and host a global weekly watch party every Tuesday. Previous readings include Hortense Flexner’s VoicesDress Rehearsal by Warren Paul Glover, and Alex Fenner’s R.A.G.S (Runaway Animal Support Group).
  • Check in With Chapel – keep an eye on their facebook page and insta feed for upcoming live performances out of Melbourne’s iconic Chapel Off Chapel.
  • 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.

INTERNATIONAL

  • NEW – 25 MAGICAL YEARS OF DISNEY ON BROADWAY
    The sold-out, one-night-only production of “Celebrating 25 Magical Years of Disney on Broadway” will be live-streamed for free at 9:00am Tuesday April 14th. The event will be raising funds for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS’ Covid-19 Emergency Assistance Fund.
    Australia Saturday April 18th, 9am AEST / USA Friday April 17th, 7pm ET
    www.broadwaycares.org
  • NEW – FLEABAG – SOHO THEATRE
    Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s one-woman show, a smash hit at Edinburgh Fringe and the precursor to the international hit tv show, will be available to stream via Soho Theatre On Demand. There are multiple purchase options to support everyone’s current capacity and proceeds are being split amongst some great charities. Closed captions available.
    On-Demand – from AU$4
    www.ondemand.sohotheatre.com
  • THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING ERNEST – CURVE LEICESTER
    This archival recording of Curve Leicester and Birmingham Rep’s hit production of The Importance of Being Earnest, directed by Nikolai Foster, is available to stream until Sunday 14th (UK). Tune in to see the beautiful work of Australian designer Isla Shaw.
    On-Demand – Free – Limited Time (until 14th April)
    VIMEO – www.vimeo.com/403752568
  • NEW – PINOCCHIO – JASMIN VARDIMON COMPANY
    The 2016 production, filmed at Sadlers Wells in the UK, of Vardimon’s uniquely theatrical choreographic and directorial style, Pinocchio combines physical theatre, quirky characterisation, innovative technologies, text and dance to examine the idea of what it means to be human.
    On-Demand – Limited Time (until 13th April)
    VIMEO – www.vimeo.com/user12862196
  • NEW – CYPRUS AVENUE – ROYAL COURT
    Starring Stephen Rea and directed by Vicky Featherstone, the award-winning Cyprus Avenue by David Ireland mixes live capture of performance from the iconic Royal Court Theatre stage production with location shooting in Belfast. Watch this hard-hitting black comedy free for a limited time. Closed Captions Available.
    On-Demand – Free, please consider donating.
    YOUTUBE – www.youtu.be/ptCyZYzUx4M
  • NEW – FLOWERS FOR MRS HARRIS – CHICHESTER FESTIVAL THEATRE
    The 2018 production of Richard Taylor and Rachel Wagstaff’s musical, based on the novella by Paul Gallico. This story of a post-war cleaner, Ada, in London who sets off on a life-changing journey after glimpsing her first couture dress. The production began in Sheffield, where it won three UK Theatre Awards including Best Musical. Closed Captions available.
    On-Demand – Free – Limited Time (8th May), please consider donating.
    www.cft.org.uk/flowers-for-mrs-harris-broadcast
  • NEW – MASTER HAROLD… AND THE BOYS – THE FUGARD THEATRE
    Cape Town’s Fugard Theatre was mid-season with their 10th anniversary production of Athol Fugard’s “Master Harold” … and the Boys, before the crisis forced the theatre to close. Directed by Greg Karvellas. 
    On-Demand – Free
    www.thefugard.com/master-harold-stream
  • NEW – THE VELVETEEN RABBIT – HALE CENTER THEATER
    With a score by David Paul Smith and script by David Paul Smith, Brittni Smith, and Chase Ramsay, plus direction and choreography by David Paul Smith, The Velveteen Rabbit had it’s world premiere on the Hale stage back in 2018 and is the perfect Easter weekend fare. 
    On-Demand between 2am and 2pm AEST – US$5 – Limited Time 10-13 April
    www.haletheater.org
  • WIND IN THE WILLOWS THE MUSICAL – LONDON PALLADIUM
    Based on Kenneth Grahame’s treasured novel, The Wind in the Willows was brought to the stage by producer Jamie Hendry in a new musical adaptation with book by Academy Award-winning screenwriter and Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes and Olivier Award-winning composer and lyricist duo George Stiles and Anthony Drewe. A sumptuous, beautiful production for the whole family.
    On-Demand – A$5.95
    www.willowsmusical.com
  • WONDERLAND – HAMPSTEAD THEATRE
    Thanks to The Guardian, Beth Steel’s Wonderland, directed by Edward Hall, is available to stream free until 12th April (UK). Originally performed and live streamed in 2014, the play dissects the clashing sides of the 1984 Miner’s Strike. Closed Captions available.
    On-Demand – Free – Limited Time (until 12th April)
    www.hampsteadtheatre.com
  • NEW – AMERICAN SHAKESPEARE CENTRE
    Stream cinema-quality video of the complete 2020 Actors’ Renaissance and Tour Homecoming seasons. Filmed in Staunton, Virginia, at the world’s only recreation of the bard’s indoor theatre. Works include Henry IVA King and No King, and Midsummer 90.
    On-Demand – US$10
    www.americanshakespearecenter.com
  • NEW – JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR – ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER
    Well, what else would fit the bill on Easter weekend? Lloyd Webber’s free streams of full productions continues this week with Jesus Christ Superstar starring Tim Minchin, Mel C and Chris Moyles!
    On-Demand between 4am Saturday 13th and 4am Monday 15th AEST – Free
    YOUTUBE – www.youtu.be/GpO4ohqx3os
  • NEW – TREASURE ISLAND – NATIONAL THEATRE LONDON
    Premiering Thursdays (UK), productions previously screened in cinemas globally as a part of National Theatre Live will be made available to watch for free. This week’s premiere Bryony Lavery’s celebrated adaptation of Treasure Island, but you can still catch their bold and innovative reimagining of Charlotte Bronte’s masterpiece, Jane Eyre, directed by Sally Cookson.
    Thursdays 7pm (UK) / Fridays 6am AEDT – Free – Limited Time
  • RUMPLESTILTSKIN – SADLER’S WELLS COMPANY
    Ballet Lorent’s enchanting dance-theatre fairytale adaptation of Rumpelstiltskin is still available to watch free, until Saturday 11th April.
    On-Demand – Free – Limited Time (until 11th April)
    FACEBOOK – www.facebook.com/SadlersWells/
  • LEAVE A LIGHT ON
    London’s Theatre Cafe has invited the biggest and brightest stars from the West End to perform live for you. Every night from Monday to Friday you can catch three incredible performers doing what they do best.
    Shows start 2.30, 4.30 and 6.30pm London / 00:30, 2:30, 4:30am AEST – A$15.00
    www.thetheatrecafe.co.uk/events/
  • LIVING ROOM CONCERTS
    BroadwayWorld is bringing together musical theatre stars from across the globe for these short, punchy too-good-too-miss ‘concerts’. With big-name stars in the line up musical fans will love these paired-down clips shot in stars’ living rooms.
    On-Demand – Free
    www.broadwayworld.com/topic/LIVING-ROOM-CONCERTS
  • SOCIALLY DISTANT FEST
    This home-grown Facebook festival is already a huge hub of livestreaming shows from around the world. It’s basically becoming the livestream channel we didn’t know we needed, but really do. Far too much to list here.
    Live in the moment – free
    FACEBOOK – www.facebook.com/groups/sociallydistantfest/
  • SCHAUBUHNE BERLIN
    Berlin’s Schaubühne am Lehniner Platz is one of the world’s most celebrated theatre companies, and now you don’t have to be in Berlin to get a taste of why. Every night, starting at 6.30pm Berlin time and running until midnight, a different play from their vaults will stream.
    6.30pm Berlin / 4.30am Sydney – Free
    www.schaubuehne.de
  • LINCOLN CENTRE AT HOME
    From major productions to concerts for kids, New York’s famed arts instutition is bringing their world online for us all to enjoy.
    Various Times (New York) and On-Demand – Free
    www.lincolncenter.org/lincoln-center-at-home
  • ON THE BOARDS
    The streaming performance service has flung open the vault and everything is FREE to stream until the end of April .That’s scores of incredible live performance captured for your iso enjoyment. Dance, spoken word, drama, physical theatre – it’s all there and on-demand.
    On-Demand – Free with code (on homepage)
    www.ontheboards.tv
  • GEFFEN STAYHOUSE
    Geffen Playhouse will offer free access to BroadwayHD for 30 days, where they’ll be curating shows from their past every Wednesday.  Keep an eye on their Facebook page every Wednesday (USA) to see what will be on offer every week.
    On-Demand – Free with Subscription
    www.geffenplayhouse.org/stayhouse/
  • 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 – 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.
  • NEW – 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.
  • NEW – 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.
  • NEW – 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.
  • NEW – THORNHILL COUCH READINGS
    Ryan Thornhill’s new streaming project is seeking actors and writers. Check out their Facebook page or email thornhilltheatrespace@outlook.com to get involved.
  • TOOTH & SINEW’S THEATRE OF ISOLATION
    In the coming weeks/months, Tooth and Sinew will be facilitating readings, play developments and industry roundtables online using that pandemic saviour, Zoom. It’s aim is to be a relaxed inclusive space where artists can stay in practice, learn new skills and meet future collaborators. Whether you’re a writer, director, actor, or designer – get in touch with them now! If you have a burning project idea – get in touch with them now: email them at toothandsinew@gmail.com and start a conversation!
  • AT HOME ARTS FESTIVAL
    At Home Arts Festival (University of Melbourne) is a digital space for finding community and sharing your art while social distancing or self-isolating. They have a weekly online meetup every Friday and are also asking for submissions for their Thursday streamed events: www.athomeartsfestival.com/submit/
  • HOME THEATRE ART ONLINE
    This online collective are creating work collaboratively through the week culminating in readings and works that performed via live-stream every Tuesday. They’re looking for directors and actors now for weekly streamed performances. Get involved at http://tiny.cc/HomeTheatreArts

 

Next Indy Theatre Forum – April 20th – A Covid Survival Guide

We’re taking the Indy Theatre Forum online – and truly national!

It’s been a weird, weird time. The events of 2020 have left many of us in unstable and uncertain situations, but there is a light at the end of the tunnel, and our communities continue to rise to the challenge that is Covid. And now it’s time to share how we’re all doing, what’s happening and where the potential is.

Join us on Monday April 20th via Zoom for our first Indy Theatre Forum of 2020 – Independent Theatre Practice during COVID-19 – A Survival Guide. 

Hear from industry experts, independent artists and producers about how they’ve been managing the new normal in their world. From managing teams remotely and navigating streaming technology, to keeping work in development even when we don’t know when a stage will be available again, this is a chance for us to unpack the first vital lessons from the crisis.

We expect the forum to go for an hour but the zoom room will be open longer should questions need to be asked, and so we can socialise a little after. So bring snacks and a bevvy and it will almost feel like 2019.

Forum Special Guests

Esther Anatolitis fosters local, regional, national and international perspectives on contemporary arts issues as one of the nation’s leading advocates for the arts. Esther is a tireless arts leader who is at the coalface of the creative arts’ response during the crisis in her role as Executive Director of the National Association for the Visual Arts (NAVA). Esther is the former Executive Director of Regional Arts Victoria and the CEO of Melbourne Fringe.

Amy Ingram is a performer, producer, writer and co-founder of Queensland’s award-winning theatre company The Good Room, and co-creator of their current body of work including  I Should Have Drunk More ChampagneI Want To Know What Love Is; I Just Came To Say Goodbye and I’ve Been Meaning To Ask YouAmy used to split her work between New York and Sydney, and most recently co-founded Myths Made Here to produce and perform in the premiere production of Matthew Whittet’s Cinderella at QPAC.

Michaela Burger is a Melbourne-based independent writer, performer and producer. Her critically-acclaimed biographical cabaret A Migrant’s Son was slated for national tour in 2020 with Critical Stages. A recipient of the Adelaide Fringe Frank Ford Award, and a Helpmann Award nominee in 2016 and 2019, Michaela has toured sell-out shows across Australia, NZ and the UK, and has performed with leading theatre companies including Malthouse Theatre, Windmill, Southbank London, and the State Theatre Co of SA. Michaela is one of the first indy producers to embrace monetised streaming opportunities for regular broadcasts of her work via www.michaelaburger.live.

DATE: Monday, 20th April 2020
TIME: Forum 6.30-7.30pm
WHERE: Zoom – we’ll send you the link. The Zoom app can be also be downloaded free on the Apple Store and Android Store.
RSVP: Please RSVP by registering here (registration is free):
www.eventbrite.com.au/e/indy-theatre-forum-a-covid-survival-guide-tickets-101594323356

We will send you a confirmation email with the zoom link and app details, plus a reminder before the event. 

StageAndStream – Weekly Streaming Theatre Links – April 3

Every Friday the Critical Stages Touring posts this list of links to streaming opportunities and performances from artists. It’s our little round-up of what’s available now and over the coming week, with a preference for Australian and New Zealand works from independent artists.

Have something? Send your show details, including performance times and links, along with a hero image, to robbi@criticalstages.com.au or complete the form here: www.forms.gle/7hhm87S3XwSsM6Ez8

Stage And Stream Links

Friday 3rd April

  • FIONA JOY HAWKINS LIVING ROOM CONCERT
    Grammy-award winning Pianist and composer Fiona Joy Hawkins is broadcasting a live concert form her living room every Friday. This multi-award-winning artist is known for her melodic, lush arrangements, now played live for you on her famous Stuart & Sons piano. Tune in every week!
    11am – Free – please consider tipping the artist here.
    FACEBOOK LIVE – www.facebook.com/fionajoyhawkinsmusic
  • GEELONG ARTS CENTRE
    Geelong’s home of the arts is launching a new streaming program TODAY at 8pm as part of their new #WhereCreativityMeetsAtHome initiative. The program will feature performances, behind-the-scenes moments and creative activities in partnership with some of their closest collaborators. Stay tuned tonight to see performances from folk singer/songwriter Hassall and Green Room Award winning comedian Jude Perl.
    8pm – Free (program updates to come)
    www.geelongartscentre.org.au
  • TWISTED IVORIES
    This show, which was to hit the stage at the 2020 MICF, is now available to stream via facebook. The Two Piano Men (Matt and Ben) bring their love of the ivories to  a fabulous local cabaret stage and you’re invited to the party. They may just play the keys to your heart!
    On-Demand – Free – Limited Time
    FACEBOOK – www.facebook.com/thetwopianomen
  • WINDMILL THEATRE’S GIRL ASLEEP
    Umbrella Entertainment and Windmill Theatre Co are screening their award-winning film Girl Asleep. Don’t miss Matt Whittet’s timeless teen epic – free to stream for 48 hours from 6pm Friday until Midnight AEDT Sunday 5th April.
    6pm AEDT (On-Demand for 48 hours) – Free
    UMBRELLA ENT – www.umbrellaent.com.au/on-demand/3105-girl-asleep-on-demand.html

Saturday 4th April

  • RULE 34 CLUB – QUEERENTINE
    Sydney’s Rule 34 Club is the city’s subversive, unbridled beast of cabaret and performance art, and although the doors of the club are closed, the wonderfully weird and brilliantly talented artists that are usually on its stage are at home, bored and in need of an audience. There’s something happening every day but tonight at 9pm tune in for Conspiracy Theories with Billy Bullseye and at 10.30pm Qua-RARA-line, Round 2.
    9.3pm and 10.30pm – Free
    FACEBOOK – www.facebook.com/events/841651699664505/
  • SEQUIN SESSIONS – SATURDAY EDITION
    Join cabaret artiste and star of ‘A Migrant’s Son‘, Michaela Burger, for some grown up cabaret direct from her the sequin cave itself. Music, banter and plenty of glitter. This regular series of live-stream cabaret is a place we can all tune into to forget the troubles of the world. And she’s fabulous.
    8pm AEDT – Free but please consider a donation or tip!
    www.michaelaburger.live

Sunday 5th April

Monday 6th April

  • THE GREEN ROOM AWARDS
    Melbourne’s much-loved peer-presented performing arts awards, The Green Room awards,  are still on! The awards will go ahead as an online presentation tonight. Hosted by performers Otto and Astrid, with presenter Rob Meldrum.  The awards will go live via a series of YouTube clips so make sure you subscribe!
    7pm – Free
    YOUTUBE – Green Room on YouTube
  • GRIFFIN THEATRE CO – EMERALD CITY
    Australian Theatre Live presents Griffin Theatre Co’s production of David Williamson’s beloved Emerald City, featuring Lucy Bell, Mitchel Butel and Jennifer Hagan, directed by Lee Lewis. Rent it for 72 hours for just a few coins.
    On-Demand – A$4.99
    VIMEO – vimeo.com/ondemand/emeraldcitylive
  • 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 QLD / 8pm AEST – Free
    INSTAGRAM LIVE – www.instagram.com/thestorychunder

Tuesday 7th April

Wednesday 8th April

  • 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 weeks guest TBA but you can start with last week’s hilarious chat with superstar Reuben Kaye.
    On-Demand – new show weekly – free (please consider donating to the benefiting charity)
    www.nikkiaitken.com/cabaret-on-the-couch.html
  • NURSERY RHYME TIME
    Michaela Burger hosts alive-streamed show just for little ones who love a story. Classic nursery rhymes are brought to life by one of Australia’s most experienced cabaret artists.
    11am AEST – Free, please consider a donation or tip!
    www.michaelaburger.live

Thursday 9th April

  • 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 Thursdays – Free
    FACEBOOK – www.facebook.com/surryhills.live
  • MICHAELA BURGER COLLECTION – DIGITAL CONCERT
    Geelong’s home of the arts is broadcasting live for their #WhereCreativityMeetsAtHome program, featuring performances, behind-the-scenes moments and concerts in partnership with some of their closest collaborators. Tonight, see cabaret star Michaela Burger (Best Cabaret Adelaide Fringe) will peform a collection of her original music, old and new, inlcuding songs from her new show A Migrant’s Son.
    8pm – Free
    www.geelongartscentre.org.au

On-Demand & Regular

  • QUEEN OF ISOLATION CABARET
    Need a drag fix complete with sing-a-long? Geelong’s famous Piano Bar featured Dolly Diamond live through the week and the full stream is available on-demand now. Join Dolly on stage for an array of classic, Dolly-styled, with pianist Cameron Thomas.
    On-Demand – free
    FACEBOOK – www.facebook.com/pianobargeelong/videos/313245216321337/
  • 3 GIRLS 1 CAMERA
    This Western-Sydney produced sketch comedy series is the brainchild of actors Clancy McWaters, Lara Spaggiari and Lisa Robinson. Their latest skit, Dating Can Suck My $@#!  went live this week, but you can catch all of their skits via their Facebook page.
    On-Demand – free
    FACEBOOK – www.facebook.com/3GRLS1CAMERA/
  • 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
  • POETRY IN ACTION – EDUCATION
    Poetry In Action are a non-profit organisation that tour poetry performances to schools around Australia, NZ, Hong Kong and the UAE. They have professionally recorded all of their performances so they are available online to stream from the into your home or classroom! Their writers and directors have created four performances in line with the curriculum for Years 5-12. If you are interested in booking a digital performance, check out www.poetryinaction.com.au or email them at info@poetryinaction.com.au.
  • STREAMING KIDS COUCH CONCERT
    Premieres Monday 30th! 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! Line up includes The Beanies, Cheeky Tunes, Lizzy Loo, Penny Pom Pom, B Minor Music and Van Serano to name a few. Purchase or rent on-demand with all proceeds going to the artists.
    On demand – $11.95 to purchase, $5.95 to rent
    VIMEO – www.vimeo.com/ondemand/kidscouchconcert
  • Sequin Sessions – as above, every Wed, Sat, and also Sundays at 3pm AEDT for sing alongs for the little ones.
  • Streamed Shakespeare – new show weekly, but you can stream previous readings too, including last week’s The Comedy of Errors. 
  • Home Theatre Arts – catch a lovely reading of Hortense Flexner’s Voices, read by Celine Khoury and Marty O’Neill, or Dress Rehearsal by Warren Paul Glover read by Annalise Knight, Iley Jones, Fraser Smith and Alex Forras
  • Check in With Chapel – keep an eye on their facebook page and insta feed for upcoming live performances out of Melbourne’s iconic Chapel Off Chapel. Last week’s show (6pm Thursday) was a chat and performance from Byron’s Bobby Alu!

INTERNATIONAL

  • NEW – SADLER’S WELLS DANCE COMPANY
    Sadler Wells’ Facebook Premieres will be something to look forward to, and the first work to be streamed by London’s preeminent performance dance theatre company was the luscious Balletboyz Deluxe, an evening of new dance works from leading choreographers and composers including Sarah Golding, Xie Xin and Jiang Shaofeng. This week catch the premiere of Ballet Lorent’s enchanting dance-theatre fairytale adaptation, Rumpelstiltskin in a special matinee screening for family audiences. It will be available to watch on the Sadler’s Wells Facebook page for 7 days.
    On-Demand from 1am AEST Saturday – Free – Limited Time
    FACEBOOK – www.facebook.com/SadlersWells/
  • NEW – LEAVE A LIGHT ON
    London’s Theatre Cafe has invited the biggest and brightest stars from the West End to perform live for you. Every night from Monday to Friday you can catch three incredible performers doing what they do best.
    Shows start 2.30, 4.30 and 6.30pm London / 00:30, 2:30, 4:30am AEST – A$15.00
    www.thetheatrecafe.co.uk/events/
  • NEW – LIVING ROOM CONCERTS
    BroadwayWorld is bringing together musical theatre stars from across the globe for these short, punchy too-gooD-too-miss ‘concerts’. With stars like Lin-Manuel Miranda, Lauren Drew and Susan Egan in the line up musical fans will love these paired-down clips shot in stars’ living rooms.
    On-Demand – Free
    www.broadwayworld.com/topic/LIVING-ROOM-CONCERTS
  • NEW – SOCIALLY DISTANT FEST
    This home-grown facebook group/festival is already a huge hub of livestreaming shows from around the world. It’s basically becoming the livestream channel we didn’t know we needed, but really do. Poets, musicians, storytellers, puppeteers, fire spinners – it’s all here. Far too much to list here.
    Live in the moment – free
    FACEBOOK – www.facebook.com/groups/sociallydistantfest/
  • NATIONAL THEATRE LONDON – JANE EYRE
    From Thursday 2 April, a number of productions previously screened in cinemas globally as a part of National Theatre Live will be made available to watch for free. This week’s production is a bold and innovative reimagining of Charlotte Bronte’s masterpiece, Jane Eyre. All the productions will be free and screened live every week and will then be available on demand for seven days on the NT’s YouTube channel.
    Thursdays 7pm (UK) / Fridays 6am AEDT – Free – Limited Time
    YouTube – NT Channel
  • SCHAUBUHNE BERLIN
    Berlin’s Schaubühne am Lehniner Platz is one of the world’s most celebrated theatre companies, and now you don’t have to be in Berlin to get a taste of why. Every night, starting at 6.30pm Berlin time and running until midnight, a different play from their vaults will stream. There’s too much to highlight here – get over and see what’s in store!
    6.30pm Berlin / 4.30am Sydney – Free
    www.schaubuehne.de
  • PARADE
    Watch Theatre Du Chatelet’s production of Parade via their online magazine. Paris’ acclaimed theatre and opera house are putting a host of former prodcutions up on their magazine and YouTube channel during the iso period. And it’s Free!
    On-Demand – Free (please consider donating)
    www.chatelet.com
  • LINCOLN CENTRE AT HOME
    Lincoln Center’s new portal enables families and communities to keep the performing arts front and centre. From major productions to concerts for kids, New York’s famed arts instutition is bringing their world online for us all to enjoy.
    Various Times (New York) and On-Demand – Free
    www.lincolncenter.org/lincoln-center-at-home
  • ON THE BOARDS
    The streaming performance service has flung open the vault and everything is FREE to stream until the end of April .That’s scores of incredible live performance captured for your iso enjoyment. Dance, spoken word, drama, physical theatre – it’s all there and on-demand.
    On-Demand – Free with code (on homepage)
    www.ontheboards.tv
  • GEFFEN STAYHOUSE
    Geffen Playhouse will offer free access to BroadwayHD for 30 days,  where they’ll be curating shows from their past every Wednesday.  Keep an eye on their Facebook page every Wednesday (USA) to see what will be on offer every week.
    On-Demand – Free with Subscription
    www.geffenplayhouse.org/stayhouse/
  • THEATRE IS THE CURE
    This is an online pay-what-you-can theatre event, and all proceeds will be distributed to participating artists. 15 Playwrights will write one original monologue each. 15 Directors will be matched with a script and one of 15 Actors to rehearse via teleconference, culminating in a live event streaming worldwide. Last week’s included a couple of Aussies too!
    Every Friday (USA) at 6.30pm PDT and Saturday 12.30pm Sydney – Free
    FACEBOOK LIVE – www.facebook.com/events/1417131878461230

OPPORTUNITIES

  • SIX THE MUSICAL 
    Be part of this worldwide sensation and make herstory by performing with queens on three continents. It’s pretty easy – click on over to their facebook page before April 9th to get in on what might just be the funnest musical theatre project streaming soon.
    www.facebook.com/sixthemusicalaunz
  • TOOTH & SINEW’S THEATRE OF ISOLATION
    In the coming weeks/months, Tooth and Sinew will be facilitating readings, play developments and industry roundtables online using that pandemic saviour, Zoom. It’s aim is to be a relaxed inclusive space where artists can stay in practice, learn new skills and meet future collaborators. Whether you’re a writer, director, actor, or designer – get in touch with them now! If you have a burning project idea – get in touch with them now: email them at toothandsinew@gmail.com and start a conversation!
  • AT HOME ARTS FESTIVAL
    At Home Arts Festival (University of Melbourne) is a digital space for finding community and sharing your art while social distancing or self-isolating. They have a weekly online meetup every Friday and are also asking for submissions for their Thursday streamed events: www.athomeartsfestival.com/submit/
  • HOME THEATRE ART ONLINE
    This online collective are creating work collaboratively through the week culminating in readings and works that performed via live-stream every Tuesday. They’re looking for directors and actors now for weekly streamed performances. Get involved at http://tiny.cc/HomeTheatreArts

Critical Stages Touring During a Critical Time

As you are no doubt aware the performing arts sector has been hit hard by the Covid-19 crisis, and Critical Stages Touring has had to make sudden and necessary changes. Our touring plans for the year virtually disappeared overnight with theatres closed and all travel around the country suspended. This has obviously impacted our artists hardest, both creatively and financially. But it has also impacted our audiences, who have missed out on the opportunity to see and experience some wonderful live performance.

In times of crisis, we know that social contact and community connection, like gathering together for a shared experience, is one of the most important things to do for our health and wellbeing. It is also one of the best ways that we make sense of what we are experiencing. This is where live performance is always a great healer at this time, and it makes it particularly hard for us to know that this is not an option at this time.

We have had to cancel or defer performances over the coming few months, including A Migrant’s Son in Orange, The Listies in Wollongong, I’ve Been Meaning to Ask You in Canberra, as well as cutting short our tour of American Song by two weeks. However, we are also so very pleased that this tour still reached and moved audiences in Hobart, Traralgon, Warragul, Shepparton, Queanbeyan, Warrnambool, Moonee Ponds and Dandenong. It was so heartening to see the accolades for Joe Petruzzi’s extraordinary performance and Joanna Murray-Smith’s brilliantly insightful script.

But the performing arts sector is resilient. We will be back and bringing outstanding performances to audiences around Australia just as soon as it is safe to do so. And while the theatres have been closed our team at Critical Stages haven’t missed a beat.

We have been working hard to reschedule as many performances as we can. We still hope to tour outstanding productions in the final quarter of 2020 with other events likely to move to 2021. Audiences will still get to experience shows from our most treasured artists, including Lamb, A Migrant’s Son, Rovers, Fort and I’ve Been Meaning to Ask You as well as hilarious family entertainment from The Listies.

We are continuing to support our artists around the country as much as we can, especially in shifting our focus to the digital realm through live streaming and online screening of performances. You may have seen our first post through our social channels last Friday, collecting the most exciting live streaming opportunities, which you can see here. We will continue this every week, as we pivot to the new normal – connecting artists and audiences virtually.

We will stay in touch via our newsletters, blog and social media to let you know as we have further updates on our touring plans. But in the meantime, on behalf of all the team at Critical Stages Touring, thank you for your ongoing support of our work. I sincerely hope to see you again in a theatre very soon.

With very best wishes, stay safe and stay well,

Chris Bendall
CEO | Critical Stages Touring


Please consider supporting Critical Stages Touring with a tax-deductible donation. Visit our Support Us page for more information. 

 

Stage&Stream – Weekly Streaming Theatre Links – March 27

Every Friday the Critical Stages Touring team will be posting links to streaming opportunities and performances from artists. It’s our little round-up of what’s available online now and over the coming week. Tell us what you’re up to, or if you’ve found something everyone should know about. Whether its a concert from a couch fort, or a thrilling monologue from under a neighbours hills hoist, we want to know about it. There’s no restriction on genre, it can be paid, free or by tips, live or on-demand, with a preference for work in Australia or New Zealand.

Have something? Send your show details, including performance times and links, along with a hero image, to robbi@criticalstages.com.au .

Stage And Stream Links

Friday 27th March

  • CYPRUS AVENUE FOR WORLD THEATRE DAY
    To celebrate World Theatre Day (that’s today!) at noon Abbey Theatre will be partnering with the Royal Court Theatre and The Space to make Cyprus Avenue, the film adaptation, available to watch for free on their website, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube pages.
    YouTube – On-Demand – Free
    www.abbeytheatre.ie
  • AWAY by MICHAEL GOW by ONE MAN
    Unfortunately along with the rest of everything in life, Brownsmart Theatre Darwin’s 2020 Season of Away by Michael Gow was cut short. Kyle Walmsley, who charmed you in CATS! by One Man and CHICAGO by One Man, will perform the whole show from his 2 bedroom unit in Nightcliff. Expect laughs.
    5.30pm Darwin / 7pm AEDT – Free
    FACEBOOK LIVE – https://www.facebook.com/events/784309632093600/
  • UPPER CRASS IMPROV
    Sydney-based improvised theatre troup Upper Crass Theatre Co are live-streaming every night until March 29th. 2 whole hours of imrpovised madness from the same group that brought you Improvised Ibsen.
    7.30pm AEDT – every night until March 29th – Free
    TWITCH – www.twitch.tv/uppercrasstc

Saturday 28th March

  • SEQUIN SESSIONS – SATURDAY EDITION
    Join cabaret artiste and star of ‘A Migrant’s Son‘, Michaela Burger, for some grown up cabaret direct from her the sequin cave itself. Music, banter and plenty of glitter. This regular series of live-stream cabaret is a place we can all tune into to forget the troubles of the world. And she’s fabulous.
    8pm AEDT – Free but please consider a donation or tip!
    www.michaelaburger.live

Sunday 29th March

Monday 30th March

  • THE AUSSIE KIDS COUCH CONCERT
    Premieres Monday 30th! 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! Line up includes The Beanies, Cheeky Tunes, Lizzy Loo, Penny Pom Pom, B Minor Music and Van Serano to name a few. Purchase or rent on-demand with all proceeds going to the artists.
    On demand – $11.95 to purchase, $5.95 to rent
    VIMEO – www.vimeo.com/ondemand/kidscouchconcert
  • 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 QLD / 8pm AEDT – Free
    INSTAGRAM LIVE – www.instagram.com/thestorychunder

Tuesday 31st March

  • HOME THEATRE ARTS ONLINE
    This online collective record a zoom group performance every week and invite you to a global weekly watch party every Tuesday – this week it’s Curtain Call by Alicia Badger performed by Iley Jones, Alex Fenner, Shannon Collard, and Alicia Badger. Also scheduled is Dead Mother’s Numbers by Warren Paul Glover performed by Virginia Gray and Anna Soprano.
    7pm AEDT
    FACEBOOK LIVE – www.facebook.com/HomeTheatreArts/

Wednesday 1st April

  • NURSERY RHYME TIME
    Michaela Burger hosts alive-streamed show just for little ones who love a story. Classic nursery rhymes are brought to life by one of Australia’s most experienced cabaret artists.
    11am AED – Free, please consider a donation or tip!
    www.michaelaburger.live

Thursday 2nd April

On-Demand & Regular

  • POETRY IN ACTION – EDUCATION
    Poetry In Action are a non-profit organisation that tour poetry performances to schools around Australia, NZ, Hong Kong and the UAE. They have professionally recorded all of their performances so they are available online to stream from the into your home or classroom! Their writers and directors have created four performances in line with the curriculum for Years 5-12. If you are interested in booking a digital performance, check out www.poetryinaction.com.au or email them at info@poetryinaction.com.au.
  • Sequin Sessions – as above, every Wed, Sat, and also Sundays at 3pm AEDT for sing alongs for the little ones.
  • Upper Crass Improv – as above, 7.30pm AEDT every night until March 29th.
  • Streamed Shakespeare – new show weekly, Sundays at 10;30am AEDT

INTERNATIONAL

  • NATIONAL THEATRE LONDON
    From Thursday 2 April, a number of productions previously screened in cinemas globally as a part of National Theatre Live will be made available to watch for free. The first will be Richard Bean’s One Man Two Guvnors featuring a Tony Award-winning performance from James Corden. All the productions will be free and screened live every week and will then be available on demand for seven days on the NT’s YouTube channel.
    Thursdays 7pm (UK) / Fridays 6am AEDT – Free
    YouTube – NT Channel
  • SCHAUBEHNE BERLIN
    Berlin’s Schaubühne am Lehniner Platz is one of the world’s most celebrated theatre companies, and now you don’t have to be in Berlin to get a taste of why. Every night, starting at 6.30pm Berlin time and running until midnight, a different play from their vaults will stream. There’s too much to highlight here – get over and see what’s in store!
    6.30pm Berlin / 4.30am Sydney – Free
    www.schaubuehne.de
  • PARADE
    Watch Theatre Du Chatelet’s production of Parade via their online magazine. Paris’ acclaimed theatre and opera house are putting a host of former prodcutions up on their magazine and YouTube channel during the iso period. And it’s Free!
    On-Demand – Free (please consider donating)
    www.chatelet.com
  • LINCOLN CENTRE AT HOME
    Lincoln Center’s new portal enables families and communities to keep the performing arts front and centre. From major productions to concerts for kids, New York’s famed arts instutition is bringing their world online for us all to enjoy. This week’s shows include Wagner’s Götterdämmerung (Metropolitan Opera)
    Various Times (New York) and On-Demand – Free
    www.incolncenter.org/lincoln-center-at-home
  • ON THE BOARDS
    The streaming performance service has flung open the vault and everything is FREE to stream until the end of April .That’s scores of incredible live performance captured for your iso enjoyment. Dance, spoken word, drama, physical theatre – it’s all there and on-demand.
    On-Demand – Free with code (on homepage)
    www.ontheboards.tv
  • GEFFEN STAYHOUSE
    Geffen Playhouse will offer free access to BroadwayHD for 30 days,  where they’ll be curating shows from their past every Wednesday. This week’s catalog included Geffen’s stagings of A Long Day’s Journey Into Night, starring Jane Kaczmarek and Alfred Molina; Thom Pain (based on nothing), with Rainn Wilson. Keep an eye on their Facebook page every Wednesday (USA) to see what will be on offer every week.
    On-Demand – Free with Subscription
    www.geffenplayhouse.org/stayhouse/
  • THEATRE IS THE CURE
    This is an online pay-what-you-can theatre event, and all proceeds will be distributed to participating artists. Thirty PLAYWRIGHTS will write one original monologue each. Thirty DIRECTORS will be matched with a script and one of thirty ACTORS to rehearse via teleconference, culminating in a live event streaming worldwide.
    Every Friday (USA) at 6.30pm PDT and Saturday 12.30pm Sydney – Free
    FACEBOOK LIVE – www.facebook.com/events/1417131878461230

OPPORTUNITIES

  • TOOTH & SINEW’S THEATRE OF ISOLATION
    In the coming weeks/months, Tooth and Sinew will be facilitating readings, play developments and industry roundtables online using that pandemic saviour, Zoom. It’s aim is to be a relaxed inclusive space where artists can stay in practice, learn new skills and meet future collaborators. Wehter you’re a writer, director, actor, or designer – get in touch with them now! If you have a burning porject idea – get in touch with them now: email them at toothandsinew@gmail.com and start a conversation!
  • AT HOME ARTS FESTIVAL
    At Home Arts Festival (University of Melbourne) is a digital space for finding community and sharing your art while social distancing or self-isolating. They have a weekly online meetup every Friday and are also asking for submissions for their Thursday streamed events: www.athomeartsfestival.com/submit/
  • HOME THEATRE ART ONLINE
    This online collective are creating work collaboratively through the week culminating in readings and works that performed via live-stream every Tuesday. They’re looking for directors and actors now for weekly streamed performances. Get involved at http://tiny.cc/HomeTheatreArts

#DontCancelCreativity – A letter to the Prime Minister

Creative industry letter to the Prime Minister, ministers and lord mayors on COVID-19 action

#DontCancelCreativity

TO

The Hon Scott Morrison MP
Prime Minister

The Hon Michael McCormack MP
Deputy Prime Minister, Minister for Regional Development

Thursday 26 March 2020

Dear Prime Minister,

At this most debilitating time in Australia’s cultural life, our creative, cultural and entertainment industries require urgent support to ensure that jobs and infrastructure survive to inspire Australians through this crisis – and well beyond.

Our organisations represent the full diversity of Australia’s creative, cultural and entertainment industries. Cultural and creative activity contributes in excess of $112 billion to Australia’s economy each year, employing hundreds of thousands with a high proportion of sole trader contractors, SMEs and casuals. Our audiences, here and around the world number in the millions. Every day, we entertain, educate and inspire.

In the past fortnight, we have seen our self-generated income for the year vanish. Work that has taken years to develop has been lost. Livelihoods are jeopardised. Businesses closed. Whether it’s a bookshop, a gallery, a live music venue, a cinema, a theatre, or dance school, Australia’s cultural life is in tatters.

As each day passes, hundreds of businesses, spaces, venues, productions, events, festivals and cultural outlets close. As each day passes, the likelihood of reopening or restarting diminishes. The scale of loss across the cultural and creative sector is unprecedented – and devastating. Culturally and economically.

There are also dire impacts on First Nations culture and a great risk to Elders as the source of cultural knowledge and storytelling. As a national priority, we must ensure our First Nations Elders’ safety to prevent loss of cultural knowledge. First Nations Elders are the holders of our Nation’s oldest culture and stories. Without them, we have no future.

Our work relies on gatherings, and national and international touring, both small and large, in remote locations, in regions and in cities. We were the first industry to be hit with announcements of cancellations and closures making front-page news across the country. Our venues and other programs have been closed down by government order, without any industry support. And we will be one of the last able to trade again.

We commend the work of Minister Fletcher in hosting industry-wide roundtables and bringing forward an extraordinary Meeting of Cultural Ministers. We commend the city, state and federal agencies, including the Australia Council, who have already made announcements on adjustments to their funding programs and existing relationships.

We note however that funded organisations comprise a minor segment of the creative, cultural and entertainment industries. Over 90% of our artists, creators and businesses are not in receipt of public funding and are not able to benefit from these measures. Other relief measures already announced which do not adequately address our specific industry conditions include:

  • The PAYG and NFP cashflow relief for businesses requires submitting March activity statements and then awaiting a late April refund, thereby impacting perilously on cashflow at this most critical time. It’s right now that companies are facing closure, and this payment alone will close many businesses permanently;
  • Artists and artsworkers with disabilities, Australians stranded overseas, and those whose partner’s or parents’ income exceed too low a threshold, are not eligible to receive extra income support payments, with no extra payments for those eligible available prior to late April;
  • Income support payments to job seekers separates arts workers from organisations in ways that wage subsidies would not, dispersing creative teams and imperilling business viability.

Both individually and together, we have taken immediate action to support our industries at this perilous time:

  • We have channelled urgent government information across our networks
  • We have supported people who’ve lost jobs and whose companies are on the brink
  • We have surveyed our industries and quantified COVID-19 impacts on jobs and revenue, and have provided these details to the Office for the Arts and the Australia Council for the Arts for coordination on immediate action.

At this time, every single day counts. Each passing day means the permanent closure of another bookshop, regional theatre, gallery, live music venue, production or festival, and with them the knowledge and infrastructures that have been built over many years. The risk for all Australians is that they will never open again. Whole centres, towns and suburbs risk losing any cultural fabric that remains.

A legacy like this will take a generation to repair.

Targeted stimulus to a value of 2% of the $111.7 billion industry is required, including:

  • The protection of First Peoples cultural knowledge with targeted support for all impacted First Nations artists and organisations, who employ the most COVID-19-vulnerable people in our country
  • $1.5bn in cash injection payments to affected businesses across all sectors so that they can retain staff, adapt programs including through the use of technologies, and redevelop audiences – ensuring that businesses do not lose permanently; importantly, these stimulus payments will allow professional membership bodies to pay affected artists directly and efficiently
  • $180m for the Australia Council to boost capacity by supporting organisations who are funded specifically for their industry development work
  • Rent relief and security for lease holders in both government-owned and private tenancies
  • Wage subsidies that retain people in their workplace, better positioning organisations to successfully rebuild, and in turn ensuring livelihoods aren’t permanently lost
  • Review and broaden the eligibility requirements for income support payments to ensure that, where wage subsidies are not available, support can be accessed by all sole traders and SMEs
  • Enhanced tax incentives to motivate private giving and investment in artworks and industry development
  • Permanently remove the Efficiency Dividend, which is punitively compounding the damage to national and state cultural organisations
  • $30m towards the Regional Arts Fund to ensure long-term recovery that inspires regional culture and drives regional livelihoods
  • $40m investment in Support Act and the Artists’ Benevolent Fund to urgently redress the mental health crisis, noting that tragedies have already occured
  • On industry advice, creating well-designed long-term stimulus measures to avoid industry collapse and inspire innovation – including an impactful public campaign to rebuild confidence.

As an immediate step towards strengthening industry confidence, we encourage you to issue a public statement recognising the value of our industry to all Australians, and the debilitating impacts of COVID-19 on the arts, cultural and entertainment industries and the creative sector as a whole. This message would affirm your commitment to the livelihoods and the infrastructure that inspires the nation. It would also be welcomed by the many industries whose work is dependent on our success, including hospitality and tourism – especially regionally, given all of these interdependent industries are yet to recover from the impacts of summer’s fires, floods and storms.

Australia needs our creative, cultural and entertainment industries to be ready for reactivation as the nation emerges from COVID-19. We urge you to act now to secure the future of Australia’s cultural life.

Sincerely,

Aboriginal Art Centre Hub of Western Australia
aestheticalliance
All Conference
All The Queen’s Men
Alstonville Dance Studio (Northern Rivers NSW)
APHIDS
APRA AMCOS
Art Association of Australia and New Zealand
Art on the Move
Artback NT
artisan
Artists’ Benevolent Fund
Arts Access Australia
Arts Industry Council of SA
Arts Industry Council of Victoria
Arts Law Centre of Australia
Arts Mid North Coast
Arts Mildura
Arts North West
ArtsHub.com.au
Artsource
Asialink Arts
Association of Artist Managers
Ausdance National
Ausdance Queensland
Australian Craft and Design Centres
Australian Design Centre
Australian Festivals Association
Australian Independent Record Labels Association
Australian Library and Information Association
Australian Major Performing Arts Group
Australian Museums & Galleries Association
Australian Music Industry Network
Australian Network for Art and Technology
Australian Print Workshop
Australian Record Industry Association (ARIA)
Australian Society of Authors
BlakDance
Boomalli Aboriginal Artists Co-operative
Brisbane Writers Festival
Canberra Glassworks
Central Craft
Collingwood Yards
Craft Victoria
Creative Recovery Network
CrewCare
Critical Stages Touring
Dance Integrated Australia
Design Tasmania
Diversity Arts Australia
Electronic Music Conference
Flying Arts Alliance
Footscray Community Arts Centre
GalleriesWest
Guildhouse
Hyphenated Projects
Ilbijerri
Incite Arts, Alice Springs
JamFactory Contemporary Craft and Design
Live Music Office
Live Performance Australia
Melbourne Art Review
Melbourne Fringe
Moogahlin Performing Arts
Music ACT
Music Australia
Music NSW
Music NT
Music SA
Music Tasmania
Music Victoria
National Association for the Visual Arts
National Writers Centre Network
NorthSite Contemporary Arts
Performing Arts Connections Australia
Phonographic Performance Company of Australia (PPCA)
Playwriting Australia
Public Galleries Queensland
Punctum
pvi collective
QMusic
Regional Arts Australia
Regional Arts WA
Screen Producers Australia
Select Music Agency
SLAM (Save Live Australia’s Music)
Sounds Australia
SupportAct
Sydney Arts Management Advisory Group
Tactile Arts
Tasdance
Tasmania Performs
The Childers Group
Theatre Network Australia
Victorian Music Development Office
Vitalstatistix
WAM Western Australia Music
Women’s Art Register
Writers SA
Writing NSW
Writing WA
Yirra Yaakin

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The Hon Josh Frydenberg MP, Treasurer
Senator the Hon Mathias Cormann, Minister for Finance
The Hon Paul Fletcher MP, Minister for Communications, Cyber Safety and the Arts
The Hon Anthony Albanese MP, Leader of the Opposition
The Hon Jim Chalmers MP, Shadow Treasurer
Senator the Hon Katy Gallagher MP, Shadow Minister for Finance
The Hon Tony Burke MP, Shadow Minister for Industrial Relations and the Arts

Mr Gordon Ramsay MLA, Minister for the Arts, ACT
The Hon Leeanne Enoch MP, Minister for the Arts, QLD
The Hon Don Harwin MLC, Minister for the Public Service and Employee Relations, Aboriginal Affairs, and the Arts, NSW
The Hon Lauren Moss, Minister for the Arts, NT
The Hon Steven Marshall MP, Premier, Minister for the Arts, SA
The Hon Elise Archer MP, Minister for the Arts, TAS
Mr Martin Foley MP, Minister for Creative Industries, VIC
The Hon David Templeman MLA, Minister for Local Government, Heritage, Culture and the Arts, WA

The Rt Hon the Lord Mayor of Adelaide, Sandy Verschoor
The Rt Hon the Lord Mayor of Brisbane, Adrian Schrinner
The Rt Hon the Lord Mayor of Darwin, Kon Vatsakalis
The Rt Hon the Lord Mayor of Hobart, Anna Reynolds
The Rt Hon the Lord Mayor of Melbourne, Sally Capp
The Rt Hon the Lord Mayor of Newcastle, Nuatali Nelmes
The Rt Hon the Lord Mayor of Parramatta, Bob Dwyer
The Chair Commissioner of Perth, Andrew Hammond
The Rt Hon the Lord Mayor of Sydney, Clover Moore
The Rt Hon the Lord Mayor of Wollongong, Gordon Bradbery


Thank you to Esther Anatolitis and NAVA for their leadership and advocacy at this time. Updates to signatories on this letter can be viewd on the NAVA website at https://visualarts.net.au/news-opinion/2020/letter-federal-and-state-ministers-re-covid-19/

A Message to Our Artists

The team at Critical Stages Touring are all still working, albeit remotely, over the coming weeks. We have had to cancel or postpone some of our upcoming events, but are planning to be on the road again later in the year as soon as it is safe to do so.

In the meantime, we are working hard to support all of our artists through this difficult period, keenly aware of the challenges facing independent artists at this time. There are multiple groups that many of you have already joined online to support each other, which is terrific to see the sector come together at this time.

If you haven’t yet discovered these Facebook Groups we recommend visiting…

Australian Artists During Covid-19

Australian Actors Community Group

Arts Tasker Skill Sharing Group During Covid-19

All the conversations we have been having with artists and presenters across the week gives us cause for hope and optimism that as soon as this crisis is over our wonderful performing arts sector will come through, and we’ll do this by working together.

We also want to draw your attention to the support being offered by the MEAA at this time to support actors who have lost work (https://www.meaa.org/) and to log lost income here at  (https://ilostmygig.net.au/).

Also do check out the emerging streaming options including www.socialdistancingfestival.com to consider whether to stream your own work ,or just to be able to connect with ‘live’ performances.

Do please keep an eye on the Department of Health website for the latest information and health updates.

Live Performance Australia are lobbying the federal government hard for a support package for the performing arts sector. You can read the latest update here and lend your support to the campaign.

Finally, Support Act Wellbeing Helpline 1800 959 500 – is a free, confidential service, available 24/7 to anyone who works in the performing arts. Please don’t hesitate to use this service if you feel you need wellbeing support.

A message from the Critical Stages Touring team

Audience 33 by TEDxADL

The performing arts sector is heading into uncharted territory over the coming months.

We know that our often fragile sector is looking and feeling even more precarious at present. But I also know that we will weather this storm.

It’s a struggle of course when, as a sector, we are used to the answer to community crises being to come together and share stories. Right now, that’s impossible for some of us and I know that the decision to close venues temporarily has been a very difficult one. But what we need to do right now is genuinely ensure we are focused on looking after ourselves as well as the well-being of our staff, our communities, our artists and our audiences.

Over the last 24 hours we’ve had many conversations with colleagues around the country, and the calm and measured responses we’re hearing have filled us with confidence for the future of our sector, even in the face of the weekend’s dramatic and escalating announcements. We also want to make a special point to thank everyone who has been especially conscious of the impact that this crisis is already having on independent artists and their livelihoods.

Currently the majority of our touring for 2020 takes place after June, so at present we are continuing with our plans. This is being done in consultation with venues and artists, and we’ll ensure that any changes to these plans will be broadcast as early as possible.

In the meantime, we are all here to support you in whatever way is necessary. Our teams’ hours are not affected at present, so we’re still here to assist where we can while still preparing for our upcoming tours.

At present, our team is reducing our presence in the office with some staff working remotely over the coming weeks. We’re putting a number of measures in place that mean you can still get hold of us when you need to, and it’s as close to business-as-usual  as these times can allow.

With thanks and very best wishes from all of the Critical Stages Touring team.

Image: Audience 33 by TEDxADL

Celebrating Women’s Voices this International Women’s Day

This International Women’s Day we’re celebrating the amazing creative minds behind the works that Critical Stages Touring is taking across Australia in 2020.

From heartbreaking drama and powerful verbatim theatre, to inspiring children’s programs and show-stopping cabaret, 88% of the work on our stage this year has been written or co-written by women. It is their words and experiences that have helped shape what you will see, and we couldn’t be prouder to be taking their voices to communities across Australia and beyond.

So this year, we celebrate International Women’s Day by celebrating these inspiring women, and we hope to see you in the audience of one of their works this year! (pictured L-R above)

Jane Bodie – Lamb (Red Stitch Actos’ Theatre)

Michaela Burger – A Migrant’s Son

Lauren Clelland – I Want to Know What Love Is (The Good Room)

Caroline Dunphy – I Want to Know What Love Is (The Good Room)

Christy Flaws – Fort (Asking for Trouble)

Amy Ingram – I’ve Been Meaning to Ask You and I Want to Know What Love Is (The Good Room)

Katherine Lyall-Watson – Rovers (Belloo Creative)

Joanna Murray-Smith – American Song (Red Stitch Actors’ Theatre)

To all of these women, and the countless more creating places for us to understand our world and our place in it, we say ‘thank you’.

Work With Us: We’re looking for a Production Supervisor

Critical Stages Touring is searching for a passionate and self-motivated production or technical manager, experienced in regional touring, to take on the Production Supervisor position.

This is a permanent part-time position, at one-day per week with additional opportunity to take on production or stage management roles on touring productions.

As Critical Stages Touring’s Production Supervisor, you will be responsible for supporting the Producers and Production Teams on a busy program of annual touring, across primarily regional Australian destinations. You will be supervising production requirements across the company’s busy repertoire of and advising on selection of future tours.

This is a flexible role, with the capacity to work around existing schedules including touring, and will especially suit someone already working in other part-time or freelance capacities within the Australian performing arts sector.

ESSENTIAL CRITERIA 

  • High level of experience working in a stage, technical or production management role in the performing arts;
  • Experience working in regional touring ideally in an Australian context;
  • Knowledge and understanding of the Australian performing arts sector. 

DESIRABLE CRITERIA 

  • Experience or high level of knowledge in a technical discipline in the performing arts (ie lighting or sound).

Please contact us for full position description prior to applying for the role by emailing info@criticalstages.com.au 

Applications close 5pm, 28th February 2020.