Stage & Stream Australia – Streaming Theatre & Cabaret

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

 

StageAndStream – Weekly Streaming Theatre Links – April 17

A montage of posters, production images ad artists photos of the plays and productions featured in the blog article.

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 17th April

  • JANE COMFORT AND CO 40TH ANNIVERSARY RETROSPECTIVE
    Jane Comfort’s dance and physical theatre co produced this performance at Melbourne’s La Mama in 2018 and it went on to win a Bessie Award for Outstanding Revivial. 22 former and current members of the company take to the stage.
    On-Demand – Free, limited time (until 19th April), please donate
    VIMEO – www.vimeo.com/314900241
  • JUNK – FLYING FRUIT FLY CIRCUS
    JUNK made us all want to run away with the circus back in 2017, and now you can watch it again. See Australia’s world famous circus for young people transform a 1940’s rural junkyard into a magical landscape. Stream the full performance for free on ABC iView. Closed Captions.
    On-Demand – Free
    www.iview.abc.net.au

Saturday 18th April

  • SONGS UNSUNG – DANIEL ASSETTA
    Daniel’s new show was scheduled for a Sydney cabaret venue in May but, you know. So, he’s inviting you to share in the songs he hummed along to night after night backstage, the tunes he belted out in the shower for no one, and the melodies that kept him company on the road. Finally, it’s Daniel’s chance to sing all the songs that ever went unsung… by him. Until now.
    7pm AEST, Free – please donate
    YOUTUBE – https://youtu.be/7LaefXAFb70
  • 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 Saturday night during isolation.
    8pm AEST – Free, please donate
    YOUTUBE – www.youtube.com/channel/UC9wZ8NKqvZQG7e3Swuf2vcQ
  • 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 donate.
    www.michaelaburger.live
  • STONEWALL LIVE
    Presented in partnership with Queerscreen and Undefine Media, Sydney’s iconcic Stonewall Hotel brings together a mulitplicity of artists from the city’s queer community every week. This week features politician Alex Greenwich, comedian Steph Tisdell, cabaret star Bob Downe, Carla from Bankstown, Penny Tration, Isaiah, DJ Ray Isaac and model Jade Kevin Foster. Hosted by Minnie Cooper and Steven Milne.
    8pm AEST – Free, please donate
    www.stonewall.live

Sunday 19th April

  • AFTERNOON TEA WITH BOOFF
    Booff (Clint Bolster) is not your usual afternoon tea host. This clown with a twist is live every Sunday enjoying tea with artists, actors and performers from around Australia. Guests this week include performer, director and teacher Helen Cassidy (Erotic Intelligence for Dummies); the man behind a thousand fight scenes, Scott Witt, and Tasmanian actor and clown doctor Sara Cooper (The Gloaming, The Mares).
    3:30-4:30pm AEST – Free, please donate.
    FACEBOOK – www.facebook.com/clint.bolster
  • THE TAMING OF THE SHREW – STREAMED SHAKESPEARE
    The fourth live-streamed, video conference staged reading of Shakespeare’s work will be The Taming of the Shrew, presented by Australian independent theatre makers, and directed by Tom Peach This weekly event is shaping up to be a must-see for local Shakespeare fans.
    2pm AEST – Free, please donate
    FACEBOOK –  www.facebook.com/StreamedShakespeare/
  • GREG GOULD – 1998
    Greg Gould launches his new 90s duets album 1998 in a unique weekly live stream series with international special guests, interviews, live karaoke, games and exclusive live performances from some of the worlds best – week 1 guests include Home & Away‘s Lynne McGranger, Jack Jack Jackie Joanne, iconic vocalist Inaya Day and Bardot’s Katie Underwood!
    7pm AEST – Free
    www.greggould.com.au

Monday 20th April

  • 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 podcasted. This week’s guests: Aysha Mouton aka Mixed_Coconut (Actor and YouTuber – Isolation Parody), Tammy Wells (Actor – The Imtern web series), Gen Tree (Artist and Amimator), Courtney Farrar (Musical Theatre Performer).
    7pm AEST – Free, please consider donating.
    INSTAGRAM – www.instagram.com/thestorychunder

Tuesday 21st April

  • GRIFFIN LOCK-IN – PREMIERE NIGHT
    From 7pm for five nights commencing tonight, Griffin Lock-In gives you all-out access to brand new theatrical experiments via live-stream. Griffin Theatre Company have commissioned some of their favourite artists (including Jordan Raskopoulos, Black Birds and The Dollar Bin Darlings) to create and perform made-for-stream works from their homes with just a week’s notice! Each bespoke show will be preserved for just 24 hours to view online before they disappear into the ether. TUNE IN EVERY NIGHT!
    7pm, 21 – 25 April, 7pm
    YOUTUBE – https://www.youtube.com/user/GriffinTheatreTube
  • THE (M)OTHER LIFE – HOPE NEW WORKS
    James Millar, Christian Cavallo and Robert Tripolino started Hope New Works as a response to the crisis with a remit to foster the development of new Australian works. The (M)Other Life by Amity Dry is the first of 6 new productions to be streamed. This new musical centres around four best friends who meet weekly to share their lives, frustrations, and the juggle to ‘do it all’. Tune in to support this great new initiative with donations supporting artists. Performance followed by Q&A with the artist.
    7pm – Free, please donate
    www.hopeneworks.com
  • 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

Wednesday 22nd April

  • MEETING MOZART
    Ideal for families with kids 2-8. Watch with delight as renowned Australian pianist Simon Tedeschi assumes the persona of the musical wunderkind himself, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, on this journey into the music behind the man, directed by Eva Di Cesare. Unmissable!
    2pm AEST – Free
    www.sydneyoperahouse.com
  • CUSP – AUSTRALIAN THEATRE FOR YOUNG PEOPLE
    A Brown’s Mart Theatre Co-production. CUSP juxtaposes the Northern Territory’s vast Top End landscape with the turbulent lives of three emerging adults as they swim against the tide of irrevocable change; balancing choice versus fate in a world where, as Elvis observes, “Some people just get better choices than others.” ATYP is proud to have commissioned this urgent new work by award-winning playwright Mary Anne Butler. Warnings: Adult themes, frequent coarse language, descriptions of sexual acts, references to trauma and self harm.Closed Captions.
    On-Demand – Free
    YOUTUBE – www.youtube.com/watch?v=e7Ezkk8CaDk&feature=youtu.be
  • 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

Thursday 23rd April

  • CHORUS BOY TO LEADING LADY
    Using musical theatre as the narrative for what it was like for her growing up in the Western Suburbs of Sydney and traversing her way to cabaret stardom, Minnie Cooper presents her one woman show for one night only, accompanied by Bev Kennedy. Presented by Live From Stonewall.
    8pm AEST – Free, please donate.
    FACEBOOK – www.facebook.com/events/511764079501032/
  • TICKETS PLEASE THE MUSICAL – HOPE NEW WORKS
    The next development from Hope New Works is Tickets Please by Paul Morrison and Jacob Nicholls. An all singing, all dancing schlock horror musical comedy. When the top ten salespeople for Tom Kiki Tours are invited to Camp Watsawong, all anticipate an enjoyable weekend away. Camp Watsawong is a lovely isolated retreat where birds are singing, trees are swaying gracefully in the breeze…and people are dying! Who is the killer, and why? Who will be left standing?
    7pm – Free, please donate
    www.hopeneworks.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
  • 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 – Proxy written and performed by Heather Alexander –  – on their Facebook page. Visit and follow to know what’s coming next.
    Thursdays 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

AUS/NZ REGULAR

  • A SONNET A DAY – MELBOURNE SHAKESPEARE COMPANY
    Tune in at 6pm nightly to hear one of the Bard’s sonnets read live by professional actors from around the world. It’s a few minutes of delight to start your evenings with. Friday 17th will feature Paul ROberston reading Sonnet 34.
    6pm daily, then on-demand – free
    www.facebook.com/melbourneshakespeare
  • STC VIRTUAL
    Earlier this month Sydney Theatre Company launched a series of short, personal videos made by some of their favourite Australian artists, including Richard Wherrett Fellow Shari Sebbens; actor, screenwriter and playwright Kate Mulvany; one of Australia’s most exciting young actors Charles Wu; the incomparable Helen Thomson; and the brilliant Tim Minchin, last seen on our stage in 2013 in Tom Stoppard’s hilarious tragicomedy Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead.
    On-Demand, please donate
    www.sydneytheatre.com.au
  • 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 – Paulus!
    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, Kids Couch Concert brings together 10 fabulous independent preschool entertainers from across Australia for a song-filled hour of fun in your living room, and some of it from theirs!
    On demand – $11.95 to purchase, $5.95 to rent
    www.vimeo.com/ondemand/kidscouchconcert
  • HOME THEATRE ARTSTuesdays 7pm AEST – This online collective record a zoom group performance every week and host a global weekly watch party every Tuesday.
  • SLAY, LIVE – Wednesdays 9pm AEST – Sydney’s Universal Club – Each week witness some of Sydney’s fiercest drag talent compete to win what’s in the coveted SLAY BOX!
  • SURRY HILLS LIVE – Thursdays, 7.30pm AEST – 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. Free
  • FIONA JOY HAWKINS LIVE – Fridays11am AEST, then on-demand – Grammy-award winning Pianist and composer Fiona Joy Hawkins is broadcasting a live concert from her living room. Free – please donate
  • FABULASH FRIDAYS – Fridays, 8pm AEST – 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. Free – Register for a seat 
  • 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.
  • 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.

EDUCATION / ACTIVITIES

  • 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

INTERNATIONAL

  • NEW – MARY, IT BEGAN WITH A LASS – BATTERY THEATRE
    Suzanne Lofthus’ play was toured by Battery last summer to historic venues associated with the life of Mary Queen of Scots. It’s a fast-paced journey through the life and loves of Mary, telling the story of her love for Scotland and for the men around her.
    On-Demand from April 18th – Free, please donate
    YOUTUBE – www.youtube.com/watch?v=58OiwSPxcyg
  • NEW – WHAT THE BUTLER SAW – CURVE THEATRE
    An archive recording of the 2017 Made at Curve and Theatre Royal Bath co-production of Joe Orton’s contemporary classic, What The Butler Saw. This production, directed by Nikolai Foster, was performed 50 years since the death of the celebrated Leicester playwright.
    On-Demand – Free – available from 19th April (UK), please donate

    www.curveonline.co.uk
  • NEW – DRAWING THE LINE – HAMPSTEAD THEATRE
    Originally performed and live-streamed in 2013 on The Guardian website, this unique recording of Drawing The Line returns as part of the Hampstead Theatre At Home series. Closed Captions available. Harold Brenton’s sweeping epic directed by Howard Davies vividly unfolds the chaotic story of the partition that shaped the modern world.
    On-Demand – Free – Limited Time (until 19th April)
    www.hampsteadtheatre.com
  • NEW – MY LOVE LIES FROZEN IN THE ICE – DEAD RABBITS THEATRE
    Something for families with kids 8+. My Love Lies Frozen in the Ice is a delightful tale of adventure, love and loss, and the power of the imagination. 3 explorers set off in a free-flying balloon to conquer the North Pole, but it may just conquer them. Expect visual, ensemble storytelling, object animation and a large dose of humour!
    On-demand – Free – please donate
    FACEBOOK – www.facebook.com/GreenwichTheatreLondon/videos/249389742844597
  • NEW – CYBERTANK
    The Tank is one of New York’s hottest incubators of emerging talent, and every week they’re producing an online multidisciplinary variety show and discussion group, and artists are invited to participate remotely.
    Australia Wednesday April 22nd, 6am AEST / USA Tuesday April 21st, 4pm ET – Free, please donate.
    www.thetanknyc.org/cybertank
  • NEW – I WANT MY HAT BACK – THE LITTLE ANGEL THEATRE
    “I HAVE SEEN MY HAT!” Is there a more dramatic line from a picturebook? This bright puppet adaptation of Jon Klassen’s kids classic recreates the scene, complete with red filter and spinning bear legs, as our hitherto polite hero races for a showdown with the rabbit who has stolen his beloved red pointy hat. Directed and performed by Ian Nicholson, with characterful puppets by Sam Wilde (look at Bear’s shifty eyes), it is staged on top of a wooden dresser and told with a harmonica theme by Jim Whitcher. Eight and a half minutes of pure joy.
    On-Demand – Free
    YOUTUBE – www.youtube.com/watch?v=NBJmp1c3XIQ
  • NEW – MUSHY: LYRICALLY SPEAKING – RIFCO THEATRE CO
    Musharaf Asghar became UK celebrity when he appeared on Educating Yorkshire telling his story about how a teacher helped him with a lifelong speech impediment. The Asghar’s tale is now the subject of a new British musical with rap and lyrics by award-winning British rapper Raxstar.
    On-Demand – Free, please donate
    www.rifcotheatre.com
  • NEW – THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA – ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER
    The 25th Anniversary concert production, filmed at the Royal Albert Hall, features Ramin Karimloo as the Phantom and Sierra Boggess as Christine. It will be available for 48 hours. Closed Captions.
    On-Demand between 4am Saturday 13th and 4am Monday 15th AEST – Free
    YOUTUBE – www.youtube.com/channel/UCdmPjhKMaXNNeCr1FjuMvag
  • 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. Closed Captions.
    Australia Saturday April 18th, 9am AEST / USA Friday April 17th, 7pm ET
    www.broadwaycares.org
  • 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. Closed Captions.
    Thursdays 7pm (UK) / Fridays 6am AEDT – Free – Limited Time
    YOUTUBE – www.youtube.com/channel/UCUDq1XzCY0NIOYVJvEMQjqw?sub_confirmation=1
  • NEW – IT’S TRUE, IT’S TRUE, IT’S TRUE – BREACH THEATRE
    Breach is a much-lauded UK multimedia performance company and this original play about the 1612 trial of Agostino Tassi for the rape of Baroque painter Artemisia Gentileschi was created in part from the transcripts of the trial. A hit at the 2018 Edinburgh Festival Fringe!
    On-Demand – Free, please donate.
    YOUTUBE – www.youtube.com/watch?v=MzpSZAr_iEk&feature=youtu.be
  • NEW – AND I AM NOT AFRAID – PROP THTR
    Chicago’s Prop Thtr are the radical new work heart of Chicago’s theatre scene. They’re presenting a free streaming version of this production from 2019. Devised by the ensemble and directed by Anna Gelman, with music by Alec Phan, the play uses the Holocaust and its legacy as a lens for exploring bravery and tenacity in the face of violence and oppression.
    On-Demand – Free, please donate
    www.propthtr.org
  • NEW – MYTH: THE RISE AND FALL OF ORPHEUS
    Directed by Arlene Phillips and written by Sam Cassidy. A modern retelling of the Ancient Greek tale of Orpheus and the underworld, looking at mental illness and addiction in society through the lens of the music industry. A new, contemporary rock musical recorded live at The Other Palace Theatre London. Closed Captions.
    On-Demand – Free
    YOUTUBE – www.youtube.com/watch?v=IJHafQr6Cxs
  • 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/
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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 – PLAY AT HOME – ULUMBARRA THEATRE
    Ulumbarra Theatre and The Capital Bendigo are looking for musicians, comedians, actors, story-tellers, poets, dancers and any performing artists to share their talents with Bendigo – and the world – on their new streaming series. Get all the details and apply here. Follow the streams on their Facebook Page.
  • NEW – 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.
  • NEW – 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/
  • NEW – LITTLE LUNCH ONLINE – ARTS FRONT
    Callouts are running for artists to perform and artists and organisations who would like to host. This wonderful online initiative takes the format of a daily arts talkshow held over Zoom. Screens at Midday daily
  • NEW – NATIONAL YOUNG WRITER’S FESTIVAL
    Looking for ideas for workshops, panels, readings, roundtables and performances, or topics for discussion. Offering an artist fee of $60 per event, $200 for workshops, and the choice between accommodation at the Newcastle YHA or a $30/night accommodation subsidy. Applications close Fri May 8th.
  • NEW – RAGE AGAINST THE V(IRUS)
    Up to $1000 to develop an imperfect and unformed idea, or an idea that you have had formulating for some time.  It is both creative development and presentation at speed – a chance to experiment with form, think outside the box, and do things differently. EOI’s close Friday May 15th.
  • 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.
    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

VISIT LAST WEEK’S LIST FOR EVEN MORE!

 

A montage of posters, production images ad artists photos of the plays and productions featured in the blog article.

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

 

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