Regional Touring Residency Update – Sunlit in Merimbula

The Regional Touring Residencies are one of the ways Critical Stages Touring is contributing to a vibrant, resilient, and exciting independent theatre sector. Supported by Create NSW, each residency matches a story in development with a regional host venues and local artists. The creative team works intensively for one week, culminating in a public showing of their work-in-progress. Each one has been selected for their ingenuity, artistic merit and exploration, and for their potential to connect with and engage regional communities. The program is an exciting new extension of Critical Stages Touring’s commitment to discover and develop outstanding independent theatrical experiences for audiences everywhere. In March 2022, writer JoJo Zhou and director/dramaturg Bernadette Fam took up residency at the recently refurbished Twyford Hall in Merimbula. 

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Thank You

Well that was quite a year! We started 2021 primed and ready to take on all the year could throw at us, and here we are at the other end, having managed so many more pivots, and a few unexpected pirouettes, than we ever thought possible. Despite the many challenges of 2021, we are proud we still managed to deliver 95 performances across 7 states and territories, supporting 155 artists, and performing for over 14,000 live audience members.

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Critical Stages Touring Receives RISE Funding for New Musical

Over the last year we’ve been working with a brilliant creative team to realise a stage adaptation of Antonia Pesenti and Hilary Bell’s best-selling children’s book Alphabetical Sydney. Today, we’re thrilled to announce that the production is a recipient of almost $200k in RISE Funding, ensuring the final development and premiere season of this big, bright, beautiful, new musical. Alphabetical Sydney will premiere at Riverside Theatres in 2022 and go on to tour to audiences nationally in 2023.

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Come To Where I Am Australia Returns for Season 2

A map of Australia is superimposed over a bright green background. A road-sign-shaped graphic reads COME TO WHERE I AM and the biline Stories & Plays from the Places that Shape Us. There is a row of supporter logos on the bottom.

Critical Stages Touring, Australia’s national touring theatre company, is thrilled to announce a second season of Come to Where I Am – Australia – the playwriting program produced in partnership with the UK’s Paines Plough Theatre Company. The new season will engage eight playwrights from around the country to each create a 10-minute story that is a snapshot of what it is like to live in their part of Australia right now. These stories will be turned into short films featuring readings by the playwrights themselves. The readings and works will be showcased in the CST Screening Room, on the Paines Plough website, and via free live watch parties broadcast over YouTube and Facebook.

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Stage & Stream – Special Edition #3

a composite of three show images: two senior women in black and white, one with avitation goggles on her head; a humorous image of a man wearing an Elizabethan-style collar; and a poster with the words Shopfront Scratch Night on a yellow background.

The week ahead will be a lot more fun with a little live entertainment. Stage and Stream is back for a third special edition, our top list of streaming theatre and performing arts around Australia. revisit our mental health and wellness forum, settle in for a chuckle with the hilarious Garry Starr, or discover something new at Shopfront’s Scratch Night.

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