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

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

Welcome to the Critical Stages Touring list of streaming theatre, cabaret, arts education and artist opportunities happening online this week and next. Here you won’t just find the best, you’ll also find indy works from Oz and NZ that aren’t featured anywhere else. The list is updated throughout the week so if you find something we don’t know about, make sure we do!

Donation links will take you directly to donations for that project – please consider supporting the artists who entertain you, they need your support the same way you need entertainment. And if you have something to share send a message to robbi@criticalstages.com.au or complete the form. We are especially keen to hear from independent artists and those streaming accessible performances.

Stage And Stream Links
Fri 8th  –  Thurs 14th May

AUSTRALIA / NZ BY DATE

Friday 8th May

  • FRIENDLY FEMINISM FOR THE MILD MANNERED
    Written and performed by Millicent Sarre, this is a smart and funny cabaret crash-course in intersectional feminism, featuring 10 original songs and backed by an all-woman band. Their 2020 Ad Fringe season was not smash taking home the Holden Street Theatres Award amongst three others!
    On-Demand – A$12
    FRINGEVIEW – www.adelaidefringe.com.au
  • THE ISOLATE LATE SHOW – LITTLE RED COMPANY
    Lockdown and stay-up every Friday night with The IsoLate Late Show. The show has been gaining huge audiences over the last few weeks and continues to raise funds for Australian performers in association with the Actors’ And Entertainers’ Benevolent Fund. Hosted by Naomi Price.
    8pm AEST – Free – Please donate
    FACEBOOK & YOUTUBE – www.facebook.com/events/153740219261322/
  • LOVE SONGS AND DEDICATIONS – GEELONG ARTS CENTRE
    Two of Australian musical theatre’s leading men team up for a night of R&B, soul and funky acoustic classics. Join Bert LaBonte and Rob Tripolino for 40 minutes of live musical fun.
    8pm AEST – Free, please donate
    www.geelongartscentre.org.au/whats-on/bert-rob/
  • BATS HAPPY HOUR
    Wellington’s BATS Theatre are hosting weekly happy hours hosted by the BATS team via Zoom. It’s drinks, laughs and an opportunity for some cross-Tasman covid support. Only, it’s much more fun than we just mad it sound.
    5.30 – 7pm UTC +12 / 3.30 – 5pm AEST – Free, NZ$5+
    www.bats.co.nz/whats-on/bats-happy-hour/
  • LOUD N QUEER TV 
    Sydney’s Create or Die and Heaps Gay have partnered with support of DPLR, Listen Up Music and local artist Rackett to produce a weekly live-streamed party featuring live music, performance art, interviews and the kind of queer content no one else is doing.
    8pm AEST – Free – Please donate
    FACEBOOK – www.facebook.com/events/572187253654625/
  • LET’S FRIDAY WITH THE LISTIES
    Will there be remote Learning? No! Will it be informative? Unlikely! Will it be barely held together chaos? Probably! Kid’s favourites The Listies are back with a weekly live-stream of the kind of madness that only they can make. Tune in and LOL out.
    3:30pm AEST – free, please donate
    FACEBOOK – www.facebook.com/events/2745559065730543/

Saturday 9th May

Sunday 10th May

  • TALES OF THE CITY BY THE SEA
    Join the stellar cast of the award-winning theatrical piece Tales of a City by the Sea, for an emotionally charged live reading of this lyrical love story on Zoom. You will also be treated to the show’s original songs, sung by the mesmerising Aseel Tayeh. The show sold out in 5 cities on it’s last tour, you don’t want to miss this.
    7.30pm AEST – Free, donations go to Zinah Association to create cultural toys for Gaza’s Toy Library.
    www.eventbrite.com.au
  • BARBAROI – AFTERDARK THEATRE
    Inspired by the world of shadows where anything goes, and the gritty underbelly of society, BARBAROI is a blend of high octane circus, cabaret and physical theatre from Australia’s After Dark Theatre.
    On-Demand – A$10
    FRINGEVIEW – www.adelaidefringe.com.au
  • SUNDAY SONNETS
    A fortnightly reading of William Shakespeare’s timeless poetry, to be read by an incredible ensemble of actors, based in both Australia and overseas in a joint live feed. Directed by Sam Haft.
    11am AEST – Free
    FACEBOOK – www.facebook.com/events/1344454095751292/
  • MUSICAL MUGWUMPS
    Each week a new musical for artists to perform is announced. Artists volunteer to be part of the read/sing-through and on Sunday nights these brave performers go live for a non-rehearsed, full run through of the show! 
    7pm AEST – Free
    FACEBOOK – www.facebook.com/MusicalMugwumps/
  • AFTERNOON TEA WITH BOOFF
    Booff (Clint Bolster) is not your usual afternoon tea host. This clown with a twist is live every Sunday enjoying tea with artists, actors and performers from around Australia. Guests this week include Liz Skitch’s hilarious alter-ego Peta Swift and critically acclaimed and internationally renowned circus artist Rhett Morrow.
    3:30-4:30pm AEST – Free, please donate.
    FACEBOOK – www.facebook.com/clint.bolster
  • ROMEO AND JULIET – STREAMED SHAKESPEARE
    The seventh (yes, seventh) live-streamed, virtual staged reading of Shakespeare’s works is Romeo & Juliet, directed by Sasha Danswan
    2pm AEST – Free, please donate
    FACEBOOK –  www.facebook.com/StreamedShakespeare/

Monday 11th May

  • SCRATCH NIGHT – SHOPFRONT
    Shopfront Arts Co-Op host scratch nights monthly to provide opportunities for young emerging artists. It’s a place for young performers to test new ideas and no two nights will ever be alike. Zoom details on their Facebook event page.
    7pm AEST – Free
    FACEBOOK 
  • THAT DARING AUSTRALIAN GIRL
    Joanne Hartstone’s original musical work tells the remarkable true story of Muriel Matters: a South Australian actress & elocutionist who became a leading public figure of the UK’s suffragette movement. Non-stop 5 star reviews and the 2020 Frank Ford Award should be enough to convince you to stream this tonight.
    On-Demand – $15
    FRINGEVIEW – www.adelaidefringe.com.au
  • BRAVE NEW ROUGH & READY – BRAVE NEW WORD
    The first week of submissions to Sydney’s indy storytelling darlings, Brave New Word, were an eclectic and exciting round of shortform stories. There’s a new round every week and this week will centre around the theme ‘nostalgia’. Start every night with a quick story from great Australian thetare makers.
    6pm (Daily) AEST – Free
    FACEBOOK – www.facebook.com/BraveNewWordTC/
  • THE STORY CHUNDER WITH MATT YOUNG
    Matt’s weekly live event was performed at Brisbane’s BackDock Arts. Every week a new lot of storytellers spew forth their most entertaining stories for your delight or disapproval. Join host Matt Young (TBS’s WRECKED, original Australian cast of THE PRODUCERS) for the livestream then listen to his podcast on Spotify, iTunes, Twitch or where ever you listen to podcasts.
    7pm AEST – Free, please donate.
    INSTAGRAM – www.instagram.com/thestorychunder

Tuesday 12th May

  • HEART SOUNDS CONCERT
    Direct from their homes to yours, an epic line up of Australian talent will celebrate International Nurses Day and our incredible Healthcare Workforce. Featuring (among MANY) David Campbell, Yve Blake, Virginia GAy, Rebecca Gibney, Hayden Tee, Clare Chihambakwe, and Eddie Perfect.
    7pm AEST – please donate
    FACEBOOK – www.facebook.com/HeartSoundsConcert/
  • ONCE UPON A TEASER: A DISNEY TRIBUTE
    Created by Viola Verve, and featuring award-winning burlesque artists alongside emerging talent, this magic carpet ride is not for the littlies – Rated R. No princess (or prince) is safe and it’s the perfect early-week boost when partnered with a little champagne.
    On-Demand – A$15
    FRINGEVIEW – www.adelaidefringe.com.au
  • CORONAVLOG
    Using her psychological insight, musical therapy exercises and psychic powers, the very fictional Jan van de Stool is here to unwrap the #Coronavirus news, in an attempt to help tens of people around the world, weekly.
    On-Demand – A$1.98
    VIMEO – www.vimeo.com/ondemand/coronavlog
  • HOME THEATRE ARTS
    This online collective record a zoom group performance every week and host a global weekly watch party every Tuesday.
    7pm AEST – Free
    http://tiny.cc/HomeTheatreArts

Wednesday 13th May

  • MONKEY BAA THEATRE CO
    Look behind the scenes of one of the world’s best children’s theatre makers. Each session will give young people an insight into the many people who work to create a live theatre production. The first will be a conversation with Eva Di Cesare, the Director, Writer and Composer of their latest production, Edward the Emu. Interactive and fun there will be time for Eva to answer your questions.
    11am AEST – Free, please donate
    FACEBOOK – www.facebook.com/monkeybaatheatreco
  • DISENCHANTED: A CABARET OF TWISTED FAIRY TALES
    Eliane Morel’s not-for-kids cabaret transports you to vivacious Madame d’Aulnoy’s 17th Century Parisian salon, where you learn the twisted truth about your favourite fairy tales. Storytelling meets comedy with original music and song.
    On-Demand in 2 parts – A$10
    FRINGEVIEW – www.adelaidefringe.com.au
  • SLAY LIVE
    Sydney’s Universal Club – Each week witness some of Sydney’s fiercest drag talent compete to win what’s in the coveted SLAY BOX! Hosted by Carmen Geddit & Charisma Belle.
    9pm AEST – Free
    FACEBOOK – www.facebook.com/events/1377796425756504/
  • ART CENTRE MELBOURNE’S BIG NIGHT IN
    Arts Centre Melbourne, one of Australia’s most important artistic hubs for more than 35 years, has teamed up with John Foreman’s Aussie Pops Orchestra to present a weekly live digital show every Wednesday at 7pm. Special guests, great chat, top performers!
    7pm – Free – Please donate
    www.artscentremelbourne.com.au/

Thursday 14th May

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

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

 

AUS/NZ ON-DEMAND

  • ADELAIDE FRINGEVIEW
    Adelaide Fringe Festival has launched a digital project and there’s a ton of content across every genre of performance. We’ve highlight a few in the list this week but it’s well worth checking out the full offering.
    On-Demand, limited time – check site for listings
    www.adelaidefringe.com.au/fringeview
  • TERRAPIN PUPPET THEATRE
    Contemporary puppetry performance company Terrapin have been busy making baked beans at a distance of 2m. Curious to know what that means? Visit their Vimeo page, click play, enjoy.
    On-Demand, Free – please donate
    www.vimeo.com/terrapintheatre
  • LOVE IN LOCKDOWN – GRISTMILL
    Robyn Butler and Lucy Durack wrote and produced this rom-com in isolation in just 17 days, 9 hours and 26 minutes. Featuring Eddie Perfect and Annie Maynard, directed by Wayne Hope, it’s six episodes of comic romance. Binge this one!
    On-Demand – Free, please donate
    www.gristmill.com.au/shows/love-in-lockdown
  • TERRAIN – BANGARRA DANCE COMPANY
    A hymn to country through contemporary dance, Terrain explores the relationship of Indigenous people to country and how landscape becomes a second skin, inspired by the timeless beauty of Kati Thanda in South Australia.
    On-Demand – free, please donate
    www.sydneyoperahouse.com/digital/season.html
  • STAN ORIGINAL LOCKDOWN COMEDY FESTIVAL
    Filled in the homes of comedians in isolation the specials will features over 25 Australian comedians making us chuckle from the (dis)comfort of their living rooms. Four specials. Streaming from 9th May.
    On-Demand, subscription service (Australia only)
    www.stan.com.au
  • MICHAEL GOW’S AWAY – SYDNEY THEATRE COMPANY / MALTHOUSE
    Three families embark on life-changing vacations in Michael Gow’s classic play, Away. This co-production between STC and Melbourne’s Malthouse, directed by Matthew Lutton, is streaming free on iView until 30th July.
    On-Demand, ABC iView (Australia only)
    www.iview.abc.net.au
  • THE ONE DAY OF THE YEAR 
    Trish Wadley Productions presents Alan Seymour’s iconic play, directed by Wayne Harrison, and created exclusively with an all star cast to commemorate ANZAC Day 2020. Features Mark Little, Kerry Fox, Daniel Monks, Paul Haley and Celeste Dodwell.
    On-Demand – Free
    YOUTUBE – www.youtube.com/watch?v=1_swwyKuhD0&feature=youtu.be
  • KIDS COUCH CONCERTS
    Hosted by Emily Who the Kids Couch Concerts were created as a way for independent preschool entertainers to keep connecting with the audiences they love. The project has produced two volumes now that take the form of a video variety show with artists like The Mik Maks, Pevan and Sarah and Avocado Smash. 95% of profits go the artists involved.
    On-Demand – A$11.95 to purchase, A$5.95 to rent
    VIMEO – Volume 1 & Volume 2
  • ADAPT – AUSTRALIAN DANCE THEATRE
    Australian Dance Theatre’s special online-only season for 2020 will broadcast every fortnight beginning Friday 1 May, at 12 pm ACST (UTC +9:3O) with Garry Stewart’s The Beginning of Nature.
    On-Demand – Free, please donate
    www.adt.org.au/adapt/the-beginning-of-nature/
  • MARDI GRAS LINK LIST
    Looking for great queer content and a complete listing of drag performances happening online? Sydney Mardi Gras has a handy list with far more shows than we can list here and some great music picks as well. Check it out here.
  • KEEP HEART PENRITH
    The new online program Keep Heart Penrith delivered by Penrith Performing and Visual Arts will help guide audiences and community to the new changed arts world via Creative Care Packs; a series of arts-based content & learning delivered to your email address.
    www.qtheatre.com.au/keep-heart-penrith/
  • RED RATTLER 
    Sydney’s Red Rattler Theatre is at the heart of emerging, fringe and queer arts practice, and this week they begin a new fortnightly online events series with a screening of Kelli Jean Drinkwater’s groundbreaking documentary Nothing To Lose. There’s lots to come from the rattler so bookmark them and check back Fridays for the latest content.
    www.facebook.com/TheRedRattler/
  • PLAYWAVE
    Youth arts access platform Playwave is curating their own list of online offerings that are suitable for theatre lovers 16-21. They’re updating the page regularly and also offering a number of creative resources that anyone with a teen in the house should check out.
    www.playwave.com.au

INTERNATIONAL

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

 

ARTIST OPPORTUNITIES

  • NEW – PERFORMING LINES
    Performing lines have put together an exhaustive list of resources, grant links and current programs that every artist and independent org should look over.
    www.performinglines.org.au
  • NEW – METRO ARTS
    Queensland-based artists should take note – Metro Arts offering support for the creation of four new creative projects. This new program is aimed at providing artists opportunities to create work ready for presentation in and around their new home at West Village, in late 2020. Applications close Sunday, 24 May 2020, midnight. www.metroarts.com.au/call-for-proposals-2020
  • NEW – 12 HOUR PLAY FEST – THORNHILL THEATRE SPACE
    An interactive play writing challenge! Over the space of 12 hours the goal is to come up with an idea, write the play, read it and then edit to deliver a 10-15 minute play to share and get feedback on. Thornhill will read all the scripts and select one (or more) to be featured on their weekly “Couch Readings” live stream.
    9am-9pm AWST / 11am-11pm AEST – Free
    FACEBOOK – www.facebook.com/events/1106044749766513/
  • LITTLE LUNCH ONLINE – ARTS FRONT
    Little Lunch Online is a chance to check in and connect with each other while we grab a quick bite of lunch, or a morning coffee for folk in the West. It’s a quick 30 minute window to share ideas and resources, and plan our actions in responding to the pandemic, the climate crisis and whatever global emergency awaits us next.
    Daily, Midday AEST – Free
    www.artsfront.com/event/37103-little-lunch-online-llol
  • GRANT WRITING WORKSHOPS – AUSPICIOUS ARTS
    Auspicious Arts is hosting two workshops on-demand that can help artists prepare grant applications from Moonee Valley Council and the City of Yarra – it’s a great time to sharpen our skills in this department if you have the headspace. www.auspicious.com.au/noticeboard/
  • BROWN’S MART BUILD UP 
    BUILD UP is Brown’s Mart’s seeding and development program. Projects can be for research or creative development of new projects by Independent Theatre artists working and living in the top end of the NT. These projects are for any stage of development and are designed to support a fertile environment for the creation of new
    NT theatre. For 2020, and in response to the COVID 19 pandemic, Brown’s Mart will offer 3 new BUILD UP opportunities. 2 more rounds, with applications closing on the 18th May and 15th June. Full details at www.brownsmart.com.au
  • CIRCUS ARTS HUB
    Circus Arts Hub are bringing their best and brightest online for a series of panel discussions for Circus arts performers. See the full line up and register at www.thecircusartshub.com/events
  • ADELAIDE FRINGEVIEW
    The Adelaide Fringe team have been working hard to find a way to directly support artists during the crisis, and applications are now open for the pilot of an online, digital Fringe experience. Artists are invited to register a video as a Fringe event. In the spirit of Fringe they’re open to all genres. It is free to register as an artist and take part in the pilot, with Fringe waiving all registration and artist ticketing fees to make it available to everyone. And this will eventually be a ticketed event! Get all the details here.
  • BRAVE NEW ROUGH & READY
    Sydney indy favourites Brave New Word Theatre Co are inviting artists to take part in a new project. Brave New Rough & Ready is an open access, weekly invitation to tell a story from your own home and have it featured on their networks. There are very finite guidelines that make participation easy, and a weekly theme to inspire you. Seven performances will be showcased weekly. Get all the details on their Facebook page.

SAVE THE DATE

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

  • FRI MAY 15 – THE SAPPHO SHOW
    The Sappho Show is a monthly event featuring some of Australia’s best LGBTQ+ women performer for LGBTQ+ women and allies. We’re taking our May show online and featuring Sydney based singer/songwriter Dani El-Rassi, Australia top female speed painter Sarah Rowan and “Irresistibly sultry” soul, pop & R&B artist Rayn. 
  • SAT MAY 16 – I’VE BEEN THINKING (ABOUT GROWING UP)
    An immersive 12 hour live stream theatre performance where you the audience are invited to engage with, question, call and connect with artist Zed Hopkins as he attempts to traverse the transition from youth into adulthood. Zed is about to graduate college (on the 17th) so before he officially becomes an ‘educated member of society’ he’s surrendering to you – the audience – for the 12 hours between sunset and the sunrise that marks his entrance to adulthood.
  • SAT MAY 16 – THE TAP PACK – 8pm – Following the smash hit season in 2018, the modern kings of swing return to transport you to a world of timeless entertainment. Performing live from the Joan Sutherland Theatre at the Sydney Opera House, direct to your living room. Get ready for some slick suits, classic tunes and magic moves.
  • SAT MAY 16 & SUN MAY 17 – SEQUIN SESSIONS
    Cabaret star Michaela Burger returns with all-new Sequin Sessions shows! On Saturday May 16th it’s an all-80’s retro adventure for the grown ups and on Sunday tune in for the very first kid’s session to feature Michaela’s original songs for children. We’re excited to see Michaela back on air (and stage).

EDUCATION / ACTIVITIES

  • NEW – ATYP HOME THEATRE PLAYS – With help from the ATYP Foundation, Australian Theatre for Young People have commissioned 10 brilliant Australian playwrights to each write a 5-minute script that you can download and perform with your family and friends (when visitors are allowed at your place or try it with your friends over Zoom!). Each script features 2-6 characters, with a mix of some young people and some adults. Anyone in your house can play any character – or multiple characters! There are no boundaries! And if you want to share your reading with the world submit it to ATYP for inclusion in their YouTube Channel. All the details at www.atyp.com.au
  • Poetry In Action – this NFP touring company has brought their popular education program online to stream into homes and classrooms. There are 4 performances in line with curriculum for Years 5-12. Visit www.poetryinaction.com.au for more info.
  • Storyville Live – Storyville’s in-school program sends performers to read much-loved storybooks to children. For the next couple of weeks they’ll be trialling live storytime via Facebook, and it’s well worth it for those with little ones at home. 11am and 3pm AEST daily – free www.facebook.com/theStoryville/
  • Slingsby by Request – South Australian theatre company Slingsby has created an online resource of live performances in line with curriculum. The first work is Emil and the Detectives by Erich Kastner, adapted for the stage by Nicki Bloom. Teachers and home-teachers should check out this great new resource.  www.slingsby.net.au/slingsby-by-request/
  • Audioplay – This is unlike any other activity out there at the moment. An immersive play experience for kids (ages 6-12) where they download an audio story in which they play one of the characters using ordinary household items for props. Creative play just got so much better! www.audioplay.me
  • Stage Door
    Is an online theatre and performance training program by Q Theatre. This series includes a variety of workshops for creative people of all ages, skills levels and needs. Participants attend a weekly workshop across an 8-week term to learn new skills and work towards a new performance outcome. Each workshop will run via Zoom and Google Classrooms and will allow you to start out, step up, ignite, accelerate or access and build on new performance skills, keeping you connected and collaborating in these unusual times.
  • Shake & Stir Interact
    Since 2006, shake & stir drama classes have been a regular extra-curricular activity adored by tens of thousands of students, and now their latest program has moved online. Each week, your child will engage with a carefully-planned, professionally-produced and, most importantly, super-fun 30 minutes of creative play, at home. We’re talking drama activities and performance-based games that will get them acting and keep them active. www.shakeandstirinteract.com.au
  • ATYP Online
    Australian Theatre for Young People have brought made their drama programs virtual just in time for term 2. A selection of their regular programs will be facilitated live each week via Zoom and Google Classroom. Participants will work with a skilled ATYP tutor and classmates in an interactive online space from the safety of their homes. It’s just one of several programs teachers and home teachers should discover. www.atyp.com.au
  • Patch Theatre
    Patch Theatre has been making shows for 4–8 year old children and their families from our home in South Australia since 1972. In our nearly 48 years, Patch has made 110 much loved theatre works and performed to over 1.8 million children around the world. They’re posting regular updates to arts activities for little ones online, and via Facebook and Instagram. www.patchtheatre.org.au/activities
  • Polyglot Theatre
    Children’s theatre makers Polyglot have developed a series of new arts activities that will keep young ones busy and thinking during creative play. There’s heaps of fun stuff to explore and if you don’t have kids we highly recommend doing them anyway because a) they’re fun and b) home-grown hilarity is needed right now. www.polyglot.org.au/polyglot-at-home/
  • Riverside Theatres
    Parramatta’s Riverside Theatres has always had a fantastic education team and resources to match – and now a directory of teacher resources from past performances is available on their website. There’s also a super-handy (and HUGE) listing of other online resources that teachers and parents should not miss. www.riversideparramatta.com.au

 

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

Stage & Stream – Streaming Theatre & Cabaret May 1st

A graphic made up of images and poster images from the shows on the stage and stream weekly streaming guide. shows

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!

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 – Fri 1st – Friday 8th May

AUSTRALIA / NZ BY DATE

Friday 1st May

  • ADELAIDE FRINGEVIEW
    Adelaide Fringe Festival launches their new digital platform today at midday. The project is a free initiative for artists, created to present local and international talent to online audiences in a new artistic experience. Just like Fringe it’s an open-access festival of all performing artforms, and registrations are still open for artists who want to join in.
    12pm launch – check site for full listings and tickets
    www.adelaidefringe.com.au/fringeview
  • BITE THE HAND – THE LAST GREAT HUNT
    The Last Great Hunt is hosting a Free LIVE Public Play Reading of Bite The Hand by Chris Isaacs. Directed by Matt Edgerton (My Robot, Fully Sikh) with a star-studded cast including Amy Mathews, Arielle Gray, Hayley McElhinney, Jeffrey Jay Fowler and Michael Abercromby, the work takes a heartfelt and brutal look at the emancipation of domestic dogs and how love can be a mechanism of dependency and suppression. On-Demand for a limited time  – Do Not Miss It.
    8pm AWST Premiere – then On-Demand – Free, please donate
    YOUTUBE – www.youtube.com/watch?v=6UwGDnLtaTg&feature=youtu.be
  • KIDS COUCH CONCERT WATCH PARTY PREMIERE
    Hosted by Emily Who and produced in association with Sydney’s Rogue Projects, Kids Couch Concert was created by Emily McKnight as a way for independent preschool entertainers to keep connecting with the audiences they love. The first concert was a hit with parents and little ones alike, and today they launch Concert #2 with a live watch party hosted by Emily Who. Get over to Vimeo and rent or purchase a copy, and then swing over to Facebook to join in all the fun (and chat with your favourite artists). Acts include The Mik Maks, Tiptoe giants, Musical Sprouts, Lizzy Loo, Vegetable Plot and Dr Hubble – Australia’s foremost bubble expert!
    2pm AEST – then On-Demand – A$11.95 to purchase, A$5.95 to rent
    VIMEO – www.vimeo.com/ondemand/kidscouchconcert2
    FACEBOOK WATCH PARTY: www.facebook.com/events/719815055510601/
  • LET’S FRIDAY WITH THE LISTIES
    Will there be remote Learning? No! Will it be informative? Unlikely! Will it be barely held together chaos? Probably! Kid’s favourites The Listies are back with a weekly live-stream of the kind of madness that only they can make. Tune in and LOL out.
    3:30pm AEST – Free, please donate
    FACEBOOK – www.facebook.com/events/2745559065730543/
  • ADAPT – AUSTRALIAN DANCE THEATRE
    Australian Dance Theatre’s special online-only season for 2020 will broadcast every fortnight beginning Friday 1 May, at 12 pm ACST (UTC +9:3O) with Garry Stewart’s The Beginning of Nature featuring music by Brendan Woithe who collaborated with Kaurna man Jack Buckskin to create a libretto sung entirely in the Kaurna language, the first language of the Adelaide Plains. The original production was seen by over 37,000 people – and now you can see it too.
    12pm ACST / 12:30pm AEST – Free, please donate
    www.adt.org.au/adapt/the-beginning-of-nature/
  • 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 with its original cast and director Shiya Lu.
    7pm AEST – Free
    www.facebook.com/FlyingHouseAssembly/
  • HELEN BIDOU’S BIDOU ZOOMS
    The alter ego of comedian Anne Edmonds (Get Krack’n) is destined to be as hilarious as it is odd. The good kind of odd. There’ll be songs, guests, interactivities and it’s a great way to kick off the weekend.
    7pm AEST – $20-$30 – Tickets here
    ZOOM
  • 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/
  • LOUD N QUEER TV 
    Sydney’s Create or Die and Heaps Gay have partnered with support of DPLR, Listen Up Music and local artist Rackett to produce a weekly live-streamed party featuring live music, performance art, interviews and the kind of queer content no one else is doing.
    8pm AEST – Free – Please donate
    FACEBOOK – www.facebook.com/events/572187253654625/

Saturday 2nd May

  • 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. Closed captions available.
    3pm AEST – Free, please donate
    www.facebook.com/events/605587803362646/
  • COOPED UP CABARET
    Magic in the kitchen? Comedy in the bathroom? Fire show in the backyard? This pay-to-view cabaret hosted by Sophie Delightful is bringing some of Melbourne’s hottest acts to the internet and all the $ go to the artists.
    8pm AEST – A$15.71 
    ZOOM – get all the details at www.facebook.com/events/198072748296249/
  • THE LOST CABARET – LOSTRALASIA
    Join the teams behind The Lost Cabarets in Sydney and Melbourne, PLUS acts from Malaysia, for the sensational second edition of  The Lost Cabaret’s online show, LOST IN LOCKDOWN!  It’s going to be pure variety, with a healthy measure of mischief and music.
    10pm AEST – Free
    ZOOM – Details on FACEBOOK – www.facebook.com/events/830121640828147/
  • 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 3rd May

  • SUNDAY SONNETS
    A fortnightly reading of William Shakespeare’s timeless poetry, to be read by an incredible ensemble of actors, based in both Australia and overseas in a joint live feed. Directed by Sam Haft.
    11am AEST – Free
    FACEBOOK – www.facebook.com/events/1344454095751292/
  • MUSICAL MUGWUMPS
    Each week a new musical for artists to perform is announced. Artists volunteer to be part of the read/sing-through and on Sunday nights these brave performers go live for a non-rehearsed, full run through of the show! 
    7pm AEST – Free
    FACEBOOK – www.facebook.com/MusicalMugwumps/
  • AFTERNOON TEA WITH BOOFF
    Booff (Clint Bolster) is not your usual afternoon tea host. This clown with a twist is live every Sunday enjoying tea with artists, actors and performers from around Australia. Guests this week include circus star Mr Gorski, internationally recognised artist and journalist Bec Mac, and The X-Treme Brothers direct from Las Vegas!
    3:30-4:30pm AEST – Free, please donate.
    FACEBOOK – www.facebook.com/clint.bolster
  • AS YOU LIKE IT – STREAMED SHAKESPEARE
    The sixth (congrats!!) live-streamed, video conference staged reading of Shakespeare’s is As You Like It, directed by Jamie James Colette This collective of  Australian indy artists has been getting a reputation for thoroughly entertaining zooms, and the recent attention has been well-deserved.
    2pm AEST – Free, please donate
    FACEBOOK –  www.facebook.com/StreamedShakespeare/

Monday 4th May

  • 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 it’s an incredible line up of artists from around Australia!
    7pm AEST – Free, please donate
    FACEBOOK – www.facebook.com/joshuarobsonproductions
  • 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 5th May

  • TAIKOZ
    Australia’s pre-eminent drum performance company has been sharing clips from their production Seven Flowers as a teaser before a future live stream of the full show. The clips are little pockets of wonderful – just the thing to kick off a Tuesday.
    On-Demand – Free, please donate
    FACEBOOK – www.facebook.com/TAIKOZfan/
  • 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.
    7pm AEST – Free
    http://tiny.cc/HomeTheatreArts

Wednesday 6th May

  • THE GREAT ILLUSIONIST
    Discover the enchanting tale of a young boy who longs to be an illusionist, in this story within a story. A tale of daring and willpower, the importance of a good assistant and of course, a white rabbit! Captivate the whole family with live music, impressive illusions, magical puppetry and marvellous tricks.
    On-demand from 4pm
    www.sydneyoperahouse.com
  • SLAY LIVE
    Sydney’s Universal Club – Each week witness some of Sydney’s fiercest drag talent compete to win what’s in the coveted SLAY BOX! Hosted by Carmen Geddit & Charisma Belle.
    9pm AEST – Free
    FACEBOOK – www.facebook.com/events/1377796425756504/
  • ART CENTRE MELBOURNE’S BIG NIGHT IN
    Arts Centre Melbourne, one of Australia’s most important artistic hubs for more than 35 years, has teamed up with John Foreman’s Aussie Pops Orchestra to present a weekly live digital show every Wednesday at 7pm. Special guests, great chat, top performers!
    7pm – Free – Please donate
    www.artscentremelbourne.com.au/

Thursday 7th May

  • GOLD – HOPE NEW WORKS
    This new musical from Jess Newman and Richard Lindenfelzer is the latest development from  the Hope New Works initiative. GOLD is a coming of age adventure about dark obsessions, local legends, and what happens when we seek validation outside of ourselves. The contemporary pop/rock score is infused with country/western and Americana to show how the past and the present collide in everyday yet unsuspecting ways. Musical influences include bluegrass, Americana and contemporary pop/rock.
    7pm AEST – Free – Please donate
    www.hopenewworks.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
  • COUCH READINGS
    Thornhill Theatre Space are presenting live-streamed couch readings of Australian works on Thursdays. This week’s play is My Director by Emma Dawson, a ridiculously silly workplace dramedy, featuring a ruthless Personal Assistant, a mysterious Head of Technology, and an eccentric, aristocratic Director.
    8pm AEST – Free – available on demand after
    FACEBOOK – www.facebook.com/ThornhillTheatreSpace

FRIDAY MAY 8TH

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.
    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

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
  • Patch Theatre
    Patch Theatre has been making shows for 4–8 year old children and their families from our home in South Australia since 1972. In our nearly 48 years, Patch has made 110 much loved theatre works and performed to over 1.8 million children around the world. They’re posting regular updates to arts activities for little ones online, and via Facebook and Instagram. www.patchtheatre.org.au/activities
  • Polyglot Theatre
    Children’s theatre makers Polyglot have developed a series of new arts activities that will keep young ones busy and thinking during creative play. There’s heaps of fun stuff to explore and if you don’t have kids we highly recommend doing them anyway because a) they’re fun and b) home-grown hilarity is needed right now. www.polyglot.org.au/polyglot-at-home/
  • Riverside Theatres
    Parramatta’s Riverside Theatres has always had a fantastic education team and resources to match – and now a directory of teacher resources from past performances is available on their website. There’s also a super-handy (and HUGE) listing of other online resources that teachers and parents should not miss. www.riversideparramatta.com.au

INTERNATIONAL

  • BERLINER FESTSPIEL
    Get set for a weekend of theatre pleasure – six productions shown as recordings-on-demand for 24 hours each.  They might start at 4am AEST but since you have some time to watch, you can enjoy when you like (for a limited time) English closed captions available.
    On-Demand, Limited Time – Free
    www.berlinerfestspiele.de/de/berliner-festspiele/programm/on-demand/tt-virtuell-auswahl.html
  • GIFT – GATESHEAD INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF THEATRE
    Three days of contemporary theatre and performance delivered online. A carefully curated festival that aims to connect audiences and artists from across the globe in real-time theatrical encounters, one-on-one experiences, workshops & panel discussions.
    April 30th – May 3rd – On-demand
    www.giftfestival.co.uk
  • CRONGTON KNIGHTS – PILOT THEATRE
    This critically-acclaimed production, created in collaboration with Belgrade Theatre Coventry, Derby Theatre and York Theatre Royal, will be streamed online for free until May 9th. Based on the novel by Alex Wheatle and adapted by Emteaz Husain, the production mixes music, beatboxing and storytelling, to tell the stroy of six young people who head out on a crusade across a housing estate.
    On-Demand – Free
    YOUTUBE – www.youtube.com/watch?v=CL2DIlzz73w
  • TWISTED – THE UNTOLD STORY OF A ROYAL VIZIER
    From the creators of ‘A Very Potter Musical’ and ‘Holy Musical B@man!’, comes ‘Twisted: The Untold Story of a Royal Vizier.’ Hop on your flying carpet, because this musical parody retells the classic tale of Aladdin… from the villain’s point of view! Closed captions available.
    On-Demand – Free
    YOUTUBE – www.youtube.com/watch?v=-77cUxba-aA
  • 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 May 7-13, Opening Night May 14
    www.geffenplayhouse.org/stayhouse/
  • ALAN CUMMING – LEGAL IMMIGRANT
    Alan Cumming is many things to many people – renaissance man, style icon, social activist, bon viveur – but to himself he is a story-teller and provocateur for hire. His bawdy, bold and thoroughly fun cabaret filmed at Joe’s Pub can be streamed free for a limited time thanks to New York’s Public Theater.
    On-Demand – Free, please donate
    YOUTUBE – www.youtu.be/msyQQc1OtS8
  • INSTITUTE – GECKO 
    Institute is a visually captivating, emotionally driven performance, which openly invites its audience to consider what it means to care. This international hit scored 5 star reviews everywhere it toured and this is your chance to catch it. Physical theatre at it’s finest.
    On-Demand – Free, please donate
    YOUTUBE – www.youtube.com/watch?v=2BYR9XmYR2s&feature=youtu.be
  • FRANKENSTEIN – NATIONAL THEATRE LIVE
    Directed by Academy Award®-winner Danny Boyle, Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller alternate the roles of Victor Frankenstein and his creation.
    On-Demand until May 8th – Free
    YOUTUBE – www.youtube.com/channel/UCUDq1XzCY0NIOYVJvEMQjqw
  • EVERYTHING IS POSSIBLE – YORK THEATRE ROYAL
    This epic 2017 production was a community collaboration that invited 150 performers and a choir of 80 to produce a suffragette story that is just what we need right now – inspirational and delightfully affirming.
    On-Demand from 7th – 31st May (UK) – Free, please donate
    YOUTUBE – www.youtu.be/yT34ZmtAqak
  • RAGE – B.DANCE
    Taiwan’s B.Dance Company’s Rage was inspired by the eponymous crime novel by the Japanese writer Yoshida Shuichi. This is a powerful all-dance presentation from choreographer Po-Cheng Tsai.
    3rd May – 10pm (CST/GMT+8)
    FACEBOOK – www.facebook.com/B.DANCE.com.tw/
  • THE MIDNIGHT GANG – CHICHESTER FESTIVAL THEATRE
    David Walliams’s The Midnight Gang, adapted by Bryony Lavery with music and lyrics by Joe Stilgoe, premiered at Chichester Festival Theatre in 2018, directed by Dale Rooks. This inventive tale of fun, friendship and the importance of kindness, about a gang of children who each night escape from their hospital beds to make their dreams come true, is adapted from David Walliams’s biggest-selling children’s book of 2016.
    On-Demand from 30th April – Free, please donate
    www.cft.org.uk
  • LOVE’S LABOURS LOST – DEAFINITELY THEATRE
    Deafinitely Theatre’s production of  Shakespeare’s Love’s Labour’s Lost performed in British Sign Language at The Globe Theatre.
    On-Demand – Free, please donate
    YOUTUBE – www.youtube.com/watch?v=BJfpDiwcCJo
  • WASTED – SOUTHWARD PLAYHOUSE
    Through the lens of a rock documentary, Wasted gives an access-all-areas account of the struggles, heartbreaks and triumphs of the three Brontë sisters Charlotte, Emily, Anne, and their brother Branwell. Brought up in a remote, poverty-stricken town in Yorkshire, without money or opportunity, they fought ill-health, unrequited love and family feuds to write some of the most celebrated literature including Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights.
    On-Demand – Free, please donate
    www.southwarkplayhouse.co.uk
  • 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
  • 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

ARTIST OPPORTUNITIES

  • GRANT WRITING WORKSHOPS – AUSPICIOUS ARTS
    Auspicious Arts is hosting two workshops on-demand that can help artists prepare grant applications from Moonee Valley Council and the City of Yarra – it’s a great time to sharpen our skills in this department if you have the headspace. www.auspicious.com.au/noticeboard/
  • 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.
  • BROWN’S MART BUILD UP 
    BUILD UP is Brown’s Mart’s seeding and development program. Projects can be for research or creative development of new projects by Independent Theatre artists working and living in the top end of the NT. These projects are for any stage of development and are designed to support a fertile environment for the creation of new
    NT theatre. For 2020, and in response to the COVID 19 pandemic, Brown’s Mart will offer 3 new BUILD UP opportunities. 2 more rounds, with applications closing on the 18th May and 15th June. Full details at www.brownsmart.com.au
  • 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/
  • CIRCUS ARTS HUB
    Circus Arts Hub are bringing their best and brightest online for a series of panel discussions for Circus arts performers. See the full line up and register at www.thecircusartshub.com/events
  • ADELAIDE FRINGEVIEW
    The Adelaide Fringe team have been working hard to find a way to directly support artists during the crisis, and applications are now open for the pilot of an online, digital Fringe experience. Artists are invited to register a video as a Fringe event. In the spirit of Fringe they’re open to all genres. It is free to register as an artist and take part in the pilot, with Fringe waiving all registration and artist ticketing fees to make it available to everyone. And this will eventually be a ticketed event! Get all the details here.
  • BRAVE NEW ROUGH & READY
    Sydney indy favourites Brave New Word Theatre Co are inviting artists to take part in a new project. Brave New Rough & Ready is an open access, weekly invitation to tell a story from your own home and have it featured on their networks. There are very finite guidelines that make participation easy, and a weekly theme to inspire you. Seven performances will be showcased weekly. Get all the details on their Facebook page.
  • 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 9 – TEN WAYS TO SURVIVE LIFE IN QUARANTINE – PERTH AT HOME THEATRE CO
    10 Ways to Survive Life in a Quarantine is full of handy solutions, from putting on a musical with your dog, to becoming an announcer for a made-up sport, to falling in love with an inanimate object. Hey, we promised handy solutions – we never said they wouldn’t be strange. Whether or not you’re inspired to take up origami and squirrel observation, this flexible new play written by Don Zolidis especially for actors to perform online is sure to bring a laugh to anyone who finds themselves unexpectedly indoors. Closed Captions available.

 

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Save the Date – Next Indy Theatre Forum – May 25th

Following up from our Covid-19 Survival Guide forum in April, Critical Stages Touring is hosting our next Indy Theatre Forum on Creative Practice in the Digital Environment.

This one will be a little different. Shaped from feedback and suggestions from artists around the country this next zoom-enabled forum will recap the things we’ve learned so far about theatre in isolation, before we settle in to hear from arts makers and leaders about how they’re managing creative practice right now.

We’ll also be devoting time to some practical tools and resources that can help you with your digital creative activities.

Special Guest Speakers:

  • Clare Bartholomew and Dan Tobias from Salvador Dinosaur (VIC)
  • Imogen Gardam from Griffin Theatre Company (NSW)
  • Sian Roberts & Adriane Daff from the Last Great Hunt (WA)
  • Kip Chapman from Hackman (NZ)
  • Nathan Sibthorpe from Counterpoint (QLD)

Registration is FREE and we’ll send you a confirmation and reminders with zoom-room details closer to the date. All the details:

When: Monday, May 25th 2020
Time: 6pm – 7pm AEST  / 4pm AWST
Where: wherever you are – conference is via Zoom
Bring: questions, a bevvy and snacks

Independent Theatre Forums are hosted by Critical Stages Touring to support the sector through networking, community and skills-building. They’re an opportunity for us to come together and talk about the big issues facing independent theatre artists today.

CLICK TO REGISTER FOR FREE

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

 

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Independent artists are the lifeblood of Australia’s theatre sector. They are the source of our most innovative and exciting new work, they stimulate our entire industry, provoke and often challenge our audiences, push the boundaries of what is possible and inspire us all.

Independent artists create work for venues, festivals and communities large and small right around Australia, and often their work tours to every corner of the country and right around the globe.

The independent sector in Australia is nimble and quick to adapt and this flexibility is often what makes these artists so attractive as collaborators. But we are testing the resilience of the sector right now. During the Covid-19 pandemic, almost all employment opportunities have been decimated for independent artists and the overwhelming majority of these artists are falling between the gaps of the JobKeeper and JobSeeker payments offered by the federal government.

For Critical Stages Touring to continue we need the dynamic Australian independent arts sector to survive, and to thrive once again.

This is why today we are asking for your help.

Theatre Network Australia, along with Creative Partnerships Australia, have set up this campaign to help provide Crisis Cash to Independent Artists. If you are in a position to make a tax-deductible donation today, please help. 100% of donations raised will go to artists.

Thank You.

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Forum Special Guests

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

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

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

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

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

StageAndStream – Weekly Streaming Theatre Links – April 3

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

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

Stage And Stream Links

Friday 3rd April

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

Saturday 4th April

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

Sunday 5th April

Monday 6th April

  • THE GREEN ROOM AWARDS
    Melbourne’s much-loved peer-presented performing arts awards, The Green Room awards,  are still on! The awards will go ahead as an online presentation tonight. Hosted by performers Otto and Astrid, with presenter Rob Meldrum.  The awards will go live via a series of YouTube clips so make sure you subscribe!
    7pm – Free
    YOUTUBE – Green Room on YouTube
  • GRIFFIN THEATRE CO – EMERALD CITY
    Australian Theatre Live presents Griffin Theatre Co’s production of David Williamson’s beloved Emerald City, featuring Lucy Bell, Mitchel Butel and Jennifer Hagan, directed by Lee Lewis. Rent it for 72 hours for just a few coins.
    On-Demand – A$4.99
    VIMEO – vimeo.com/ondemand/emeraldcitylive
  • THE STORY CHUNDER WITH MATT YOUNG
    Matt’s weekly live event was performed at Brisbane’s BackDock Arts. Every week a new lot of storytellers spew forth their most entertaining stories for your delight or disapproval. Join host Matt Young (TBS’s WRECKED, original Australian cast of THE PRODUCERS) for the livestream then listen to his podcast on Spotify, iTunes, Twitch or where ever you listen to podcasts.
    7pm QLD / 8pm AEST – Free
    INSTAGRAM LIVE – www.instagram.com/thestorychunder

Tuesday 7th April

Wednesday 8th April

  • CABARET ON THE COUCH
    Performer/Writer Nikki Aitkin is live streaming her podcast from Melbourne with a special guest every week. Tune in and find out what happens when the lashes come off. This weeks guest TBA but you can start with last week’s hilarious chat with superstar Reuben Kaye.
    On-Demand – new show weekly – free (please consider donating to the benefiting charity)
    www.nikkiaitken.com/cabaret-on-the-couch.html
  • NURSERY RHYME TIME
    Michaela Burger hosts alive-streamed show just for little ones who love a story. Classic nursery rhymes are brought to life by one of Australia’s most experienced cabaret artists.
    11am AEST – Free, please consider a donation or tip!
    www.michaelaburger.live

Thursday 9th April

  • SURRY HILLS LIVE
    The City of Sydney chipped in to create and promote local live gigs in the suburb’s pubs through this program, and now these gigs are gone, they’ve moved them online. Evening shows will be streaming through March.
    7.30pm Thursdays – Free
    FACEBOOK – www.facebook.com/surryhills.live
  • MICHAELA BURGER COLLECTION – DIGITAL CONCERT
    Geelong’s home of the arts is broadcasting live for their #WhereCreativityMeetsAtHome program, featuring performances, behind-the-scenes moments and concerts in partnership with some of their closest collaborators. Tonight, see cabaret star Michaela Burger (Best Cabaret Adelaide Fringe) will peform a collection of her original music, old and new, inlcuding songs from her new show A Migrant’s Son.
    8pm – Free
    www.geelongartscentre.org.au

On-Demand & Regular

  • QUEEN OF ISOLATION CABARET
    Need a drag fix complete with sing-a-long? Geelong’s famous Piano Bar featured Dolly Diamond live through the week and the full stream is available on-demand now. Join Dolly on stage for an array of classic, Dolly-styled, with pianist Cameron Thomas.
    On-Demand – free
    FACEBOOK – www.facebook.com/pianobargeelong/videos/313245216321337/
  • 3 GIRLS 1 CAMERA
    This Western-Sydney produced sketch comedy series is the brainchild of actors Clancy McWaters, Lara Spaggiari and Lisa Robinson. Their latest skit, Dating Can Suck My $@#!  went live this week, but you can catch all of their skits via their Facebook page.
    On-Demand – free
    FACEBOOK – www.facebook.com/3GRLS1CAMERA/
  • FROM OUR HOUSE TO YOURS
    The Sydney Opera House’s new digital initiate launches new content daily from Wednesday to Sunday every week. From symphony performances to panel discussions with leading writers, and archival from incredible forecourt shows – it’s going to be just as varied as the house itself. Click over to see what’s on screen this week.
    On-Demand – free
    www.sydneyoperahouse.com/digital/season.html
  • POETRY IN ACTION – EDUCATION
    Poetry In Action are a non-profit organisation that tour poetry performances to schools around Australia, NZ, Hong Kong and the UAE. They have professionally recorded all of their performances so they are available online to stream from the into your home or classroom! Their writers and directors have created four performances in line with the curriculum for Years 5-12. If you are interested in booking a digital performance, check out www.poetryinaction.com.au or email them at info@poetryinaction.com.au.
  • STREAMING KIDS COUCH CONCERT
    Premieres Monday 30th! Hosted by Emily Who and produced in association with Sydney’s Rogue Projects, The Aussie Kids Couch Concert brings together 10 fabulous children’s entertainers from across Australia for a song-filled hour of fun in your living room, and some of it from theirs! Line up includes The Beanies, Cheeky Tunes, Lizzy Loo, Penny Pom Pom, B Minor Music and Van Serano to name a few. Purchase or rent on-demand with all proceeds going to the artists.
    On demand – $11.95 to purchase, $5.95 to rent
    VIMEO – www.vimeo.com/ondemand/kidscouchconcert
  • Sequin Sessions – as above, every Wed, Sat, and also Sundays at 3pm AEDT for sing alongs for the little ones.
  • Streamed Shakespeare – new show weekly, but you can stream previous readings too, including last week’s The Comedy of Errors. 
  • Home Theatre Arts – catch a lovely reading of Hortense Flexner’s Voices, read by Celine Khoury and Marty O’Neill, or Dress Rehearsal by Warren Paul Glover read by Annalise Knight, Iley Jones, Fraser Smith and Alex Forras
  • Check in With Chapel – keep an eye on their facebook page and insta feed for upcoming live performances out of Melbourne’s iconic Chapel Off Chapel. Last week’s show (6pm Thursday) was a chat and performance from Byron’s Bobby Alu!

INTERNATIONAL

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

OPPORTUNITIES

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

Critical Stages Touring During a Critical Time

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

With very best wishes, stay safe and stay well,

Chris Bendall
CEO | Critical Stages Touring


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