Stage & Stream – Special Edition #2

Ok, so while things are looking better it looks like we’re all going to need a little more love online this week. Stage and Stream is back (again) with hot list of streaming theatre and performing arts around Australia.

Richard Higgins is a Listie. The sculpture is not.

ARTBLAST / MAKE YOU LOL
The Listies

Join The Listies on a surprisingly silly journey through the world of art! Boffin Rich supplies the arts and art noob Matt brings the farts. Together they blast their way on a mind-bending journey to the gallery and beyond! PLUS catch their show The Listies Make You Lol on Vimeo!

Artblast : www.iview.abc.net.au/show/art-blast
Make You Lol : www.vimeo.com/ondemand/makeyoulol/383403521

Jon Bennett

FIRE IN THE METH LAB
Jon Bennett

Saskatoon Fringe presents Australian storyteller Jon Bennett and the amazingly sordid and bizarre story of his brother’s life. A sometimes shocking and chaotic tale, Bennett recounts his brother’s experiences with both charismatic hilarity and heart-warming reflection. If you caught Jon’s piece for Come To Where I Am Australia you’ll already know it will be wild, and surprising, ride.


DIGITAL – Jon Bennett: Fire in the Meth Lab (Directors Cut)

Dan Spielman and Izabella Yena

SEXUAL MISCONDUCT OF THE MIDDLE CLASSES
Melbourne Theatre Company

In this Australian premiere production, Dan Spielman and Izabella Yena embody Hannah Moscovitch’s whipsmart #MeToo-era take on the archetypal student–teacher romance. Only two more nights to stream this limited release!

On-Demand until 27th July
www.mtc.com.au/plays-and-tickets/whats-on/mtc-digital-theatre/sexual-misconduct-of-the-middle-classes

Mama Alto for the Melbourne Digital Concert Hall

MAMA ALTO – SONGS FOR A WINTER EVENING
Melbourne Digital Concert Hall

Melbourne’s DCH has lot’s to choose from including Mama Alto, the jazz cabaret diva with the velvet vocals, who will present the premiere performance of her lush interpretations of folk songs and old favourites – accompanied by Cadence Belperio on piano. While you’re there bookmark the Standing With Sydney concert on July 30th with Catherin Alcorn.

8:30pm, Wednesday 21st July
www.melbournedigitalconcerthall.com

A female dancer dressed in a long-sleeve black costume is raised above the arms of a group of dancers, her arms outstretched.

Yilin Kong in Archives of Humanity

ARCHIVES OF HUMANITY
Perth Festival and Co3 Contemporary Dance Australia

A living and emotive meditation on human existence from WA’s dance innovators,  exploring the ways individuals respond and care for each other in a crisis. Eden Mulholland’s stunning score and Bruce McKinven’s remarkable set design make this a real feast for fans of contemporary dance.

On-Demand until August 15
www.perthfestival.com.au

The cast of Chop Chef. Image: David Hooley

CHOP CHEF
Riverside Theatres

A dark, satirical comedy where six contestants from around Australia enter the cooking battlefield of a fictional reality television series Chop Chef. Faced with unusual and extreme cooking challenges, Kitty, Tom, Andy, Victoria, Kale and Renée must compete to remain alive in the game and avoid facing the chop – literally.

On-Demand until July 25
Chop Chef – On Demand » Riverside Parramatta

Serwah Attafuah x Soft Centre | Apotheosis

OUTLINES
Sydney Opera House

Outlines is a digital season of video works that showcase boundary-pushing artists, featuring four digital works from around the world, including two original SOH commissions by Soft Centre x Serwah Attafuah and Omelia.

On-Demand
www.sydneyoperahouse.com

THE SCREENING ROOM

Don’t forget that you’re only a click away from the Screening Room – our online home for independent digital theatre experiences. Get re-acquainted with the 16 stories in Come to Where I Am Australia, fall in love with a farming family in Jane Bodie’s Lamb featuring music by Mark Seymour, watch the latest Rovers Web Series episodes, or settle in for new scenes and stories from some of Australia’s leading playwrights.

Free to Join. Free to Watch for a limited time.
www.criticalstages.com.au/screening-room

Work With Us – we’re looking for a Development Manager

Are you passionate about philanthropy? We’re seeking a motivated and positive new team member to spearhead our development activities, connecting our development and production initiatives with community, business and individual arts champions.

ABOUT THE POSITION

As Critical Stages Touring’s Development Manager, you will be responsible for developing and maintaining philanthropic partnerships, driving new strategic corporate partnerships, as well as steering the organisation’s Individual Giving Program. You will work with the Board and the CEO to identify new opportunities, whilst maintaining key stakeholder relationships, to build resources for Critical Stages Touring’s activities. This new part-time (0.4FTE) role will be central in driving increased support for the organisation’s ambitious artistic program.

Overall Responsibilities:

  • Secure financial support for Critical Stages Touring from private sources including individual donors, corporate partners, Trusts and Foundations.
  • Plan and collaborate with the Board, CEO and Marketing & Audience Engagement Manager to deliver all fundraising campaigns, donor engagement and communications, including prospect tracking, collateral development, donor communications, events, administration and financial reporting.
  • Prepare and implement a strategy to secure annual funding to set targets.
  • Prepare sales and donor communications that are appropriately written and develop awareness of Critical Stages Touring’s programs.
  • Maintain and cultivate existing stakeholders especially private donors and philanthropic partners.
  • Support the CEO with government stakeholder relationships including local, state and federal government funding opportunities.
  • Maintain regular communications with stakeholders including meeting all reporting requirements and record-keeping.

SELECTION CRITERIA

ESSENTIAL

  • Demonstrated experience in securing philanthropic and/or corporate partnerships.
    Demonstrated experience at managing a successful donor program and fundraising campaigns.
    Outstanding inter-personal and communication skills.
    Demonstrated experience at negotiating and delivering partnerships that are mutually beneficial.
    Experience working in a not-for-profit organisation.
    Experience in database management.

DESIRABLE

  • High-level experience in and/or understanding of the Australian arts sector.

TO APPLY
To request a full position description or for any further information, please contact Chris Bendall (details below). To apply please send a cover letter, a statement responding to selection critera and a full CV including names and contact details of two referees to: Chris Bendall, CEO, 02 9252 6340, info@criticalstages.com.au

Applications have been extended and now close at midnight, Friday 30th July.

Stage & Stream – Special Edition

With Sydney’s lockdown continuing, and our Melbourne mates at home with us for the next few days, we thought it was time to bring back our Stage and Stream blog to keep us entertained.

A man lies on a bed his head propped up by one hand while the other holds a mobile phone. He is filming a woman who kneels above him. She is wearing blue jeans and a white tee.

Kate Skinner and Arkia Ashraf in You’re Not Special. Image: Australian Theatre Live

YOU’RE NOT SPECIAL
Australian Theatre Live
Earlier this year, Aus Theatre Live teamed up with Rogue Projects and Critical Stages Touring to capture Sam O’Sullivan’s You’re Not Special at Sydney’s Kings Cross Theatre. The first ever local independent production to be captured by the platform launches on the site this week, and to celebrate they’re hosting a free watch party on Facebook, followed by a Q&A with some of the creatives behind the work.

7:00pm Wednesday 21st July
Facebook Live  – www.facebook.com/events/177638301011774

WATA on MSO.Live Image: Laura Manariti

WATA
Melbourne Symphony Orchestra

One of Australia’s most respected musical figures, multi ARIA-award winning jazz composer and pianist Paul Grabowsky, brings together David Yipininy Wilfred, the traditional djunggayi (manager) of manikay on the country of Nyilipidgi, and his brother Daniel Ngukurr Boy Wilfred for this powerful performance of Wata celebrating the world’s oldest living culture.

On-Demand
MSO.Live – www.watch.mso.live/detail/videos/mso-concerts/video/6254515938001

Hilma af Klint, Group IX/SUW, The Swan No.1 1914–15. Photo: The Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden

REVELATIONS: HILMA AF KLINT
Art Gallery of NSW

A live online program of talks and discussion about Hilma af Klint, the visionary Swedish artist whose work has challenged and brought new light to the history of modern art. This program of talks and discussions will examine af Klint’s revelations of spirit as they appeared in her art and writing. What made af Klint so revolutionary, both as an artist and a mystic? And now, over a century later, how are we to understand them?

3pm to 5pm, Wednesday 21st and Thursday 22nd July
www.artgallery.nsw.gov.au/whats-on/events/revelations-hilma-af-klint/

Mama Alto for the Melbourne Digital Concert Hall

MAMA ALTO – SONGS FOR A WINTER EVENING
Melbourne Digital Concert Hall

Melbourne’s DCH has lot’s to choose from including Mama Alto, the jazz cabaret diva with the velvet vocals, who will present the premiere performance of her lush interpretations of folk songs and old favourites – accompanied by Cadence Belperio on piano. While you’re there bookmark the Standing With Sydney concert on July 30th with Catherin Alcorn.

8:30pm, Wednesday 21st July
www.melbournedigitalconcerthall.com

A female dancer dressed in a long-sleeve black costume is raised above the arms of a group of dancers, her arms outstretched.

Yilin Kong in Archives of Humanity

ARCHIVES OF HUMANITY
Perth Festival and Co3 Contemporary Dance Australia

A living and emotive meditation on human existence from WA’s dance innovators,  exploring the ways individuals respond and care for each other in a crisis. Eden Mulholland’s stunning score and Bruce McKinven’s remarkable set design make this a real feast for fans of contemporary dance.

On-Demand until August 15
www.perthfestival.com.au

The cast of Chop Chef. Image: David Hooley

CHOP CHEF
Riverside Theatres

A dark, satirical comedy where six contestants from around Australia enter the cooking battlefield of a fictional reality television series Chop Chef. Faced with unusual and extreme cooking challenges, Kitty, Tom, Andy, Victoria, Kale and Renée must compete to remain alive in the game and avoid facing the chop – literally.

On-Demand until July 25
Chop Chef – On Demand » Riverside Parramatta

Serwah Attafuah x Soft Centre | Apotheosis

OUTLINES
Sydney Opera House

Outlines is a digital season of video works that showcase boundary-pushing artists, featuring four digital works from around the world, including two original SOH commissions by Soft Centre x Serwah Attafuah and Omelia.

On-Demand
www.sydneyoperahouse.com

THE SCREENING ROOM

Don’t forget that you’re only a click away from the Screening Room – our online home for independent digital theatre experiences. Get re-acquainted with the 16 stories in Come to Where I Am Australia, fall in love with a farming family in Jane Bodie’s Lamb featuring music by Mark Seymour, watch the latest Rovers Web Series episodes, or settle in for new scenes and stories from some of Australia’s leading playwrights.

Free to Join. Free to Watch for a limited time.
www.criticalstages.com.au/screening-room

Regional Touring Residency Update – Debra Keenahan and Katrina Douglas in Cowra NSW

The final project of four NSW Regional Touring Residencies saw Debra Keenahan and Katrina Douglas travel to Cowra, and the town’s newly reinvigorated Cowra Civic Centre, to work on Little Things Matter. This deeply personal new stage piece extends the film of the same name, currently on display at Sydney’s MCA, into an intimate and powerful one-woman show exploring Debra’s lived experience of dwarfism. The project invited Paul Prestipino and Robert Brindley to collaborate.

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RISE Fund Enables Critical Stages Touring’s Regional Reactivation Program

Today’s announcement by The Hon Paul Fletcher MP, Commonwealth Minister of the Arts, sees an additional $25M in support shared by no less than 66 leading arts and entertainment organisations nationally. For Critical Stages Touring it means an extended and ambitious regional touring and reactivation program can be realised, bringing outstanding independent theatre to communities everywhere.

“Critical Stages Touring is extremely grateful for this support from the federal government at this crucial time of rebuilding for performing arts companies such as ours.

This grant will provide vital funding to enable us to tour outstanding new work created and performed by diverse Australian independent artists across regional Australia, including THEM by Samah Sabawi, I’ve Been Meaning to Ask You from The Good Room, The Bottle Collector from Asking for Trouble and more.

It will also enable us to continue supporting artists to create exciting new digital projects for our Screening Room further enhancing the reach of our work.” Chris Bendall, CEO & Director, Critical Stages Touring.

This announcement sees a diverse range of companies, festivals, and productions receive the support of the Restart Investment to Sustain and Expand (RISE) Fund. These include the Byron Writers Festival, Barking Gecko’s regional residencies for young people, Queensland’s BigSound Australian music conference, and Illuminate Adelaide to name a few.

We congratulate everyone listed!

To see the full list of recipients visit: www.arts.gov.au/covid-19-update

Regional Touring Residency Update – Phil Spencer and Julian Lanarch in Junee

The third of our four Regional Touring Residencies saw writers Phil Spencer and Julian Lanarch head out to the small town of Junee in NSW’s Riverina region (just North of Wagga Wagga), to work with Director Scarlet McGlyn on a new family dramedy – a heart-warming new story described as a philosophical conundrum neatly wrapped in a farce. The performance team included the incomparable Simon Burke, Holly Austin, Julia Robertson, and Jeremi Campese, and we’re thrilled with how their week in the country turned out.

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Regional Touring Residency Update – JoJo Zhou in Bathurst

Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre hosted emerging playwright JoJo Zhou for a development of Sunlit, a new play inspired by the school strikes for climate change that inspired the nation in 2019. Weaving poetry, humour, and science, Sunlit employed three young local performers, under director Bernadette Fam, to bring to life a story set in a future of rising oceans, mystery, and responsibility.

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Regional Touring Residency Update – Scott Parker & Matriark Theatre

Our regional Touring Residencies are now underway, with the first of four works enjoying a week in the country with one our regional partner communities.

Over one week in March, we matched award-winning children’s storytellers Matriark Theatre with the Laycock Street Community Theatre in Gosford.  Lead Artist Scott Parker worked with four artists to complete a development of his play, The Lighthouse at the End of the World.

Combining micro-puppetry, digital media, and live music, ‘Lighthouse’ explores the things we can learn from those often overlooked in the name of progress. A showing of the work was performed at the theatre on March 20th.

From Scott Parker…

“We couldn’t have had more perfect weather for our residency at Laycock Street Theatre in Gosford. As the rain kept coming the theatre began to feel like our own little lighthouse sanctuary, keeping us safe from the storm outside.

The Lighthouse at the End of the World celebrates the value, stories and skills of our elders. The show tells the story of the final tasks of an old lighthouse keeper before she is replaced by an automatic bulb. It features a magical lighthouse, fantastical adventures, tiny puppets, a record player, live camera feeds, and a huge storm.

The challenge has been telling a story with an older central character in a way that would engage younger audiences. Thankfully, Laycock Street Theatre were able to bring together just such a test audience, who braved the storm that night with their parents and came to provide feedback on the work.

We were able to show about 20 minutes of work and the response was great! The audience loved the central characters and expressed a desire to see the rest of the show right there and then. They picked up a bunch of little ideas and images we’d hidden in the work and even drew our attention to some things we hadn’t noticed.”

The Regional Touring Residencies are one of the ways Critical Stages Touring is contributing to a vibrant, resilient, and exciting independent theatre sector. The productions, each at various stages of development, will undertake a week-long residency at a matched regional or rural location, with four such projects set to complete their developments before April 30.

Each has been selected for their ingenuity, artistic merit and exploration, and for their potential to connect with and engage regional communities. The program is an exciting new extension of Critical Stages Touring’s commitment to discover and develop outstanding independent theatrical experiences for audiences everywhere. It has been made possible with funding from the NSW Government’s RESTART fund through Create NSW.

For more information about the works in development, or the Regional Touring Residencies program, please contact our Marketing and Engagement Coordinator Robbi James.

Picture below: Images from the development of The Lighthouse at the End of the World at Laycock Community Theatre in Gosford NSW.