Welcome to the Critical Stages Touring list of streaming theatre, cabaret, performing arts education and artist opportunities for the week ahead. We aim to bring you the best guide to Australian and New Zealand theatre at home, with independent programming you’ll find nowhere else. Donation links take you directly to donations for that show – please support the artists who entertain you. If you have something to share send a message to email@example.com or complete the Google form. We are especially keen to hear from independent artists and those streaming accessible performances.
Stage And Stream Links
Friday June 26th – Thursday 2nd July
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AUSTRALIA / NZ BY DATE
Friday 26th June
- GALAH BAR ON AIR – HOTHOUSE THEATRE & CO
Eight cross-border venues are collaborating on a variety supershow, live-streamed out of five venues! Indie music, circus, comedy and more all flying in to your small screen! Team includes Flying Fruit Fly Circus, The Cube, Nomad Films and Murray Arts.
- BROKEN – IAN MOORHEAD
Poetic, visceral and vivid, Mary Anne Butler’s award-winning play Broken is a haunting story of resilience, isolation and survival. This version is a sonic re-imagining of the 2018 theatrical production, performed at Melbourne’s fortyfivedownstairs which was produced by Lab Kelpie.
On-Demand from today
- WILDE LIVE – SHAKESQUEER
Hosted by Anywhere Festival, WILDE Live is a celebration of the life of Oscar Wilde through an on-line night of performance, art, and music. With acts including; spoken word, live, visual arts, dance, singing, and more.
- TRIPOD – GEELONG ARTS CENTRE
Three-part harmony arranged with extraordinary complexity and humour are the hallmarks of a live Tripod concert; a loosely choreographed, expertly timed comedy show, with dynamics that change on a whim and snap back in the blink of an eye.
8pm AEST – please donate
- WHO’S YOUR BAGHDADDY
Who’s Your Baghdaddy, or How I Started the Iraq War is a comedy musical that will be performed and streamed live from June 24-28. Presented as a support group for people who started the Iraq War, this dark, boisterous and irreverent story follows a handful of mid-level spies whose vanity and office politics contributed to the worst intelligence blunder in modern history. Directed by Neil Gooding, presented by Curveball Creative.
24 – 28 June, 7pm AEST
- 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.
4:30pm AEST – please donate
Saturday 27th June
- PLATFORM LIVE – EASTERN RIVERINA ARTS
An online festival featuring some Australia’s boldest, funniest, creative, and provocative Deaf and disabled artists and performers. This event will be supported by audio description, open captions and Auslan.
From 2pm AEST
www.platformriverina.com & Facebook
- PRISM ONLINE THEATRE FESTIVAL – NATYADARPAN
An array of monologues and a short comedy written and directed by Vipin Gaindhar. Presented by the Natyadarpan Indian Theatre Academy in Melbourne.
From 4:45pm AEST
- SEVEN FLOWERS – TAIKOZ
In October 2019 Sydney-based drum performance collective Taikoz premiered a this work at City Recital Hall Sydney. Tonight, Ian Cleworth (Artistic Director) and ensemble members will be on hand to chat pre-show, interval, and post-show to answer your questions and give insights into the making of the work during this digital premiere event.
- COOPED UP CABARET
This Melbourne favourite is back live-streaming some of the best cabaret online. This week: Megs Akimbo, CC Moore and Fi Bonacci will be bringing a burlesque tripple threat to screens everywhere.
- THE MIK MAKS – GEELONG ARTS CENTRE
Award-winning local children’s group and internet sensations, The Mik Maks are gearing up to perform a free 45-minute interactive live-stream show – The perfect way to kick off the school holidays!
1pm AEST – please donate
- THE RESERVOIR ROOM
Live from the iconic Paddington Town Hall, The Reservoir Room streams the best of Australian cabaret and music every Friday and Saturday night. Big names, local stars, a good night in. Tonight – the one and only Phil Scott (Wharf Revue), joined by special guests.
From 7pm AEST
- VARIETYVILLE – ACTS OF ABSURDITY
Outstanding Interactive live online variety show with guests from all over the world performing wondrous Acts of Absurdity, hosted by the Dandy himself.
- SEQUIN SESSIONS
Cabaret star Michaela Burger returns with all-new Sequin Sessions shows! Michaela’s trademark humour and fabulous voice is a great way to spend Saturday night. Tune in again with the little ones for a children’s cabaret special on Sundays.
8pm AEST – please donate
- LIVE FROM STONEWALL
The Stonewall Hotel, Create & Cast and Undefine Media present an fantastic weekly multi-camera live-stream variety hour starring drag icon Minnie Cooper. This stream just goes from strength to strength!
8pm AEST – please donate
Monday 29th June
- THOM PAIN – REDLINE PRODUCTIONS
Redline Productions presents a world-first live streamed theatre season of Will Eno’s acclaimed one man show, starring Toby Schmitz. 1 actor, 9 cameras, no fourth wall. Live and intimate, this will be another electrifying night of digital theatre.
Season 29 June – 4 July, 7.30pm AEST
Check website for international and alternate view times
- THE STORY CHUNDER WITH MATT YOUNG
Matt Young’s weekly live event has become a streaming mainstay – it was one of the first performance gigs to move online. Well, this is the final show to be streamed live as Matt moves back to Brisbane’s BackDock Arts next week (yay!). Tune in for the last show with guests Nichole Conolly, Bill Standish and Shelise Vandal, and then subscribe to the podcast and YouTube channel to catch them in future.
7pm AEST – please donate.
INSTAGRAM – www.instagram.com/thestorychunder
- MMF GALA
The Melbourne Magic Festival presents it’s first ever online gala show and it’s an all-star extravaganza including Tim Ellis, Dom Chambers, Simon Coronel, Nicholas J Johnson, Lawrence Leung, Anthony DeMasi, Nigel Xu, Nick Kay, Josh Staley, and many more!
From 7pm AEST
- CONNECTED ISOLATION – SYDNEY PEN
Sydney PEN International hosts an open mic poetry night – their first online event.
Tuesday 30th June
- SUPER JENNY @ LAMAMA
This short (15min) series of pre-school children’s entertainment is engaging, fun and educational. Each episode incorporates fine and gross motor skills, Auslan sign language, shape recognition, singing, dancing and musical terms. And it’s going to be FUN!
1pm AEST (episode 2 on Saturday 4th July)
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.
VIMEO – www.vimeo.com/ondemand/coronavlog
Wednesday 1st July
- THE LOCKDOWN MONOLOGUES – MALTHOUSE THEATRE
Melbourne’s Malthouse have commissioned nine new monologues in response to the pandemic, brought to life by director Bridget Balodis. New words from writers Jean Tong, Jane Harrison and Tom Holloway.
On-Demand – please donate
Register to watch at www.malthousetheatre.com.au
- 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 – Please donate
Thursday 2nd July
- DEAR AUSTRALIA
50 fearless and inspiring short works from some of Australia’s best playwrights will be simultaneously livestreamed by more than 30 performing arts organisations from across Australia, 2-5 July. There are no less than 18 monologues available today!
Today at 7pm AEST – also Fri 3rd, 7pm & Sun 5th 5pm
Facebook and YouTube
- PLANET B: SHOPFRONT ARTS
This year’s Senior Ensemble show, Planet B, was originally proposed as a live theatre show. After the COVID-19 restrictions came into place the Young People discussed whether they should postpone the show. They decided to forge ahead and make a film instead. Over the last couple of weeks, the Young People have gone into Shopfront one by one to shoot scenes with writer JoJo Zhou and director Miranda Middleton.
- THE BIG ONE-OH
This fun 25 minute musical is an adaption of Pitchford and Besterman’s original Broadway production. With a book by Timothy Allen McDonald (James and the Giant Peach) stars some of Sydney’s freshest young faces in coming-of-age story for the whole family.
From 25th – 27th June, 5pm and 7pm AEST
- THE PAM ANN SHOW – LIVE FROM MIAMI BIATCH!
Join Pam Ann live from her living room in Miami in this exclusive live-stream event presented by TIX. Pam Ann chats latest hot topics, airline news updates, outrageous travel stories, celebrity gossip, favourite airline crew stories, social distancing travel tips, and Pam-O-Scopes. Debauchery and fabulousness.
- BLEED LIVE – ARTS HOUSE
(Biennial Live Event in the Everyday Digital) is a six year long project exploring the live experience across platforms, conceived by Arts House in Melbourne, and Campbelltown Arts Centre in Sydney. A new artwork is featured every 2 weeks starting from the 22nd of June. Full Accessibility options.
- HELD – AUSTRALIAN DANCE THEATRE
HELD is a work that explores the nature of everyday physics, perception and the body-in-action via the nexus of dance and live photography. HELD was made in collaboration with one of the most New York-based photographer Lois Greenfield, who captures live dance onstage throughout the performance.
On-Demand from 26th June
- ENSEMBLE CONVERSATIONS
Sydney’s Ensemble Theatre has been producing a weekly Facebook Live series hosted by Artistic Director Mark Kilmurry. Each week they feature interviews with prominent actors and creatives, exclusive scene reads, interactive Q&A’s and more. Lots to watch!
On-Demand – please donate
www.ensemble.com.au & FACEBOOK LIVE
- ACTUP STUDENT FRINGE FESTIVAL
Hosted by Canberra Theatre Centre this one-day fringe festival will be an eclectic mix of original performances about the world we live in – created by young artists for all audiences.
22 – 26 June, various times
- ABC iVIEW ARTS
Australia’s national broadcaster has curated a fantastic array of streaming arts programming and there’s truly something for everyone – from classical concerts to the 15 year celebration of the Sydney Theatre Company’s Wharf Revue. Not available outside Oz.
- NANDHU – BANGARRA DANCE COMPANY
Bangarra have curated a new digital offering – Nandhu (‘to be close in Wiradjuri language) – which will include a selection of performances from their repertoire. Each will be presented with interviews, BHS features and more to dive deeper into each work.
On-Demand – please donate
- KIDS COUCH CONCERTS
Hosted by Emily Who the Kids Couch Concerts were created as a way for indy preschool entertainers to keep connecting with the audiences they love. The project has produced two volumes that take the form of a video variety show featuring The Mik Maks, Pevan and Sarah and Avocado Smash.
VIMEO – Volume 1 & Volume 2
- ADAPT – AUSTRALIAN DANCE THEATRE
Australian Dance Theatre’s exciting online-only season for 2020 is on-demand with new shows going live regularly.
On-Demand – please donate
- 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.
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.
- THE MERCILESS MISSION OF MOLLOY MCCLOY
A professional reading of Ian Grant’s new play – a spy story set in Northern Ireland. It’s a sharp new comedy of revenge, self-delusion and nonchalance.
On-Demand from June 26 – July 5
- REMOTION ONLINE PLAY FESTIVAL
rEMOTION Online Play Festival is a international collaboration event with members of the Asian Creative Network. There’s a huge aray of plays, readings and more happening.
Launches 4.45pm MST June 26 / 8.45am AEST Saturday June 27
Various times until late Sunday June 28
- GLOBAL PRIDE
Global Pride promises to be the world’s biggest ever LGBTI+ celebration – streaming 24 hours of content from Pride organisations, activists, civil society groups, politicians and world leaders. Tune in to see content from every corner of the planet.
Saturday 27th June, From 3pm AEST
- LUNGS – OLD VIC
Matt Smith and Claire Foy will perform Duncan Macmillan’s hilarious emotional rollercoaster of a play about a couple wrestling with life’s biggest dilemmas live the show in the empty Old Vic from 26 June to 4 July, with tickets going on sale on 10 June at 12 noon BST. There will be 8 performances in total, with the matinee performance on 27 June featuring captions.
- BIRDSONG – THE ORIGINAL THEATRE CO
Adapted from Sebastian Faulks’ award-winning novel by Rachel Wagstaff, this made-for-digital production will be filmed by cast members in isolation in costume, with virtual sets, sound design and lighting.
On-Demand from July 1 – 4
- NO MILK FOR THE FOXES – CAMDEN PEOPLE’S THEATRE
Beats & Elements and Camden People’s Theatre’s 2015 production, which explored David Cameron’s England from the perspective of the working class through spoken word, beatboxing and live looping, is now available on YouTube.
- VIRTUAL STAGE TOURS – GOOGLE ARTS
Ok, it’s not a performance as such, but theatres great and small play a huge role in the experiences we have as bot artist and audience. Google have assembled 11 virtual tours of the stages of venues like The Bolshoi, Burgtheatre Vienna, and Palacio de Bellas Artes.
- A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM
Watch the Bridge Theatre’s magical and immersive production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Features Gwendoline Christie and Hammed Animashaun.
On-Demand until 2 July
- THE GRINNING MAN – BRISTOL OLD VIC
Based on The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo and brought to life by director Tom Morris (Touching the Void) and writer Carl Grose (Dead Dog in a Suitcase), don’t miss this digital revival of their compelling musical, captured during its original Bristol run.
- GUY – A NEW MUSICAL – LIVE SESSIONS
UK writing duo Leo and Hyde have recently confirmed this musical will come to Australia with a local production partner. Recently they’ve gone back to the studio to record a new EP of the work and every Friday (UK) they’re going live with artists from the show.
5pm BST / 2am AEST and on-demand
- PIVOT ARTS FESTIVAL
Pivot Arts, which celebrates adventurous, multidisciplinary performance, is “pivoting” in the presentation of its eighth annual festival, in response to COVID-19. For this year’s Festival—themed “This is How We Pivot”—performances once scheduled at venues in Chicago’s Uptown and Edgewater neighbourhoods are moving to online presentations.
Runs 5th – 30th June
AUSTRALIAN THEATRE PODCASTS
- Form Dance Theatre
- Griffin Theatre Company
- Run The Show – Milke
- The Stage Show – ABC Radio National
- Producing Heroes – Circa
- Sydney Theatre Company
- Theatre Mates Melbourne
- Citizen Theatre Podcast
- The Aside Podcast
- The Green Room
- Talking Sock
- FREE ARTS CREATION SPACES – BLACKTOWN ARTS
Sydney’s Blacktown Arts are offering performance space free to independent performers, writers and film makers. The free offer is available for the months July to September for short creative development periods. They open the doors, turn on the lights and heaters, you do the rest. www.blacktownarts.com.au
- HWY – LA BOITE THEATRE
In a push to support local theatre-makers and boost artist employment, Queensland’s La Boite Theatre Company has introduced six new paid opportunities through its annual development program HWY. Applications close 13th July. www.laboite.com.au
- ELBOW ROOM PRODUCTIONS – CALL FOR WRITERS
Elbow Room are offering opportunities to writers based on the continent of Australia to participate in paid development sessions, in which professional actors and theatre makers engage with their work. Elbow Room are looking for scripts, at any stage including or after first draft, that are intended to provoke action to happen, preferably for 40 minutes or longer. Submissions close 30th June. www.elbowroomproductions.com
- MELBOURNE FRINGE – REGISTRATIONS OPEN
Now that the new dates have been set for 12-29 November 2020, Melbourne Fringe is opening registrations for works. If you’ve been iso-dreaming up an event, an exhibition or even a physically distanced arena spectacular, they want to know about it. 2 rounds – one for ‘pants off’ events (digital, at-home program) opens 1 June, and ‘pants on’ events (in-person events) opening 1 July. melbournefringe.com.au
- BLACKWRIGHTS – ILBIJERRI
ILBIJERRI’s BlackWrights program is back! Applications are open now and they’re on the hunt for three First Nations writers to cook up three wildly spectacular radio lockdown plays. Entries close 10th July www.ilbejerri.com.au
- UPSTREAM FESTIVAL OF ART + CULTURE – CALL FOR PRODUCTIONS
Albury City and Wodonga Council are calling for expressions of interest from artists and cultural organisations for Upstream – Festival of Art + Culture 2021. In its first year, the festival attracted more than 16,000 people who took part in a range of art and cultural performances, programming and activities across the two cities and over four days. Next year’s festival is scheduled for March 5-9. Submissions close July 10. www.wodonga.vic.gov.au
- WESTWORDS VERUNA FELLOWSHIP
WestWords and Varuna have once again partnered for the WestWords Varuna Western Sydney Residential Program offering four western Sydney emerging writers from diverse backgrounds the opportunity of a six-day residency at Varuna. EOIs close 16 July.
- SF3 – SMARTPHONE FLICK FEST
SF3 is calling for shorts up to 20 mins, feature films, kids films, VR/360 films and entries for our brand new Iso Category – films up to 3 mins shot within your local lockdown laws. Entries close August 1. www.sf3.com.au/www.westwords.com.au
- 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
SAVE THE DATE
These are the future streams that are high on our list – get them into your diary now!
- FRI JULY 3 – HAMILTON
Streaming platform Disney+ brings Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Pulitzer-prize winning musical to screens worldwide. recorded in 2016 with the original Broadway cast the screen version is directed by Thomas Kail who promises the best seat in the house for every moment.
- JULY – DECAMERON 2.0
100 Stories. Each week, 10 South Australian writers will create 10 new characters and 10 new stories, which will be performed by 10 actors, recorded on film and digitally delivered to you over 10 weeks. Presented by the State Theatre Company of SA.
EDUCATION / ACTIVITIES
- Jump Start Youth Theatre
Some great online workshops planned for the school holidays, suitable for students in years 5-12 (ages 10-18). This dynamic young company is helmed by award-winning actor Emma Wright and New Ghosts Theatre Artistic Director Lucy Clements.
- Curious Legends Workshops
Newcastle’s Curious Legends have a series of free, previously live-streamed, workshops for kids available on their site. Workshops explore performance, puppetry, clowning, making, dance, storytelling, and much else besides! Supported by Create NSW, Orica, and Newcastle Region Library. www.curiouslegends.com.au/out-of-the-box
- 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. Teachers and home-teachers should check out this great 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
- 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. Your child will engage with a carefully-planned, professionally-produced and, most importantly, super-fun 30 minutes of creative play, at home with 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
- 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. All the details at 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 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