Come To Where I Am – Australia

Welcome to Come To Where I Am – Australia. 

Writers from across the country have been commissioned to create a new 10 minute story that will be made into a short video postcard –a snapshot of the place where they live right now – of the places, people and environments that shape their experience as Australians and artists. They take many forms – autobiographical monologues, new works of fiction, and contemporary tales based on traditional stories.

The films premiered on the Critical Stages Facebook Page throughout August and September 2020, and are now available inside our Screening Room, and on the website of our UK partner, Paines Plough.

Each work was selected by the Critical Stages Touring team in consultation with Paines Plough. The two companies have worked together to choose pieces that highlight regional and rural experiences alongside writers from our urban and suburban communities. They have been filmed at partner performing arts centres, in the homes of our writers, and in the very places they have written about – their home town.

Once gathering restrictions are lifted we also intend to stage live performances of the works at venues around the country.

Come To Where I Am – Australia is a wonderful opportunity to reflect not only upon an extraordinary year of challenges, from the bushfires to Covid, but to also remember that the environments we inhabit are as much a part of the fabric of our cultural understanding and connection as the people within them. Place matters, places change, but our need for community and belonging remains.

We hope you’ll enjoy the coming months of storytelling and discovery. We invite you to travel, virtually, at a time when visiting so many places is impossible.

Project partners also include: The Australia Council for the Arts, Regional Arts WA, Country Arts SA, Artback NT, Regional Arts NSW, and Regional Arts VIC. Private donations have also made additional commissions possible, and we are proud to have the support of these organisations and our donors.

People

Below are the amazing artists and places featured in Come To Where I Am – Australia. To experience their stories in the Screening Room, simply click on the artist or town – links will be active as each volume goes live. Want to know when the next series is online, and receive an invitation to the Facebook Live Premiere? Join our mail list or sign up for the Screening Room and be one of the first to know.

Places

This series of short plays ranges widely in geography and experience in this fateful year... weaving landscape, community and identity into a vivid and soulful poetry of place.

Cameron WoodhouseSydney Morning Herald, The Age, Brisbane Times

Seeing the work of writer and performers from far flung places across this massive country – work I’d never get to see in the normal run of things – really must be one of the things we carry forward with us out of the lowering gloom of this year.

Robert ReidWitness Performance

Join the new, virtual world of theatre, and see how online performance in 'Come to where I am' by Critical Stages is better than you ever imagined

Angela PerezBe Melbourne

These beautiful and often enigmatic performances... are enormously uplifting

Patricia Di RosioStage Whispers

insightful and thought-provoking, offering intimate glimpses into various Australian realities.

Erika TuckerTheatre Haus