Come To Where I Am – Australia

Welcome to Come To Where I Am – Australia. 

In 2020, writers from across the country were commissioned to create a new 10 minute story that was made into a short video postcard – a snapshot of where they live – the places, people and environment that shapes their experience as Australians and artists. They took many forms – autobiographical monologues, new works of fiction, and contemporary tales based on traditional stories.

Fifteen stories were produced featuring sixteen writers, screening fortnightly as live watch parties on Facebook. We travelled to capital cities, tropical locations, a family farm in rural SA, and a tree-changed family in the Victorian highlands, just to name a few. The series brought together artists and audiences in a celebration of our connection to the places that shape us.

The four volumes of stories now live on as on-demand presentations in our Screening Room and on the Paines Plough website. Keep scrolling to learn about last year’s participants and to visit their video postcard.

WATCH SEASON ONE ON-DEMAND

SEASON TWO SUBMISSIONS NOW OPEN

We’re inviting Australia-based writers to create our next series of short video stories, read or performed by the author. The story can be fiction or non-fiction, and should reflect what is special to you about the character of the place that you call home.

Successful story pitches will receive a $1500 writer’s fee, dramaturgical support from Paines Plough, and technical and editing services from Critical Stages Touring. The works will premiere as two volumes, each with a livestream produced by CST, in November 2021.

We’re seeking writers from every state and territory with an aim to find pieces that highlight regional and rural experiences alongside writers from our urban and suburban communities.

Come to Where I Am – Australia is supported by the NSW Government through CreateNSW, and the Australian Government through the RISE (Restart Investment to Sustain and Expand) fund, and the Australia Council for the Arts, it’s arts funding and advisory body.

EOIs CLOSE SEPT 13 - SUBMIT HERE

People – 2020

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 – 2020

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 WoodheadSydney 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