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LA Boite launches new HWY support for local arts industry

Queensland’s La Boite Theatre Company is launching new opportunities through its pioneering HWY program to support local theatre-makers and boost artist employment in the state. The new HWY offering will provide six paid opportunities, including a 12-month commission for a local playwright or group of writers, a 6-month opportunity for interstate collaborators to develop a new work or an existing idea, and four 3-month development opportunities for artists or companies to seed new work for any one of La Boite’s spaces. La Boite Artistic Director and CEO Todd MacDonald (pictured) said this will create employment opportunities for local artists; the heart of La Boite’s community. “Supporting

World premiere of Boy Swallows Universe postponed until 2021

Pictured Trent Dalton Queensland Theatre and Brisbane Festival remain committed to developing the new Australian theatre work, Boy Swallows Universe, in association with Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC). Unfortunately, the Festival, Queensland Theatre and QPAC are unable to present this highly anticipated work in 2020, as initially programmed. Boy Swallows Universe will instead make its world premiere during Brisbane Festival 2021. Ongoing restrictions surrounding mass gatherings and the current closure of many performance venues across the country has forced the postponement of the Boy Swallows Universe season, previously scheduled for 29 August to 19 September 2020. Queensland Thea

Playwright-turned-funeral director-turned playwright Queensland Premier’s Drama Award winner

Anna Loren, Steve Pirie and Maddie Nixon. From more than 220 entries for the Queensland Premier’s Drama Award 2020–21 (QPDA), and three finalists announced earlier this year, Brisbane writer Steve Pirie has been announced the winner with Return to the Dirt, a powerful — and gently humorous — meditation on what it means to die in the 21st century and what a final act of love can do for our healing. Pirie’s work was selected ahead of fellow finalists Anna Loren for Comfort and Maddie Nixon for her work Binnavale. Delivered through Queensland Theatre, the QPDA is a prestigious and important award for Australian theatre in that it guarantees a professional production of the winning entry in the

Tune in to ‘Ensemble Theatre Conversations’ on Facebook

Darren Gilshenan and Iain Sinclair Sydney’s Ensemble Theatre has announced the latest Ensemble Conversations for people to stay connected to the theatre. In the latest you can hear actor Darren Gilshenan and director Iain Sinclair. Under normal circumstances The Caretaker rehearsals would be in full swing, so this week stage and screen actor Darren Gilshenan and director Iain Sinclair join our Artistic Director Mark Kilmurry to discuss the Harold Pinter classic. Keep watching for an exclusive excerpt read by Darren as he embraces the character of down-and-out Davies. (Please note, this includes some strong language) Led by Ensemble Theatre’s Artistic Director Mark Kilmurry, each week

Stars line up for Queensland Theatre’s next Play Club

Queensland Theatre Artistic Director Lee Lewis Stage stars Violette Ayad, Nicole Hoskins, Thomas Larkin, Barb Lowing, Brian Lucas and Andrea Moor will take the lead on Tuesday June 3 at 7.30m, under the direction of Daniel Evans (Oedipus Doesn’t Live Here Anymore) in Queensland Theatre’s new PLAY CLUB, the live reading of The Turquoise Elephant by Stephen Carleton (Bastard Territory) over Zoom webinar. This black, black, black political farce is urgent, contemporary and perilously close to being real. A short Q&A with the cast will follow the reading. This is a free streamed event, however, bookings are essential. With a commitment from Queensland Theatre Artistic Director Lee Lewis to focus

The Boy from Oz – original company virtual reunion fundraiser

Todd McKenney as Peter Allen The Boy From Oz – Original Company I Go To Rio Virtual Reunion was launched today as a fundraiser for the Actors Benevolent Fund of NSW The Original production of Gale Edward’s musical made its World Premiere in 1998. This year is the 20th anniversary of the closing of Ben Gannon’s and Robert Fox’s record-breaking home-grown production based on the life Peter Allen who died 28 years ago. The purpose of this virtual reunion of the original company of the production, dancing to I Go To Rio, is a celebration of the Australian arts community, an empowering trip down memory lane with the original cast, crew and creatives: a reminder that life in the arts is a long,

Bat Out Of Hell – The Rock Musical Australian tour rescheduled to May 2021

Wayne Robinson as Jagwire TEG Dainty has announced the rescheduled dates for Jim Steinman’s Bat Out Of Hell – The Rock Musical. The arena rock musical, featuring an international cast, will now tour Australia in May 2021. Ticket holders will be contacted by Ticketek. Tickets will be valid for the new show dates and there is nothing further to do. The new 2021 dates are on sale now at The award-winning stage musical has been transformed into an arena rock musical and will feature iconic songs from the Bat Out Of Hell albums, including You Took The Words Right Out of My Mouth, Bat Out Of Hell, I Would Do Anything For Love (But I Won’t Do That), and Two Out Of Three Ain’t

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