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Sydney’s City Theatre plans new stage musical from scratch in seven days


Sydney’s City Theatre plans to create a new, fully staged short musical from idea to performance in just one week. The finished work will be performed to a live audience at the Flight Path Theatre and streamed online at CityTheatre.com.au on Saturday the 8th of August at 7:30pm.

This is a free livestream experience featuring talent from WAAPA, Belvoir Street Theatre and Enmore Theatre.

The production features an all female creative team, featuring Sarah Campbell (Book), Renae Goodman (Music), Emma Young (Music/Lyrics) and Jo Elizabeth Finnis (Direction). The public will decides the theme of the musical, with City Theatre holding a live poll on their Facebook page enabling audience members to vote on what they would like to challenge the creative team with.

Project Interlude features creatives from the 2020 production of Jasper in Deadland, which was just 2 weeks away from opening night when NSW went into lockdown after a 3 month rehearsal period. This is an opportunity to take to the Flight Path Theatre Stage with a new work designed to breathe life into the theatre scene and inspire the creation of new, Australian work.

The creative team has exactly 7 days to devise, write, compose, cast, rehearse, stage and perform an entirely new work from creation to curtain call. In this time, the broader team works to create all the costumes, props, set, lighting and sound design you would expect from a traditional production.

Flight Path Theatre fell victim to the global pandemic just 9 months after opening, announcing that it was closing its doors in May 2020. As one of the only independent theatre spaces left in Sydney, this loss caused public outcry within the theatre community, which has led to public support and a longer runway for the theatre.

Project Interlude will be the first musical in the space since the inception of the pandemic, helping prolong the life of this invaluable space and helping to keep open the doors on the breeding ground of Sydney’s future talent.

Elizabeth Finnis, Director of Project Interlude said ‘This project is helping our team find some light in these unprecedented times. I am excited to explore a new world that I cannot learn about yet, to help find these characters with actors we haven't cast yet, and to watch this piece of theatre come to life from the pages that aren't even written yet! Most importantly, I am excited to share this experience with an extremely talented group of creatives who are all ready to focus on what we love doing again.’

Daniel Hill, City Theatre’s Producer said ‘This is a fantastic opportunity to breathe new life into the roots of Australian theatre which has struggled significantly in 2020. Independent theatre is the breeding ground of the global talent Australia produces. Ensuring this continues, even through these difficult times, is vital to the continued growth of a rich entertainment industry in the coming years as fresh talent develops new skills and tests the ideas of the future.’

Previous work by City Theatre includes the Musical of Musicals: The Musical! (Absolute Theatre, and the postponed Jasper in Deadland.

Audience members can vote on the theme of the new musical and follow the production as it comes to life through the City Theatre Facebook page, Instagram and Youtube..

Online viewing is FREE online at CityTheatre.com.au

In person tickets are yet to be announced as City Theatre continues to monitor current business restrictions for COVID-19.

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