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Another Place for a New Theatre Company

2020 would seem an unlikely time to launch a new theatre company, but Australia’s newest professional theatre, Fremantle Theatre Company (FTC), has its first opening night on October 17.

Stage Whispers had the pleasure of talking to Company Director, and founder, Renato Fabretti, in the lead-up to their first production, The Other Place by Sharr White.

Announcing Sound Mind

The COVID-19 pandemic has profoundly impacted the Australian live entertainment industry, leaving thousands of gig-to-gig onstage and offstage professionals with unlimited unemployment. The crisis has not only been - and continues to - be financially crippling, but has also affected mental health. 

Kate Mulvany Wins Top Prize for Women Playwrights

Hailed by the judges as a ‘blazing talent’, stage and screen writer/actor Kate Mulvany has won the coveted Mona Brand Award for 2020 — Australia’s only prize for women stage and screen writers.

A prolific playwright, screenwriter, poet and novelist, Kate Mulvany OAM was awarded the $30,000 Mona Brand Award for Women Stage and Screen Writers for her extensive body of work comprising more than 30 plays over a 25-year career.

Artists of Colour Initiative

The Artists of Colour Initiative (AOC) has launched a scholarship competition designed to provide financial assistance and industry support to six exceptionally talented theatre performers based in Australia that identify as Bla(c)k, Indigenous or as People of Colour (POC).

Ensemble Theatre Conversation with Lee Lewis

Ensemble Conversations, a weekly series hosted by Ensemble Theatre’s Artistic Director Mark Kilmurry, has generated over 116,000 views since April. 

This week Queensland Theatre Artistic Director Lee Lewis joins Mark Kilmurry on Ensemble Conversations.

Hamilton Leads Screen Bonanza

There has never been more live theatre available on our screens. Since July the world’s biggest musical, Hamilton has been streaming on Disney+. Will the smorgasbord of live theatre available during the pandemic whet the appetite of theatregoers to return to live venues or encourage them to stay home? David Spicer investigates.

I went to extreme lengths to get a ticket to see the original cast of Hamilton on stage. On a 2016 trip to New York, my alarm went off at 3:45am and I walked the three blocks from my hotel to the theatre.

Time and Place - Celebrating Sydney Philharmonia's 100 Years

On September 9, 1920, members of the newly formed Hurlstone Park Choral Society came together for their first performance at Randwick Hospital. This event would set them on the course to become Australia's leading choral performing arts company and a key player in establishing Sydney as an internationally renowned cultural centre.

Gertrude Opera Presents Online Opera Festival

Gertrude Opera has announced the program for the Yarra Valley Opera Festival, Australia’s first ever online opera festival, running from 16-25 October 2020.

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