Darwin Festival 2020 Kicks Off on August 6

Darwin Festival is set to open on August 6, 2020 - the first major capital city event in Australia to go ahead since COVID-19 shut the world down. The DF20 Homegrown program is a celebration of Top End talent with an array of exciting live and virtual events spanning theatre, music, comedy, cabaret, visual arts and more.

Brisbane Festival 2020

The Brisbane Festival will return in September 2020 with a program spanning giant outdoor installations, intimate street concerts, suburban symphonies and an epic new light and laser installation.

The debut Brisbane Festival program from Artistic Director Louise Bezzina will bring the unexpected and the delightful to Brisbane from 4 – 26 September, reaching all 190 suburbs of the city with a line-up unlike any presented before.

Ghost Lights Kicks Off NIDA Digital Theatre Festival

An ambitious reimagining of the storytelling landscape, NIDA’s Digital Theatre Festival kicks off with a call for audience participation. For Ghost Lights, audiences worldwide are invited to perform, record, and upload a monologue to social media to keep the spirit of theatre alive. The best monologues will be showcased every week.

Beginners Call in South Australia

Our South Australian correspondent Mark Wickett reports.

Some are peeking through the curtains, sizing up the audiences before opening night; others are already taking their bows in front of enthusiastic theatre-goers desperate for live entertainment. Yet whether the performers are in the rehearsal rooms or green rooms, live theatre in South Australia is waiting for its cue.

Come to Where I Am – Australia

After a rigorous selection process, sixteen new plays about the places we live are destined for both live performance and digital distribution for Come to Where I Am – Australia, the new writing and performance initiative from Paines Plough and Critical Stages Touring.

Raising the Curtain at Frankston

Frankston Arts Centre raises the curtain to help local entertainers

Frankston Arts Centre is working with some of Australia’s most well-known performers in its latest initiative to support the arts industry through COVID-19.

The Raise the Curtain musical production will take place on stage at the arts centre on Thursday July 30 and be live streamed to audiences via the venue’s Facebook page and YouTube Channel.

Amadeus Streaming Free - National Theatre at Home

National Theatre At Home’s latest FREE online offering is Amadeus by Peter Shaffer, streaming until July 23, 2020.

Music. Power. Jealousy. Welcome to Vienna. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, a rowdy young prodigy, arrives determined to make a splash. Awestruck by his genius, court composer Antonio Salieri has the power to promote his talent or destroy it. Seized by obsessive jealousy he begins a war with Mozart, with music and, ultimately, with God.

Come From Away 2021 Sydney Season Announced

Producers Rodney Rigby and Junkyard Dog Productions are pleased to announce the rescheduled dates for the Sydney season of Come From Away. The Tony® and Olivier award-winning musical will commence performances at the Capitol Theatre from Thursday 3 June, 2021.

A Digital Evening with Todd McKenney at Riverside Theatres

Riverside Theatres Digital is back with An Evening with Todd McKenney

On Sunday July 26th, Riverside Theatres Digital is thrilled to launch its second digital concert series with award winning performer Todd McKenney.  An Evening with Todd McKenney will stream to audiences’ homes in a one-show only live performance direct from the Riverside Theatres stage in Parramatta.

A Group Where We All Pretend To Be Rehearsing For The Same Performance.

Almost twenty thousand frustrated thespians have joined a facebook group where they have been pretending to be rehearsing for the same performance.

The social media page was set up by actor Jack Mcgirr as “a space to be entertaining and a laugh for fellow actors dealing with covid-19.”

The huge numbers have proved a handful to administer with Mcgirr deleting posts containing swearing, politics and links to promotions.

More on the politics later – but first here are the posts most enjoyed by our correspondent Peter Novakovich.


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