Stage Briefs

AFL Seeks Volunteer Dancers

The AFL has attracted the ire of the arts community for requesting that dancers work at the Grand Final for free as volunteers.  

NSW Theatres can be half full.

New South Wales Entertainment facilities including theatres, cinemas and concert halls will be able to increase their capacity to 50 per cent and corporate events at function centres will be able to welcome up to 300 attendees from next week.

The Premier’s Major Events Taskforce has agreed theatre, cinema and concert goers can return to entertainment venues in greater numbers and that corporate events at function centres can increase attendance, provided venues have COVID-Safe plans and adhere to public health requirements.

The Hatch Lab Musical Theatre Residency Program Announces Inaugural Residents

The Hatch Lab Musical Theatre Residency Program has its first residents as they begin a yearlong development for the world premiere of their new Australian musical, 

Paper Stars.

The Hatch Lab was created by Salty Theatre, with the support of Theatre Works, to assist artists in their development of new musicals and provide much-needed support to writers and composers who seek an opportunity to revise, workshop and ultimately bring to life their musical works on stage.

Opera in Adelaide Botanic Garden in October

Live performances by Co-Opera in association with the Botanic Gardens of SA and their Botanica Lumina program are returning in October 2020, with Acis

Event Registrations Open for 2021 Adelaide Fringe

Event registrations are now open for Adelaide Fringe 2021.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Performances Suspended

In line with current government advice to prevent the spread of COVID-19, performances of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child at Melbourne’s Princess Theatre will be suspended for a further seven weeks.

Performances from September 16 to November 1 will be postponed and rescheduled. Ticket holders will be automatically moved to an alternative date from March 24, 2021 onwards with the same seating allocation they originally booked.

Accommodation Relief Program in NSW as Part of Covid-19 Assistance Fund

Actors Benevolent Fund of NSW has announced an Accommodation Relief Program as part of their COVID-19 Emergency Assistance Fund. 

This program will provide up to 65 recipients, who are ineligible for Government benefits, with a monthly stipend of $500.00 over 3 months (total value $1,500) to assist with rent or mortgage payments. 

Awards Lashed

David Spicer reports.

Organisers of The Rob Guest Endowment Award have been accused of a “white-wash” by selecting a group of 30 semi-finalists for this year’s competition, entirely devoid of any representatives from the BIPOC community.

In response to criticism of the competition, organisers issued a statement which attracted a further social media backlash.

The statement in summary :

Playwrights’ Development Program Next In Line Goes

Darlinghurst Theatre Company has announced that its Next In Line program will resume as planned, thanks to a City of Sydney Cultural Grant. Announced in September last year, the program is a strong manifestation of the company’s commitment to artists, showcasing upcoming, fresh and boundary-pushing playwrights.

Latest Ensemble Conversations - Francesca Savige And Chantelle Jamieson

Ensemble Theatre has announced the latest ‘Ensemble Conversations’ for people to stay connected to the theatre.

They're chatting about Killing Katie: Confessions Of A Book Club this week on Ensemble Conversations. Artistic Director Mark Kilmurry will be joined by play Director Francesca Savige and actor Chantelle Jamieson delving into this brutally honest and laugh-out-loud drama putting friendships to the test. Hear more about the female tour de force behind Tracey Trinder's brand new Australian work.