NSW Government funding injection for regional theatre

Eight arts organisations across the State will share in almost $400,000 for theatre project funding as part of the NSW Government’s commitment to boost community participation in the arts across regional NSW.

Deputy Premier and Minister for the Arts Troy Grant said the NSW Government is supporting theatre makers to develop new artistic works, helping to create thriving arts scenes in regional communities.

“The arts can play an important role strengthening regional communities by promoting social cohesion, encouraging creativity and supporting tourism and the economy,” Mr Grant said.

“The NSW Liberals & Nationals Government is funding projects that engage and develop regional arts, cultural workers and audiences.

“These projects develop the skills of regional playwrights, actors, production staff and other creative practitioners, and help grow audiences for regional theatre. The funding will support the development of new theatre works presented and produced by people living in regional communities and performed by regional actors,” Mr Grant said.

The Government’s new NSW Arts and Cultural Policy Framework aims to better engage regional communities in the arts and provide new opportunities for people to take part in cultural activities as part of their daily lives.

The Regional Theatre Project supports this offering funding of up to $60,000 for one year or up to $75,000 for projects delivered over two years.

The regional theatre projects to receive funding are:

· HotHouse Theatre (Albury) will receive $43,290 to partner with NSW-based repertory theatre company Sport for Jove to produce a major new Australian work, The Long Float. Performed outdoors, this large-scale work will respond to the history, storytelling and mythology of Albury’s location on the banks of the Murray River.

· Flying Fruit Fly Foundation (Albury) will receive $60,000 for an exciting collaboration between the Flying Fruit Fly Circus, Sydney Opera House, Albury City Council and Murray Arts. The collaboration will produce the show Stunt Lounge, an adaptable performance for boutique regional touring that can be staged in various types and sizes of venue.

· Spaghetti Circus Inc (Mullumbimby) will receive $59,998 to partner with renowned Stalker Stilt Theatre to develop a highly visual circus and stilt performance based on Lewis Carroll’s poem Jabberwocky.

· Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre (BMEC) and the Australian Theatre for Young People (ATYP) will receive $45,000 to develop an original contemporary theatre production which aims to have seasons in Bathurst in the BMEC Annual Season and at the ATYP theatre in Sydney.

· Bundanon Trust will receive $60,000 to partner with Shoalhaven City Council to produce Snake Sessions by award winning contemporary performance company Branch Nebula. Taking place in two skate parks, a team of professional street-style artists will create a daring, dynamic performance. Local skaters and BMX riders will take part in improvisational workshops and participate in the final performance.

· Tantrum Theatre Co-operative will receive $38,097 to further develop and present a new theatre work, Hello, Stranger. This work was created by Paper Cut in Newcastle, with a residency period in Albury for Hot House Theatre’s ‘A Month in the Country’. The project includes a tour of the work to the University of Newcastle and Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre in early 2016.

· Arts Upper Hunter Inc (Muswellbrook) will receive $3,370 to host the Upper Hunter Theatre Forum, a one-day forum for theatre groups, individuals and educators to share successes and challenges, meet relevant industry professionals and discuss ways to promote theatre in the Upper Hunter.

· Eastern Riverina Arts (Wagga Wagga) will receive $60,000 to develop and present a new play in the Riverina by emerging and established writers in the region. Overseen by Newcastle-based playwright Vanessa Bates, seven writers will develop stand-alone episodes within a larger narrative arc exploring our relationship to water, be it rain, river, creek or tap. It will be presented in partnership with volunteers over six weeks in 2016 culminating in a final presentation at the Artlands Dubbo conference/festival in October 2016.

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Published: 29 May 2015