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The Hon Peter Garrett MP
Minister for Environment Protection, Heritage and the Arts

18 performing arts groups to play Australia

Media release
6 April 2010
PG/37

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Arts Minister Peter Garrett today announced more than $3 million in Playing Australia funding for 18 performing arts companies to tour regional areas.

"This is the 35th round of Playing Australia funding and it will ensure Australians living in regional and remote areas continue to have access to some of Australia's best performing arts," Mr Garrett said.

"As well as providing communities with the chance to experience a whole range of fantastic performing art productions, these tours bring real financial benefits to regional Australia.

"This round demonstrates the diversity of Australia's creative arts sector, with funding for Indigenous performance, post-modern dance, hybrid arts, children's theatre and opera.

"Round 35 also demonstrates the continued demand for high quality artistic performance in regional areas with tours travelling across Australia, from Esperance in Western Australia, to Griffith New South Wales."

Round 35 Playing Australia recipients include:

  1. The Black Arm Band: $98,000 to tour Murundak and Hidden Republic to eight venues in the NT and WA.
  2. Country Arts WA: $163,992 to tour Deckchair Theatre's play Krakouer, to 22 venues across QLD, NSW, VIC, TAS and SA..
  3. Oz Opera: $447,309 to tour La Traviata to 20 venues across WA, NT, QLD and Victoria.

Playing Australia is the Australian Government's national performing arts touring program. It has funded performing arts tours since 1992 and has strongly contributed to maintaining a vibrant Australian performing arts sector.

For more information on Playing Australia visit www.arts.gov.au/arts/playing_australia 


Playing Australia round 35 recipients

Arts on Tour - NSW Limited (NSW) Grant: $346,653

Breast Wishes - An Uplifting Musical by Breast Wishes Pty Ltd

Arts On Tour plans to tour the musical 'Breast Wishes', a Breast Wishes Pty Ltd production which explores the issue of breast cancer and its toll on the family as it follows the lives of four women. The writers include: Wendy Harmer, Richard Glover and James Millar. The tour offers Australia wide distrbution to 46 venues, 34 of which are in regional and remote areas.

Arts on Tour - NSW Limited (NSW) Grant: $189,567

Rainbow's End by Riverside Productions

Arts On Tour plans to tour a production of Jane Harrisons 'Rainbow's End' by Riverside Productions. Christine Anu, Lillian Crombie and Chenoa Deemal star in this account of the struggle for equality of three generations of Koori women who live in shack on the outskirts of a country town. The tour includes 67 performances at 33 venues across Victoria, Tasmania, New South Wales Queensland and the Northern Territory.

Arts on Tour - NSW Limited (NSW) Grant: $133,634

Tuesdays with Morrie by Ensemble Theatre

Arts On Tour plans to tour the play 'Tuesdays With Morrie', an Ensemble Theatre production which is a comedy about a life-altering friendship and deals with life, death, love and the notion of family. The tour includes 53 performances at 23 venues across Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, Tasmania and Western Australia.

Australian Chamber Orchestra Pty Ltd (NSW) Grant: $36,104

APN Ac02 NSW/QLD Regional Tour by Australian Chamber Orchestra

The Australian Chamber Orchestra plans to tour ACO2 to Northern New South Wales and Queensland with recorder player Genevieve Lang, and Australian violinist Kristian Winther in his debut role as guest director with the orchestra. This is the second year of a planned three year program that has seen ACO2 tour regional Victoria in 2009.

Darlinghurst Theatre Company Limited (NSW) Grant: $93,156

Capture The Flag by Critical Stages and Tamarama Rock Surfers Theatre Company

Darlinghurst Theatre Company through a touring initiative Critical Stages plans to tour the play 'Capture the Flag', a new Australian work produced by Critical Stages and Tamarama Rock Surfers Theatre Company which tells the story of three young boys huddled for days in a Berlin drain in 1945. The tour includes 49 performances at 19 venues in New South Wales, Queensland and Victoria.

Opera Australia (NSW) Grant: $447,309

Verdi's La traviata by Oz Opera

Oz Opera has been the touring arm of Opera Australia since 1996. It enables Australians to access and engage with professionally staged opera within their own communities. Verdi's La traviata by Oz Opera is a popular Opera and one which audiences have frequently requested through audience feedback. This tour involves 24 performances at 20 venues in Western Australia, Northern Territory, Queensland and Victoria.

Performing Lines Limited (NSW) Grant: $79,835

Untrained by Lucy Guerin Inc

Performing Lines plans to tour the Lucy Guerin dance work 'UNTRAINED'. This work presents four men, two of these men are highly skilled, experienced dancers and the two 'untrained' have no movement training whatsoever. The tour involves engaging local community members in the roles of the 'untrained' in a number of the venues and will include 24 performances at 16 venues in Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria.

Queensland Arts Council (QLD) Grant: $108,168

Statespeare by Shake and Stir Theatre Company

This production of 'Statespeare' by Shake & Stir Theatre Co is a blend of physical and contemporary theatre, juxtaposing scenes from modern high school with excerpts of Shakespearean plays. It explores the relevance of Shakespeare to modern teenagers and the eternal nature of his themes. The tour includes 45 performances at 16 venues in Queensland, New south Wales Victoria and South Australia.

Co-Opera Inc (SA) Grant: $184,548

The Marriage of Figaro by W.A. Mozart by Co-Opera Incorporated

Co-Opera plans to tour its opera production of Mozart's 'Figaro', conceived as 'opera in the round' presented in a cabaret format it can also be successfully performed in a traditional theatre setting. Co-Opera's principal objective is to perform operas to regional/remote Australian communities as its target audience. The tour offers 27 performances, 22 of which are in regional and remote locations.

Country Arts SA (SA) Grant: $270,079

The Happiest Show On Earth by Patch Theatre Company

The Happiest Show on Earth by Patch Theatre Company is a family performance aimed at 4-8 year old children. It uses the setting of an old-time medicine show to explore themes of 'buying' happiness and the importance of friends and family. The production involves 77 performances at 21 venues in Victoria, Tasmania, New South Wales, Queensland and the Northern Territory.

Circus Australia Limited (VIC) Grant: $492,045

Circus Oz 2011 regional tour by Circus Oz

Circus Oz tours a fully produced contemporary circus production that is adaptable to a wide variety of theatre spaces. The production is a mix of acrobatic, theatre, comedy, aerial performance accompanied by live music. Circus Oz plans to tour Queensland, Northern New South Wales and Tasmania in the second half of 2011.

Follow Your Dreams (Aust) Pty Ltd (VIC) Grant: $170,216

Driving Miss Daisy by HIT Productions

This production of 'Driving Miss Daisy' by HIT Productions is a brand new production of the well-known play, which explores the relationship between a woman and her driver against the backdrop of the American Deep South in the mid-20th century. The tour involves 84 performances at 57 venues in Western Australia, Northern Territory, Queensland, New South Wales Victoria, Tasmania and the Australian Capital Territory.

Melbourne City Council (City of Melbourne) (VIC) Grant: $98,000

Murundak and Hidden Republic by Black Arm Band

Murundak is a music and film event celebrating music as an instrument of identity, resistance and freedom. Hidden Republic reflects the renewed hope and promise of a 'post-apology' Australia. These productions feature several prominent Indigenous performers, including Archie Roach. This tour of 'Murundak and the Hidden republic' by the Black Arm Band. involves five performances and five workshops at eight venues in the Northern Territory and Western Australia.

Regional Arts Victoria (VIC) Grant: $71,449

Boats by Terrapin Puppet Theatre

Regional Arts Victoria plans to tour a production of 'Boats' by Terrapin Puppet Theatre which involves the creation of puppets on stage, telling a sea-faring tale. The tour involves 65 performances at 17 venues in New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland Northern Territory and Tasmania.

Regional Arts Victoria (VIC) Grant: $202,475

My Grandma Lived in Gooligulch by Gooligulch

Regional Arts Victoria initiates and facilitates the arts in regional Victoria. This production of 'My Grandma Lived in Gooligulch' by Gooligulch Productions is based on the celebrated book. The tour involves 137 performances at 38 venues in Victoria, Western Australia, South Australia, Northern Territory, Queensland, New South Wales and Tasmania.

Regional Arts Victoria (VIC) Grant: $101,993

A Commercial Farce by Malthouse Theatre

Regional Arts Victoria initiates and facilitates the arts in regional Victoria. This Round 35 application is for a tour of 'A Commercial Farce' by Malthouse Theatre, a comedic 'play within a play'. The tour involves 63 performances at 14 venues in Tasmania, Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland and the Australian Capital Territory.

The Australian Ballet (VIC) Grant: $197,916

Don Quixote by The Dancers Company

The Australian Ballet plans to tour 'Don Quixote' by the Dancers Company to Tasmania, Victoria, New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory ACT in the second half of 2011. This is the third year of a planned three year program bringing 'Giselle' by the Dancers Company to Victoria, Queensland and Northern Territory in 2009 and 'Don Quixote' to Victoria, South Australia and Western Australia in 2010.

Country Arts WA Inc (WA) Grant: $163,992

Krakouer by Deckchair Theatre

Country Arts WA plans to tour the play 'Krakouer', a Deckchair Theatre production which traces the lives of indigenous brothers and star VFL football players Jim and Phil Krakouer, from their humble beginnings in WA's rural Mount Barker to the Melbourne Cricket Ground and explores racism, the challenges of football careers and brushes with the law. The tour offers 43 performances across Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria Tasmania and South Australia.

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