Welcome to the Critical Stages Touring list of streaming theatre, cabaret, performing arts education and arts opportunities for the week ahead. We aim to bring you the best directory of Australian and New Zealand theatre at home, with indy programming you’ll find nowhere else. The list is updated throughout the week so if you find something we don’t know about, please let us know. Note that donation links take you directly to donations for that show – please support the artists who entertain you. If you have something to share send a message to firstname.lastname@example.org or complete the Google form. We are especially keen to hear from independent artists and those streaming accessible performances.
Stage And Stream Links
Friday 12th – Thursday 18th June
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AUSTRALIA / NZ BY DATE
Friday 12th June
- IN THE SHADOW IT WAITS
From Melbourne-based film, VR and arts maker Michael Beets comes this horror film, performed live, and edited in real-time with actors performing from their own homes in different states across Australia. The audience is literally witnessing a film being made as they’re watching it. Pushing the bounds of tech and performance this happy scary marriage between theatre and film is on nightly until Saturday. Don’t miss it.
Tickets & Links
- WATM x BLACK DOWN UNDER – WE ARE THE MAINSTREAM
Saving Africa, dropping the N-word, using Black memes and protesting for Black lives. WATM will be in conversation with Nancy J Denis, Kween Kibone and Mazbou Q about what it’s like to be Black and of African descent down under and moving beyond #BlackLivesMatters protests.
- DEAF STORIES WITH JOANNA AGIUS
Joanna will be sharing her experiences growing up as an Indigenous woman, her experiences with racism, and her identity development. This event will be accessible for all: Auslan > English interpreters with live captioning. There will be a 10-minute intermission at 7:50PM.
FACEBOOK – www.facebook.com/events/2684081505203725/
- LIVE PARANORMAL INVESTIGATION – Q STATION
Another live-streamed ghost tour from Quarantine Ghost Tours, filming at the haunted Quarantine Hospital at Q Station. This is an adults only, spooky way to explore one of Australia’s most notorious haunted sights – and it’s good theatrical fun too.
FACEBOOK – www.facebook.com/events/296573321367672/
- AN EVENING WITH EMILY WILLIAMS – GEELONG ARTS CENTRE
Multi-platinum selling recording artist, Australian Idol royalty or former Young Diva … however you first met Emily Williams, it’s her incredible voice you will remember!
8pm AEST – please donate
- MACBETH ONLINE – DARLO DRAMA
The students of this Sydney-based performance school are taking their latest work online. Directed by Sean O’Riordan. Starring Stephanie Reeves, Melinda Jensen, Jessica Wake, Cornelis Greenway, Annelies Tjetjep, Danielle Castles, Muskan Gumber, Giddy Pillai, David Hodgkins and Paula Williams.
- CONTAGIOUS CABARET #2 – BROOKLYN RUNAWAYS
Brooklyn Runaways’ have launched an ambitious online cabaret series. This week performances from: Manali Datar, Piera Dennerstein, Kala Gare, Stephen Mahy, Vidya Makan, Nick Simpson-Deeks, and Don Winso. Donations taken for artists on the show.
7pm AEST – please donate
FACEBOOK – www.facebook.com/brooklynrunaways/ & YOUTUBE
- LET’S FRIDAY WITH THE LISTIES
Will there be remote Learning? No! Will it be informative? Unlikely! Will it be barely held together chaos? Probably! Kid’s favourites The Listies are back with a weekly live-stream of the kind of madness that only they can make. Tune in and LOL out.
4:30pm AEST – please donate
FACEBOOK – www.facebook.com/events/2745559065730543/
Saturday 13th June
- ROUGH DRAFT #45 – SYDNEY THEATRE COMPANY
Tune in for a free live-streamed reading as part of our Rough Draft development series. The event will sample two plays in development: Chalkface by Angela Betzien and Marriage by Marieke Hardy – another offering from our STC Virtual program.
- TALES FOR UNCERTAIN TIMES – SNOW BUSINESS
A 5-part comic-adventure fairy-tale series broadcast weekly on Facebook Live. Previous episodes will remain online following the broadcast. With elements of comedy, mystery, live music, and Zoom-bombing TALES is about rediscovering your own social world through the frame of a webcam and using it to build a new kind of community.
- THE RESERVOIR ROOM
Catherine Alcorn has established one of the most exciting cabaret streams on the net! Live from the iconic Paddington Town Hall, The Reservoir Room will stream the best of Australian cabaret and live music every Friday and Saturday night. Big names, local stars, a good night in. Tonight – Ursula Yovich!
Fridays & Saturdays from 7pm AEST
- VARIETYVILLE – ACTS OF ABSURDITY
Outstanding Interactive live online variety show with guests from all over the world performing wondrous Acts of Absurdity, hosted by the Dandy himself and rolling through regular segments fashioned by a team of marvels misfits including Foxy Moron’s “Fun Fiesta”, Eric the Dog’s “Mysteries of the Animal Kingdom” and “Are you Game”.
7:40pm AEST – A$5 + Pay what you can afford. Patron of the Arts tickets available.
- SEQUIN SESSIONS
Cabaret star Michaela Burger returns with all-new Sequin Sessions shows! Tonight it’s all-80’s retro adventure for the grown ups featuring all the music you remember, or wish you could. Michaela’s trademark humour and fabulous voice is a great way to spend Saturday night. Tune in again with the little ones for a children’s cabaret special on Sunday.
8pm AEST – please donate
- LIVE FROM STONEWALL
The Stonewall Hotel, Create & Cast and Undefine Media present an fantastic weekly multi-camera live-stream variety hour starring drag icon Minnie Cooper. This stream just goes from strength to strength!
8pm AEST – please donate
Sunday 14th June
- EVERYBODY ROAR – THE BEST OF JUSTINE CLARKE – RIVERSIDE THEATRES
Justine and her band bring all the favourites to this special set as she invites you to join in the fun and sing and dance along with her. Fun for the whole Family!
- THE WIGGLES – SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE
Dress up, dance and sing along with The Wiggles! Join Emma, Lachy, Simon and Anthony as they shimmy, shake and wiggle onto the SOH digital stage, LIVE!
- TWO NOBLE KINSMEN – STREAMED SHAKESPEARE
Streamed Shakespeare is now viewd by over 35,000 worldwide – and that makes us terribly keen to see what they do with Two Noble Kinsmen, directed by Eleni Cassimatis.
2pm AEST – please donate.
FACEBOOK – www.facebook.com/StreamedShakespeare/
- HAMLET ACTS 1 & 2 – SB
A livestream presentation of Acts 1 & 2 of the Danish prince’s classic tale produced in Ballarat with creatives from across Australia. Register via eventbrite for a free ticket. Get all the details on their Facebook Page.
Monday 15th June
- IF THIS BE NOTHING – MONTAGUE BASEMENT
It’s Shakespeare, but it’s not. It’s theatre, but it’s not. It’s live-streamed, but it’s not. Twitch streams, cam girls, loose bears, makeup tutorials, Netflix quandaries and more: out of this web wormhole created by Lucinda Howes and Aro Lusty-Cavallari comes a twist on Shakespeare’s A Winter’s Tale. Available to stream with captions from June 12.
FACEBOOK – www.facebook.com/events/961803220924247
- BRAVE NEW ROUGH & READY – BRAVE NEW WORD
The first week of submissions to Sydney’s indy storytelling darlings, Brave New Word, were an eclectic and exciting round of shortform stories. There’s a new round every fortnight. Start every night with a quick story from great Australian theatre makers.
6pm (Daily) AEST
FACEBOOK – www.facebook.com/BraveNewWordTC/
- THE STORY CHUNDER WITH MATT YOUNG
Matt Young’s weekly live event was performed at Brisbane’s BackDock Arts. Every week a new lot of storytellers spew forth their most entertaining stories for your delight or disapproval. Join Matt (TBS’s Wrecked, The Producers) for the livestream then listen to his podcast on Spotify, iTunes, Twitch or where ever you listen to podcasts.
7pm AEST – please donate.
INSTAGRAM – www.instagram.com/thestorychunder
Tuesday 16th June
- AUDIO GUIDE WATCH PARTY – ROGUE PROJECTS
Sydney theatre makers Rogue Projects (Company of Rogues) are taking three of their postponed play projects into the world of film and to kick off their fundraising campaign for the first work, Refuse Classification, they’re hosting a watch party with Director Chris Elena viewing his award-winning short film Audio Guide, showing now as part of the St Kilda Film Festival. Free to view and includes a Q&A with the Chris, cinematographer Kym Vietikus and writer Bradford Elmore.
8:00pm AEST – please donate
FACEBOOK – www.facebook.com/companyofrogues
Using her psychological insight, musical therapy exercises and psychic powers, the very fictional Jan van de Stool is here to unwrap the #Coronavirus news, in an attempt to help tens of people around the world, weekly.
On-Demand – A$1.98
VIMEO – www.vimeo.com/ondemand/coronavlog
- HOME THEATRE ARTS
This online collective record a zoom group performance every week and host a global weekly watch party every Tuesday.
Wednesday 17th June
- WESTSIDE POETRY SLAM – WEST WORDS
Two featured poets are lying the flag for Pride Month! Robin M. Eames and Ana Sarsfield will bring their unmistakable lyricism to Zoom, and livestream poetry will never be the same.
Zoom via FACEBOOK
- SYDNEY POETRY LOUNGE:
It’s a double header for the Sydney Poetry Lounge this month! The writing duo of Audrey Molloy and Anthony Lawrence take to the virtual stage to read a series of poems exchanged between two poets who have never met.
Zoom via FACEBOOK
- THE LOCKDOWN MONOLOGUES – MALTHOUSE THEATRE
Melbourne’s Malthouse have commissioned nine new monologues in response to the pandemic, brought to life by director Bridget Balodis. New words from writers Jean Tong, Jane Harrison and Tom Holloway.
On-Demand – please donate
Register to watch at www.malthousetheatre.com.au
- ART CENTRE MELBOURNE’S BIG NIGHT IN
Arts Centre Melbourne, one of Australia’s most important artistic hubs for more than 35 years, has teamed up with John Foreman’s Aussie Pops Orchestra to present a weekly live digital show every Wednesday at 7pm. Special guests, great chat, top performers!
7pm – Please donate
Thursday 18th June
- RUBY’S WISH – SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE
Through an unlikely friendship with a beatboxing clown doctor, Ruby’s time in hospital turns into an imaginative adventure. Watch her room change into a wonderland, where anything can happen and wishes really do come true! An adventure into imagination for the whole family.
- TIED UP WITH STRINGS – HOPE NEW WORKS
Pearl is a compulsive hoarder and her sister, Libby, is a compulsive neat freak. When Libby offers to help declutter, they dive into a mess of unresolved family conflict and past trauma. As Libby begins to untangle her sister’s addiction, Pearl’s hoard awakens to resist the unwelcome intruder and wreak chaos. This is development nine (!) from the Hope New Works program for new musicals.
7pm AEST – please donate
- CHEAP TRILL – COMPUTER CHOIR
In an effort to keep community performers connected Cheep Trill created a ‘Computer Choir‘ to bring together singers from across the country to sing together. This ongoing project resulted in a music video fro YouTube featuring over 100 artists. Check it out, and get in touch with them if you’re keen get involved in the next one!
YOUTUBE – www.youtube.com/watch?v=ba1AKX2ScaU
- THE SEAGULL – AUCKLAND THEATRE COMPANY
ATC have made a production of Chekhov’s The Seagull set in lockdown, with the family all on a Zoom call! It is cut into 4 acts/episodes which are now all available for a thorough weekend binge! Don’t miss this created-for-online production directed by Eleanor Bishop and featuring powerhouse actors Jennifer Ward-Lealand, Goretti Chadwick, and Arlo Green.
On-Demand – please donate
YOUTUBE – www.youtube.com/channel/UCKDS6vUXW4axHk5Ht5vTNsQ
- ABC iVIEW ARTS
Australia’s national broadcaster has curated a fantastic array of streaming arts programming and there’s truly something for everyone – from classical concerts to the 15 year celebration of the Sydney Theatre Company’s Wharf Revue. Not available outside Oz.
- THE CITIZEN’S HANDBOOK – RNZ
Become a better New Zealand citizen! A comedy Video and Podcast civics series that tackles NZ history & issues. Made possible by the RNZ/NZ On Air Innovation Fund.
- MOUNTAIN GOAT MOUNTAIN – THRESHOLD
Families across Australia have the opportunity to participate in an adventurous new audio-led theatre experience, developed during isolation for families to enjoy at home. Guided by a narrative soundscape, families will embark on this 45-minute theatrical experience using only a charged audio device (computer, phone of tablet), a bed sheet (the bigger the better), a piece of blank paper (A4 will do) and favourite pencils, pens or textas.
On-Demand from May 14 – A$12.95 for 30 days access
- NANDHU – BANGARRA DANCE COMPANY
Bangarra have curated a new digital offering – Nandhu (‘to be close in Wiradjuri language) – which will include a selection of performances from their repertoire. Each will be presented with interviews, BHS features and more to dive deeper into each work.
On-Demand – please donate
- KIDS COUCH CONCERTS
Hosted by Emily Who the Kids Couch Concerts were created as a way for indy preschool entertainers to keep connecting with the audiences they love. The project has produced two volumes that take the form of a video variety show featuring The Mik Maks, Pevan and Sarah and Avocado Smash. 95% of profits go the artists involved.
On-Demand – A$11.95 to purchase, A$5.95 to rent
VIMEO – Volume 1 & Volume 2
- ADAPT – AUSTRALIAN DANCE THEATRE
Australian Dance Theatre’s exciting online-only season for 2020 is on-demand with new shows going live regularly.
On-Demand – please donate
- RED RATTLER
Sydney’s Red Rattler Theatre is at the heart of emerging, fringe and queer arts practice, and this week they begin a new fortnightly online events series. There’s lots to come from the rattler so bookmark them and check back Fridays.
- MARDI GRAS LINK LIST
Looking for great queer content and a complete listing of drag performances happening online? Sydney Mardi Gras has a handy list with far more shows than we can list here and some great music picks as well. Check it out here.
- MONKEY BAA THEATRE CO
Look behind the scenes of one of the world’s best children’s theatre makers. Each session will give young people an insight into the many people who work to create a live theatre production. New episodes coming soon. Previous live-streams available on-demand.
On-Demand – Free, please donate
FACEBOOK – www.facebook.com/monkeybaatheatreco
- KEEP HEART PENRITH
The new online program Keep Heart Penrith delivered by Penrith Performing and Visual Arts will help guide audiences and community to the new changed arts world via Creative Care Packs; a series of arts-based content & learning delivered to your email address.
- CITIZEN: AN AMERICAN LYRIC – FOUNTAIN THEATRE
A provocative meditation on race, fusing prose, poetry, movement, music, and the visual image. A lyric poem, snapshots, vignettes, on the acts of everyday racism. Written by Claudia Rankine, adapted for the stage by Stephen Sachs.Directed by Shirley Jo Finney Starring Bernard K. Addison – Leith Burke – Adenrele Ojo – Tony Maggio – Monnae Michaell – Lisa Pescia.
- GUY – A NEW MUSICAL – LIVE SESSIONS
UK writing duo Leo and Hyde have recently confirmed this musical will come to Australia now that they have a local production partner. Recently they’ve gone back to the studio to record a new EP of the work and every Friday (UK) theyre going live with artists from the show. This week it’s Guy himself, Ben Raymond, in concert.
5pm BST / 2am AEST
- PIVOT ARTS FESTIVAL
Pivot Arts, which celebrates adventurous, multidisciplinary performance, is “pivoting” in the presentation of its eighth annual festival, in response to COVID-19. For this year’s Festival—themed “This is How We Pivot”—performances once scheduled at venues in Chicago’s Uptown and Edgewater neighbourhoods are moving to online presentations.
Runs 5th – 30th June
- THE MOUNTAINTOP – ROYAL EXCHANGE
Katori Hall’s Olivier award-winning play, set on the night before Martin Luther King’s assassination, is performed as a reading directed by Roy Alexander Weise, co-artistic director of Manchester’s Royal Exchange. Donations to this stream will support BLM protesters who need legal support.
On-Demand until June 15 – please donate
- THE MADNESS OF KING GEORGE III – NOTTINGHAM PLAYHOUSE
Watch Mark Gatiss (Dracula, Sherlock) as George III in Nottingham Playhouse’s ‘spellbinding’ ★★★★★ (The Telegraph) play examining the fine line between a king and a man.
Available until Thursday June 18 – please donate
YOUTUBE – www.youtube.com/watch?v=fofiKCV9wGc
- THE ANNOYANCE – ANNOYANCE THEATRE
Chicago’s celebrated comedy theatre has unleashed a number of new projects to be enjoyed from their website (and several others). From parody cooking shows to the slickly produced The Annoynance Presents, this is where we’re laughing this week.
- JEREMY JORDAN – The Seth Concert Series
Broadway star, and Disney darling, Jeremy Jordan brings his musical theatre talent to Seth Rudetsky’s broadway concert series. Streaming Live from New York, it’s an early one, but pour a deep coffee and sit back for a Monday morning special. Presented by Broadway World.
10am AEST – Monday 15th June
- GYPSY – CHICHESTER FESTIVAL THEATRE
Imelda Staunton is British theatre and film royalty, so it’s no wonder sher’s about to play The Queen in The Crown. The Chichester production of hit musical Gypsy, which then transferred to the West End, has been immortalised in this movie.
On-Demand at Amazon
- MR MAGLUMP – BRISTOL OLD VIC
The magical musical for all ages, Mr Maglump, returns, but this time you and your family can watch it at home. Experience this show whose sellout premiere was loved by Andrew Lloyd Webber and described by audiences as ‘phenomenal’, ‘magical’ and ‘gorgeous’.
On-Demand from June 12 – please donate
- PIPELINE – LINCOLN CENTER
Live From Lincoln Center, in partnership with BroadwayHD, brings to audiences at home Dominique Morisseau’s strikingly powerful work PIPELINE, originally staged at Lincoln Center Theater in 2017. This intimate play depicts a mother’s hopes for her son and their clash with an educational system rigged against him.
On-Demand from June 8
- ANNA CHRISTIE – ENSEMBLE THEATRE
This 2014 production of Eugene O’Neill’s American classic is one that doesn’t get seen very often. This inspiring tale of love and forgiveness played out against a tumultuous sea is a classic for the ages, and available to watch via Vimeo for a short time
- PUPPETZILLA PUPPET SLAM – LA GUILD OF PUPPETRY
Join host Michael Paul as the Puppetzilla Puppet Slam stomps onto the small screen. The June 2020 theme is “Together Alone,” reflecting whatever that means for our puppet artists during this weird quarantine time. Ages 18+
On-Demand after live performance – please donate
FACEBOOK – www.facebook.com/LAGuildOfPuppetry/
Physical theatre and comedy doesn’t get much more irreverent, or entertaining. Spymonkey are opening their vault of inventive original works with a new work streamed every Sunday.
- AUSTRALIAN PERFORMING ARTS EXCHANGE
Applications to Australia’s largest performing arts and touring market close Monday 22nd June at 7pm. Moving online in 2020 APAX will expand the usual market format for the new digital format including idea exchanges, forums and post-crisis planning. Get all the information at www.apax.org.au
- ELBOW ROOM PRODUCTIONS – CALL FOR WRITERS
Elbow Room are offering opportunities to writers based on the continent of Australia to participate in paid development sessions, in which professional actors and theatre makers engage with their work. Elbow Room are looking for scripts, at any stage including or after first draft, that are intended to provoke action to happen, preferably for 40 minutes or longer. Submissions close 30th June. www.elbowroomproductions.com
- UPSTREAM FESTIVAL OF ART + CULTURE – CALL FOR PRODUCTIONS
AlburyCity and Wodonga Council are calling for expressions of interest from artists and cultural organisations for Upstream – Festival of Art + Culture 2021. In its first year, the festival attracted more than 16,000 people who took part in a range of art and cultural performances, programming and activities across the two cities and over four days. Next year’s festival is scheduled for March 5-9. Submissions close July 10. www.wodonga.vic.gov.au
- BELVOIR THEATRE COMPANY – SHUTDOWN RESIDENCIES
The company has opened their doors for submissions, calling for expressions of interest for a brand new series of one-off, quick response grants for short-term residencies at Belvoir, supported by the generosity of a private philanthropic foundation. Submissions close Sunday 14th June. www.belvoir.com.au
- HILLSCENE LIVE – CALL FOR ARTISTS
Working in partnership with Yarra Ranges Council and Burrinja Cultural Centre, the hillsceneLIVE program is structured to be a comprehensive and nurturing platform to take an idea / challenge / creative work and develop it into a live performance outcome. EOIs close Friday 19th June. www.hillscenelive.com
- MELBOURNE FRINGE – REGISTRATIONS OPEN
Now that the new dates have been set for 12-29 November 2020, Melbourne Fringe is opening registrations for works. If you’ve been iso-dreaming up an event, an exhibition or even a physically distanced arena spectacular, they want to know about it. 2 rounds – one for ‘pants off’ events (digital, at-home program) opens 1 June, and ‘pants on’ events (in-person events) opening 1 July. melbournefringe.com.au
- NSW – STAGE AT HOME – SYDNEY EISTEDDFORD
This free event will be a celebration of all the hard work that the eisteddfod entrants have put into their entries and a showcase of the immense talent that exists in the Sydney Eisteddfod community. Entries can be received from now, up until July 27 and will be uploaded until July 31.
- LITTLE LUNCH ONLINE – ARTS FRONT
Little Lunch Online is a chance to check in and connect with each other while we grab a quick bite of lunch, or a morning coffee for folk in the West. It’s a quick 30 minute window to share ideas and resources, and plan our actions in responding to the pandemic, the climate crisis and whatever global emergency awaits us next.
Daily, Midday AEST – Free
- BROWN’S MART BUILD UP
BUILD UP is Brown’s Mart’s seeding and development program. Projects can be for research or creative development of new projects by Independent Theatre artists working and living in the top end of the NT. These projects are for any stage of development and are designed to support a fertile environment for the creation of new
NT theatre. The last round applications close on 15th June. Full details at www.brownsmart.com.au
- BRAVE NEW ROUGH & READY
Sydney indy favourites Brave New Word Theatre Co are inviting artists to take part in a new project – an open access, weekly invitation to tell a story from your own home and have it featured on their networks. There are very finite guidelines that make participation easy, and a weekly theme to inspire you. Seven performances will be showcased weekly. Get all the details on their Facebook page.
SAVE THE DATE
These are the future streams that are high on our list – get them into your diary now!
- FRI JUNE 19 – LIGHTS UP ON THE ARTS – NOT DONE YET
After an overwhelmingly positive response to their first online Home Delivery concert, this zoom-enabled fundraising benefit is back to raise dollars for artists in need. Line up includes Rob Mills, Christie Whelan Brown, Simon Gleeson, Matilda Moran and more, accompanied by the Jack Earle Trio.
- JUNE 24-28 – WHO’S YOUR BAGHDADDY
Who’s Your Baghdaddy, or How I Started the Iraq War is a comedy musical that will be performed and streamed live from June 24-28. Presented as a support group for people who started the Iraq War, this dark, boisterous and irreverent story follows a handful of mid-level spies whose vanity and office politics contributed to the worst intelligence blunder in modern history. Directed by Neil Gooding, presented by Curveball Creative.
FRI JUNE 26 – GALAH BAR
Six cross-border venues are collaborating on live-stream variety supershow! Brought to you by Albury Entertainment Centre, Albury LibraryMuseum, The Cube Wodonga, Flying Fruit Fly Circus, HotHouse Theatre and Murray Art Museum Albury (MAMA), with support from Nomad Films and Murray Arts.
- FRI- JUL 3 – HAMILTON
Streaming platform Disney+ brings Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Pulitzer-prize winning musical to screens worldwide. recorded in 2016 with the original Broadway cast the screen version is directed by Thomas Kail who promises the best seat in the house for every moment.
EDUCATION / ACTIVITIES
- Curious Legends Workshops
Newcastle’s Curious Legends are running a series of free, live streamed workshops from their studio every Tuesday and Thursday @ 4pm AEST. Aimed at helping kids and parents in lockdown, as well as to support artists during this time. Workshops explore performance, puppetry, clowning, making, dance, storytelling, and much else besides! Supported by Create NSW, Orica, and Newcastle Region Library. www.curiouslegends.com.au/out-of-the-box
- Barking Gecko Theatre – Isolate > Create > Connect
Made in collaboration with ThinkArts in India. A weekly video delivered by teaching artists from BGT and ThinkArts online, children aged 5 to 17 will set a creative task inviting them to create a small artwork capturing their perspective on the world right now. Each week children will be asked to upload their creation digitally to the Barking Gecko website. At the end of the 10 week-long project we will have created a digital scrapbook that documents this unprecedented time in history through the eyes of children. Now in week 4 it’s not too late to jump in and get creative with kids around the world. No cost. www.barkinggecko.com.au
- ATYP Home Theatre Plays – With help from the ATYP Foundation, Australian Theatre for Young People have commissioned 10 brilliant Australian playwrights to each write a 5-minute script that you can download and perform with your family and friends (when visitors are allowed at your place or try it with your friends over Zoom!). Each script features 2-6 characters, with a mix of some young people and some adults. Anyone in your house can play any character – or multiple characters! There are no boundaries! And if you want to share your reading with the world submit it to ATYP for inclusion in their YouTube Channel. All the details at www.atyp.com.au
- Poetry In Action – this NFP touring company has brought their popular education program online to stream into homes and classrooms. There are 4 performances in line with curriculum for Years 5-12. Visit www.poetryinaction.com.au for more info.
- Storyville Live – Storyville’s in-school program sends performers to read much-loved storybooks to children. For the next couple of weeks they’ll be trialling live storytime via Facebook, and it’s well worth it for those with little ones at home. 11am and 3pm AEST daily – free www.facebook.com/theStoryville/
- Slingsby by Request – South Australian theatre company Slingsby has created an online resource of live performances in line with curriculum. The first work is Emil and the Detectives by Erich Kastner, adapted for the stage by Nicki Bloom. Teachers and home-teachers should check out this great new resource. www.slingsby.net.au/slingsby-by-request/
- Audioplay – This is unlike any other activity out there at the moment. An immersive play experience for kids (ages 6-12) where they download an audio story in which they play one of the characters using ordinary household items for props. Creative play just got so much better! www.audioplay.me
- Shake & Stir Interact
Since 2006, shake & stir drama classes have been a regular extra-curricular activity adored by tens of thousands of students, and now their latest program has moved online. Each week, your child will engage with a carefully-planned, professionally-produced and, most importantly, super-fun 30 minutes of creative play, at home. We’re talking drama activities and performance-based games that will get them acting and keep them active. www.shakeandstirinteract.com.au
- ATYP Online
Australian Theatre for Young People have brought made their drama programs virtual just in time for term 2. A selection of their regular programs will be facilitated live each week via Zoom and Google Classroom. Participants will work with a skilled ATYP tutor and classmates in an interactive online space from the safety of their homes. It’s just one of several programs teachers and home teachers should discover. www.atyp.com.au
- Patch Theatre
Patch Theatre has been making shows for 4–8 year old children and their families from our home in South Australia since 1972. In our nearly 48 years, Patch has made 110 much loved theatre works and performed to over 1.8 million children around the world. They’re posting regular updates to arts activities for little ones online, and via Facebook and Instagram. www.patchtheatre.org.au/activities
- Polyglot Theatre
Children’s theatre makers Polyglot have developed a series of new arts activities that will keep young ones busy and thinking during creative play. There’s heaps of fun stuff to explore and if you don’t have kids we highly recommend doing them anyway because a) they’re fun and b) home-grown hilarity is needed right now. www.polyglot.org.au/polyglot-at-home/
- Riverside Theatres
Parramatta’s Riverside Theatres has always had a fantastic education team and resources to match – and now a directory of teacher resources from past performances is available on their website. There’s also a super-handy (and HUGE) listing of other online resources that teachers and parents should not miss. www.riversideparramatta.com.au