Porcelain Punch… a theatre-making memory

Two performers on stage. A male performer is holding a medicine bottle with bow tied arounf the top, accompanied by a female performer playing an accordion piano.

In 2013 Critical Stages Touring (then ‘Critical Stages’)  took The Porcelain Punch Traveling Medicine Show on a whirlwind tour of regional Victoria from Kingston Arts to Colac Otway Performing Arts Centre, and from Apollo Bay’s Mechanic Hall to the lovely Phee Broadway Theatre in Castlemaine. It was the beginning of a beautiful arts friendship that continues today with two of…

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How to Make Online Events Accessible

In the last couple of months we’ve seen a huge number of artists, arts organisations and commercial entities rush to digital platforms to continue to engage their audiences, explore new ways of making theatre, and to connect with each other from isolation. What has become apparent is that many artists, particularly in the independent sector, have less resources and knowledge…

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A person sits alone in a darkened theatre, the only person seated on red velvet chairs. there is nothing in the background.

Independent artists are the lifeblood of Australia’s theatre sector. They are the source of our most innovative and exciting new work, they stimulate our entire industry, provoke and often challenge our audiences, push the boundaries of what is possible and inspire us all. Independent artists create work for venues, festivals and communities large and small right around Australia, and often…

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Celebrating Women’s Voices this International Women’s Day

This International Women’s Day we’re celebrating the amazing creative minds behind the works that Critical Stages Touring is taking across Australia in 2020. From heartbreaking drama and powerful verbatim theatre, to inspiring children’s programs and show-stopping cabaret, 88% of the work on our stage this year has been written or co-written by women. It is their words and experiences that…

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A Short Message About the Bushfires

As we return to the business of theatre in 2020 the Critical Stages team would like to take a moment to acknowledge the devastating fire events of this Summer, and extend our heartfelt best to all of those who have, and continue to be, affected. As a touring theatre company we find so much of our planning involves pouring over…

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