Every Friday the Critical Stages Touring team posts this list of links to streaming opportunities and performances from artists. It’s our little round-up of what’s available now and over the coming week, with a preference for Australian and New Zealand works from independent artists. Donation links will take you directly to donations for that project – please consider supporting the artists who entertain you, so they can keep entertaining you when you need them most.
Have something? Send your show details, including performance times and links along with a hero image, to firstname.lastname@example.org or complete the form here: www.forms.gle/7hhm87S3XwSsM6Ez8. We are especially keen to hear from independent artists and those streaming accessible performances.
Stage And Stream Links
AUSTRALIA / NZ BY DATE
Friday 10th April
- THE LISTIES MAKE YOU LOL
Australia’s rockstars of kidult comedy are hosting a watch party of their show The Listies Make You LOL – a live recording from the 2019 Melbourne Fringe Festival. The Listies will be hosting live and answering comments from the audience. If you have never seen them you’ve totally missed out, and if there’s young people 4-10 in your house this is a must-see.
2pm – Free – Live + Limited Time (7 days)
FACEBOOK – www.facebook.com/events/231880284849068/ and YouTube: https://youtu.be/hajpK3d4fdc
- EGG – MTC
Perfect for families with kids 8-12, Egg by Angela Betzien, is an eco-adventure filled with clowning, puppetry, hope and the promise of renewal. It stars comedy favourites Genevieve Morris and Jim Russell. This award-winning 2016 co-production from Melbourne Theatre Company and Terrapin Puppet Theatre is a brilliant Easter treat!
On-demand from 8am – Free – Limited Time (until 7.30pm Monday 13th)
- THE DAPTO CHASER – APOCALYPSE/GRIFFIN INDEPENDENT
The critically acclaimed Apocalypse Theatre Co / Griffin Independent production of Mary Rachel Browne’s warts-and-all Australian comedy is free to stream from today for a limited time. Critical Stages toured this wonderful show no less than 3 times and it still flies. Directed by Glynn Nicholas, featuring Danny Adcock, Noel Hooda, Jamie Oxenbould and Richard Sydenham. Made free for viewing thanks to Australian National Theatre Live.
On-Demand – Free, limited time 10th – 11th April
VIMEO – www.vimeo.com/ondemand/thedaptochaser
- THE SUBTLE ART OF FLIRTING – TUNKS
Tunks Productions’ first online theatre reading is on tonight! Chosen by popular votes, The Subtle Art of Flirting, is one of Wayne Tunks’s most successful productions. It has sold out 5 previous seasons in both Sydney and Melbourne. Great local cast including Duncan Armitage, Emma Caldwell, Corey Gaal, Abbie Gallagher, Maximillian Johnson, Lydia Kelly, Emma Louise, Cassady Maddox and Wayne Tunks.
7pm – Free
YOUTUBE via FACEBOOK – www.facebook.com/TheSubtleArtOfFlirting/
- FIONA JOY HAWKINS LIVING ROOM CONCERT
Grammy-award winning Pianist and composer Fiona Joy Hawkins is broadcasting a live concert from her living room every Friday. This multi-award-winning artist is known for her melodic, lush arrangements, now played live for you on her famous Stuart & Sons piano. Tune in every week!
11am AEST – Free – please consider donating
FACEBOOK – www.facebook.com/fionajoyhawkinsmusic
- FABULASH FRIDAYS
Melbourne’s Vau d/vile Drag Cabaret is ensuring your drag fix is met with a weekly live-streamed drag variety hour. Interactive, naughty, and lots of fun. Locals will love seeing favourites like Bumpa Love and Jemima Handful on stage again.
8pm AEST – Free – Register for a seat
CROWDCAST via www.facebook.com/vaudvile/
Saturday 11th April
- CRAZY NAILS
Playful, zany and full of surprises! A perfect show for children to introduce them to a wide range of music, this performance concert was intended for the Melbourne Guitar Festival. Gaëlle Solal & Boris Gaquere bring clowning, comedy and a huge array of music to the stage. Proceeds will be split between the creators and the festival.
3pm – 4pm AEST – from A$22
Melbourne Guitar Festival
- DOIN’ IT FOR THE KIDS
Family theatre makers Brymore have called out across the globe to create a live-streaming ‘festival’ of entertainment for children and parents. Expect an eclectic and international smattering of short performances, along with an opportunity to support the artists involved.
7pm – 9pm AEST – Free, please consider donating
FACEBOOK – www.facebook.com/events/623154851569294
- RULE 34 CLUB – QUEERANTINE
Sydney’s Rule 34 Club is the city’s subversive, unbridled beast of cabaret and performance art, and although the doors of the club are closed, the wonderfully weird and brilliantly talented artists that are usually on its stage are at home, bored and in need of an audience.
9.3pm and 10.30pm AEST – Free, please consider donating
FACEBOOK – www.facebook.com/events/841651699664505/
- SEQUIN SESSIONS – SATURDAY EDITION
Join cabaret artiste and star of ‘A Migrant’s Son‘, Michaela Burger, for some grown up cabaret direct from her the sequin cave itself. Music, banter and plenty of glitter. After her killer concert at Geelong Arts Centre this week Michaela is primed for a great show!
8pm AEST – Free, please consider donating.
Sunday 12th April
- AFTERNOON TEA WITH BOOFF
Boof (Clint Bolster) is not your usual afternoon tea host. This clown with a twist is live every Sunday enjoying tea with artists, actors and performers from around Australia. This week he’s joined by Drew Wilson, acclaimed puppeteer, actor and D&D enthusiast. Drew was a 2020 Mike Walsh Fellowship winner and if you’ve ever seen him on stage you’ll know it’s going to be a fun interview!
3:30-4:30pm AEST – Free, please consider donating.
FACEBOOK – www.facebook.com/clint.bolster
- MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING – STREAMED SHAKESPEARE
The third live-streamed, video conference staged reading of Shakespeare’s work will be romantic favourite Much Ado About Nothing, presented by local independent theatre makers. This weekly event is shaping up to be a must-see for Shakespeare fans.
2pm AEST – Free, please consider donating.
FACEBOOK – www.facebook.com/StreamedShakespeare/
- LIZA’S RESURRECTION SPECIAL – TREVOR ASHLEY
Helpmann-nominated drag/musical superstar Trevor Ashley (Fat Swan, Diamonds Are for Trevor, Liza (On a E)) is live every Saturday but tonight’s show is all-Liza. She’s back! in her first ever COVID-CABARET. Trevor is known for his uncanny and very funny Liza impersonations, and his voice is bigger and brasher than ever.
7pm – Free, please donate.
FACEBOOK – www.facebook.com/TheTrevorAshley
Monday 13th April
- RACHEL GLEASON – SPOKEN WORD
Presented as part of the Curve Festival (The Global LGBTQI Virtual Festival), poet Rachel Gleason will hold nothing back in a dynamic and raw performance of their most acclaimed poems alongside new material.
8am – 9am AEST – Pay What You Afford $10-$50
- THE STORY CHUNDER WITH MATT YOUNG
Matt’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 host Matt Young (TBS’s WRECKED, original Australian cast of THE PRODUCERS) for the livestream then listen to his podcast. This week’s theme is Miscommunication and Matt’s guests are Sergio Ulloa, Isla Princeton, Andy Dexterity, and Shelise Vandal.
7pm AEST – Free, please consider donating.
INSTAGRAM – www.instagram.com/thestorychunde
Tuesday 14th April
From humble beginnings in Schiermonnikoog (an unpronounceable village in Holland), to being seen by over one million viewers in theatres, TV and online, Jan van de Stool, is no stranger to fame. But she has always ‘kept it real’ by presenting self-help workshops at her local Munudji Scout Hall in Woy Woy, where, over the years, she has helped, literally, tens of people. Using her psychological insight, musical therapy exercises and psychic powers, Jan unwraps the weekly #Coronavirus news, in an attempt to help tens more people around the world through this difficult period.
On-Demand – A$1.98
VIMEO – www.vimeo.com/ondemand/coronavlog
- SHOWTUNE TUESDAY
Samara Marinelli and James Lee had planned on producing this benefit for the Queensland Actors Benevolent Fund at a Brisbane venue, now they’re bringing their special guest stars to a screen near you. Tune in and help raise some dollars for a great cause.
7:30pm AEST – Free, please donate.
FACEBOOK – www.facebook.com/events/210445176876552
Wednesday 15th April
- NURSERY RHYME TIME
Michaela Burger hosts alive-streamed show just for little ones who love a story. Classic nursery rhymes are brought to life by one of Australia’s most experienced cabaret artists.
11am AEST – Free, please consider donating.
- SLAY LIVE
Sydney’s Universal Club is bringing the golden mile’s Carmen Geddit & Charisma Belle into your living room as they present Slay LIVE! Each week witness some of Sydney’s fiercest drag talent compete to win what’s in the coveted SLAY BOX! Guest DJ ! Victoria Anthony
9pm AEST – Free
FACEBOOK – www.facebook.com/events/1377796425756504/
Thursday 16th April
- COUCH READINGS
Thornhill Theatre Space are presenting live-streamed couch readings of Australian works on Thursdays. This week’s play TBA but you can catch the full reading of last week’s play – Hold ‘Em by Alex Broun – on their Facebook page. Visit and follow to know what’s coming next.
8pm AEST – Free – available on demand after
FACEBOOK – www.facebook.com/ThornhillTheatreSpace
- THE RICHARD P DICK VAN JOHNSON SHOW
Australian cabaret and performance artist Duckie L’Orange has been making wacky, interactive and terribly fun shows for over a decade, and she’s been seen everywhere from the Sydney Opera House to the Ufafabrik Germany. Now based in Berlin, Duckie is back as Richard P Dick Van Johnson in a live-streamed late night/early morning chat show featuring infamous special guests in music, comedy and weirdness, weekly.
Thursdays 6am AEST / Wednesdays 10pm CET – Free
YOUTUBE – www.youtube.com/duckielorange
- SURRY HILLS LIVE
The City of Sydney chipped in to create and promote local live gigs in the suburb’s pubs through this program, and now these gigs are gone, they’ve moved them online. Evening shows will be streaming through March.
7.30pm AEST Thursdays – Free
FACEBOOK – www.facebook.com/surryhills.live
AUS/NZ ON-DEMAND & REGULAR
- 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
- SLINGSBY BY REQUEST
South Australian 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.
- CABARET ON THE COUCH
Performer/Writer Nikki Aitkin is live streaming her podcast from Melbourne with a special guest every week. Tune in and find out what happens when the lashes come off. This week’s guest – Sarah-Louise Young!
On-Demand – free
- FROM OUR HOUSE TO YOURS
The Sydney Opera House’s new digital initiate launches new content daily from Wednesday to Sunday every week. From symphony performances to panel discussions with leading writers, and archival from incredible forecourt shows – it’s going to be just as varied as the house itself. Click over to see what’s on screen this week.
On-Demand – free
- STREAMING KIDS COUCH CONCERT
Hosted by Emily Who and produced in association with Sydney’s Rogue Projects, The Aussie Kids Couch Concert brings together 10 fabulous children’s entertainers from across Australia for a song-filled hour of fun in your living room, and some of it from theirs! Line up includes The Beanies, Cheeky Tunes, Lizzy Loo, Penny Pom Pom, B Minor Music and Van Serano to name a few. Purchase or rent on-demand with all proceeds going to the artists.
On demand – $11.95 to purchase, $5.95 to rent
VIMEO – www.vimeo.com/ondemand/kidscouchconcert
- Piano Bar Geelong – Melbourne’s famous cabaret bar is creating regular mini-concerts featuring local artists and personalities streamed live and available on-demand on Facebook. Follow their page to keep up to date with the latest (and often cheeky) offering.
- Sequin Sessions – Cabaret star Michaela Burger is live 3 times a week. Every Wed at 11am (nursery rhymes), Sat at 8pm (cabaret), and Sundays at 3pm AEST for sing-a-longs for little ones.
- Streamed Shakespeare – 2pm AEST Sundays – new show weekly, but you can stream previous readings too, including last week’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
- Home Theatre Arts – 7pm AEST Tuesdays – This online collective record a zoom group performance every week and host a global weekly watch party every Tuesday. Previous readings include Hortense Flexner’s Voices, Dress Rehearsal by Warren Paul Glover, and Alex Fenner’s R.A.G.S (Runaway Animal Support Group).
- Check in With Chapel – keep an eye on their facebook page and insta feed for upcoming live performances out of Melbourne’s iconic Chapel Off Chapel.
- 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.
- NEW – 25 MAGICAL YEARS OF DISNEY ON BROADWAY
The sold-out, one-night-only production of “Celebrating 25 Magical Years of Disney on Broadway” will be live-streamed for free at 9:00am Tuesday April 14th. The event will be raising funds for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS’ Covid-19 Emergency Assistance Fund.
Australia Saturday April 18th, 9am AEST / USA Friday April 17th, 7pm ET
- NEW – FLEABAG – SOHO THEATRE
Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s one-woman show, a smash hit at Edinburgh Fringe and the precursor to the international hit tv show, will be available to stream via Soho Theatre On Demand. There are multiple purchase options to support everyone’s current capacity and proceeds are being split amongst some great charities. Closed captions available.
On-Demand – from AU$4
- THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING ERNEST – CURVE LEICESTER
This archival recording of Curve Leicester and Birmingham Rep’s hit production of The Importance of Being Earnest, directed by Nikolai Foster, is available to stream until Sunday 14th (UK). Tune in to see the beautiful work of Australian designer Isla Shaw.
On-Demand – Free – Limited Time (until 14th April)
VIMEO – www.vimeo.com/403752568
- NEW – PINOCCHIO – JASMIN VARDIMON COMPANY
The 2016 production, filmed at Sadlers Wells in the UK, of Vardimon’s uniquely theatrical choreographic and directorial style, Pinocchio combines physical theatre, quirky characterisation, innovative technologies, text and dance to examine the idea of what it means to be human.
On-Demand – Limited Time (until 13th April)
VIMEO – www.vimeo.com/user12862196
- NEW – CYPRUS AVENUE – ROYAL COURT
Starring Stephen Rea and directed by Vicky Featherstone, the award-winning Cyprus Avenue by David Ireland mixes live capture of performance from the iconic Royal Court Theatre stage production with location shooting in Belfast. Watch this hard-hitting black comedy free for a limited time. Closed Captions Available.
On-Demand – Free, please consider donating.
YOUTUBE – www.youtu.be/ptCyZYzUx4M
- NEW – FLOWERS FOR MRS HARRIS – CHICHESTER FESTIVAL THEATRE
The 2018 production of Richard Taylor and Rachel Wagstaff’s musical, based on the novella by Paul Gallico. This story of a post-war cleaner, Ada, in London who sets off on a life-changing journey after glimpsing her first couture dress. The production began in Sheffield, where it won three UK Theatre Awards including Best Musical. Closed Captions available.
On-Demand – Free – Limited Time (8th May), please consider donating.
- NEW – MASTER HAROLD… AND THE BOYS – THE FUGARD THEATRE
Cape Town’s Fugard Theatre was mid-season with their 10th anniversary production of Athol Fugard’s “Master Harold” … and the Boys, before the crisis forced the theatre to close. Directed by Greg Karvellas.
On-Demand – Free
- NEW – THE VELVETEEN RABBIT – HALE CENTER THEATER
With a score by David Paul Smith and script by David Paul Smith, Brittni Smith, and Chase Ramsay, plus direction and choreography by David Paul Smith, The Velveteen Rabbit had it’s world premiere on the Hale stage back in 2018 and is the perfect Easter weekend fare.
On-Demand between 2am and 2pm AEST – US$5 – Limited Time 10-13 April
- WIND IN THE WILLOWS THE MUSICAL – LONDON PALLADIUM
Based on Kenneth Grahame’s treasured novel, The Wind in the Willows was brought to the stage by producer Jamie Hendry in a new musical adaptation with book by Academy Award-winning screenwriter and Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes and Olivier Award-winning composer and lyricist duo George Stiles and Anthony Drewe. A sumptuous, beautiful production for the whole family.
On-Demand – A$5.95
- WONDERLAND – HAMPSTEAD THEATRE
Thanks to The Guardian, Beth Steel’s Wonderland, directed by Edward Hall, is available to stream free until 12th April (UK). Originally performed and live streamed in 2014, the play dissects the clashing sides of the 1984 Miner’s Strike. Closed Captions available.
On-Demand – Free – Limited Time (until 12th April)
- NEW – AMERICAN SHAKESPEARE CENTRE
Stream cinema-quality video of the complete 2020 Actors’ Renaissance and Tour Homecoming seasons. Filmed in Staunton, Virginia, at the world’s only recreation of the bard’s indoor theatre. Works include Henry IV, A King and No King, and Midsummer 90.
On-Demand – US$10
- NEW – JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR – ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER
Well, what else would fit the bill on Easter weekend? Lloyd Webber’s free streams of full productions continues this week with Jesus Christ Superstar starring Tim Minchin, Mel C and Chris Moyles!
On-Demand between 4am Saturday 13th and 4am Monday 15th AEST – Free
YOUTUBE – www.youtu.be/GpO4ohqx3os
- NEW – TREASURE ISLAND – NATIONAL THEATRE LONDON
Premiering Thursdays (UK), productions previously screened in cinemas globally as a part of National Theatre Live will be made available to watch for free. This week’s premiere Bryony Lavery’s celebrated adaptation of Treasure Island, but you can still catch their bold and innovative reimagining of Charlotte Bronte’s masterpiece, Jane Eyre, directed by Sally Cookson.
Thursdays 7pm (UK) / Fridays 6am AEDT – Free – Limited Time
- RUMPLESTILTSKIN – SADLER’S WELLS COMPANY
Ballet Lorent’s enchanting dance-theatre fairytale adaptation of Rumpelstiltskin is still available to watch free, until Saturday 11th April.
On-Demand – Free – Limited Time (until 11th April)
FACEBOOK – www.facebook.com/SadlersWells/
- LEAVE A LIGHT ON
London’s Theatre Cafe has invited the biggest and brightest stars from the West End to perform live for you. Every night from Monday to Friday you can catch three incredible performers doing what they do best.
Shows start 2.30, 4.30 and 6.30pm London / 00:30, 2:30, 4:30am AEST – A$15.00
- LIVING ROOM CONCERTS
BroadwayWorld is bringing together musical theatre stars from across the globe for these short, punchy too-good-too-miss ‘concerts’. With big-name stars in the line up musical fans will love these paired-down clips shot in stars’ living rooms.
On-Demand – Free
- SOCIALLY DISTANT FEST
This home-grown Facebook festival is already a huge hub of livestreaming shows from around the world. It’s basically becoming the livestream channel we didn’t know we needed, but really do. Far too much to list here.
Live in the moment – free
FACEBOOK – www.facebook.com/groups/sociallydistantfest/
- SCHAUBUHNE BERLIN
Berlin’s Schaubühne am Lehniner Platz is one of the world’s most celebrated theatre companies, and now you don’t have to be in Berlin to get a taste of why. Every night, starting at 6.30pm Berlin time and running until midnight, a different play from their vaults will stream.
6.30pm Berlin / 4.30am Sydney – Free
- LINCOLN CENTRE AT HOME
From major productions to concerts for kids, New York’s famed arts instutition is bringing their world online for us all to enjoy.
Various Times (New York) and On-Demand – Free
- ON THE BOARDS
The streaming performance service has flung open the vault and everything is FREE to stream until the end of April .That’s scores of incredible live performance captured for your iso enjoyment. Dance, spoken word, drama, physical theatre – it’s all there and on-demand.
On-Demand – Free with code (on homepage)
- GEFFEN STAYHOUSE
Geffen Playhouse will offer free access to BroadwayHD for 30 days, where they’ll be curating shows from their past every Wednesday. Keep an eye on their Facebook page every Wednesday (USA) to see what will be on offer every week.
On-Demand – Free with Subscription
- THEATRE IS THE CURE
A pay-what-you-can theatre event, with all proceeds distributed to the artists. 15 Playwrights write one original monologue each. 15 Directors are matched with a script and one of 15 Actors to rehearse via video, culminating in a live-streaming event.
Every Friday (USA) at 6.30pm PDT and Saturday 12.30pm Sydney – Free
FACEBOOK LIVE – www.facebook.com/events/1417131878461230
- NEW – ADELAIDE FRINGEVIEW
The Adelaide Fringe team have been working hard to find a way to directly support artists during the crisis, and applications are now open for the pilot of an online, digital Fringe experience. Artists are invited to register a video as a Fringe event. In the spirit of Fringe they’re open to all genres. It is free to register as an artist and take part in the pilot, with Fringe waiving all registration and artist ticketing fees to make it available to everyone. And this will eventually be a ticketed event! Get all the details here.
- NEW – BRAVE NEW ROUGH & READY
Sydney indy favourites Brave New Word Theatre Co are inviting artists to take part in a new project. Brave New Rough & Ready is 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.
- NEW – ISOLATION FIXATION
Someone New Theatre Company is producing a friendly competition to get creative and make a little noise. They’re inviting visual artists, film makers, writers and more to choose from a selection of prompts and mediums, with the end goal being new work and maybe even a prize or two. Full details on their Facebook event. Submissions close April 30.
- NEW – MOOGAHL LIVE
Indigenous arts maker Moogahlin Performing Arts are calling out for performing artists for a series of Facebook takeovers. These could be anything from solo concerts, dance workshops, comedy sets, acting masterclasses, spoken word performances, and more. Deadly artists, step on up. www.moogahlin.org/moogahl-live
Catch previous episodes of Mooghal Live on their facebook page here.
- NEW – THORNHILL COUCH READINGS
Ryan Thornhill’s new streaming project is seeking actors and writers. Check out their Facebook page or email email@example.com to get involved.
- TOOTH & SINEW’S THEATRE OF ISOLATION
In the coming weeks/months, Tooth and Sinew will be facilitating readings, play developments and industry roundtables online using that pandemic saviour, Zoom. It’s aim is to be a relaxed inclusive space where artists can stay in practice, learn new skills and meet future collaborators. Whether you’re a writer, director, actor, or designer – get in touch with them now! If you have a burning project idea – get in touch with them now: email them at firstname.lastname@example.org and start a conversation!
- AT HOME ARTS FESTIVAL
At Home Arts Festival (University of Melbourne) is a digital space for finding community and sharing your art while social distancing or self-isolating. They have a weekly online meetup every Friday and are also asking for submissions for their Thursday streamed events: www.athomeartsfestival.com/submit/
- HOME THEATRE ART ONLINE
This online collective are creating work collaboratively through the week culminating in readings and works that performed via live-stream every Tuesday. They’re looking for directors and actors now for weekly streamed performances. Get involved at http://tiny.cc/HomeTheatreArts