Every Friday the Critical Stages Touring 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.
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Stage And Stream Links
Friday 3rd April
- FIONA JOY HAWKINS LIVING ROOM CONCERT
Grammy-award winning Pianist and composer Fiona Joy Hawkins is broadcasting a live concert form 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 – Free – please consider tipping the artist here.
FACEBOOK LIVE – www.facebook.com/fionajoyhawkinsmusic
- GEELONG ARTS CENTRE
Geelong’s home of the arts is launching a new streaming program TODAY at 8pm as part of their new #WhereCreativityMeetsAtHome initiative. The program will feature performances, behind-the-scenes moments and creative activities in partnership with some of their closest collaborators. Stay tuned tonight to see performances from folk singer/songwriter Hassall and Green Room Award winning comedian Jude Perl.
8pm – Free (program updates to come)
- TWISTED IVORIES
This show, which was to hit the stage at the 2020 MICF, is now available to stream via facebook. The Two Piano Men (Matt and Ben) bring their love of the ivories to a fabulous local cabaret stage and you’re invited to the party. They may just play the keys to your heart!
On-Demand – Free – Limited Time
FACEBOOK – www.facebook.com/thetwopianomen
- WINDMILL THEATRE’S GIRL ASLEEP
Umbrella Entertainment and Windmill Theatre Co are screening their award-winning film Girl Asleep. Don’t miss Matt Whittet’s timeless teen epic – free to stream for 48 hours from 6pm Friday until Midnight AEDT Sunday 5th April.
6pm AEDT (On-Demand for 48 hours) – Free
UMBRELLA ENT – www.umbrellaent.com.au/on-demand/3105-girl-asleep-on-demand.html
Saturday 4th April
- RULE 34 CLUB – QUEERENTINE
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. There’s something happening every day but tonight at 9pm tune in for Conspiracy Theories with Billy Bullseye and at 10.30pm Qua-RARA-line, Round 2.
9.3pm and 10.30pm – Free
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. This regular series of live-stream cabaret is a place we can all tune into to forget the troubles of the world. And she’s fabulous.
8pm AEDT – Free but please consider a donation or tip!
Sunday 5th April
- STREAMED SHAKESPEARE – A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM
A live-streamed, video conference staged reading of Shakespeare’s classic A Midsummer Night’s Dream, presented by independent theatre makers. If you caught last week’s performance you know this going to be fun!
2pm AEST – Free
FACEBOOK LIVE – www.facebook.com/StreamedShakespeare/
- THE WRITER’S ROOM – SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE
How many great ideas does it take to crack primetime? Join the award-winning writers from Rosehaven, Please Like Me, Community, Rick & Morty and more as they share secrets about creating characters, developing plot lines, and dealing with deadlines. Recorded at Bingefest 2016.
6pm AEST – Free
Monday 6th April
- THE GREEN ROOM AWARDS
Melbourne’s much-loved peer-presented performing arts awards, The Green Room awards, are still on! The awards will go ahead as an online presentation tonight. Hosted by performers Otto and Astrid, with presenter Rob Meldrum. The awards will go live via a series of YouTube clips so make sure you subscribe!
7pm – Free
YOUTUBE – Green Room on YouTube
- GRIFFIN THEATRE CO – EMERALD CITY
Australian Theatre Live presents Griffin Theatre Co’s production of David Williamson’s beloved Emerald City, featuring Lucy Bell, Mitchel Butel and Jennifer Hagan, directed by Lee Lewis. Rent it for 72 hours for just a few coins.
On-Demand – A$4.99
VIMEO – vimeo.com/ondemand/emeraldcitylive
- 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 on Spotify, iTunes, Twitch or where ever you listen to podcasts.
7pm QLD / 8pm AEST – Free
INSTAGRAM LIVE – www.instagram.com/thestorychunder
Tuesday 7th April
- HOME THEATRE ARTS ONLINE
This online collective record a zoom group performance every week and invite you to a global weekly watch party every Tuesday – this week it’s Dead Mother’s Numbers by Warren Paul Glover.
FACEBOOK LIVE – www.facebook.com/HomeTheatreArts/
Wednesday 8th April
- 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 weeks guest TBA but you can start with last week’s hilarious chat with superstar Reuben Kaye.
On-Demand – new show weekly – free (please consider donating to the benefiting charity)
- 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 a donation or tip!
Thursday 9th April
- 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 Thursdays – Free
FACEBOOK – www.facebook.com/surryhills.live
- MICHAELA BURGER COLLECTION – DIGITAL CONCERT
Geelong’s home of the arts is broadcasting live for their #WhereCreativityMeetsAtHome program, featuring performances, behind-the-scenes moments and concerts in partnership with some of their closest collaborators. Tonight, see cabaret star Michaela Burger (Best Cabaret Adelaide Fringe) will peform a collection of her original music, old and new, inlcuding songs from her new show A Migrant’s Son.
8pm – Free
On-Demand & Regular
- QUEEN OF ISOLATION CABARET
Need a drag fix complete with sing-a-long? Geelong’s famous Piano Bar featured Dolly Diamond live through the week and the full stream is available on-demand now. Join Dolly on stage for an array of classic, Dolly-styled, with pianist Cameron Thomas.
On-Demand – free
FACEBOOK – www.facebook.com/pianobargeelong/videos/313245216321337/
- 3 GIRLS 1 CAMERA
This Western-Sydney produced sketch comedy series is the brainchild of actors Clancy McWaters, Lara Spaggiari and Lisa Robinson. Their latest skit, Dating Can Suck My $@#! went live this week, but you can catch all of their skits via their Facebook page.
On-Demand – free
FACEBOOK – www.facebook.com/3GRLS1CAMERA/
- 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
- POETRY IN ACTION – EDUCATION
Poetry In Action are a non-profit organisation that tour poetry performances to schools around Australia, NZ, Hong Kong and the UAE. They have professionally recorded all of their performances so they are available online to stream from the into your home or classroom! Their writers and directors have created four performances in line with the curriculum for Years 5-12. If you are interested in booking a digital performance, check out www.poetryinaction.com.au or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- STREAMING KIDS COUCH CONCERT
Premieres Monday 30th! 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
- Sequin Sessions – as above, every Wed, Sat, and also Sundays at 3pm AEDT for sing alongs for the little ones.
- Streamed Shakespeare – new show weekly, but you can stream previous readings too, including last week’s The Comedy of Errors.
- Home Theatre Arts – catch a lovely reading of Hortense Flexner’s Voices, read by Celine Khoury and Marty O’Neill, or Dress Rehearsal by Warren Paul Glover read by Annalise Knight, Iley Jones, Fraser Smith and Alex Forras
- 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. Last week’s show (6pm Thursday) was a chat and performance from Byron’s Bobby Alu!
- NEW – SADLER’S WELLS DANCE COMPANY
Sadler Wells’ Facebook Premieres will be something to look forward to, and the first work to be streamed by London’s preeminent performance dance theatre company was the luscious Balletboyz Deluxe, an evening of new dance works from leading choreographers and composers including Sarah Golding, Xie Xin and Jiang Shaofeng. This week catch the premiere of Ballet Lorent’s enchanting dance-theatre fairytale adaptation, Rumpelstiltskin in a special matinee screening for family audiences. It will be available to watch on the Sadler’s Wells Facebook page for 7 days.
On-Demand from 1am AEST Saturday – Free – Limited Time
FACEBOOK – www.facebook.com/SadlersWells/
- NEW – 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
- NEW – LIVING ROOM CONCERTS
BroadwayWorld is bringing together musical theatre stars from across the globe for these short, punchy too-gooD-too-miss ‘concerts’. With stars like Lin-Manuel Miranda, Lauren Drew and Susan Egan in the line up musical fans will love these paired-down clips shot in stars’ living rooms.
On-Demand – Free
- NEW – SOCIALLY DISTANT FEST
This home-grown facebook group/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. Poets, musicians, storytellers, puppeteers, fire spinners – it’s all here. Far too much to list here.
Live in the moment – free
FACEBOOK – www.facebook.com/groups/sociallydistantfest/
- NATIONAL THEATRE LONDON – JANE EYRE
From Thursday 2 April, a number of productions previously screened in cinemas globally as a part of National Theatre Live will be made available to watch for free. This week’s production is a bold and innovative reimagining of Charlotte Bronte’s masterpiece, Jane Eyre. All the productions will be free and screened live every week and will then be available on demand for seven days on the NT’s YouTube channel.
Thursdays 7pm (UK) / Fridays 6am AEDT – Free – Limited Time
YouTube – NT Channel
- 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. There’s too much to highlight here – get over and see what’s in store!
6.30pm Berlin / 4.30am Sydney – Free
Watch Theatre Du Chatelet’s production of Parade via their online magazine. Paris’ acclaimed theatre and opera house are putting a host of former prodcutions up on their magazine and YouTube channel during the iso period. And it’s Free!
On-Demand – Free (please consider donating)
- LINCOLN CENTRE AT HOME
Lincoln Center’s new portal enables families and communities to keep the performing arts front and centre. 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
This is an online pay-what-you-can theatre event, and all proceeds will be distributed to participating artists. 15 Playwrights will write one original monologue each. 15 Directors will be matched with a script and one of 15 Actors to rehearse via teleconference, culminating in a live event streaming worldwide. Last week’s included a couple of Aussies too!
Every Friday (USA) at 6.30pm PDT and Saturday 12.30pm Sydney – Free
FACEBOOK LIVE – www.facebook.com/events/1417131878461230
- SIX THE MUSICAL
Be part of this worldwide sensation and make herstory by performing with queens on three continents. It’s pretty easy – click on over to their facebook page before April 9th to get in on what might just be the funnest musical theatre project streaming soon.
- 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 email@example.com 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