Festival Special Griffringer #2: Patrick Lenton
As a playwright who writes comedy, I’m constantly met with accusations about a lack of substance in my plays. The dour residents of the community who believe theatre is synonymous with sad cancer monologues tend to believe the presence of humour in a dramatic piece has some kind of arcane ability to detract any sense of meaning and pertinence. But I believe that through their craft, a...
Money. Oh, money.
“THERE wasn’t much extra in the kitty for the arts in last month’s budget, and with recommendations from ad man Harold Mitchell about encouraging more philanthropy being considered by the federal government, the arts community is looking for new ways to raise money from private donors. Mitchell has suggested broadening the philanthropic base, creating direct links between...
Grassroots model to help new works take centre...
by Wendy Frew JANE BODIE has written for the stage, radio and TV; her work has won numerous awards, including the Green Room Award for Outstanding Writing; her most recent play, This Year’s Ashes, was well received by critics and audiences. But none of that has made the business of getting new Australian plays onto the stage any easier for the head of playwriting at the National...
Festival Special Griffringer #1: Katie Pollock
That’s right. The Griffringe Festival Special line-up has been set in stone and you are going to be meeting the artists here, one by one, and hearing a little bit about their work. First up is Katie Pollock, talking about her monologue: Contact Written by Katie Pollock Directed by Kevin Jackson Performed by Caroline Craig I’m really buzzed that Kevin and Caroline are working with me on...
ARTS FUNDING FORUM - AUSTRALIA COUNCIL
The Australia Council is planning a series of funding forums across Australia in 2012. The events provide information on our arts funding programs and how to increase the chances of having a successful application. The program includes: Information about the Australia Council Information about the types of grants we offer Examples of successful projects Tips for a successful application The...
EMERGING PLAYWRIGHTS - THIS IS A CALL TO ARMS
NB. A call to arms in a non-aggressive way. NATIONAL SCRIPT WORKSHOPS 2012 An intensive studio for the creative development of new works The two-week National Script Workshop provides writers with the resources to progress to the next stage of creative development, without the expectation of an immediate performance outcome or the need to produce a performance-ready draft. Writers are invited...
BRON BATTEN - SWEET CHILD OF MINE
I had the good fortune to catch the majesty of Bron Batten at Cut & Paste #12 last night at the Old Fitz. She stood on stage, telling us the story of her first kiss and ending it by becoming her sixteen year old self again, waiting for someone in the audience to come and kiss her as ‘So Kiss Me’ blasted over the speakers. It was electric. Bron is a Melbourne-based artist and we...