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TNA CaPT Bulletin – September 2021

In this bulletin, we share our community successes, present TNA’s 2021 – 2024 CaPT Strategy and new TNA website as well as highlight opportunities that might interest our community.


Hello Friends,

As warm and sunny days become more frequent, I am beginning to dream of summer festivals where we can gather, perform and soak in the delights of the festival atmosphere. Perhaps, I am getting ahead of myself, but it’s nice to hold tightly onto the light at the other end of the tunnel. In the meantime there is still plenty happening across the country and some our community have even escaped to resume performing overseas.

This bulletin is for you, so please feel free to send through updates and opportunities to me here at steph@tna.org.au or drop a line to tell me what information you are keen to see land in your inbox.

Take care,
Steph Cox and the TNA Team
Theatre Network Australia

TNA News and Opportunities

TNA 2021 – 2024 CaPT Strategy
In collaboration with our CaPT committee we have completed a 2021 – 2024 CaPT strategy that will help focus our work over the next three years. This work will deepen our engagement with the sector and contribute to developing a sustainable and equitable sector. You can find details of the strategy on the TNA website.

Circus Producers Club
Check in and workshop difficulties with your peers. October’s session will be held online, and open to circus producers from across Australia. The next sessions are on Monday 11th October 14:00 – 15:30 (All career points) & Friday 15th October 14:00 – 15:30 (established Producers only). RSVP to Steph.

CaPT Performing Company Database
This data base will be used to advocate to funding bodies and for use by presenters and potential collaborators. To add your performing company to the data base – enter your key details through our database portal.  The database can be viewed on the TNA Website.

TNA Website – Updated!
In addition to the strategy and company data base you can also check out a growing list of resources I have been compiling, the current advisory committee and the latest CaPT news. Whilst you there check out what else TNA is update to for the wider performing arts industry, including advocacy, our VIPI program and industry benchmarking.

Image with text 'Theatre Network Australia Circus & Physical Theatre Strategy 2021-2024' with a illustrated image of a big top circus tent.

General News and Opportunities

Support Act Covid-19 Crisis Relief Grants – $2000 and $2700
Support Act now offers COVID-19 Crisis Relief Grants to live performing arts workers, including circus and physical theatre. The grant is not competitive – if you are eligible, you will receive a grant. TNA is on the steering committee advising on criteria, application process and assessment.

International Circus Awards Ceremony
October 10th 6am (AEST) – will be available for 24 hours thereafter. For the full details and ticket info head to their facebook page. The Pulse by Gravity and other Myths is up for multiple awards!

Premiere at Gasworks
Premiere at Gasworks offers artists assistance in the form of reduced venue hire rates, guided assistance through the hire process, marketing and graphic design support and advice on production design and technical aspects of their show. Successful applicants will have a package tailored to their unique work. Closes October 3rd.

RISE – still open for applications
The RISE  The Fund has $40 million remaining, until 31 December 2021 or until funds are allocated. Applications are still being accepted, more details can be found on their website.

Adelaide Fringe Grants
Adelaide Fringe have  their First Nations Collaboration Grants and Audience Access Grantsopen until close of business this Friday the 1st of October. You can also contact Fringedirectly with questions.

A roll call of congratulations to individuals and companies that have had good news.

OzCo Digital Strategists-in-Residence
Cirkidz has been selected to participate in the Australia Council new digital strategists-in-residence program. They will be provided with access to a digital strategist who will guide the development and/or implementation of a customised integrated digital strategy. For more details and to how to apply for the next round head to the Australia Council Website.

Circus Oz 2021 – 2022 Circus Arts Incubator Fellows
Jarred Dewey, Mitch Jones, Jess Love, Harley Mann and Roya the Destroyer. There is also a full list of associate artists on the Circus Oz website.

Flying Fruit Fly Circus – Under Construction Residency 2022
A Good Catch, Collective Circus, Flip Kammerer and Fez Fa’anana, Harley Mann, Natural State Circus, Throw Catch Collective. More details on their projects can be found on the FFFC website.

VIPI Producers Mentor Program
Congratulations Charice Rust, the first ever Circus Producer in this stream of the VIPI program!

Arts Queensland Four Year Organisational Funding
Cluster Arts, Casus Circus, Flipside Circus and Vulcana Womens Circus. For both Cluster and Casus this is the first time being funded !!  The full recipient list is available online. 

RISE Funding 
Cluster Arts received $352,000 for CIRCFest22 Brisbane, a bold and ambitious project to firmly establish Brisbane’s reputation as a global leader in circus and physical theatre. A full list of recipients can be found online.

NICA Graduates
Congratulations to NICA’s 2020 graduating year, who have finally completed their studies after countless interruptions and setbacks. As the students were unable to have audiences at either their ensemble or showcase performers NICA have made these performances available online. Cirkus 2021: Plan 47b show performed in June (watch it here!)
2021 Circus Variety Showcase live-stream event performed in September – (watch it here!)
The Graduating year was: Maxx Parson,  Antonia Sassine,  Ezra Mishka, Harley Mann, Isabelle Champagne-Chittick, Leo Pentland, Emily Loe and Violetta Van Geyzel.

Also general congrats to those performing and creating new work around the country

  • Casus performing both Auntys Fia Fia Night (an incredible spectacle and celebration of culture and circus) and Collision at Brisbane Festival.
  • Briefs’ Dirty Laundry, ducking borders around the country, recently performing in QLD, NT and WA.
  • Polytoxic’s DEMOLITION  premiered at Brisbane Festival  a high-octane explosion of cabaret, theatre and social activism set to rebuild the world from the ashes-up.
  • Razzle Dazzle Riot featuring some former Flipside Circus graduates T’jla and Rhett Morrow was presented at the South Bank Piazza, BOQ Festival Garden.
  • Flipside Circus will presented Summer Play Factor.
  • ARC Circus has a new residency at HOTA on the Gold Coast.
  • Sandfly Circus in Broome have presented Silly Plonkers Directed by award-winning company, Splash Test Dummies, with aerial direction from Crystal Stacey, this collaborative production will showcase the skills and hard work of the Act Belong Commit Sandfly Circus students. As well as two cabaret’s last month!

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