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TNV E-NEWS November 2011


TNV Victorian Theatre Meeting 2011: on tomorrow! In the most awaited Victorian professional theatre meeting of the year, more than 100 theatre-makers will gather in Melbourne tomorrow for the TNV Victorian Theatre Meeting 2011. Converging at Malthouse Theatre for the afternoon, delegates will hear from Fiona Winning, Australian Theatre Forum 2011; John Harvey, Brown Cabs; Verity Higgins, Regional Arts Victoria; Michele Bauer, Malthouse Theatre; Liz Jones, La Mama Theatre; Stephen Armstrong, Theatre Board, Australia Council for the Arts and more, as well as engaging in small group and whole-room discussions.

We’ll be bringing you updates during the meeting (on twitter and facebook) and, of course, we’ll give a full run-down after the event. In the meantime, you can flick through a copy of the program here: (link removed).


Friends of the ABC need your help to support arts programming! Unless there is pressure on the ABC Board/management, ABC TV’s arts unit will be closed at the end of November and Radio National will proceed with its plan to combine the books and arts program into a single program. Send an email to your local MP, write to the board of the ABC, or send a note to the opinion pages of the newspaper (TNV’s letter, co-signed with ArtsPeak organisations is on our website). Friends of the ABC (Vic) office, P +61 3 9682 0073

Patrick White Award and Fellowship: applications close 11 NovemberApplications for the $7,500 playwright cash prize and $25,000, year-long Fellowship are closing soon! Info here:

National One-Act Playwriting Competition: closes 14 November
Entries are now being called for the 2012 Competition offering a total prize pool of $6,000. It offers a unique opportunity for the winning playwrights to see their new work performed on stage at Noosa Arts One–Act Play Festival.

Ian Reed Foundation Fellowship: applications close 15 November An opportunity for one emerging writer and one experienced writer to work closely with a production team at ABC Radio National to develop a new work for radio. Writers will have the opportunity to interact with producers, actors and a dramaturg in the development of their work. Writers are asked to submit a completed script of 10- 30 pages length, which they will develop into a finished radio production throughout the course of the fellowship.

National Touring Framework – Consultation Sessions around Australia The Australia Council is developing a framework for national touring. The framework will identify opportunities, connect key players, and streamline touring to audiences around Australia. Rick Heath and Harley Stumm have been appointed by the Australia Council to develop the framework. Consultations are scheduled as follows: * Victoria – 9 & 10 October (see e-news below for details) * Tasmania – Hobart 11 November, Launceston 30 November * Darwin – 22 November * Adelaide – 24 & 25 November * Cairns – 2 December * Brisbane – 5 & 6 December * Sydney – 7 & 8 December * Perth – 12 and 13 December * APAM workshop Adelaide – 27 February (with APACA, TNV and PATA) * Long Paddock Albury Wodonga – 3 & 4 April

TheatreSpace – Engaging Young Audiences Symposium on 17 NovemberThe one-day symposium on engaging young audiences in the arts in held on Level 3, Patrick White Room, Australia Council for the Arts, 372 Elizabeth Street Surry Hills, Sydney NSW.

Anywhere Theatre Festival 2012 discounted regos close 30 November The Festival runs 10–19 May 2012: (link removed).

Need tax or super help? Try the ATO’s Self-Governance Checklist The self‐governance checklist is designed to help you to check how well your organisation understands and manages your tax and super obligations. It will help you identify, assess and avoid material tax and super risks. (link removed).

Theatre Council of Tasmania Industry Meeting: Sunday 4 December The new peak organisation for Tasmanian theatre workers, TCT ( seeks input into shaping a peak body that can act as a voice for Tasmanian theatre makers. Says the TCT, “This is a critical time for theatre workers in Tasmania with recent Arts Tasmania funding decisions having significant impact upon the scope and breadth of future theatre activity.” Central midland location TBC. 10am – 5.30pm.


National Touring Framework – Victorian Consultations 9th and 10th November. Are We There Yet? is a major research and consultation project being undertaken by Rick Heath and Harley Stumm for the Australia Council for the Arts, to develop a National Touring Framework for the performing arts.
Producing Sector:
Thurs 10 Nov, 10am – 12noon,
Auspicious Arts Incubator,
228 Bank St, South Melb.

Presenting Sector:
Wed 9 Nov, 2–3:30pm.
VAPAC Meeting, West Gippsland.

Metropolitan Presenters:
Thur 10 Nov, 3–5pm,
MTC Headquarters,
252 Sturt St, Southbank.

National Youth Circus Day – Celebrate on Sunday 13 November The fifth National Youth Circus Day celebrates the diversity, talents and skills of our young circus artists around the country. In Melbourne, ACAPTA in partnership with Signal, presents a youth circus day mini-festival, with master-classes, professional circus artists and performances. Lunch provided. It’s all FREE. 10am – 3:30pm at Signal, Northbank, behind Flinders St Station (next to Sandridge Bridge).

The Village Festival, 3rd – 6th November, Edinburgh Gardens, Fiztroy. Entry is free. Tickets to short shows and sideshow arcade range from $5–$15. Theatre, music and interpretative dance. Food and wine. The famous Dog Show. Don’t miss it.

Big West Festival 2011 kicks off November 15 This year brace yourself for 67 events in 26 locations as the West “breaks loose in spectacular and uncontained excitement”. Free outdoor and family-friendly events, plus innovative theatre, visual arts, literature, diverse music, cabaret and for the first time, a free mini-children’s festival! Runs till 27 November.

New support for Independent Artists: applications close 27 February 2012
The Kingston Arts Centre in Moorabbin is looking to support independent performing artists in the creation of an estimated two new Australian works. New Blood is all about providing an opportunity and support for performers to create new work which they can take out into the arts community. Applications will be accepted from any performing arts medium including, but not restricted to, theatre makers, circus artists, dancers, musicians and puppeteers.

Guest editorial | Robert Reid Independent theatre companies in Australia profiled This Month – Barking Spider Visual Theatre Company One of the many products of the now tragically defunct VCA puppetry course, was Penelope Bartlau’s Barking Spider Visual Theatre Company. Established in 2006, Barking Spider presents work to diverse audiences across ages and cultures, in Australia and internationally. With illusion and transformation as the guiding aesthetic, the company aims to generate beautiful and truthful work that challenges habits of perspective and that allows audiences to feel, delight, dream and be inspired. Barking Spider next presents The Biscuit Readings and The Memorandium throughout November at The Village (3–6 November) in Fitzroy.

Moth wins AWGIE Award Congratulations are an order for Arena Theatre Company as Moth has attracted yet another accolade. The play’s writer Declan Greene was announced winner of the 2011 Australian Writers’ Guild Award for Theatre for Young Audiences last month. Moth returns in 2013 for a six-week regional Victorian tour. Details later in the year.

Back to Back wins Age Critics Award Congratulations are also due to Back to Back, whose beautiful production Ganesh and the Third Reich was named The Age Critics Award for Best New Work at this year’s Melbourne International Arts Festival.


Independent Theatre Council (ITC) Conference: 18 November, London The ITC Conference in Stratford London, following its AGM, is set to include lively debate chaired by Lyn Gardner, leading theatre critic for The Guardian and speakers Jenny Sealey (Graeae Theatre Company), Tim Webb (Oily Cart), Gavin Stride (Farnam Maltings), Topher Campbell (The Red Room) and more.

New Masters in Theatre and Young People, UK The University of Worcester has recently approved a Masters in Theatre and Young People. They will be recruiting from September 2012. This course can be taken as a one-year, full- time or part-time course.


Two free double passes to see Fat City Thanks to Impro Melbourne and Sasy Red PR, TNV is offering two free double passes to Fat City on Sunday 6 November. The first two members to email with Fat City in the subject heading, before 11am, Friday 4 November, win! (Winners only notified.) Instant cult classic Fat City (think UnderBelly meets Sin City) entails 12 hours of unscripted drama, hitting audiences in November and December 2011. Fans of James Ellroy, Elmore Leonard, Tarantino and Mamet will appreciate this unique season of improvised storytelling at its best. Fat City runs Sundays 6, 13, 27 November and 4 December, 7:30pm, at The Space, 5 Carlton Street, Prahran.

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