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The Hon Peter Garrett AM MP
Minister for the Environment, Heritage and the Arts

Playing Australia: 16 arts companies to tour the country

Media release
7 April 2009

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Arts Minister Peter Garrett today announced $3.153 million in Playing Australia funding for 16 arts companies to tour live performances across the country.

"This funding will ensure audiences in regional communities have access to performances by some of Australia's best performing arts companies," Mr Garrett said.

"Successful Round 33 applicants cover a range of art forms including comedy, children's theatre, Indigenous music and circus."

Mr Garrett also highlighted the regional economic benefits generated by tours supported by the Playing Australia program.

"Playing Australia also supports regional communities by contributing to local economies and businesses.

"This contribution includes direct income to performance venues as well as indirect support for local jobs in small businesses that service these productions." Some highlights of the successful Round 33 applicants include:

Playing Australia, the Australian Government's national performing arts touring program, has been funding performing arts tours since 1992 and supports tours to regional and remote Australia.

Visit  for details of the program guidelines and list of funding recipients (list of recipients also follows).

Playing Australia: Grant recipients - round 33, April 2009

New South Wales

Arts on Tour NSW (NSW)

Fox by Monkey Baa Theatre for Young People (NSW)

Fox tells of the unusual friendship between Magpie and Dog. A friendship that seems warm and secure until the Fox arrives, and everything changes.

This production will tour to 45 venues in SA, WA, NT, QLD, NSW, VIC, TAS and ACT with 119 performances, including Launceston, Tamworth, Queanbeyan, Kalgoorlie and Darwin.

Grant: $283 541

Australian Chamber Orchestra (NSW)

The Fiddlers by ACO2 (NSW)

The ACO2 is a new initiative that comprises of talanted young string players from the ACO's emerging artists program.

This production will tour to 9 venues in VIC and NSW, with 9 performances, including Sale, Bendigo, Newcastle and Albury.

Grant: $60 869

Critical Stages NSW (Darlinghurst Theatre)

A Day in the Death of Joe Egg by White Box Theatre (NSW)

A Day in the Death of Joe Egg tells the story of a young married couple dealing with the pressures of caring for their severely handicapped daughter.

This production will tour to 26 venues in NSW, QLD, VIC and TAS with 53 performances, including Bendigo, Dubbo, Taree, Lismore and Toowoomba.

Grant: $158 916

Performing Lines (NSW)

Burning Daylight by Marrungeku (WA)

Burning Daylight is set around pub in Broome in the early 1900s telling the story of a lone cowboy who comes to town, stirring up the ghosts of the town's past. This production shows both contemporary Indigenous and intercultural dance.

This production will tour to 5 venues in WA, NSW, VIC and TAS with 20 performances including Broome, Perth and Hobart.

Grant: $152 087

Performing Lines (NSW)

The Age I'm In by Force Majeure (NSW)

The Age I'm In is a contemporary dance piece presenting culturally diverse stories from the acutal words of Australian Citizens.

This production will tour to 19 venues in NSW, QLD, SA,VIC and TAS with 38 performances including Orange, Griffith, Mt Gambia and Mackay.

Grant: $220 296


Queensland Arts Council (QLD)

Toy Symphony by Queensland Theatre Company & State Theatre Company of SA (QLD)

Toy Symphony is a drama/comedy. The story tells of Roland Henning who goes to a therapist after getting writers block.

This production will tour to 14 venues in TAS, VIC, NSW and ACT, with 61 performances, including Warragul, Wagga Wagga, Hobart and Mooroopna.

Grant: $250 673

South Australia

Co-Opera Inc (SA)

La Boheme by Giacomo Puccini by Co-Opera Inc (SA)

Co-Opera's La Boheme tour features a core group of 10 singers who will perform the key roles. The Darwin performance will be presented with the Darwin Symphony Orchestra and the Darwin Chorale.

This production will tour to 45 venues in VIC, NSW, ACT, SA, NT, WA and QLD, with 46 performances, including Kyneton, Tumbarumba, Goulburn, Boonah, Katherine and Kununurra.

Grant: $178 018

Country Arts SA (SA)

Special Delivery by Patch Theatre Company (SA)

Patch Theatre Company's production of Special Delivery is a fairytale about a deliveryman, who is lured out of his daytime world back into the mysteries and possibilities of childhood play and imagination.

This production will tour to 26 venues in NSW, ACT, QLD, TAS, VIC and NT, with 81 performances, including Griffith, Canberra, Gladstone, Townsville, Darwin and Alice Springs.

Grant: $257 064


Arts House (VIC)

Murundak Yarrabah & Hidden Republic by The Black Arm Band (VIC)

The Black Arm Band's tour of Murundak Yarrabah & Hidden Rupblic will celebrate contemporary Australian Indigenous music as a symbol of reslience and hope in the spirit and action of reconciliation.

This production will tour to Townsville, Yarrabah, Cairns, Mackay and Thursday Island, with 6 performances.

Grant: $109 504

Circus Australia Ltd (VIC)

Circus Oz by Circus Oz (VIC)

Circus Oz is Australia's contemporary circus with their 2010 production touring to remote destinations.

This production will tour to 15 venues in WA, SA and NT, with 43 performances, including Tanunda, Alice Springs, Pitjanntjara, Darwin, Kununurra, Warmun and Broome.

Grant: $488 320

Cultural Infusion Ltd (VIC)

Cypher Sapiens by Cultural Infusion (VIC)

Cypher Sapiens combines three highly skilled performers from the hip hop genre whose characters entwine their history and culture as they uncover the myths and stereotypes associated with the movement of 'hip hop'.

This production will tour to 26 venues in Qld, WA, NSW, VIC and SA, with 41 performances, including Orbost, Gawler, Nyngan, Bourke, Brewarrina and Palm Island.

Grant: $47 068

Opera Australia's Oz Opera (VIC)

La Traviata by Oz Opera (VIC)

La Traviata will be sung in English, accompanied by chamber orchestra and featuring 10 singers double-cast in principal roles.

This production will tour to 28 venues in TAS, VIC, NSW and ACT with 44 performances, including Canberra, Morundah, Grafton, Swan Hill and Hobart.

Grant: $433 120

RAZ Music (VIC)

Grigoryan Brothers by RAZ Music (VIC)

Grigoryan Brothers live performances will include Jazz, Latin and contemporary works.

This production will tour to 31 venues in VIC, NSW, QLD, TAS, ACT, NT, SA and WA with 31 performances, including Cooktown, Yungaburra, Orange, Margaret River and Devonport.

Grant: $34 307

Regional Arts Victoria (VIC)

Shorter and Sweeter by Newtown Theatre (VIC)

Shorter and Sweeter is a collection of eight, ten minute plays. The plays included are Sleepless Nights, Perfect Stillness, Hi It's Me, and I'm on the Train.

This production will tour to 42 venues in VIC, NSW, SA, ACT, QLD and WA, with 71 performances, including Carnarvon, Kyneton, Bendigo, Tanunda and Griffith.

Grant: $188 521

The Australian Ballet (VIC)

Don Quixote by The Dancers Company (VIC)

The Australian Ballet will present Rudolf Nureyev's Don Quixote (a ballet in three acts) by The Dancers Company.

This production will tour to 13 venues in WA, SA and VIC, with 18 performances, including Bunbury, Kalgoorlie, Kyabram and Tanunda.

Grant: $238 792

Western Australia

Country Arts WA (WA)

I Don't Wanna Play House by Yirra Yaakin (WA)

I Don't Wanna Play House is a one woman show of monologue, movement and song. Telling the story of love with a lack of sentiment and wry humour.

This production will tour to 20 venues in Qld, NSW, ACT, VIC, NT and SA with 45 performances, Keith, Alice Springs, Darwin, Katherine, Nhulumbuy and Wodonga.

Grant: $50 441
GAL: $2 349

Commonwealth of Australia