Critical Stages Touring’s goal is to make outstanding live theatre accessible to audiences throughout Australia. Their vision is to enable regional communities to have the same access to high quality theatre as metropolitan audiences, and to foster a sustainable and diverse national independent theatre sector. They support outstanding theatre artists to achieve their touring ambitions and regional presenters to achieve their audience development goals.
COME TO WHERE I AM: Australia – series one goes live this Wednesday 19 August at 10:30am (BST). This is a four part series which will be released fortnightly on our YouTube channel.
To celebrate the launch of this international project, our Joint Artistic Directors, Charlotte and Katie will be joining Critical Stages Touring for their live Facebook event just before series one goes live. You can tune in to the free Facebook event here.
Here’s a look at the fantastic writers we have performing their pieces this week.
Alysha Herrmann (Berri, South Australia)
Alysha Herrmann is a parent, daughter of regional Australia, writer, theatre maker, creative producer and community organiser. As a creative practitioner, Alysha makes performances, installations, experiences, presentations, poetry, essays, digital exchanges and small moments of connection in public places. She has won numerous awards for her work using the arts to interrogate and explore community concerns and aspirations, including the 2017 Arts South Australia Geoff Crowhurst Memorial Ruby Award and the 2015 Australia Council Kirk Robson Award. Alysha writes about vulnerability, community, hope, grief and forgiveness.
Peter Matheson (Maclean, New South Wales)
Peter’s experience with Australian stories extends back over a 20+ year career of dramaturgy and writing. He has assisted some of the country’s most respected and innovative theatre makers to bring to life stories from emerging and established authors alike. He has worked dramaturgically with companies including Belvoir, Darwin Theatre, La Boite, NORPA, Riverside Theatres, Yirra Yaakin and QTC amongst many more. The covid-19 period has inspired Peter to return to his playwriting roots.
James Elazzi (Western Sydney, New South Wales)
James’ writing seeks to find a balance between his experience of Australian culture and his Lebanese heritage. A catalyst in James’ work is the universal idea of obstacle and transition where characters ebb and flow through themes of family, culture and nudging the status quo. He has been a finalist for the Silver Gull Play Award for SON OF BYBLOS; is currently part of Sydney Theatre Company’s Emerging Writers Group; and his play LADY TABOULI enjoyed sell-out seasons as Griffin Theatre Company’s Batch Festival and the National Theatre of Parramatta in 2019.