Community members and visitors right across Gannawarra Shire will be treated to world class plays, musical theatre and children’s shows, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government’s Small Regional Presenters program.
Member for Northern Victoria Mark Gepp announced that the Labor Government will provide $15,000 to present a range of shows across the shire throughout the year.
- A Midsummer Night’s Dream, which was presented at Lake Meran foreshore in January
- Family circus show Splash Test Dummies at Cohuna Memorial Hall in April
- Red Hot Productions’ award-winning Irish drama Swansong at Cohuna Anglican Church in May
- Hit Productions’ music theatre show The Sapphires – directed by the show’s original writer Tony Briggs – at Quambatook Memorial Hall in June
- Lemony S Puppet Theatre’s children’s show Picasso and His Dog at Kerang Memorial Hall in October
Elsewhere across the state, the program’s eighth round will see singer-songwriter Kutcha Edwards performing in Bruthen and Myrrhee, Geelong performers The Space Company taking the stage in Balmoral and Yea, and events to give local artists the chance to workshop and perform with touring performers.
Unlike a traditional touring model which provides support to artists, the program hands the reins to local groups to choose shows they know will resonate with their own communities.
The program provides grants of between $1,000 and $15,000 to groups that present professional performing arts events in their communities, including not-for-profit groups and societies, venues and local councils. Since it was introduced in 2016, more than 300 shows have been supported to travel to 65 towns across the state.
The next round of Small Regional Presenters grants will support shows taking place from 1 July 2019 onwards. Applications will open on 14 February and will close on 5pm, 14 March 2019. For further details and program guidelines, visit www.creative.vic.gov.au
Quotes attributable to Mark Gepp MP, Labor Member for Northern Victoria
“Our creative state extends far beyond our major cities – and we’re proud to be bringing some of Victoria’s best music and comedy to areas like Gannawarra Shire.”
“Small Regional Presenters is about taking fantastic shows to every corner of our state, but also about supporting jobs and businesses in regional Victoria who ensure that creativity thrives in their communities.”