New Work Development and a Melbourne Premiere Take Centre Stage

Antipodes Theatre Company (ATC) is pleased to announce the first half of their 2021 season, with a focus on presenting and developing new work. After shifting most of their 2020 programming to take place online, 2021 will see the continuation of virtual initiatives, like their Ricochet Reading Series and Contagious Cabaret, alongside small COVID-Safe in-person events in Melbourne as the world continues to cope with the pandemic.

In April, ATC will produce the Melbourne premiere of Sam I Am, a one-man show written and performed by Sam Martin about his experiences as a deaf gay man. This dramedy with a big heart, directed by Dan Graham, will be presented by La Mama Theatre from 20-22 April as part of Midsumma Festival. ATC will also facilitate a development workshop for Rachel Lewindon and Willow Sizer’s new musical, an adaptation of Virginia Woolf’s Orlando, in February.

ATC continues their bimonthly Ricochet Free Reading Series in an online format, featuring plays that have yet to be seen on Australian stages. The first plays in this lineup include Time To Eat by Melbourne playwright Rohan Byrne and The Secret Life of Wonder: a prologue in G by U.S. playwright TS Hawkins. Future titles will be chosen from submissions; writers are encouraged to send scripts to [email protected]

After an incredible inaugural year, the ATC Drama Club will continue in 10-week terms that cultivate training  initiatives and community-building for artists from a variety of backgrounds. ATC is also thrilled to undertake their second Winter Development Retreat, a week-long accelerator for new work and bold ideas that offers an opportunity for creatives to connect and discuss best practices for the arts industry.

Brooklyn Runaways, ATC’s cabaret and live event division, will continue producing the successful online series Contagious Cabaret throughout the year, along with a six-week run of #Really?! with Mel and Peppy at Fitzroy venue Vau d’Vile as part of both Melbourne International Comedy Festival and Midsumma Festival.

Details for the reminder of their 2021 Season, including previously announced productions of Murder for Two and The Humans, will be shared in March. Since its inception, ATC has been committed to having at least 50% of all positions, on stage and off, filled by people who are female-identifying, trans, non-binary, cultually and linguistically diverse, seniors or with disability. For more information, visit antipodestheatre.com.

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