Global sensation, COME FROM AWAY has added to its international award tally, being crowned Best Performance by a Theatre Company for the 2019 VCE Theatre Studies Playlist. This award is given annually by Drama Victoria for a play that demonstrates strong dramatic merit and offers rich opportunities for students studying theatre in their senior years.

The accolade was announced at Drama Victoria’s annual awards celebration at the University of Melbourne last night, with Come From Away’s Music Director, Luke Hunter and Associate Director, Martin Croft in attendance to accept the award on behalf of the producers, Junkyard Dog Productions and Rodney Rigby.

Since opening in July, 5,426 students and teachers have experienced a performance of Come From Away.

Producer Rodney Rigby said: “Together with Jason Marriner and the Marriner Group, we are committed to introducing students to the theatre. Giving young people the opportunity to experience the very best plays and musicals in the world today creates our future audiences for generations to come.”

COME FROM AWAY follows the joyous, incredible real-life journey of 7,000 air passengers who became grounded in Gander, Newfoundland in Canada in the wake of the September 11 tragedy. The small community that invited the ‘come from aways’ into their lives provided hope and humanity to those in need

It opened on Broadway to rave reviews in 2017 and has continued its record-breaking triumph with a second production in Toronto, a third production touring North America, a West End production an Australian production in Melbourne, with a tour of China recently announced for 2020.

Images: Jeff Busby

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