This year Theatre Works will offer a fresh and exciting selection of the best and brightest independent theatre from Melbourne and interstate … the very best of contemporary practice across drama, dance, physical theatre and music theatre.

Suzanne Chaundy, Theatre Works acting manager, explained that this year’s program is a mixture of world premieres and remounts of successful productions – "we welcome companies from Perth, Brisbane and Tasmania to our theatre, making Theatre Works a true hub for independent theatre in Australia. In 2011 we will also maintain our delivery of new developments, artist support programs, master classes and workshop opportunities," Chaundy said.

This year, Theatre Works will continue to curate ongoing successful key initiatives, which include:
• Selected Works that assists independent companies to present new, exciting and challenging work in a supported environment;
• Musical Works is a new special program for 2011 which involves the selection of two new Australian musicals that will receive a creative development period – 28th Sept to 8th October.
• In The Works which allows independent companies a week long creative development period in the Theatre Works space, including an informal presentation and feedback session.

Theatre Works is pleased to announce the following companies and productions as part of this year’s SELECTED WORKS programme:

– Mutation Theatre * (16-27 March 2011)
Ed McCallister is a happily married man who is neither happy nor married. When overlooked for a promotion at work he returns home to find a woman, possibly his wife, setting up an elaborate suicide machine…all he wanted was someone to remember his birthday. THESE ARE THE ISOLATE playwright, Katy Warner was the recipient of the 2010 Victorian Writer’s Centre Award for Best Emerging Playwright. * Recipient of the inaugural Theatre Works’ 2010 Melbourne Fringe Festival Award (to be renamed The Caz Howard Award in 2011).

DELECTABLE SHELTER – The Hayloft Project (31 March – 17 April 2011)
Taking cues from Moliere, Brecht and Chris Morris, DELECTABLE SHELTER lampoons the prejudice ingrained in our prosperous Western society, as it declines from dominance in the twenty-first century. A grotesque comedy of the not-too-distant future, crammed with sex, opera, fear and bodily fluids. This premiere production is part of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival.

THE BEARSKINNER – The Duck House (15 June – 3 July 2011)
Set amidst a lounge bar forest of fake Christmas trees THE BEARSKINNER is a dark comedy that incorporates live music, bad poetry and outrageous innuendo to tell a haunting tale of the relentless human struggle between good and evil, and the power of love. In 2009, THE BEARSKINNER was nominated for Best Production (The Blue Room Theatre season awards Perth) and recipient of the Audience Development Award (The Blue Room Theatre) for its sell-out original season.

– Kurunpa Live Arts (26 October – 5 November 2011)
30 years after her disappearance this bold new company from Brisbane re-examine what happened to baby Azaria in this premiere production. In THE ROCK the mythical and the mundane collide in an epic story of the desert, Aboriginal spirituality and the lost child. Traditional Indigenous song, text, contemporary dance forms and physical theatre combine to tell this famous Australian tale of a nation’s search for truth.
In 2011 the theatre Works IN THE WORKS programme will support the development of HELLO MY NAME IS by Nicola Gunn, ANNA by Forty Forty Home, GRIMRA by Drill Performance Company, THE YELLOW WAVE by Gadfly Theatre.

MUSICAL WORKSis a new special program for 2011 which involves the selection of two new Australian musicals that will receive a creative development period.
Aaron Joyner, Theatre Works MUSICAL WORKS coordinator and mentor, explained, “The selected pieces for MUSICAL WORKS will present a short season to industry peers, potential presenters and the general public in the supported environment that Theatre Works offers.”

Applications are currently open for independent musical theatre companies and ensembles to be considered for this year’s MUSICAL WORKS – submissions are due Monday, 28 February 2011.

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