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10 January 2018

From a groundbreaking exhibition celebrating women gamers to a new production of the hit musical The Sapphires, the latest round of Victorian Government touring grants is bringing a diversity of creative experiences to regional Victoria.

Western Edge Youth Arts, Caliban (2016)

Western Edge Youth Arts, Caliban (2016)

Grants totalling $779,680 will support regional tours that will take place across regional Victoria in 2018 and 2019 by some of Victoria’s most exciting creative organisations.

The Australian Centre for the Moving Image has received support to take its Code Breakers: Women in Games exhibition to Bairnsdale, Morwell, Swan Hill and Warrnambool over the next two years. The exhibition tells the story of the Australian and New Zealand women who are leading the way in the global digital games industry.

A new production of The Sapphires has received support to take in 33 regional Victorian destinations in 2019. The theatre production, which spawned a popular 2012 film, is written by Victorian writer/director and actor Tony Briggs, based on the true story of his mother and aunt.

Briggs will direct the latest production which will star an ensemble of emerging Aboriginal performers. Audiences will have the chance to hear more from Briggs, the cast and members of the original Sapphires at pre- and post-show events and a free ‘pop up’ version of the show which will tour to Aboriginal communities.

Bendigo’s mixed ability theatre group CreateAbility will tour to Wodonga in 2018 to perform its latest work. The ensemble will also host education and public workshops and will use the time to exchange skills with local creative leaders, the Flying Fruit Fly Circus.

Collaboration and skills exchange is a feature of many supported tours with Melbourne Recital Centre, Ilbijerri Theatre, Orchestra Victoria, Western Edge Youth Arts and Melbourne Chamber Orchestra all set to host regional workshops, education programs and masterclasses alongside their performance schedules.

Touring Victoria provides grants to Victorian arts organisations and artists to tour performances, programs or exhibitions to regional and outer metropolitan areas. It’s part of a suite of Victorian Government programs to ensure that communities of all sizes reap the benefits of the state’s $23 billion creative and cultural economy.

Read more about Touring Victoria grants

Touring Victoria -  December 2017 Recipients

Australian Centre for the Moving Image, $61,712
Confirmed destinations: Warrnambool, Morwell, Swan Hill, Bairnsdale

For a regional tour of the Code Breakers: Women in Games exhibition throughout 2018 and 2019. Developed by ACMI, this exhibition celebrates the achievements of Australian and New Zealand women in the digital games industry. At each destination the tour will also include ‘Meet the Makers’ talks and workshops with featured games developers.

CreateAbility, $20,000
Confirmed destination: Wodonga

A tour of the theatre show No Hands, by mixed ability ensemble CreateAbility to The Cube Wodonga in September 2018. The tour will see the Bendigo-based ensemble give public performances and also share and exchange their skills with members of the Flying Fruit Fly Circus. The visit will include student, teacher and public workshops on creating inclusive performances for - and with - people of diverse abilities.

HIT Productions Pty Ltd, $132,110
Confirmed destinations: Ararat, Bairnsdale, Ballarat, Bendigo, Colac, Echuca, Healesville, Horsham, Kyneton, Narre Warren, Sale, Shepparton, Swan Hill, South Morang, Traralgon, Upwey, Wangaratta, Warragul
Pop up performance confirmed for Lake Tyers

Support for the Victorian leg of the national tour of a new production of musical theatre show The Sapphires. This production, which will take in 33 destinations across Victoria between February and September 2019, will feature an ensemble of emerging Aboriginal performers. The season will also include a ‘pop up’ version of the show which will tour to Aboriginal communities for free performances. In addition to performances, the season will include pre-show talks with writer and director of this production Tony Briggs and members of the original Sapphires, post-show Q&As, and meet and greet opportunities.

Mary Souness, $148,000
Delivery of Just Shows to Go's 2018 Café Culture Series which will run from February to December, touring to 16 small communities across Victoria. The program includes Pacific Belles, a performance featuring songs from the 1940s; the cabaret performance Red Dress & the Sugar Man, featuring music by Tom Waits; swing performers Dr Crask & His Swingin' Elixir band; and A Night of Bollywood, a celebration of Indian music and dance. The program will be accompanied by a series of workshops and artist talks at select locations.

Melbourne Chamber Orchestra, $79,492
Between April and September 2018, Melbourne Chamber Orchestra will perform 22 concerts in regional and outer metropolitan Victoria. The program will include performances of French arias, as well as works by Mozart and Vivaldi. The program will include a residency in Daylesford featuring performance of Schubert’s octet, and the MCO Small Halls Tour which will feature the Melba Quartet. In addition to performances, the tour includes pre-concert talks, post-concert ‘meet the musicians’ events, community talks, education performances, workshops and masterclasses.

Melbourne Recital Centre (MRC), $39,925
Confirmed destinations: Bendigo, Charlton, Mildura, Stratford, Swan Hill, Warragul, Warrnambool

Between February and December 2018 the Melbourne Recital Centre will spread its programming from its Southbank headquarters into 14 regional and outer metropolitan destinations. The concert program will feature chamber ensembles from the Recital Centre’s Local Heroes concert series and will include post show talks for students and audience members.

Orchestra Victoria, $87,000
Confirmed destinations: Bendigo, Hamilton (festival program)
Between February and October 2018, Orchestra Victoria will present over 45 activities in regional Victoria ranging from festivals celebrating orchestra music, education concerts and pop-up performances. The Orchestra team will also tour the Class and Brass program, featuring brass band workshops and free community concerts, in regions with a history of community brass bands.

Regional Arts Victoria, on behalf of Ilbijerri Theatre $27,669
Support for the Victorian leg of a national tour of Ilbijerri Theatre's production Which Way Home, based on writer Katie Beckett's memories of growing up with her single father, featuring Katie Beckett and Tony Briggs. The Victorian season, which will run from May to July 2018, will take in ten regional and outer metropolitan destinations and will also offer an accompanying education program for schools and educators.

Regional Arts Victoria, $161,672
Regional Arts Victoria will provide touring support services to twelve productions that were picked up by presenters at the 2017 Showcase Victoria marketplace event. Between March and November 2018 these productions will tour to 32 regional and six outer metropolitan destinations across Victoria. The following productions will be on tour Hart (She Said Theatre); That’s Not A Daffodil (Jump Leads Productions); Ickypedia (The Listies); Elegy (Lab Kelpie); Dinosaur Time Machine (Highwire Events & Entertainment); Damian Callinan’s Swing Man (Hey Boss); Hell Ship: The Journey of the Ticonderoga (Chester Productions); Personal (Jodee Mundy Collaborations); Crunch Box 3-speed: Re Booted (Dislocate); Macdeth (Company 13); Super Amazing Giant Girl (Anna Lumb); and FoRT (Asking for Trouble).

Western Edge Youth Arts, $22,100
For a tour of Caliban, a performance by The Edge Ensemble, Western Edge's company of emerging artists that reinterprets part of Shakespeare's Tempest. The performance premiered at Malthouse Theatre in 2016 and between May to June 2018, the show will tour to five regional and one outer metro destinations and in addition to performances, the company will present workshops for young audiences.