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14 February 2019

Regional audiences will be treated to performances chosen by locals for locals as part of the Victorian Government’s Small Regional Presenters program.

splash test dummies

Splash Test Dummies are just one of the shows regional audiences will be treated too.

Almost $140,000 in grants went to 19 different regional community arts groups and local councils to present theatre shows, comedy, music and children’s performances in local venues dotted around the state.

Offering the community more choice than the traditional touring model which provides support to artists to undertake tours, the Small Regional Presenters program offers grants of up to $15,000 to locally-based groups to present the shows they know will work for their audiences.

More than 300 shows have been staged in 65 locations across the state since the program began in 2016, increasing the quality and variety of cultural events in regional areas.

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. Find further details and program guidelines here.

Small Regional Presenters program - grant recipients 

Bruthen Arts and Events Council $9,153
To present the Bruthen Presents program 2019 at the Bruthen Mechanics Hall. Shows include a performance by Kutcha Edwards as part of the Bruthen Blues and Arts Festival (February), the black comedy Three Birds One Cock by Three Birds Theatre (July), and the interactive children’s theatre show Loose Ends by Jens Altheimer (September).

Chameleon Arts Collective $7,265
To present the collective’s 2019 theatre season at Balmoral Mechanics Hall. The program comprises the family circus show Splash Test Dummies (13 April 2019) by physical theatre group Trash Test Dummies; and a double bill by The Space Company that will bring two exciting Australian stories to the stage on 9 August. Stardust is a cabaret show that follows ABC presenter Joel Carnegie’s journey to uncover the story of his grandfather, lauded musician Col Brain, and The Mission is a play by Tom Molyneux that tells the incredible story of his relative, Gunditjmara man Allan McDonald who was one of Victoria’s first Indigenous soldiers.

Charlton Arts $7,308
To present a series of shows from the 2019 Café Culture Series at Charlton Golf Club between February and November. The program comprises Fever, a music performance featuring Rebecca Barnard, Brooke Russell, Jacqueline Tonks and Monique de Matina; The New Hip, a trio with comic works across a range of musical genres; Canyon, an acoustic band inspired by the 1970s radio sound; and Dr Hernández, a band that combines boogaloo and reggae music.

Cullulleraine Music Festival $8,000
To present the headline act for the 2019 Cullulleraine Music Festival, including song writing and performance workshops for local musicians (12-14 April).

Gannawarra Shire Council $15,000
To present a range of performances across the shire including the family circus show Splash Test Dummies at Cohuna Memorial Hall (11 April) by physical theatre group Trash Test Dummies; Red Hot Productions’ award-winning Irish drama Swansong at Cohuna Anglican Church (25 May); Hit Productions’ music theatre show The Sapphires - directed by the show’s original writer Tony Briggs who based the play on the true story of his mother - at Quambatook Memorial Hall (19 June); and Lemony S Puppet Theatre’s children’s show Picasso and His Dog at Kerang Memorial Hall (3 October). The grant also supported the presentation of A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Lake Meran foreshore in January.

Geelong Chamber Music Society $4,000
To present the 2019 Geelong Chamber Music Concert Series at McAuley Hall between March and October. The program spans performances by the Australian National Academy of Music led by Stefan Dohr; The Australian Orava Quartet; Melbourne Chamber Orchestra with oboe soloist Diana Doherty; pianist Elyane Laussade; and The Syzygy Ensemble. The program includes a strings workshop for students of the Geelong region with Melbourne Chamber Orchestra and Bay City Strings; and a music workshop for primary students from schools in the eastern Geelong.

Heyfield War Memorial Hall $5,085
To present two live shows at the Heyfield War Memorial Hall: Damian Callinan and Paul Calleja’s comedy The Wine Bluffs (8 June), and Arena Theatre Company's Robot Song, a children’s show told through the eyes of a child on the Autism Spectrum (14 June).

King Valley Art Show $13,065
To present the King Valley Arts Presents program for 2019. The program comprises the interactive children’s show A Little Bit of Blue by Little Wing Puppets at Moyhu School Hall (24 April); the black comedy theatre show Three Birds One Cock by Three Birds Theatre at Moyhu Hall (5 July); the circus, magic and comedy spectacular Varietyville by Acts of Absurdity at Whitfield’s Swinburne Pavilion (30 August); and The Kutcha Edwards Hour at Myrrhee Hall (26 October).

LINK Neighbourhood House $8,640
To present a range of theatre events at the Birchip Public Hall and Kaniva Shire Hall as part of the Kaniva Birchip Neighbourhood House program, 2019. Performances will include the children’s show A Little Bit of Blue by Little Wing Puppets and the black comedy Three Birds One Cock by Three Birds Theatre.

Marysville Cultural Community $4,825
To present two performances at the Marysville Information and Regional Arts Centre as part of the MiRa Marysville Live Performances series. The program comprises the interactive children’s show A Little Bit of Blue by Little Wing Puppets and Three Birds Theatre’s black comedy Three Birds One Cock.

Mirboo North Arts $4,000
To present the 2019 Café Culture Series at Artspit, Mirboo North between February and December 2019. The program comprises Fever, a music performance featuring Rebecca Barnard, Brooke Russell, Jacqueline Tonks and Monique de Matina; The New Hip, a trio with comic works across a range of musical genres; Canyon, an acoustic band inspired by the 1970s radio sound; and Dr Hernández, a band that combines boogaloo and reggae music.

South Gippsland Shire Council $5,000
To present performances from the 2019 Café Culture Series in Ruby, Tarwin Lower and Toora. The program comprises the music performance Fever featuring Rebecca Barnard, Brooke Russell, Jacqueline Tonks and Monique de Matina (February 2019); and The New Hip, a trio with comic works across a range of musical genres (May/June).

St Arnaud Arts Council $3,825
To present two theatre shows at St Arnaud Town Hall between March and October 2019. The program comprises the children’s show FoRT by physical theatre and circus company Asking for Trouble, and Hit Productions’ comedy drama My Brilliant Divorce.

Tarwin Lower Mechanics Institute Hall $2,200
To bring Woodfordia Inc’s Festival of Small Halls Autumn Tour to Tarwin Lower Mechanics Institute Hall on 29 March. The night of music will feature Canadian folk band The Once, Australian singer/songwriter John Flanagan and support act opportunities for local musicians.

The Sound Doctor Presents $10,037
To present a series of five contemporary music shows at Angelsea Memorial Hall which will take place between March and May 2019. Shows are from the Milk! Records Goes Coastal program and will feature - Jade Imagine, Loose Tooth, and Hachiku; Archie Roach; Kate Noonan's Elixir; Tiny Ruins; and Joan as Policewoman.

Warragul Heritage Preservation Association $5,377
To present the WoW! Simply Music 2019 concert season which will take place at the Wesley of Warragul between February and November 2019. The program features The Melbourne Baroque Orchestra with clarinettist Craig Hill; soprano Taryn Fiebig; the Chrysalis Trio performing Romantic works; and guitarist Karin Schaupp.

Wycheproof Community Resource Centre $2,000
To present Woodfordia Inc’s The Festival of Small Halls Autumn Tour which will take over Wycheproof Shire Hall on 23 March. The night of music will feature Canadian folk band The Once, Australian singer/songwriter John Flanagan and support act opportunities for local musicians.