2016 has been a whirlwind of experiences for The Street!
We have produced miniatures of life, acts of courage, as well as epic ambitious contemporary work from ACT-based writers, collaborated with amazing organisations with micro-festivals tempting the imagination, offered up immersive theatre experiences, developed new work, presented a glorious array of music from smash hit The Whitlams to Candelo-based Heath Cullen and performed to loads of people from Canberra and beyond.
We hoped you enjoyed your year with The Street. Here is a snapshot.
ALL THIS LIVING
A celebration of Seniors Week with a return season of this contemporary, solo piece of theatre created in Canberra starring Camilla Blunden.
SHAKESPEARE’S SONNETS OUTLOUD
A complete reading of every one of Shakespeare’s 154 sonnets to mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death.
Writer/director/theatremaker Sarah Carradine was our artist-in-residence working actors Isha Menon, Dianna Nixon, Anna Riddel, Heidi Silberman, and Nicky Tyndale-Biscoe exploring women’s experiences in Antarctica and our human longing for connection, pulling against the call of solitude, and the places that our human curiosity drives us.
Ah lots of new work bubbling away – an ethical dissection of El Chapo’s capture, imaginary friends, and Canberra poetry all mixed up in a performance anthology.
An extraordinary picture from emerging artists Movement 9 with their Amy Winehouse jazz-infused imaginative re-workings When Shall We Meet Again to the awesome wonderness of local outfit Burrows.
Our much-loved micro-festival where Europe meets Australia in Canberra as we partnered up with the ANU Centre of European Studies once again to profile contemporary performance with a European dimension. Bandaluzia Flamenco– Alzheimer Symphony– Terza Madre – Swing– Heinz Riegler–Gosia Wlodarczak – Creative Collaborations – Delve Deeper: The Big Flight
Directed by acclaimed avant-garde theatre director Paulo Castro, Raoul Craemer’s psychological thriller about dark secrets took us on journey through the psyche of a man tormented by a fascist past – or was it the present – and a hair raising reckoning between generations.
CAPITAL JAZZ PROJECT
Canberra’s midwinter jazz festival traversed free jazz-post folk-minimal pop to global funk to the hard grooves of some of Canberra’s finest jazz diaspora Barb Jungr – FinnLand (Pask/Hauptmann/Mastyers) – Stu Hunter: The Migration – Lloyd Swanton: Ambon –Paolo Angeli + Mirko Guerrini – Mulatu Astatke + Black Jesus Experience
PAUL CAPSIS: RESIDENT ALIEN
The legendary Paul Capsis returned to Canberra for a one-man show based on the life and writings of Quentin Crisp, who in sharing Quentin’s unforgettable philosophies asks, are they truer today than even he would have anticipated?
THE SLIP LANE
Independent partnerships included the quirky comedy, written and directed by Julian Hobba and produced by Aspen Island Theatre Company, putting Gunghalin in the spotlight captured Canberra’s imagination.
CIRCUS FOR LIFE
Another of the many partnership projects presenting new theatre works connecting circus with the performing arts – Papillon, Dinosaur Time Machine and Polarity.
THE FAITHFUL SERVANT
Acclaimed playwright Tom Davis gave us a story of foreign aid, former colonies and the conflicts between generations and audiences a gripping modern drama crisscrossing from Australia to Africa, the present to the 1960s, and into the world of aid NGOS and their relationships with ‘the poor’.