Curtain call for Tasmanian theatre, with new projects for stage and screen

THEIR industry has been at a standstill in recent months as COVID-19 forced the closure of theatres and TV production sets across the nation.

But Tasmania’s theatre professionals are slowly filling their calendars with gigs again, with a string of new stage and screen projects now up and running.

Arts power couple Marta Dusseldorp and Ben Winspear have taken over Hobart’s Theatre Royal this week, working with actors, cinematographers and sound recordists to create a radio play called Black Tuesday, exploring the drama of Tasmania’s 1967 bushfires.

Written by playwright Les Winspear – Ben’s dad – the audio project will be released online later this year. It’s one of three projects the couple’s screen and stage company Archipelago Productions – in conjunction with Blue Cow Theatre Company – is working on, after securing almost $50,000 in funding from the State Government’s Arts and Screen Digital Production Fund. Dusseldorp and Winspear are adapting a book by Tasmanian author Favel Parrett into a film and have made a sizzle reel for their stage production The Bleeding Tree which was postponed due to the pandemic.

Dusseldorp said many freelance artists didn’t qualify for Jobkeeper, so projects like these were vital for promoting creativity and keeping artists in a job.

“There’s a lot of energy and optimism among the cast,’’ Winspear said.

Dusseldorp and Winspear will also perform a reading of Shakespeare’s Venus and Adonis at St David’s Cathedral on Father’s Day (September 6) at 2pm. Tickets are $25. Book here.

Taken from the article written by Lina Smith for the Daily Telegraph.

August 23rd, 2020

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