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New residency program opens at The Phee

Three actors on stage with large red hand props.

Local creatives have the chance to make the Phee Broadway Theatre their own in the 2019 At Home residency program.

Thursday 10 January 2019

Mount Alexander Shire Council is inviting local creatives to be part of the At Home residency program at the Phee Broadway Theatre in Castlemaine.

Applications for the 2019-2020 At Home residency program are now open offering industry development opportunities in three areas.

The creative residency program was first pioneered for local theatre groups and performers as part of the 2018 Regional Centre for Culture.

Building on its success, Council has reshaped the residency program to enable local creatives to create, play and exhibit At Home in the theatre.

Create At Home - three creatives/groups will each be granted a three-week residency in the theatre. A further two residencies are scheduled in partnership with the 2019 Castlemaine State Festival and Punctum Inc.’s Seedpod program.

Play At Home – an individual or group in the shire will be granted free use of the theatre over 12 weekday sessions to try out a new monthly or weekly program of events.

Exhibit At Home – five creatives/groups will be granted a six-week show in The Foyer.

The program includes free venue hire, technical and promotional support, public liability insurance and use of the venue’s ticketing system. Create At Home residents will also receive a bursary of $3,300 each to bring their work in development to the public. The At Home program investment is valued at more than $22,000.

“The Regional Centre for Culture’s support allowed Council to collaborate with the community in exploring what the Phee Broadway Theatre can be,” said Vicki Anderson, Cultural Development Officer, Mount Alexander Shire.

“Our community took full advantage of the opportunity in 2018 and we can’t wait to see what new ideas will animate the space and engage the community this coming year,” said Vicki.

According to 2018 At Home resident Kate Stone of Red Room Theatre, having time to develop Abattoir Noir in the theatre space was invaluable.

“As a direct result of the At Home residency, Red Room Theatre was offered a further development opportunity at The Engine Room in Bendigo and has also been recommended to the team at The Meat Market in Melbourne,” said Kate.

How to apply
Submit your expression of interest by 5.00pm Monday 11 February. For more information on criteria and how to apply visit www.pheebroadwaytheatre.com.au or contact the Cultural Development Officer via 5471 1700.

The Phee Broadway Theatre is booking out fast in 2019. If you are interested in hiring the theatre or other Council venues visit www.mountalexander.vic.gov.au/venues.

Image: Phee Broadway Theatre At Home 2018 residents Red Room Theatre turned the theatre red for Abattoir Noir. (Image: Mick Vovers).

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