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Applications open for creative residencies at the Phee

Actors on stage during The Language My Mother Speaks in 2019.

Local artists, performers and creative organisations are invited to apply to be part of the At Home residency program at the Phee Broadway Theatre.

Tuesday 7 January 2020

Mount Alexander Shire Council is inviting local artists, performers and creative organisations to be part of the At Home residency program at the Phee Broadway Theatre in Castlemaine.

Applications for the 2020-2021 At Home residency program open on 7 January. There are three industry development opportunities on offer for those who have a fresh creative concept to explore.

Successful recipients will be supported with free use of the Phee Broadway Theatre for three weeks, technical support, public liability insurance cover and a cash bursary of $3,500 to help take the new work to the public. Council’s investment in the 2020-2021 At Home program investment is around $20,000.

“Our community took full advantage of the residency opportunities offered in 2019 and we can’t wait to see what new ideas will animate the space and engage the community next year,” said Vicki Anderson, Cultural Development Officer, Mount Alexander Shire Council.

2019 At Home resident Samantha Bews used the opportunity to construct a highly personal interpretation of dementia and personhood entitled The Language My Mother Speaks. Samantha worked with collaborators Tim Preston and Denise Martin to transform the many spaces in the theatre into rooms of consciousness, and invited the audience to roam.

“The residency was a terrific opportunity,” said Samantha.

“We developed an installation in response to the front and back of house theatre spaces. It was a completely new work and opening it up to a local audience meant we were comfortable taking artistic risks,” she said.

Mark Penzak is the latest local creative to take up residence at the Phee. From 13 January until 2 February, Mark will collaborate with musician Andree Cozens to create Cafe Cantata, an interactive play where the audience join the performance over a shared drink and a chat.

How to apply
For more information on criteria and how to apply visit www.pheebroadwaytheatre.com.au.
Applications will be accepted via email until midnight, Monday 24 February.

If you are interested in hiring the Phee Broadway Theatre or other Council venues visit www.mountalexander.vic.gov.au/venues.

Image: The Language My Mother Speaks, by Samantha Bews from the 2019 At Home residency program, photo credit: Leonie Van Eyk.

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