Collisions | City Theatre

After the cancellation of their production of Jasper in Deadland just two weeks out from opening, City Theatre had to think fast about how they would keep the spirit of independent theatre alive during the pandemic. Project Interlude is their initiative to write, cast, rehearse, and perform a new short musical in one week like a jumper cable to the heart of Sydney theatre.

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The Credeaux Canvas | Lambert House Enterprises & Les Solomon

Image by Isaac Broadbent

A trio of twenty-somethings live precariously in a dingy New York City apartment with a flickering hope that they’re on the edge of greatness. When the windfall of an inheritance fails to materialise, the group decide to risk everything and commit art fraud, betraying an industry they hold in such esteem, for the chance of the recognition they crave.

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Pizza, Parmigiano and Pavarotti | Dunera

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In true Emanuel Synagogue fashion, Dunera is their initiative to maintain a sense of connection and community for those who are isolated at home, something so many people can relate to this year. Providing an online hub for discussion and entertainment, Dunera present performances, Q&As, and more live and on demand. Today brought a wild Italian hour straight into your home with their Pizza, Parmigiano & Pavarotti event featuring Italian food, culture, and music from an esteemed group of performers.

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Titus Andronicus | Streamed Shakespeare

In response to the closure of theatres across Australia during the COVID-19 pandemic, a group of Sydney-based actors have been performing staged readings of Shakespeare’s plays for online streaming every week of the nation-wide lockdown. For this week (approximately week 19 since the pandemic broke in Australia), the Streamed Shakespeare team bring Titus Andronicus to a screen near you.

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Cavatina | Australian Romantic & Classical Orchestra

Like many performers this year, the Australian Romantic & Classical Orchestra have postponed the rest of their 2020 season and adapted for online streaming in this COVID-19 world. In collaboration with the Melbourne Digital Concert Hall, ARCO presented Cavatina as a live streamed international event performing a program of pieces from the 18th and 19th centuries.

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Beethoven’s Ghost | Selby & Friends

Following the success of Let’s Get Personal, Selby & Friends returns with their recorded live concerts in celebration of Ludwig van Beethoven. The global pandemic saw the cancellation of many events commemorating the composer’s 250th birthday but Selby & Friends hope Beethoven’s Ghost will make up for what could have been.

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Thom Pain (Based on Nothing) | Red Line Productions

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For the second instalment of theatre for film, Red Line Productions presents Will Eno’s meta, wandering monologue piece Thom Pain (Based on Nothing). Surrounded by cameras, Thom scatters himself across the stage, bouncing around the cranium of the black box Old Fitz Theatre like an illusive riddle.

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At Last: Elenoa Rokobaro Live in Concert | Red Line Productions

As the possibility of theatre re-openings peaks its head over the horizon, Red Line Productions have filled the Old Fitz audience with cameras for live (streamed) theatre again! The first production in this new socially distanced format is a concert from Elenoa Rokobaro featuring Paulini Curuenavuli and Nana Matapule. For an hour Rokobaro takes the audience through some soul and R&B greats with a splash of pop as she returns to her cabaret repertoire.

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Let’s Get Personal | Selby & Friends

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With social distancing policies introduced to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in early March, hundreds of performances across the country were cancelled or postponed, creating a barren landscape for the Australian theatre, comedy, music, and dance scenes. The uncertainty has been devastating already but the changing circumstances have pushed some creatives into reimagining their art form. For the concert series Selby & Friends, a re-jig of the Let’s Get Personal program has taken advantage of the endless capabilities available in online recording and broadcasting.

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Coffee and Romance | the Enigma Quartet

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For the first concert of the new Cafe Culture concert series at the Independent Theatre, the Enigma Quartet brought together two Romantic composers for a relaxed European interlude on a chilly Sydney evening.

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