Mudgee production widens audience through arts funding

Mudgee-based producer Sam Paine has received a $8,750 Community Presenter Touring Grant from Create NSW to extend his interpretation of BiDiNG TiME to nearby Coolah, Nyngan, Gilgandra, Wellington and Dubbo throughout April 2018.

BiDiNG TiME is a global theatre concept first created in 2007 by influential Australian festival professional Pippa Bailey, responding to economic and environmental crisis by imagining how creative processes can enable systemic social change.

Shared through an intentionally unfinished text, the project seeks to create sustainable fairtrade theatre by encouraging local artists to adapt the production to suit their own context.

Create NSW CEO Michael Brealey said that the initiative with Arts on Tour is important in helping to increase arts participation across NSW.

“Working with Arts on Tour allows us to increase access to affordable theatre and high quality professional performance, and give communities across NSW, in particular families, the opportunity to engage with live theatre across local venues,” he said.

“BiDiNG TiME has a great artistic legacy and we’re delighted to be able to bring Sam’s production to a wider audience across the Orana region.”

Sam said regional artists have increasingly called for touring funding not only to bring metropolitan work to regional stages, but also to tour high-quality regional theatre.

“The Central West theatre community has been growing in strength and we now have the writers, actors and musicians to stage and tour a professional production. This funding allows us to take BiDiNG TiME to small communities that a metropolitan tour would not reach, to continue to build both the audiences and the creative culture that creates art out of the life of this place,” he said.

The Community Presenter Touring Grant is a three-year Create NSW funding initiative administered by Arts on Tour offering support across two funding rounds per year. It provides funds towards performance fees to extend the reach of professional productions to smaller towns and remote communities in NSW that do not have a professional performing arts venue. This is the second year of the funding.

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