Extending successful shows

29 March 2011

Critical Stages is an initiative run by Darlinghurst Theatre Company.

Born from the necessity to find further life for outstanding productions from the independent theatre sector, all shows are generated and funded by artists, without the support of major company infrastructure.

Critical Stages is supported by the Theatre Board of the Australia Council and Arts NSW to produce, develop and manage tours of high-quality independent theatre productions. Since 2007 Critical Stages has worked with almost 100 artists, completing four regional NSW tours and three national tours.

Productions are evaluated against the following criteria:
1. Is the production creatively envisioned, well crafted, innovative, and/or original?
2. The practicality of the show for touring/transferring.
3. The production must have had a box office success with a lengthy previous season.
4. Critical acclaim - press and industry.
5. The level of professionalism of the producing group or company; do they demonstrate high levels of professional work practices?
6. Will the producing team be a diplomatic and good representative for the independent sector and Critical Stages?
7. The audience to which a production may be directed and the direct benefit to audiences and presenters.
9. The ongoing benefit to the artists and their companies; will their involvement encourage sustainability and development of bodies of work?
10. The producing group or company does not have infrastructure (or has very little), such as administration staff or marketing, and therefore needs Critical Stages support.

In 2010 Critical Stages will remount the White Box Theatre production of A Day in the Death of Joe Egg, originally produced at the Darlinghurst Theatre Company in 2007. It will travel to 26 venues across New South Wales,  Queensland, Victoria and Tasmania.

For further information, or to contact the producer at Critical Stages, go to:

Photo: Cameron Baird, featuring actors Jonathan Gavin and Julia Davis.


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