Robbi James

Community Arts & Cultural Development

Pioneer Play Festival

Australian Voices. Hills Spirit. A celebration of Australian theatre at Castle Hill’s new Pioneer Theatre. The program includes original productions, workshops, a schools program and creative activities for families.

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Celebrating Australian Theatre in the Heart of The Hills

Company of Rogues is a Sydney-based theatre partnership developing original theatrical work, education and arts events.

The Festival has been created to inspire Sydney’s theatre community to look to The Hills’ new Pioneer Theatre as a centre of Australian theatre possibility and excellence.

– NSW premiere of Felix Nobis’ Boy Out of the Country
– 50th Anniversary performance of Alex Buzo’s Norm and Ahmed
– Pioneer Playwriting Awards
– Women’s Voices in Theatre performance seminar
– Workshops with Donna Abela and Felix Nobis.
– Dedicated school’s program
– Children’s creative play program.

The project will engage theatre lovers and makers from ages 4 to 94. We’re creating an event that provides pathways for students and artists; inspires the local community to experience live theatre; and creates a new opportunity to discover and reward the next pioneering Australian playwright.

Our community is behind us, but we need financial support to establish a centre of theatre excellence and possibility at Sydney’s newest theatre.

We believe that arts events like this festival have the potential to inspire, engage and enhance the creative capacity of artists and our communities alike. With the venue provided by The Hills Shire Council, and local in-kind and volunteer support, we have a community ready to experience original Australian theatre in a new venue at the heart of the region.

Your support means we can produce a range of events from skills-building workshops and children’s creative activations, to fully staged productions of original work. We want to reach as many local residents as possible while inspiring Sydney’s theatre community to visit and experience this wonderful new space, and the work within.

We need your financial support. Producing an original work and play-writing awards, in addition to the skills and schools program, requires talent, technicians and good old-fashioned marketing.

The Rogues are donating production and publicity management, and we have a small army of volunteers for everything from box office to backstage assistance. This, and the support of local businesses and theatre lovers, is how we’ll be able to deliver a $115,000 project for a spend of under $40,000.

Of this, almost two-thirds will be allocated to production, ensuring the highest quality standards and professional talent for the festival’s events. The remainder of funds are required for marketing, public relations, compliance and administration.

– Staged Works and Awards Presentation: $15,000
– Marketing and Publicity: $6,000
– Workshops & Skills Program: $4,000
– Compliance & Admin : $5,000
– Venue: Provided in-kind by Hills Shire Council (value $10,000)

Established in 2015, Company of Rogues is a Sydney-based theatre partnership and live arts producer that aims to present compelling original theatrical events. We believe that arts events have the potential to inspire, engage and enhance the creative capacity of our artists and our communities.

Our theatrical choices challenge the boundaries of contemporary theatre, our company members and the expectations of audiences, while our live arts events aim to engage whole communities in new arts activities, providing pathways for artists and new opportunities for audiences to experience live theatre.

An increasingly recognised emergent company we have produced two fully-staged scripted works & two creative developments of newly-devised work, with the most recent production presented at the 70th Edinburgh Festival Fringe and the Undercover Artists Festival (Australia) 2017. In 2017 we launched a regular cabaret show “The Bedlam Cabaret” and a theatre and acting school – the School of Rogues.

In 2018 we were named the producers of the inaugural Pioneer Play Festival, the first theatre festival coming to the new Pioneer Theatre in Castle Hill.

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