Celebrating Australian Theatre in the Heart of The Hills
WHO WE ARE
Company of Rogues is a Sydney-based theatre partnership developing original theatrical work, education and arts events.
THE PIONEER PLAY FESTIVAL
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.
FESTIVAL PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS
– 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.
WHY YOUR HELP IS IMPORTANT
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.
WHAT WE NEED
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.
HOW DONATIONS WILL BE USED
– 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)