We’re ready for 2021.
2020 was set to be a landmark year for Red Line Productions. We opened the year with an acclaimed season of BETTY BLOKK-BUSTER REIMAGINED, inspired by Reg Livermore’s Betty Blokk-Buster Follies of 1975. Headlining the 2020 Sydney Festival, premiering in the Magic Mirrors Spiegeltent in Hyde Park, this 21st century Betty Blokk-Buster invited Sydney Festival audiences into her tent show, where a live band and Betty’s coterie of reinvented has-beens, battlers, freaks and survivors wowed a new generation and once again dazzled a generation that saw this iconic show in the 70’s. We started the process of announcing a slate of national tours, including subsequent tours of Betty and JUST tricking, annoying, stupid, crazy, shocking, disgusting, doomed LIVE ON STAGE! by Robin Goldsworthy, adapted for stage from the JUST book series written by Andy Griffiths and illustrated by Terry Denton.
And we announced our boldest and most urgent Old Fitz season yet, which included 6 World Premieres, 1 Australian Premiere, 2 Sydney Premieres and 2 phenomenal revivals. These are all remarkable feats for a company which operates solely from box office sales combined with the generosity of individual philanthropists and a couple of passionate foundations.
COVID-19 put a pause on it all. In the face of it all, we chose to innovate and vowed to grow.
Inspired by our commitment to our artists and audiences, and determined to not disappear, we innovated quickly and boldly moved into the digital space. Our first live-streamed global play reading of ORPHANS by Lyle Kessler starred Alec Baldwin, Aaron Glenane and Andrew Henry. We followed this with another globally streamed live reading of GRUESOME PLAYGROUND INJURIES by Rajiv Joseph starring Rose Byrne and Ewen Leslie, with live music by John Butler. We were the world leaders in presenting live-streamed theatre readings from two continents of the world and over 15,000 people world-wide tuned into each of these two play readings.
We also produced two live streamed performances from the Old Fitz Theatre with 9 cameras and a band with Elenoa Rokobaro’s AT LAST Live in Concert. And if that wasn’t enough, we presented a world-first live theatre season, featuring Toby Schmitz in THOM PAIN (BASED ON NOTHING) by Will Eno. Filmed LIVE at the Fitz for 6 shows, we reached another huge global audience.
We announced that we’re expanding our company with artists Catherine Văn-Davies, Constantine Costi & Alexander Berlage joining Red Line as the Artistic Directorate of the Old Fitz, working to program an even more magnificent 2021.
So now we’re looking to 2021. With more determination than ever before, we’re committed to bringing you the stories we all need to hear. We’re committed to innovating and reigniting the Old Fitz Theatre once again. All donations will go towards helping us do this, will ensure our survival and will fuel our re-programming as we gear up for the next adventure. We’re inviting you to support us in any way you can as we look forward