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Two artists in costume in a field. Paul Foulds and Carl Heslop, The Beauty Index – Ravensthorpe, by Annette Carmichael Projects. Photo by Dene Bingham.

Photo: Paul Foulds (left) and Carl Heslop (right), The Beauty Index – Ravensthorpe, by Annette Carmichael Projects. Photo by Dene Bingham.

Combining the immediacy of theatre and the visual impact of cinema, this production commemorates the sinking of the HMAS Sydney II in 1941 and its rediscovery in 2008.

Another show to tour, 'Mama Stitch' by Whiskey & Boots, will visit Narrogin, Geraldton and Port Hedland. Each town will host the Mama Stitch artists for two weeks as they collect stories from members of the community, which will be brought to life through original music and verbatim headphone performance.

The State Government remains committed to supporting locally produced performing arts productions to tour regional and remote communities across WA. Playing WA forms part of the State Government's Regional Arts and Cultural Investment Program (RACIP).

Playing WA contributes to the liveability and vibrancy of regional communities as well as developing a sustainable performing arts touring circuit. Increasing the number and variety of performances touring to regional WA not only contributes to fun and entertainment, but also creates local jobs, community connections, and tourism and hospitality opportunities.

The seven funded touring productions showcase the diversity of WA's performing arts industry, ranging from choral music to contemporary dance.

Thank you to the following funding recipients for their commitment to sharing their talent with regional communities:

  • The Giovanni Consort, supported by CircuitWest, touring 'Cloud Nine' to the Goldfields, South West and Wheatbelt regions (chamber choir) — $68,204
  • Whisky & Boots, supported by CircuitWest, touring 'Mama Stitch' to the Mid West, Pilbara and Wheatbelt regions (music) — $119,915
  • Steamworks Arts, supported by CircuitWest, touring 'JULIA' to the South West and Wheatbelt regions (dance theatre) — $41,450
  • Scott Elstermann & Shona Erskine, supported by CircuitWest, touring 'BANG! BANG!' to the Goldfields, Great Southern, Peel and Wheatbelt regions (contemporary dance) — $118,631
  • pvi collective touring 'eaters' to the Peel, South West, Great Southern and Goldfields regions (cross-art form) — $31,113
  • Theatre 180 Inc touring 'Sydney II: Lost and Found' to the Great Southern, Peel, South West and Wheatbelt regions (theatre) — $115,118
  • Western Australian Youth Theatre Company touring 'ARCO' to the Great Southern and South West regions (theatre) — $20,499.

The next round of Playing WA funding opens on 22 March 2022 for activity commencing from October 2022.

RACIP is administered by the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries.

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Page reviewed 27 February 2023