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Whet your virtual arts & entertainment appetite with the ATC
The Antipodes Theatre Company (ATC), in only their second year producing independent theatre in Melbourne, has continued to make a splash in the arts and entertainment space by pivoting their 2020 programming to the virtual platform with panache. The ATC has delectable online offerings to whet your arts and entertainment appetite. Support the creative community while you enjoy Melbourne's diverse talent.
After a successful 2019 season, highlighted by the play, Ghost Quartet which garnered two prestigious Green Award nominations, the ATC was primed to launch into their 2020 season when the pandemic thwarted their plans, as it did for everyone in the arts and entertainment community.
Led by passion, drive and youthful energy, the Antipodes Theatre Company has successfully launched a program of free virtual events that included a Reading Series, a Winter Development Retreat for Creatives, and an online show called Contagious Cabaret.
Ricochet Reading Series
The Ricochet Reading Series – usually a bimonthly in-person event – is now being held monthly and features plays that have not yet been performed in Australia. The ATC are live streaming these sessions via Facebook Live. The next Ricochet Reading Series event features Bumpwell Manor written by Don Winsor and directed by Brandon Pape on August 17. Artists include: Benji Blowers, Rob Blowers, Joti Gore, Tony Llewellyn-Jones, Vidya Makan, Octavia Barron Martin, Robert Pearson, Vanessa Rosewarne, Ursula Searle, Hayden Tee, John Voce, and Francesca Waters.
Bumpwell Manor is described as an "over-the-top" comedy and a cross between Monty Python and Downtown Abbey. The reading will be followed by a Q&A session and viewers may submit questions via chat forum.
The link to the Facebook live event can be found here.
And don't miss the online show, Contagious Cabaret where artists are nominated by artists from the previous episode to sing a song in another genre. Hosted by the brilliant duo, Mel & Peppy, Contagious Cabaret is a great way to familiarise yourself with all the diverse talent Melbourne has to offer. Tune in monthly on Fridays at 7pm, the next show is on September 4. This is a donations only event. All donations raised through Contagious Cabaret fundraisers will go directly to the artists involved.
As a not-for-profit enterprise, the ATC's aim is to produce "challenging and enlightening work that embraces duality within the human condition." The ATC is also committed to inclusive hiring practices, to ensure that women, ethnically diverse artists, people with disabilities, trans and non-binary people, seniors, or other members of historically or culturally marginalised communities are well represented on stage on-off.