2023 Connecting Places Touring Program


Welcome to our 2023 Touring Program!

Do you want to bring incredible shows to your regional town? Do you have access to a small hall (or similar) where you could host them? 

Connecting Places is a performing arts touring program tailored to small halls and other community-run spaces. This program offers a range of productions for volunteer groups that want to present live performances in their communities, also known as community presenters. Scroll down to view what’s on offer for 2023 touring!

In addition to the range of productions available for booking, Connecting Places provides exciting learning opportunities for community presenters including workshops, mentorships, one-on-one support, and other forms of professional development.

Regional Arts Victoria recognises the important role that community presenters play in the wellbeing and vitality of regional communities. Connecting Places aims to support these groups to program high quality and affordable shows that appeal to their communities and to learn sustainable presenting skills. 

Feel free to get in touch or visit our website for more information. We look forward to working with you!

Nikki Ralston
Connecting Places Coordinator

[email protected]

New to Connecting Places and want to put a show on in your venue? Here is our usual cycle for supporting community presenters to book touring productions from Regional Arts Victoria. If you’re interested in booking a show, please get in touch – we’ll talk you through things in more detail and go from there!

Here are the community presenters that regularly book shows from us. We work with hall committees, volunteer-managed arts organisations, neighbourhood houses, local councils, independent performance venues and more!

1. The Sound Doctor Presents, Anglesea

2. Birregurra Community Arts Group, Birregurra

3. Red Rock Regional Theatre & Gallery, Cororooke

4. Chameleon Arts Collective, Balmoral

5. LINK Neighbourhood House, Kaniva

6. Murtoa Mechanics Hall, Murtoa

7. Birchip Neighbourhood House, Birchip

8. Gannawarra Shire Council, Kerang

9. Rex Theatre Museum Limited, Charlton

10. Clunes Neighbourhood House, Clunes

11. Tylden Hall Committee of Management, Tylden

12. Newham Mechanics Institute, Newham

13. Yea Arts, Yea

14. Tallarook Arts, Tallarook

15. Artz@Yarck, Yarck

16. The G.R.A.I.N. Store, Nathalia

17. Moira Arts & Culture, Cobram

18. Indigo Shire Council, Rutherglen

19. King Valley Arts, King Valley

20. Upper Kiewa Valley Regional Arts, Mt Beauty

21. Bruthen Arts & Events Council, Bruthen

22. Stratford Courthouse, Stratford

23. Heyfield Memorial Hall, Heyfield

24. ARC Yinnar, Yinnar

25. Marysville Cultural Community, Marysville

26. National Vietnam Veterans Museum, San Remo

27. Bena Hall Committee, Bena

28. South Gippsland Shire Council, Leongatha

29. Burnie City Council, Burnie

30. Cygnet Community Arts Council

31. Clarence City Council, Lindisfarne

32. Flinders Island Arts Council, Flinders Island

33. Furneaux Community Arts, Whitemark

34. Arts Deloraine, Deloraine

35. Avenel Arts Inc, Avenel

36. Art Is Festival, Horsham

37. Ruffy Arts, Ruffy

38. Warragul Heritage Conservation Society

Our touring artists can tour with their own equipment and technician, which means you don’t need to worry if your venue doesn’t have much gear or skilled techs in your area. In each of the production listings, you’ll see that technical equipment is offered for an additional $500 with your booking. If you opt-in for the Technical Equipment Package, the artists will tour with the equipment they need, set it up, operate it and pack it down when they arrive at your venue.  

Throughout the year, we offer FREE in-person and online workshops, as well as other targeted programs like mentorships to support you and your committee to build sustainable presenting skills. When you book with us we also offer a handy Community Presenter booklet to refer to when presenting live shows. Tailored to community presenters, it include topics such as marketing, technical planning, volunteer management, and strategic programming, among others. You can also access our webinar recordings from previous workshops. Visit our website to access these resources.

You can contact us for general advice or more specific support in relation to presenting shows at
your venue. Reach out and we’ll do our best to help you!

If you’d like to receive updates or learn more about what other halls are doing across the state, we encourage you to join our Community Presenter ENews.

Performer Fred Smith sings and plays guitar. A image of a soldiers hat is projected in the background.


Fred Smith and band present an extraordinary song cycle on Australia’s 20 year involvement in Afghanistan, culminating in the dramatic evacuation from Kabul in August 2021.

Producer: Fred Smith Productions
Artform: Music, Contemporary, Storytelling
Touring window: May 2023

The Merindas


Let Indigenous pop stars The Merindas wow you with their infectious energy and soaring vocals – think TLC, Destiny’s Child and Salt n Pepa – but with double the amount of swagger and sass! Don’t miss this unique opportunity to experience this home-grown, international-quality act.

Producer: August MGTM
Artform: Music, Contemporary
Touring window: July 2023


A wickedly funny cabaret featuring awe inspiring magic, mentalism, fabulous live music and physical comedy mayhem!

Producer: Cath Jamison & Aurora Kurth
Artform: Cabaret
Touring window: August/September 2023


Presented through shadow puppetry, Crow Kid is a heart-warming tale for children about resilience, connection and the healing power of friendship.

Producer: Lemony S Puppet Theatre
Artform: Puppetry, Storytelling
Touring window: August + September 2023


The discovery of his mother’s 1946 diary takes crowd favourite Damian Callinan on a romantic romp through post-war Melbourne.

Producer: Hey Boss
Artform: Theatre
Touring window: October 2023