Reasons To Be Invisible, 2023 Joan and Betty Rayner Commission Recipient.
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The Australian Children’s Theatre was created by sisters Joan and Betty Rayner in 1948. Joan and Betty were seasoned performers, touring across Australia and the world. Countless Australian children were introduced to the pleasures of live theatre by attending the widely acclaimed drama, music, mime and puppet productions of the Australian Children’s Theatre. The performances were always lively, engaging and uplifting, and did much to build bridges of love and understanding between people from different cultures and traditions. The Australian Children’s Theatre also enabled outstanding international artists and companies to perform to delighted audiences in Australia.
Joan Rayner established the Australian Children’s Theatre Foundation (ACTF) to keep alive the aims of the Australian Children’s Theatre.
The objectives of the Foundation are:
- To enable high quality performing companies and individuals to perform for disadvantaged Victorian Government primary school aged children in their schools and other appropriate venues;
- To foster love and understanding between people of different countries and cultures; and,
- To promote the enjoyment, knowledge and appreciation of the arts through theatre to disadvantaged students of Victorian Government primary schools.
The ACTF continues to be a strong supporter of theatre for young children across Victoria and will be commissioning or supporting the creative development of a new performance work in 2023 to the amount of $20,000.
Artists involved in the ACTF’s programs should be familiar with these wishes and the achievements of Joan and Betty Rayner.
Find out more about the ACTF at actf.org.au
Expressions of Interest will be called for in the year preceding the commissioning year. Applications will be administered by the Regional Arts Victoria’s Arts & Education Manager. All applications that meet the guidelines will be forwarded as appropriate to the ACTF Chairperson and Trustees, for discussion in early February 2023.
The ACTF will commission (in whole or in part) the production of a small- scale theatre piece specifically devised for primary school children, to the point of being tour ready.
It is intended that the successful applicant will be able to tour the new work within Regional Arts Victoria’s Arts & Education program in 2024. Should external circumstances require, the timeline of the development of the work and/or the touring timeline can be extended.
The new work may already be in early development at the time of application, however the commission cannot provide funds for the remount of an existing work. The successful commission will enter into a contract with the ACTF and will include provision for royalties payable to the ACTF following the tour.
The commission will be paid in stages on the successful completion of each stage or milestone as set out in the commissioning contract and the ACTF reserves the right to terminate the commission in the event that the production or the progress of its development or its timing is considered by the Trustees to be unsatisfactory or is not consistent with the application.
The ACTF encourages alternative approaches to creative processes and how these will be used in the development and implementation of the work.
You can access the full guidelines document below.
Submissions must include responses to each of the questions in the sections below. The ACTF Trustees will assess each application which successfully meets all criteria. The criteria will be weighted as indicated below. The calibre of artist applicant and the accreditation and/or public reputation of any mentors identified, trainer or Institute providing the training, viability, substantiation of anticipated expenses and impact of proposal will be considered.
The successful applicant will be required to sign a Contractual Agreement with the ACTF in respect to the grant based on terms and timelines set down by the ACTF. This will include acknowledgement of the ACTF Commission in all marketing materials produced. The successful applicant will also be aware and compliant with the Child Safe Standards as required by State Government of Victoria from January 2017. For Further information: https://dhhs.vic.gov.au/publications/child-safe-standards
The final decision will be made by the ACTF Trustees. The ACTF reserves the right to withdraw the Commission if applications do not meet the Founders wishes.
Regional company Lab Kelpie awarded 2023 Australian Children’s Theatre Foundation Commission with Reasons To Be Invisible
The Trustees of the Australian Children’s Theatre Foundation (ACTF) and Regional Arts Victoria (RAV) are delighted to announce the 2023 Joan and Betty Rayner ACTF Commission is awarded to regional theatre company Lab Kelpie, who will develop playwright Katy Warner’s new work for children, Reasons To Be Invisible.
A new Australian play about friendship, courage and adventure, Reasons To Be Invisible is an uplifting, heart-warming story about finding your voice – and having fun while doing it! Written by playwright and children’s author Katy Warner (2016 AWGIE Award for Best Children’s Theatre), it will be developed in Daylesford by Lab Kelpie, one of Australia’s leading independent theatre touring companies.
“After an exciting decade of presenting and touring new Australian writing for adults, we are thrilled to be developing Lab Kelpie’s first children’s show with the support of the ACTF and RAV,” said Lyall Brooks, Artistic Director of Lab Kelpie. “This project will also showcase just how strong and vibrant our professional regional artistic communities can be.”
Chair of the ACTF Rod Parnall commended the quality of applications and their support for Reasons To Be Invisible.
“What a fantastic and competitive round of applications this year,” Parnall said. “The quality of all the works strongly reflected the values and ideals of the Australian Children’s Theatre Foundation and the Trustees look forward to watching the development and performance of the successful application Reasons To Be Invisible, which I am sure will entertain and enthral children.”
CEO of Regional Arts Victoria Jo Porter said she was delighted to be supporting the development of Reasons To Be Invisible through the commission:
“The Trustees are thrilled to support a new work which aligns so well with the ideals of the Foundation and with an exceptional creative team,” Porter said. “The fact that Lab Kelpie are a regionally based company furthers our excitement, speaking to our values at Regional Art Victoria of supporting creative exchanges in regional communities and promoting opportunities for professional work to be developed in the regions.”
Applications for the 2023 Commission have now closed.
For more information on the ACTF Commission please contact:
Senior Manager, Arts & Education
P: 0427 211 123
E: [email protected]
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