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NEW AUSTRALIAN STORIES EDGE CLOSER TO THE STAGE

The Australia Council for the Arts has announced additional funding for three projects initially provided with seed funding through its New Australian Stories initiative.

‘Companies were invited to submit proposals for a second round of funding to progress their projects,’ said Council CEO Jennifer Bott.

‘New Australian Stories is designed to support works in both the early and advanced stages of the creative process. I am delighted we have been able to support further the realisation of these wonderful, distinctly Australian stories for local and international audiences alike,’ said Ms Bott.

The projects to receive support in the second round of funding are:

Sydney Children’s Choir: Heritage in Song

Teasing out the threads that connect the gifted members of the Sydney Children’s Choir, Heritage in Song releases intriguing fragments of the life stories of Choir members, their families and forebears in an interplay of music and images.

The second round of funding will enable Heritage in Song to be performed at the Sydney City Recital Hall and at Taipei’s National Concert Hall in August 2006.

La Boite Theatre Company (Queensland): Johnno

David Malouf’s iconic novel portrays mates Johnno and Dante struggling to make headway in dreary post-war Brisbane, while plotting their escape to the wider world.

The second round of funding will allow La Boite Theatre Company to bring this Australian classic, with music by Elena Kats-Chernin, to the stage in Australia and internationally in a co-production with the Brisbane Festival and the United Kingdom’s Derby Playhouse.

Brink Productions (South Australia): The Extinction Project

Inspired by the writings of one of Australia’s great scientists, Tim Flannery, The Extinction Project brings together Tim Flannery, director/dramaturg Chris Drummond, scriptwriter Andrew Bovell, visual artist Hossein Valamanesh and the Brink ensemble to delve into notions of exploration, epiphany, discovery and extinction in today’s Australia.

The second round of funding will enable Brink to develop an allegorical framework for The Extinction Project, establishing written scenarios, character outlines and directing concepts for production in 2007.

New Australian Stories was developed by the Australia Council to support the creation and presentation of new artistic works that reflect distinctly Australian stories.

It was made possible by an allocation of $2 million from the Australian Government, and launched by Senator the Hon. Helen Coonan, Minister for Communications, IT and the Arts on 22 June 2005 at Parliament House.

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