HIT: NORPA's 2015 production of Railway Wonderland.
HIT: NORPA's 2015 production of Railway Wonderland. Grant MacIntyre Photography

Failed funding bid won’t stop the show at NORPA

ALL shows announced for the 2016 NORPA season will go ahead despite the Australia Council rejecting a funding application by the company last week.

General manager Patrick Healy said all shows announced to date by NORPA, including the development of local work Dreamland, wouldn’t be affected by the failed application for more than $1 million over four years.

Mr Healy said the future of locally-produced Bundjalung story Three Brothers for the 2017 season was also safe.

“(Funding) is state (government) based (so) Three Brothers will go ahead,” he said.

“NORPA will (also) announce a full season next year, as we always have.”

What has changed

Mr Healy said NORPA had applied to the Australia Council for $266,000 a year for four years, mainly to develop new local talent.

He said the funds were to have been used hiring artists to help NORPA identify and develop new works in the Northern Rivers, as well as launch a new program called Training Grounds that would allow the company to work with local and interstate artists to develop a skill set locally that could produce and perform future works.

“The way NORPA creates new work is different to the way it is done by other companies – we don’t grab a script off the bookshelf and then go and produce that show,” Mr Healy said.

“What Julian Louis does is called a devising process. We go out into the community, we meet people, talk to them, we do research and development and out of that we create stories, and that is done by artists with different skills.”

What’s on in 2016

The 52-Storey Treehouse: Children’s theatre, May 31-June 1.

Rumour Has It: Cabaret, July 22-23.

Circa’s Il Ritorno: Physical theatre, opera and circus, August 31-September 2.

Meow Meow: Cabaret, September 30-October 1.

Dreamland: Local theatre, November 23-26, November 29-December 3.

Visit NORPA’s website or call 1300 066 772.

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