Come to Where I Am Australia

1 May 2020 - 25 May 2020 – 12.00am



Critical Stages Touring’s usual model of delivering theatrical experiences involves helping artists to travel and perform for audiences right across the country, especially in regional Australia. At this time of restricted travel and gatherings we are seeking to invert the model, take advantage of the growing interest from audiences in digital platforms to bring stories from regional Australia to everyone.

Come to Where I’m From is an exceptionally successful project from UK touring company Paines Plough. Since 2010 they have engaged more than 160 playwrights with invitations to write and perform short plays about their home towns and the places that shaped them. We are very excited to announce that Critical Stages Touring is partnering with Paines Plough to create an Australian edition of this project – Come to Where I Am Australia.

So, we’re inviting Australian-based writers to create a new 10 minute story that could be made into a short video postcard –a snapshot of what it is like to live in their part of the country. They may be autobiographical or new works of fiction. Writers will then, ideally, perform the new work themselves for the video postcard, although we will have the option to engage actors to read the works where necessary.

We anticipate the works will be filmed at a partner performing arts centre or community venue near to the artists’ home and ultimately streamed on Critical Stages Touring’s website via our new digital channel, captioned to enhance accessibility, and housed on the Paines Plough website alongside the UK playwrights. Once gathering restrictions are lifted we also intend to stage a live performance of the works at venues around the country.

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The project will provide professional outcomes for seven regional artists from around Australia, giving voice to their experiences over this extraordinary year of bushfires and Covid-19, and provide a snapshot of their experience living in regional, rural or remote parts of the country.

It will provide audiences with access to new streamed Australian performances, giving them the opportunity to access new writing from playwrights they may not know, sharing original and important stories from regional and rural Australia. Lastly, we believe this project will have long-lasting interest as an online artistic record of this extraordinary year and a digital map of regional Australia for audiences around the country, and around the world. Come To Where I Am will invite audiences to travel, virtually, at a time when visiting these communities is impossible.

We can currently support 7 writers for this first roll-out of the project and are currently raising funds to grow the project further over the coming months so that we can reach far and wide around Australia, both in terms of artist interest and audience engagement.

Project partners also include: Regional Arts WA, Country Arts SA, Artback NT, Regional Arts NSW, and Regional Arts VIC. We are proud to have their support.

If you are interested in supporting the project in any way, please head here to support our campaign. For every $1500 raised Critical Stages Touring can support a playwright to create and record another playwright and another story.


We want to make the EOI process as simple as possible, so we have set up an online google form for you to complete: You’ll need to have the following ready:

  • A short biography – up to 250 words.
  • A short sample of your writing – 5 to 10 pages.
  • A short description of your town and initial outline of your proposed story – up to 250 words.

Critical Stages Touring will pay a fee of $1500 per writer for their works. Should you choose to perform the work yourself, an additional fee will be payable as per relevant awards, and we will cover costs for any travel and touring for any live performance outcomes.

EOIs close at midnight, Monday 25th May, 2020.