Christmas comes early for theatre festivals Anywhere

Christmas has come early for Brisbane theatre lovers with the announcement that the Anywhere Theatre Festival has been awarded a Development and Presentation Grant by Arts Queensland.

“After the huge success of its inaugural event earlier this year, Anywhere Theatre Festival will receive $48,875 towards facilitating and producing a follow-up event in 2012.” Arts Minister, Ms Rachel Nolan said.

“This funding will also go towards ensuring the future sustainability of this truly unique Brisbane event which took theatre to kitchens, cars and footpaths!”

The inaugural Anywhere Theatre Festival ran in the greater Brisbane region in May 2011 and is returning May 10-19, 2012. After an initial plan of 40 performances over ten days, the festival ran 152 performances, more theatrical performances than the Brisbane Festival!

Performances for Brisbane audiences happened all across the city limits and beyond from  Ipswich to St Helena Island as well as performances from and in Spain, Germany, Norway, the U.K. and the U.S.

“This is a huge boost,” said Paul Osuch Festival Director of the Anywhere Theatre Festival.” We ran the festival in 2011 on the smell of an oily rag and some fantastic inkind partnerships and this allows us to take the festival to a new level.”

The festival has a concept unique to Brisbane and the rest of the world.

“It is a festival anyone can be part of because it is about any type of performance that happens anywhere but a theatre.”, said Paul.

“By taking performance out of theatres we take the focus away from the city based big venues and put it in the suburbs where most of us live anyway.”

The festival is also the only fringe theatre festival in Brisbane and is open to anybody to perform.

“Just like the Edinburgh and Melbourne Fringe, the festival is open to anyone to put on a performance, whether it is the internationally renowned Circa and Queensland Theatre Company or a young playwright who wants to perform a new script in a house, park, coffee shop and open it to a bigger audience.”

To produce a show in the 2012 Anywhere Theatre Festival in May, performers, producers have until 31 January 2012 to register their idea.

Details at, on twitter @anywherefest, the Anywhere Theatre Festival Facebook pageor the old fashioned ways of email or 07 3102 1978.

Belladiva in 'Confessions'
Belladiva shared their 'Confessions' with us in 2011

Anywhere Theatre Festival awarded $48,875 by Arts Queensland

Finance, Natural Resources and The Arts
The Honourable Rachel Nolan

30 arts projects awarded Development and Presentation Grants

A Brisbane company travelling to Japan to perform for children, a Sunshine Coast non-fiction literary festival and a unique event that takes theatre to the streets are among 30 Queensland arts projects to be awarded a Development and Presentation grant this year.

Arts Minister Rachel Nolan said the groups were sharing in a total of $659,505 in funding for the projects.

“Development and Presentation Grants (DPGs) are in place to assist artists, collectives and arts organisations deliver a range of exciting projects and performances across the state,” Ms Nolan said.

“After the huge success of its inaugural event earlier this year, Anywhere Theatre Festival will receive $48,875 towards facilitating and producing a follow-up event in 2012.

“This funding will also go towards ensuring the future sustainability of this truly unique Brisbane event which took theatre to kitchens, cars and footpaths!”

“Regional Queensland produces some great work and it’s pleasing to see that $323,255 of the funding will go towards 15 projects throughout regional Queensland.

“There were some very exciting and innovative applications, including one from the Sunshine Coast Regional Council to continue its development of the 10-day biennial green art event, Floating Land 2013.

“Another successful applicant was the Sunshine Hinterland Writers Centre Inc, which will receive $13,900 in funding for the promotion and professional development of authors for the Reality Bites literary non-fiction festival in Cooroy in July 2012.

“Brisbane company DeBase Productions will receive $28,266 in funding so they can take their children’s theatre show, Hurry Up and Wait to Japan.

The DPGs are offered twice a year and offer up to $50,000 for new works, exhibitions, productions, industry developments and cultural engagement activities.

“The August round was very competitive with 121 applications,” Ms Nolan said.

“The successful projects were chosen on their artistic or cultural merit, the contribution they make to Queensland’s arts sector, and the correspondence to the priorities identified in the Queensland Arts and Cultural Sector Plan 2010-13.”

For more information, visit, email, or contact Arts Queensland on 07 3224 4896 or toll-free 1800 175 531.

Full list of grants available on request.

Media Contact: Justine Scarff 0400 367 174

Anywhere Theatre workshop announced for Sunshine Coast

Anywhere Theatre Festival Workshop

Anywhere Theatre Festival and Sunshine Coast Council are excited to announce a two hour workshop for a limited number of performers and producers.

The workshop will run from 9-11am on Friday the 3rd of February and is aimed at anyone looking to produce a show as part of the 2012 Anywhere Theatre Festival in May. It is also aimed at performers looking to perform anywhere but a theatre who want to know what is involved, the advantages and also what stumbling blocks can be easily avoided.

This workshop will introduce local performers and drama companies to the Anywhere Theatre Festival held in May, with a view to creating a Sunshine Coast contribution. Although the registration deadline for the 2012 Anywhere Theatre Festival is January 31st, participants will have the option to register interest at the workshop which is held three days after the deadline.

More info and bookings. 9am-11am, 3 Feb, Maroochy Arts and Ecology Centre, Tanawha, Free, Bookings essential – be quick as only 20 places available.

In more detail: A more tightly focussed workshop for people interested in either being part of the festival or interested to know details about performance anywhere, be it theatre, music, opera, circus, stand up, dance, anything performance related. We will talk through a range of issues from:

  • choosing a text
  • public liability
  • venue scouting
  • lessons from Renew Newcastle
  • ticket pricing
  • operating a  box office anywhere
  • technical considerations
  • funding options
  • plus a free online 60 page guide of tips and tricks (also available as a hard copy for $10)

The workshop will work most effectively for those with a project in mind to allow us to provide more targetted advice.

Early Bird discount registration deadline only days away

With days to go before the early bird registration deadline of 30 November 2011, now is the time to register your interest to perform at the Anywhere Theatre Festival running 10-19 May 2012.

The Anywhere Theatre Festival is a fringe festival in the mould of Edinburgh and Melbourne with a twist – you can perform anywhere but a theatre.

Drama, comedy, music, opera, circus, performance art, kids and youth theatre and much more are all part of the festival.

If May 2012 still seems to far away, don’t panic. The registration form allows you to put in as much or as little information as you can.

As long as you have completed a registration form with the basic details by 30 November you are entitled to the early bird discount registration price of $200 that can be paid before the final registration date of 31 January 2012.

What do you get for your registration amount?

  • Inclusion in the Anywhere Theatre Festival program (20,000 distributed throughout Brisbane)
  • Inclusion in group space negotiations with councils, venue, advertising buying, etc
  • Inclusion in the Anywhere Theatre Festival marketing activities. Main festival images will be determined by end of January so if you have a great image, it may become one of or the festival image that alsow drives audiences to your show
  • Show listings on the web site (40,309 page views leading up to 2011 festival)
  • Online Box Office listings and bookings services through Anywhere Theatre Festival Box Office
  • Access to info for registered practitioners only, including Facebook page, ENewsletter with tips, tricks and contacts
  • Packs and templates, including Marketing and Communication Pack, template venue contract, risk assessments, risk incident checklists, draft budgets and much more
  • Assistance in location scouting and negotiations. We are already working with organisations including Brisbane City Council and Southbank Corporation to get this process started
  • A direct phone number to call us and ask for advice.
  • Reduced rate to use the crowdsourcing web site which is an amazing way to raise funds for your production.
  • Reduced rates for services. We are negotiating for discounted rates with potential partners to be able to pass these rates onto you.
  • Resources to help you manage front of house in an environment that most likely wasn’t set up for it. 😉
  • Funding application support. We are able to help support you with any funding applications for your Anywhere Theatre Festival production.
  • Sponsor and partner support. We will be providing assistance with your partnerships to help minimise your costs.
  • To be part of an exciting and innovative festival that is the only one of its kind and to present exciting work while minimising the costs outside of the creation of the work… like venue hire.

Early bird prices if registered by 30 November 2011

$200 (+$100 for any additional productions by the same performer/company – ie two productions $300 and three productions $400)

Final deadline prices if registered by 31 January 2012  

$260 (+$100 for any additional productions by the same performer/company – ie two productions $360 and three productions $460)

Finalised show details including ticket prices, performances dates, times and locations, cast, imagery, show description can be changed from the original registration as long as it is done by 28 February 2012.

TEDxBrisbane presentation now on YouTube

Anywhere Theatre Festival Director Paul Osuch presented at TEDxBrisbane about the root of the idea that resulted in Anywhere Theatre Festival. To hear more about the idea and some of the frankly surprising research that informed the festival, click on the image below

We’re looking for the 2015 Anywhere Festival Director

2015 Anywhere Theatre Festival Director. You might think it’s a little early to advertise the role, but we want to start looking for the person that replaces Paul as Festival Director. We want it to be someone from within and what better way than to start with one of the opportunities here (or maybe even a new one we haven’t thought of yet).

If you are interested, drop a cv and introduction email to with what you’d like to learn and what you’d like to do.

Get your stuff into us anytime (the sooner the better) and we’ll give you a buzz to provide more detail on the roles and discuss how you can get involved.

Get up to $15,000 for your project

The Australia Council for the Arts New Work Theatre fund deadline is 10 November.
The grant provides up to $15,000 for New Theatre works. Full details here 

Pitch a 2012 Anywhere Theatre Festival project to the grant and we will work with you to get the application in. Yep, we’ll work with you to get the application, budget, support letters, and all that lovely stuff ready.

Why are we doing it? By combining with you to pitch the project it also helps to raise the chances of success and we get to see the results at the 2012 Anywhere Theatre Festival… which is exciting for us, you and audiences to the festival.

Get in contact with the festival office via the contacts on the right of the web page so we can help you get an application in for the 10 Nov deadline and get your hat in the ring to get your 2012 Anywhere Theatre Festival production funded.

MEDIA RELEASE – Registrations open for Anywhere Theatre Festival

Theatre companies, performers, in fact anyone wanting to be part of the second Anywhere Theatre Festival are invited to register now.

Link to Word document here

Due to hit Brisbane and surrounds 10-19 May 2012, the Anywhere Theatre Festival is the first festival in the world for performances anywhere but traditional theatres – a park in Yeronga, a backyard in Wellington Point, a house in Nundah, a community hall in Redcliffe, an elevator in Springfield, even a performance in Germany being live streamed to Brisbane audiences. Anywhere but a traditional theatre.

“For the inaugural 2011 festival we planned for ten productions and 40 performances over ten days – we ended with 38 productions and 152 performances! We were blown away by the productions and the audiences,” said Paul Osuch, Festival Director of the Anywhere Theatre Festival

“One of the great things about it is that like the great fringe festivals in Edinburgh and Melbourne, anyone can be part of it. Since traditional theatres are out of the equation, it also allows anyone to put on a show without having to stumping up huge wads of cash just to pay for a theatre space,” said Paul

Companies and individuals can register online at between now and the 31st of January 2012. Early bird discount by 30th of November 2011

“The registration fee is significantly reduced for those who register interest by the early bird deadline of 30th of November so we encourage people to book in early, even if they are still working out the specifics of their production.”, said Paul.

The 2011 festival featured a range of local performers and companies from Circa and Bella Diva through to national and international performers like Cracked Pavement {Pictured}

Like last year, performances can be anywhere in Brisbane and surrounds and performances happening around the world that Brisbane audiences can access via the internet.

“Performers can even be part of the festival while performing it from anywhere globally and have an audience here in Brisbane participating online,” said Paul. “That makes this a very affordable way to be part of the festival without having to figure out how artists pay for the airfare to get to Brisbane.”

The 2011 Anywhere Theatre Festival had six key partners without whose support the festival would not have happened – Oblong + Sons Design, Arts Queensland, Quest Newspapers, Brisbane City Council, Image Solutions and Queensland Arts Council. .

For interviews, photo opportunities or comment on theatre, contact Paul Osuch direct on 0406 858 882 or

Anywhere Theatre Festival Facts

  • Anywhere Theatre Festival’s inaugural festival ran with 38 productions and 152 productions for ten days in May 2011.
  • It had more theatrical performances than the 2011 Brisbane Festival
  • Performances spread from the Queen Street Mall to St Helena Island and Ipswich
  • Anyone who registers can present a show as part of the festival
Cracked Pavement presents 'Dirty Laundry'
Cracked Pavement presented Dirty Laundry at Anywhere Theatre Festival 2011

We love your support…

At the Anywhere Theatre Festival we love your support. We love the fact that the 2011 festival exceeded our wildest expectations and that’s because of the your support in spreading the word, getting involved, coming to shows.

Organisations we go to for partnerships and funding also like to see that we are well supported and that’s why we’d love it if you could do us a small favour.

All you need to do is address a letter/email/tweet/you tube video saying you think the festival is a great idea and that anyone with the power and influence to support would be silly not to. To make it easier we’ve included an example below to get you started. Simply grab the text below here (or click here for a Word document), weave your very own style of magic on it and send it back to us at

Everybody who sends us a letter of support will get updates on how it is all going and some exclusives as we get closer to the festival. So it’s all good.


To whom it may concern

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We’d like to throw our support behind the 2012 Anywhere Theatre Festival.

The Anywhere Theatre Festival is an absolutely unique festival for performances anywhere but traditional theatres. Parks, alleys, public toilets, cars, even web streaming and skype. The festival was put together by Anywhere Theatre Festival Limited, a Brisbane based not-for-profit company with a vision to propel a world-wide trend for exciting, engaging, passionate theatre anywhere but traditional theatres.

The 2011 festival was put together by Paul Osuch and Alexandra McTavish in their spare time with $10,000 from Arts Queensland and incredible in kind partnership support from Oblong + Sons Design, Quest Newspapers, Image Solutions and Queensland Arts Council while Brisbane was recovering from the devastating floods.

From that tiny base the festival included 38 productions and 152 performances from Brisbane Gold Coast, New South Wales, Victoria, U.K., U.S.A, Norway, Germany and Spain over ten days. There was a 75% audience attendance rates across the festival and with fantastic engagement with non traditional theatre attendee with approximately 65% of ticket buyers described themselves as attending theatre less than once a year or never.

The Anywhere Theatre Festival adds to the artistic ecology of Brisbane in a number of ways: it provides a support structure that minimises non-creative costs and resources (ticketing, marketing, venue hire, front of house and logistics, insurance, risk assessment, administrative and producer services, etc); it will focus on audience development with a number of planned audience research projects connected to the festival; it will create an environment for cross-fertilisation of ideas and strategies between local, national and international theatre practitioners that provides further opportunities for theatre practitioners to engage with each other and their audiences.

With additional funding and support we feel it has the potential to become one of the world’s great festivals by creating the framework for a sustainable new performance model for practitioners and an exciting and inspiring experience for audiences nationally and internationally.

That’s why we are supporting it and urge you to do the same.


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2012 dates announced

At Anywhere Theatre Festival we like to keep things simple… so here are the dates for the 2012 Anywhere Theatre Festival.

10-19 May 2012

Once again, it’s the week following the Labour Day long weekend in Queensland Australia and it will once again be running from Thursday to the following Saturday.

Further details on registration dates and prices will be announced shortly. In the meantime, keep the 2012 dates free in your diary.


Be Not Afraid… to take Theatre Anywhere

“Fear can swallow you whole,” said Jeremy Wood, about his latest collaboration, The Fearful, receiving its world-premiere at the 2011 Anywhere Theatre Festival in May.

The Fearful explores how we deal with being afraid; fears that run the gamut of immediate danger to that unshakeable, unnameable feeling that can control your life.”

“Our ‘theatre space’ is a derelict lot in West End- replete with all its own graffiti, piles of rubbish and doorways leading to nowhere- we couldn’t have planned a better set!”

The Fearful weaves together three short plays (“Paint”, “Cupcakes and Champagne”, and “Burn My Heart Out”), written by three members of the creative team, into one larger, menacing tale.

A group of everyday people find themselves in a place where their doubts and dread have overtaken them. Here waits a man who may be there to help them…or keep them, trapped. For some, reliving and facing their fears may be their only way out. But for others, the terror runs too deep; reliving one’s fear is a process that not everyone survives.

“The Fearful is presented by Somerset Mills Productions. An independent theatre collective presenting contemporary stories from our world – flawed, authentic, raw and engaging,” said Jez.

“We love to tell character-driven tales that engage and surprise and we like to tell them to an audience, so come and join us in our abandoned pile of rubbish soon.”

Somerset Mills Productions is a nucleus of emerging artists – Jeremy Wood, John DaConceicao and Joseph Sherlock – who have written, produced, designed and directed The Fearful, which stars some of Brisbane’s best new young actors.

The Anywhere Theatre Festival is Brisbane’s brand spanking new festival for theatre anywhere but traditional theatre venues and runs May 5 – 14 2011.

For photos and media interviews please contact: Jeremy Wood on 0413 906 797 or email:

The Fearful: 26-30 Ashington Street, West End

Tue 10 to Sat 14 May @ 7:30pm | 80 mins | $12

Tickets at: or (07) 3102 1978

More information: Twitter @somersetmillsPR or YouTube: SomersetMills

Reviews: coming in May 2012!

We want you to review the Anywhere Theatre Festival

The Anywhere Theatre Festival has forty productions and 120 performances over ten days. We think we’re asking a bit much to expect Brisbane’s network of critics to cover it all. We hope they’ll see as much as they can, but man, will they need to get out an illegal amount of  Red Bull if they want to review everything.

That’s why we want you.

If you think you have what it takes to be one of the official but in no way influenced Anywhere Theatre Festival reviewers, we want to hear from you.

Who can enter? Anyone… unless you’re already in the employ of someone as a  reviewer or involved in one of the festival productions.

All you need to do is send a review that you’ve written of something you’ve seen recently. How long does it need to be? How long is a piece of string… I mean a theatre review? It can be text, images, cartoon, audio, video as long as it is a review.

Why enter?

1. Well, you get free tickets to as many of the productions as you want to attend at the Anywhere Theatre Festival between 10 – 19 May, 2012.

2. It’s a great opportunity to build up a portfolio of theatre criticism. We will publish the reviews on the Anywhere Theatre Festival web site and you’re also free to publish it yourself – we’re not expecting exclusivity.

3. Also, it’s an opportunity to be part of a burgeoning new Brisbane theatre festival.

You’ve got until next year (!) to submit your theatre review. Email direct to and we’ll reply to confirm we have received your submission.

Submissions will be reviewed and the successful Anywhere Theatre Festival reviewers  will notified in due course. The judge’s decision will be final, unless we can’t decide  and we put it out to a public vote.

Media Release 30 March – From nothing to Brisbane’s biggest theatre only festival in less than a year

From an idea less than a year old, the Anywhere Theatre Festival is set to become Brisbane’s biggest theatre specific festival in its inaugural year in May2011.

Paul Osuch of Anywhere Theatre Festival. Photo by Aaron Singfield of Image Solutions

The Anywhere Theatre Festival is Brisbane’s brand spanking new festival for theatre anywhere but traditional theatre venues. Happening over ten exciting days from 5 – 14 May 2011, the festival has theatre in boxing rings, heritage listed homes, in cars and right in the centre of King George Square. Everywhere from St Helena Island to Ipswich and anywhere… except traditional theatre venues.

Producer Paul Osuch is still scratching his head to figure out what they did right to get this far.

“When I came up with the idea last year I thought we might start with a small festival of ten productions. Fast forward and we’ve just started selling tickets online to over a hundred performances involving over two hundred performers and this is the first Anywhere Theatre Festival. It’s a little bit daunting and equally exciting.”

The Anywhere Theatre Festival has performers and performances in from Albany Creek, Albion, Alderley, Ashgrove, Auchenflower, Bardon, Belmont, Brisbane City, Bulimba, Chapel Hill, Chermside, Coorparoo, Dutton Park, Ferny Grove, Fortitude Valley, Geebung, Gold Coast, Logan, Grange, Highgate Hill, Holland Park, Indooroopilly, Ipswich, Kelvin Grove, Kenmore, Lutwyche, Melbourne, Mount Gravatt, Murrumba Downs, New Farm, Newstead, Nundah, Northey Street Markets (Windsor), Paddington,  Petrie Terrace, Red Hill, South Brisbane, Taringa, Teneriffe, Toowong, Wavell Heights, West End, Wood End (Ipswich), Woolloongabba, Yeronga and more.

Paul originally came up with the idea after returning to Brisbane to find the number of theatre venue options had not changed after close to a decade.

“I thought that instead of fighting with other theatre companies for the existing spaces I would create a festival that worked outside of that. It is such a liberating and exciting experience to watch theatre in non traditional spaces. A bit like skinny dipping… well, kind of, but without the nudity… or the water… and with theatre.”

Once Paul started talking about the Anywhere Theatre Festival, it wasn’t long before others saw the potential and supported the idea, from Brisbane City Council and leading design company Oblong + Sons through to theatre practitioners from the Brisbane CBD to Brazil, New Farm to Norway.

“The festival has everything from drama, comedy, Shakespeare, theatre and circus by and for kids, cabaret, interactive theatre, industry forums, dinner theatre, even online events featuring interstate and international performers.”

You can book online just like any other theatre event but the big difference is the ticket prices are festival prices so you can check out a few performances and you won’t have to worry about figuring out where to find a car park near a city theatre.”

Tickets are on sale now and available online through

Bring the Anywhere Theatre Festival to your door… literally

Bring the Anywhere Theatre Festival to your door… literally

The inaugural Anywhere Theatre Festival is giving everyone until 28th February to nominate houses, garages, office spaces or just locations that would be really cool to watch theatre. As long as it isn’t a theatre.

Anybody can enter. Simply fill out this form or go to the Anywhere Theatre Festival Facebook Group and upload a picture and details before 28th of February 2011.

“We’ve got close to 40 productions registered for the festival, we’ve got Brisbane City Council on board to provide public performance spaces but now we want to bring the theatre to you… quite literally”, said Paul Osuch, Producer of the Anywhere Theatre Festival.

The space doesn’t have to be your house or backyard. It can be a place you walk past on the way to work that you think would be great.

The important part is that the Anywhere Theatre Festival is not looking for spaces that are theatres – instead looking for interesting spaces regardless of audience capacity – 1, 10, 20 , 200…

“If you nominated a space that is used, you get house seats for the performances at the location, tickets to other festival productions and a few other perks besides.”

Even if your submission doesn’t get used, you’ll still get invited to the festival launch in March and discounted tickets to the Anywhere Theatre Festival which alone makes it worthwhile submitting an entry.

Anybody can enter. Simply fill out this form or go to the Anywhere Theatre Festival Facebook Group and upload a picture and details before 28th of February 2011.