Homegrown Independents Program is the Empire Theatre Projects Company’s assisted hire program encouraging the development and production of new and exciting works, allowing them space to be seen and presented. Independent producers are afforded expert advice and assistance to produce their event.
The program allows for experimentation, collaboration and creative freedom and produces high quality results. It is designed to provide access, develop community capacity, support local emerging artists and develop theatre audiences by introducing them to new and local adventurous work.
Presenters apply for the program through a competitive application process and 2018’s program includes 6 productions covering drama, dance, cabaret and children’s theatre. Tickets will be available six weeks prior to the first performance of each show.
See below what is on offer this year and mark it in your calendar!
Ghosts of Leigh is an incredible coming of age play that follows the identity struggle of a teenage boy, Dandelion, who is coming to terms with being a little different. With the fabulous guidance of the incredibly bold and free-spirited ghost of 1980s artist/designer Leigh Bowery, Dandelion embraces who he is. This play brings to life the struggle with, and triumph over, social conformity and the consequences and anxieties individuals go through on a day to day basis to cover up who they really are in order to seem “normal”. This is a truly magical, endearing and awakening play that is sure to make you laugh, cry a little and feel good about the world.
The play, written by Dallas J. Baker, will be directed by Scott Alderdice and brought to life by George Harris and Logan Matthews.