Regional communities are in for an artistic treat in 2023!
With 2023 just around the corner, we are excited for people to start exploring what’s to come next year and South Australian regional communities are in for a treat!
The program includes dance, theatre, music, visual arts, exhibitions, family-friendly shows and more – with many events and productions developed by homegrown local talent.
Among the productions visiting the regions is the 2022 AWGIE award winning stage show Euphoria, which Country Arts SA and State Theatre Company South Australia premiered in 2021 to critical acclaim.
The reception to Euphoria by SA regional audiences was so great at the time that it will now embark on a larger national tour from May to August to New South Wales, Victoria, and Western Australia, in addition to a remount in South Australia.
The show, developed by playwright Emily Steel following two years of consultation with communities across regional SA, shines a light on mental health while exploring the joys and challenges of living in a country town.
Other 2023 program highlights include:
Restless Dance Theatre – Exposed, which explores the intricacies of life through the lens of personal actions, thoughts, desires, traumas, and failures.
A strengthened commitment to First Nations arts in 2023 sees the South Australian premiere of the popular musical The Sunshine Club, and the return of the free film event, Nunga Screen, which will feature a new film produced by emerging First Nations filmmakers.
For children and youth – the Boy & the Ball by The Paper Boats, visiting schools in and around Port Pirie in 2023. It is a story about making a friend and being one, written and performed by the acclaimed early-childhood theatre-maker Stephen Noonan. Also The Paper Boats are returning to Mount Gambier with Especially on Birthdays with an already sold-out season!
For schools. we have Slingby’s Emil and the Detectives heading to Mount Gambier, Port Pirie and Whyalla, a independent-children-versus-devious-adults story that reminds us to never underestimate the determination of a child, and Patch Theatre’s Zooom, which takes children on an interstellar journey!
Three great exhibitions will tour in 2023, Bee-stung lips: Barbara Hanrahan works on paper 1960-1991, which features 74 prints by the prolific Australian artist and is presented in collaboration with Flinders University Museum of Art; Naomi Hobson: Adolescent Wonderland, a joyful collection of photographs by First Nations artist Naomi Hobson in partnership with the Art Gallery of South Australia and first presented at Tarnanthi Festival, and Harbingers: Care or Catastrophe, an exhibition commissioned by Country Arts SA in collaboration with the Murray Bridge Regional Gallery.
Country Arts SA’s First Nations film celebration will also return, Nunga Screen 2023 is set to have a diverse film program for cinema-goers of all ages! The program will be released in the first half of 2023.
More theatre productions in more towns across the regions, including Warooka, Port Augusta, Burra and Streaky Bay for the Shows on the Road program, will be revealed next year.
2023 is also an important milestone year for Country Arts SA and will see the organisation celebrate its 30th anniversary and mission to bring great arts experiences to regional communities across the state.