About the Performance Development Program

The Performance Development program began life as the Local Stages Initiative and is a performing arts development and presentation program that encourages a contemporary professional performance practice in regional South Australia.  Since 2007 the program has taken place in Port Augusta, Mount Gambier, Murray Bridge and Goolwa.

The new works we help develop and present through this program are, more often than not, investigations into the art forms of performance and installation.  It is here that we locate explorations of interactivity, connectivity and belonging.  We are excited by artists that can uniquely communicate within our regional contexts.  Alongside this we enjoy discovering where live art and digital platforms become integral in a regional arts practice. We promote the best collaborations between regional and urban based artists and we provide short and long term residencies for this work and exchange to occur.

Artists and projects connected to the program have had ongoing support through the Creative Producer, Steve Mayhew and gained further support in intrastate and interstate touring through Country Arts SA’s touring circuits.

About the Creative Producer

A graduate of the Drama Centre at Flinders University, Steve Mayhew has worked as a director, dramaturg, writer, creative producer or general manager of companies and festivals including Urban Myth, Riverland Youth Theatre, Junction Theatre, Brink Productions, Adelaide Cabaret Festival, Adelaide Fringe, Hong Kong Fringe Club and Restless Dance Theatre.  He was also the Artistic Director of the 2012 Regional Arts Australia Conference held in Goolwa, South Australia.

Past projects include:

“If There Was a Colour Darker than Black I’d Wear It”
by Rising Damp & Illuminart
(2012 – 2014 Iterations in Goolwa, Mt Gambier & Bathurst)
Winner of 2013 Ruby Award for Innovation.

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“Car-Cophony”
by Matthew Timmis
(2009 – 2013 Tour to Port Festival, Junction Festival, Castlemaine Festival and Sydney Festival)

“Southern Encounter”
by The Wired Lab with Jesse Cox, Luke Harrald, Tristan Louth Robins, Lynda Roberts & Matthew Timmis
(2012 development and presentation at ‘Kumuwuki’, Regional Arts Australia Conference & Festival, Goolwa)
Winner of Art Music Awards for Innovation and Regional

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“The Coriolis Effect”
by Punctum Inc with Franca Baraclough, Ben Fox, Paul Gazzola, Katerina Kokkinos Kennedy, Tamara Marwood, Susie Skinner
(2012 Cultural Leadership program & investigation and presentation at ‘Kumuwuki’ Regional Arts Australia Conference & Festival, Goolwa)

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“Half Real”
by The Border Project
(2011 : development, Regional SA tour & 2011 Melbourne Festival)

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“The Piper”
by My Darling Patricia
(2010 : development – premiere production at the 2014 Sydney Festival)

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“A Country Dance”
by Involving Art
(2008 : development, 2009 Regional SA tour)

“Wolf “
by Slingsby
(2008 : development, 2009 Regional SA tour & Sydney Opera House)

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For more information of how you can get involved or connect with the program please contact;

Steve Mayhew

E:            [email protected]

P:            (08) 8444 0426