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In a move that will be literal music to the ears of theatre lovers, Canberra Theatre Centre is launching its own streaming program.
Launching on Monday 15 June, CTC@Home will run through Facebook Live, meaning that viewers can access the free content as it’s streamed live through Canberra Theatre Centre’s Facebook page, or watch it later.
Minister for the Arts, Creative Industries and Cultural Events, Gordon Ramsay, says that CTC@Home will be a vital channel for keeping Canberra’s thriving arts scene connected to audiences during COVID restrictions.
“We’re setting up an exclusive streaming service for Canberrans to support our local artists during this difficult and uncertain time,” says Minister Ramsay.
“The arts are an essential part of our lives and contribute immensely to the economic, cultural and societal value of our great city.”
CTC@Home will kick off on Monday 15 June with kid-friendly The Joe Boogie Show, before a reading of The Great Gatsby from Christopher Carroll and a live session from local musician Kim Yang on Wednesday 17 June.
Then, on Saturday night, beloved creative-about-town Chris Endrey (pictured above) will host an eponymous variety show—The World From Here with Chris Endrey—which will focus on Canberra-centric news and arts at the community level.
The creator of Canbeurovision says he’s excited to sink his teeth into “a dream brief”.
“I can’t tell you how exciting it is to be given the chance to produce an ambitious project like this.”
As for Canberra Theatr Centre itself, Director Alex Budd says it’s a unique opportunity for the Theatre’s team to flex their creative muscles.
“We’ve got a whole range of local programs to showcase in the coming weeks which will feature works that everyone can enjoy. Canberrans can look forward to eight weeks of special programming with performances from over 25 local professional artists.”
“I look forward to welcoming performers back to our venues, and to welcoming audiences across the internet.”
Head to facebook.com/canberratheatrecentre for more information, and to watch live-streamed shows.
Feature image: Martin Ollman