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NIDA Independent 2014 Creative Residencies

In 2014 NIDA Independent is excited to be working with six theatre companies to create new and innovative work.

In 2014 NIDA Independent is excited to be working with six theatre companies to create new and innovative work.

NIDA Independent offers the two things that are hard to come by but essential to the process of creating: time and space.

This year, NIDA Independent is fostering the new work of six diverse companies through the creative development program.

These dynamic groups of creators will benefit from the chance to create new work in state of the art facilities, and the invaluable opportunity to be matched with industry mentors who will guide them throughout the year.

For the first time NIDA Independent will also be offering the creative residents an honorarium fee to contribute towards artist fees, travel and accommodation or equipment.

Now in its third year, NIDA Independent has seen over 150 artists develop new and innovative work. Artists have gone on to produce work at Sydney’s VIVID festival, Next Wave Festival, Tamarama Rock Surfers and Canberra’s You Are Here Festival.

This year’s artists are a varied and exciting mix of emerging and established voices:


Wonderbabes will be working on The Adventures of Wonderbabe the Terrible, written by NIDA Writing for Performance graduate Kate McDowell and her long-time collaborators Rose Maher and NIDA graduate Elsie Edgerton-Till.

G.Bod Theatre

Following a highly successful initial development with the NIDA Independent Program in 2013, G.Bod Theatre continues to create a new stage version of The Harp in the South by Ruth Park, one of the most-loved and bestselling Australian novels of all time.

Constantine Costi

NIDA Directing graduate Constantine Costi with his collaborators Michael Costi, and Stephen Lloyd Coombs will be creating a quirky experimental comedy, White Heat, about what is sacrificed in the pursuit of artistic perfection in the ludicrous and passionate world of fine dining.

East Coast Theatre Company

Directed by one of Russia’s most thoughtful fugitives, Joseph Uchitel, and written by NIDA Head of Writing for Performance, Stephen Sewell, Russian Egg-Flip will surprise with the profundities that can be found in the funniest misfortunes.

Cursing the Sea

Cursing the Sea with NIDA graduate Kate Sherman will be creating Sehnsucht – a new work responding to question posed by Michael Leunig “What is worth doing and what is worth having?”

Marquez Theatre Laundry

Macondo’s Clothesline is an original visual theatre play inspired by a micro story written by Gabriel Garcia Marquez known as The Drama of a Disillusioned Man. The work is original, highly experimental and ensemble devised.

We’ll be bringing you more updates about these exciting projects as they progress throughout the year.

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