16 Feb Belvoir
Belvoir is one of Australia’s most innovative and acclaimed theatre companies. It engages Australia’s prominent and promising playwrights, directors, actors and designers to realise an annual season of work that is dynamic, challenging and visionary. As well as performing at home, Belvoir regularly takes to the road, touring both nationally and internationally.
Since 2011, The Balnaves Foundation has supported the Indigenous Theatre at Belvoir program. This program has included the following productions:
2011 – Jack Charles V The Crown
2012 – Beautiful One Day and Don’t Take Your Love to Town
2013 – Coranderrk
2014 – 20 Questions
2015 – Radiance
2016 – The Drover’s Wife and Title and Deed
2017 – Barbara and the Camp Dogs and Which Way Home
2018 – My Name is Jimi and My Urrwai
2019 – Barbara and the Camp Dogs and Winyanboga Yurringa
2020 – Cursed!
2021 – At What Cost?
At What Cost? is part of the 2021 Belvoir Season and the Indigenous Theatre program, supported by The Balnaves Foundation. Introducing the 2019 Balnaves Fellow Nathan Maynard to Belvoir audiences, Maynard has written a robust, clear eyed and provocative new Palawa story. Directed by Isaac Drandic, the play is a modern tragedy that gets at human foibles, and presents a very vexed question for Indigenous Australia. At What Cost? will run from 7 August until September 5 in the Upstairs Theatre.
Since 2012, The Balnaves Foundation has also supported the Belvoir Indigenous Playwright’s Award, becoming The Balnaves Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Fellowship in 2018, a $25,000 award for the creation of a new play by an Indigenous playwright. The Fellowship accommodates applications from a broader range or creative practitioners and provide wrap around support from the Belvoir team. Our 2020 Balnaves Fellowship being awarded to Jorjia Gilis. Past recipients of the Award have included,
“We support Indigenous Theatre at Belvoir and the Indigenous Playwright’s Award because we strongly believe that theatre has the ability to connect Indigenous culture and history with current social debate in an impactful and relevant way.”
In 2016, The Balnaves Foundation also supported Belvoir to undertake an upgrade to its CRM system and resourcing.