Belvoir (theatre company)
|This article relies on references to primary sources. (December 2007)|
Belvoir receives government support for its activities from the federal government through the Major Performing Arts Board of the Australia Council for the Arts and the state government through Arts NSW.
Belvoir was formed in 1984 and, originally under the artistic leadership of Neil Armfield, the company engages Australia's most prominent and promising playwrights, directors and actors. Belvoir also tours to major arts centres and festivals both nationally and internationally.
Belvoir sprang into being out of the unique action taken to save the Nimrod Theatre building from demolition in 1984. Rather than lose a performance space in inner city Sydney, more than 600 arts, entertainment and media professionals as well as ardent theatre lovers, formed a syndicate to buy the building. The syndicate included nearly every successful person in Australian show business.
Belvoir St Theatre's greatly loved Upstairs and Downstairs stages have been the artistic watering holes of many of Australia's great performing artists such as Geoffrey Rush, Cate Blanchett, Jacqueline McKenzie, Ursula Yovich, Richard Roxburgh, Max Cullen, Bille Brown, David Wenham, Tyler Coppin, Deborah Mailman and Catherine McClements.
Sell-out productions like Cloudstreet, The Judas Kiss, The Alchemist, Hamlet, Waiting for Godot, Gulpilil, Stuff Happens, Keating!, Parramatta Girls, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and Michael Gow's Toy Symphony, have consolidated Belvoir's position as one of Australia's most innovative and acclaimed theatre companies.
- That Face - written by Polly Stenham, directed by Lee Lewis
- Love Me Tender - written by Tom Holloway, directed by Matt Lutton
- The Power of Yes - written by David Hare, directed by Sam Strong
- Measure for Measure - written by William Shakespeare, directed by Benedict Andrews
- Gwen in Purgatory - written by Tommy Murphy, directed by Neil Armfield
- Namatjira - written by Scott Rankin, directed by Soctt Rankin and Wayne Blair
- The Diary of a Madman - written by Nikolai Gogol (adapted by David Holman with Neil Armfield and Geoffrey Rush, directed by Armfield)
- The Wild Duck - written and directed by Simon Stone, After Henrik Ibsen
- Jack Charles v the Crown - written by Jack Charles and John Romeril, directed by Rachael Maza Long
- Cut - written by Duncan Graham, directed by Sarah John
- The Business - based on Vassa Zheleznova by Maxim Gorky, adapted by Jonathan Gavin with Cristabel Sved, directed by Cristabel Sved
- The Kiss - written by Anton Chekhov, Kate Chopin, Peter Goldsworthy and Guy de Mauppasant, directed by Susanna Dowling
- The Seagull - written by Anton Chekhov, directed by Benedict Andrews
- Neighbourhood Watch - written by Lally Katz, directed by Simon Stone
- Windmill Baby - written by David Milroy, directed by Kylie Farmer
- Human Interest Story - choreographed by Lucy Guerin
- And They Called Him Mr Glamour - written by Gareth Davies, directed by Thomas Wright
- Summer of the Seventeenth Doll - by Ray Lawler, directed by Neil Armfield
- The Dark Room - written by Angela Betzien, directed by Leticia Cáceres
- As You Like It - written by William Shakespeare, directed by Eamon Flack
- Buried City - written by Raimondo Cortese, conceived and directed by Alicia Talbot
- I'm Your Man - creator and director Roslyn Oades
- Thyestes - co-written by Thomas Henning, Chris Ryan, Simon Stone and Mark Winter after Seneca, directed by Simon Stone
- Babyteeth - written by Rita Kalnejais, director Eamon Flack
- Every Breath - written and directed by Benedict Andrews
- Food - written by Steve Rodgers, directed by Kate Champion and Steve Rodgers
- Strange Interlude - written by Simon Stone after Eugene O'Neill, directed by Simon Stone
- Old Man - written by Matthew Whittet, directed by Anthea Williams
- Death of a Salesman - written by Arthur Miller, directed by Simon Stone
- Conversation Piece - choreographer and director Lucy Guerin
- Private Lives - written by Noël Coward, directed by Ralph Myers
- Medea - written by Kate Mulvany and Anne-Louise Sarks after Euripides, directed by Anne-Louise Sarks
- Beautiful One Day - created by Paul Dwyer, Eamon Flack, Rachael Maza and David Williams
- Don't Take Your Love To Town - created by Eamon Flack and Leah Purcell, based on the book Don’t Take Your Love to Town by Ruby Langford Ginibi, directed by Leah Purcell
Belvoir Education Program
- School matinee performances: Belvoir holds up to five school matinee performances of every subscription season show.
- Tours: School groups are able to take a behind the scenes tour of Belvoir St Theatre where they learn about the history of the building and Belvoir, and the running of a professional theatre company.
- Priority Funded Schools Program: Through the support of Education Partner, Freehills, Belvoir offers students from priority funded schools the opportunity to attend school matinee performances for free.
- Workshops: Belvoir runs a number of education workshops throughout the year for both students and teachers. The workshop program includes workshops in lighting, set, costume and sound design as well as in composition, theatre criticism and performance.
- Work Experience: Belvoir runs a work experience program for high school students the aim of which is to give students a first hand experience of the company's artistic and administrative operations.
- Work Placement at Belvoir: Belvoir also offers a limited number of work placements to students studying the VET Entertainment Industry Course.
- Nicholson, Anne Maria (12 November 2009). "Young blood to take Belvoir reins". ABC News (Australia). Retrieved 20 November 2011.
- "Major performing arts organisations: Belvoir". Arts NSW. Government of New South Wales. 2011. Retrieved 20 November 2011.
- Schwartzkoff, Louise (21 February 2009). "The theatre company where nobody gets top billing". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 20 November 2011.