Air Race Arena Theatre Company
For ages: Age 10+
Contact : Sharon Custers
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"One of the most spectacular pieces of theatre I've ever seen! The flying was incredible and the blending of movement, music and lighting were seamless. Would definitely recommend this show to everyone!" Audience member Bendigo
Inspired by the true story of the 1919 London to Australia Air Race, this new Australian work by Arena Theatre Company, follows the seven teams who took to the skies in a thrilling race to victory, chasing an adventure that would take them half way across the planet. From crash landings to disappearing planes, their stories range from harebrained and hilarious to deeply moving and sometimes tragic. Their incredible resourcefulness and unstoppable determination prove nothing is impossible. Written by award-winning playwright Dan Giovannoni, designed and directed by Arena Artistic Director, Christian Leavesley, with lighting design by Paul Jackson, Air Race is visually and conceptually breathtaking. Within the dynamic beauty of the performers flying on their moving flying apparatus, whilst playing instruments and singing their haunting ballads, Air Race gives us a glimpse into what it means to tell historical Australian stories in a way that gives them meaning for a diverse new generation of Australians, asking the question "Doesn't the sky belong to all of us?" Air Race is specially crafted to inspire young people aged 8+ and their families.
Marketing selling points
Original music, performed live, whilst balancing on moving set pieces. Inspired by a true story from Australian history. 1919 is the 100 year anniversary of the original Air Race. Local flying clubs really engaged with the show and helped us in selling the show to their members. Dynamic, daring and exciting use of the moving set pieces to create the feeling of flying through the air. Arena has an established relationship with the Australian Women Pilots Association, which has chapters in many cities and can be called upon to promote the show to their members.
Key audience and marketing notes
This work will be of particular interest to primary schools and high schools who are interested in promoting diversity. Schools with a high population of first generation Australians will be very interested in the work and the concepts it explores. As such, it should be marketed towards both upper primary and high schools, but also to families. It is aimed at ages 8+.
Community Engagement activities
Arena are experts at running engaging creative workshops for primary school aged students. Our workshops use technology and creative processes to help children explore ideas and themes from the show. Being based in regional Victoria, we can head to your town to run a workshop up to 4 weeks before the tour arrives, and in this way we can drum up interest for the show in the lead up.
What is this?
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|Theatre formats||Proscenium Arch, Black Box, Thrust, Flat Floor|
|Bump in (hours)||8|
|Bump out (hours)||2|
24 channel ETC Ion desk preferred (can be provided by producer) Full blackout required
Digital audio desk with 16 inputs, Reverb and Delay 5 x radio transmitters and receivers ie Sennheiser e500 G3 or above 6 x Sennheiser MKE2 Gold headsets (can be provided by producer) 1 x Sennheiser MKE2 Gold Cello clip (can be provided by producer)
Simple set on wheels, operated by performers onstage. Fly tower preferred, but the set can be adjusted to fit a black box. No orchestra pit required Smoke effects will be used during the performance
Stage dimensions (meters)
|Width: 7m||Height: NA|
|Depth: 7m||Wing space: NA|
1 LX and 1 Audio for show calls 2 additional crew required for bump in and bump out