Theatre is the art of the voice, of the story, and of the connection between people to create a temporary community. What is necessary in a city of Sydney's size is that the voices making these connections are not all speaking with the same timbre. One representative of this broadening chorus is the StoryLines Festival a co-production of bAKEHOUSE Theatre Company, Tamarama Rocksurfers, and the National Institute of Dramatic Art which has a boutique program featuring artists from African, Indigenous, Islamic and Malaysian backgrounds.
At the core of the festival, which is hosted both at NIDA's Parade Theatres and the Bondi Pavilion, are three plays written by award-winning Australian playwright Justin Fleming: A Land Beyond the River, Junction, and Coup d'Etat.
However, surrounding these works are exhibitions and a public forum, hosted by James Valentine, that seek to connect communities throughout Sydney via the arts. Found herein are works from Sarah Barker, Steven Floyd, the Villawood Refugee Centre and the Kinchela Boys' Home, all presented under the title 'Voices and Visions'.
As well as these cultural events, the StoryLines Festival is supporting fundraising for South Sudan Educates Girls and the establishment of the Kinchela Boys' Home Belonging Place.
The StoryLines Festival runs from July 31 until August 5 at NIDA Parade Studios, and from August 8-26 at Bondi Pavilion.