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The Street, led by acclaimed stage director Caroline Stacey, employs some of the finest creative talent in the region as well as Canberra’s creative diaspora and beyond.


The Hive is The Street Theatre’s script/performance development program. In the search for contemporary regional and Australian writers, The Street has developed a place for the gathering of theatrical ideas and minds to challenge their skillset and provide fertile ground for Canberra to develop a distinctive and strong voice. The program aims to support live performance writing in the ACT through providing access to a leading professional dramaturg and a range of theatre resources.  The program is driven by a commitment to actively nurturing ACT writers and their work. Further, to develop quality new work to be produced by The Street Theatre and other organisations throughout the ACT and Australia. Using one of Australia’s leading dramaturgs to facilitate it, The Hive has developed over the years, changing to the needs of the participants as well as those of the company. The program is for those interested in/or currently pursuing a professional career in performance & writing at various stages of their career.


INTERPLAY 2020 - An exploration of the inter-play between COVID-19 and Theatre Making

INTER-PLAY is a new program from The Street created in direct response to how profoundly the world has changed in the past six months. An exploration of the interplay between the pandemic and theatre making into the future, starting on the 30th of July through to 26th of November. Facilitated and led by Canberra-based theatre artist Barb Barnett, INTER-PLAY sessions are open to all playwrights and theatre-makers at all stages of their career.

INTER-PLAY 2020 sees it as imperative to address a multiplicity of voices; to represent gender equity, cultural diversity, and time of life – by way of collaboration, or solo in isolation – all work is welcome, no matter the phase.  Theatremakers and playwrights may choose to register to have parts of their work read by the group for the purpose of receiving feedback and engaging in critical discussion.   Each session will focus on a specific subject, concern, or question significant to making work.

INTER-PLAY will see creatives unpicking and unpacking the convolutions of creating in a world mid Covid-19. Concentrating on constructive critical discussion and debate, the seven sessions are designed for the online space via Zoom, enabling connection with fellow creative and writers and those interested in fresh new Australian work.



Sessions will be held online via Zoom.To register to take part  email A password will be sent to you by 1pm the day of the meet.

Sessions will be held  4-6 pm on the following dates
1) Thursday July 30                           

2) Thursday August 20                     

3) Thursday September 10           

4) Thursday September 24

5) Thursday October 15 - Alana Valentine: BOWERBIRD: The Art of Making Theatre Drawn From Life

6) Thursday November 5

7) Thursday November 26


Inter-Play Notes:

Session #1 - Notes


To submit a topic/theme/idea/provocation/project concept or work  for discussion

Register via providing the following information:

  • The requests you have of the group and/or the topic, theme or concept you would like to explore or a two-sentence description/synopsis of you work
  • The excerpt to be shared/read and discussed (please attach as a Word Doc or PDF)
  • A contact number for us to reach you to discuss your requirements.

For 26 November session submit by Monday 23 November


Lend An Ear: Living Arts Canberra 

Street Talk: Getting to know: Barb Barnett


About Barb Barnett

Barb Barnett is a Canberra-based theatre-maker. Her artistic bent tends towards dramaturgy, direction, and puppetry. Her profound curiosity has remained focused on sustainable local community and independent arts practice, and her enduring support of youth arts, has seen her collaborate with diverse resident, national and international practitioners over the past 25 years. Barb has worked extensively with playwrights and home-grown independent artists to devise, stimulate and craft challenging and engaging locally-written, performed and produced theatre. Her particular focus on physical puppetry, and interest in extreme physical forms; including Butoh, influence her style and approach - both to text and movement. barb focuses on non-dialogue based story-telling. Barb is the Artistic Director of Serious – ACT’s multi-award-winning independent theatre-arts Collective.



Running parallel to INTER-PLAY, a series of eight discussions will be hosted by The Street Theatre with established playwrights from each State and Territory.



15 Childers St,

City West ACT 2601

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Monday - Friday: 12pm - 2pm

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Theatre building currently on reduced hours to public due to COVID-19

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