Making space of emerging theatre. That is the motto of Crea Arena Artistry and the mission statement that leads this team forward. Established late 2022, artistic director and co-founder Jason Damot wanted to create a platform for new, up-and-coming artists to tell their stories. Everything from the smallest idea to the grandest ambition, Crea Arena wants to help these storytellers by giving their work its first breath of life. Run by Jason Damot, Declan Rix (second in command), Cullyn Beckton (marketing extraordinaire) and Sav Stern (resident techie and choreographer), Crea Arena wanted their first season to be baby steps that make big waves.
2 AM: The Extended Cut is actually the second run of the show, featuring a larger script and new characters that explore the relationship’s hidden avenues. This show was written by Jason Damot, starting 2020 and completing the final draft of the standard edition in 2022. This show was originally written and presented as a queer male relationship at Vena Cava Production’s Freshblood Festival 2022, where the work received praise from friends, family and local theatre enthusiasts. This year, we have brought on a largely queer and femme team to work on the sapphic retelling of this story and explore the nuances of queer relationships and marriage.
Last Summer, written by our second in command and resident dramaturg Declan Rix, follows four teenagers at a mysterious beach where trouble ensues. Written as a subversion of expectations from your typical teen beach movie, we hope audiences enjoy Last Summer as a thrilling tale of adolescence and troubled youth.
Performances at Anywhere Festival
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Acknowledgement of Traditional Custodians
We acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the lands on which we present Anywhere Festival, the Kabi Kabi/Gubbi Gubbi, Jinibara, Turrbal and Yuggera Peoples. We wish to pay respect to their Elders - past, present and emerging - and acknowledge the important role Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and their stories continue to play.