Wollongong Anywhere Theatre Festival program to reveal performances anywhere but in theatres

Vampires in Churches. Comedy in back yards. Burlesque in bars. Dance in yoga studios. Not your regular theatre festival.

The program for Wollongong’s very first Anywhere Theatre Festival of performances anywhere but a theatre is revealed 7.30pm Tuesday 27 June at a secret location very close to Wollongong Central.

Anywhere Theatre Festival will have over 80 performances in the nooks and crannies of Wollongong from 17-27 August including a hub filled with daytime activities for families and something a bit more adult at night over the final weekend.

“We wanted to do something that brings back that buzz you should get seeing theatre but so rarely do,” said Paul Osuch, Founder of Anywhere Theatre Festival. “That feeling when you were 10 and you and a few of your friends ran off into the abandoned lot down the road and told scary stories to each other and weren’t sure if you should be there or not.”

The Anywhere Theatre Festival concept first started in Brisbane, when Sir Ian McKellen was touring Waiting for Godot worldwide and couldn’t find a venue in Brisbane.

“We figured if a well-known international actor had trouble finding a traditional theatre to perform in then it was likely that many not so big acts have the same problem,” said Paul

That’s when the concept of a theatre festival that didn’t allow performances in theatres was born. After seven years it has grown in Queensland to be the biggest and most geographically spread festival of independent performers in the world.

Now Wollongong is getting ready to reveal its nooks and crannies to performances anywhere but a theatre. Wollongong City Lord Mayor, Cr Gordon Bradbery OAM said Wollongong City Council was excited to host such an innovative festival.

“We‘re proud to welcome a range of performances into spaces in and around our city not usually known for artistic pursuits.”

Wollongong Anywhere Theatre Festival runs 17-27 August with the full program revealed and tickets on sale at anywheretheatre.com on 27 June 2017. The festival has been made possible with the support of Wollongong City Council, Destination Wollongong, Wollongong Central and the Federal Government’s Catalyst Fund.

Contact Paul Osuch direct on 0452 635 488 or paul@anywherefest.com for interviews, further imagery or further information.

*Feature image courtesy of Treetop Circus and Laughterhouse Entertainment