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The Creative Issue – News for Creatives | January 22, 2021

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La Boite To Re-open Its Doors To HWY Live

La Boite To Re-open Its Doors To HWY Live
Nahima Kern

It has been a literal year of hardship in 2020 with many businesses and industries doing it tough.

But through this, we have seen the resilience of the Theatre Industry like nothing that has come to pass before. And now, finally, with COVID-19 restrictions easing, the cities of Australia are coming alive again. It’s been fantastic to see theatres big and small emerging out of the dumpster fire that has been this year. La Boite has been no exception. After eight months of closure, the top-notch theatre known for its premier content is coming to life once more with HWY Live. The HWY program has been forging ahead these past years to bring audiences into the creative process of new works for theatre and their development.

For the majority of November, HWY Live will bring to its audience industry-centered conversation, workshops, and showings of new and in-development works. Because HWY closed in March due to coronavirus restrictions, HWY Live seeks to continue this program and will be sponsored by Brisbane Airport Corporation and Screen QLD. Sanja Simić, the Creative Producer for La Boite, is understandably thrilled to showcase back artists to the stage once more, she reiterated what the program is all about.

“The heart of La Boite’s HWY program remains the same: providing a pipeline for new work and ideas, increasing employment opportunities for local artists, and offering a platform for an ongoing conversation about theatre, in real-time.”

The HWY Live program runs for three weeks with six showings, three workshops, and three conversations with most events being free unless otherwise stated. Program highlights include Tiddas by Anita Heiss, and there will also be film screenings and activations such as Bananas and Every Woman during the event on the La Boite forecourt. The three conversations that will run are centered around the industry with one being an interview with SBS’ Amanda Duthie. Finally, the workshops, which are also firmly rooted in the creative arts industry, will run on the 6th, 8th, and 22nd November with The Take: Adaptation of Public Domain Works being the one to look out for.

This will be a fantastic opportunity to welcome back La Boite in 2020 and with most of the works providing keen insight into what makes theatre tick, it is surely an event not to be missed.


What: HWY Live

When: November 5 – 22, 2020

Where: La Boite Theatre, Musk Avenue, Kelvin Grove

How Much: Free – $75

What Else: Bookings can be made here. Program here.


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