NEWS | Sugarland takes out Best Regional Tour Helpmann

Performing Lines would like to congratulate the Australian Theatre for Young People and the fabulous cast of Sugarland for the Helpmann Award win for Best Regional Tour!

The tour is produced by Performing Lines through the Blak Lines national touring initiative, supported by the Australia Council for the Arts and Playing Australia.

Written by Rachael Coopes and Wayne Blair, and directed by Fraser Corfield and David Page, Sugarland is the result of extensive conversations with teenagers in Katherine, Northern Territory.  The production provides a rare insight into the life of young people in regional and remote communities, and allows us to better understand the challenges faced by them.

Opening the tour with community performances at the Godinymayin Yijard Rivers Arts and Cultural Centre, Katherine, Sugarland has played 22 venues around Australia including the Arts Centre Melbourne, Canberra Theatre Centre and the State Theatre of Western Australia.

A deeply poignant story, Sugarland has received excellent reviews from around Australia.  It is accompanied by an extensive engagement program with Indigenous youth and Indigenous communities, including workshops with the cast and community events linking at-risk youth with support providers.

Sugarland is a powerful story of life from young people in regional Australia, a story told with integrity and urgency that we do not usually get to see or experience.  The reality is challenging but ultimately offers hope for the future.  It has been an absolute pleasure to work with ATYP and the cast and crew on this exceptional production” Performing Lines’ CEO Karilyn Brown said.

A second leg of the tour, supported by the Tim Fairfax Family Foundation, commences this week in Araluen Arts Centre in Alice Springs, including a special open-air performance at the Desert Harmony Festival that will be opened by local Tennant Creek hip-hop group the Desert 7s, and finishing up at with Corrugated Iron Youth Arts in Darwin.

A final special free season will be held at the Shoalhaven Entertainment Centre in Nowra, presented by the Shoalhaven Suicide Prevention and Awareness Network.

For more information on the tour, contact:
Thom Smyth | Marketing Manager – Performing Lines
[email protected] | 08 9200 6212