Impact

2022

Productions

  • Chasing Rainbows: Queensland Schools and communities, with an original story devised and performed by the Blue Roo small ensemble with live band, original and adapted music and original movement. Brisbane performance season and regional tour.
  • ‘Tis the Season: main house production season with an original story devised and performed by the full Blue Roo company with a live orchestra, original music and original choreography.  

Stronger Connections

  • Key production and performance collaborations: Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC), the Variety’s Kids Choir Queensland, Simone de Haas, Queensland schools, NDIS providers.  
  • Key disability advocacy and research collaborations: Access Arts, Deakin University, Radio Voice Disability podcast.
  • Arts Queensland Grow 2022-2026 Ministerial Round Table invitation. Grow is the second action plan for Queensland Government’s Creative Together 2020-2030: A 10-Year Roadmap for arts, culture and creativity in Queensland, outlining a clear plan to realise Creative Together’s vision for a state renewed and transformed by arts, culture and creativity.

Reach

  • Live reach: 
    • Brisbane and surrounds: community and main house productions and public space performances. 
    • Queensland Regional tour: Scenic Rim and North Coast. 
    • Key organisational and community performances: Continuous.
  • Digital reach:
    • Expansion of the Blue Roo Digital Hub to include YouTube rehearsal and workshop performance archives.
    • Knowledge Series eBooks: Creating authentically inclusive productions, The social and cultural benefits of inclusive theatre.
    • Over 1,220 Facebook domestic and international followers, to date.
    • Media, film and employment alliances:  onradio@radiovoice.

Innovations

  • New program of holiday workshops for all abilities (focussing on a range of production, performance skills.
  • New Blue Roo Costume and Props Department employing mentored, inclusive arts workers.
  • New Blue Roo mentorship program developing production skills for inclusive artists.

2021

Productions

  • World Premiere, My Life, My Story: Blue Roo’s first digital production, devised and artistically led by Simone de Haas (Queensland Gold Matilda recipient) featuring the personal stories of four inclusive artists’ journeys to public recognition.
  • A Midsummer Night Dream: main house production (QPAC Cremorne Theatre), adapted and performed by the full Blue Roo company with a professional orchestra and a performers’ orchestra and introducing Variety Queensland’s Kids Choir. 

Stronger Connections

  • Key production and performance collaborations: Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC), Centacare Queensland, new partnership with the Variety’s Kids Choir and auspicing arrangement for BOSS creators Brian Lucas and Laura Solomon.
  • Key disability advocacy and research collaborations: National Institute of Dramatic Arts (NIDA), Access Arts, the University of Queensland (Education Faculty), QPAC ArchivesMedia, film and inclusive employment connections.

Reach

  • Live reach:  
    • Brisbane and surrounds: QPAC main house season attendees (COVID restricted), local school performances. 
  • Digital reach: 
    • Over 1,170 domestic and international Facebook followers and over 1,270 domestic and international YouTube views. 

Innovations

  • New Artistic Leadership Team model (creative vision and production leadership).
  • New YouTube Channel Legacy Archive.
  • Digital QR Code production programs.

2020 (during COVID)

Productions

  • Postponement of A Midsummer Night Dream live main house production.
  • Creative development of My Life, My Story, (first digital production).

Stronger Connections

  • Key production and performance collaborations: Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC), Cre8ive, Centacare Queensland and Access Arts Queensland.
  • Key disability advocacy and research collaborations: University of Queensland (Education Faculty), National Institute of Dramatic Arts (NIDA) Diversity Officer, Theatre Network Australia, Arts Queensland.

Reach

  • Live reach
    • Scheduled public performances postponed (COVID restricted).
  • Digital reach
    • 1,129 local and regional Facebook followers.

Innovations

  • New hybrid creative development model (stage to the screen and screen to stage).
  • Creative development of first digital production: My Life, My Story.
  • Introduction of ZOOM rehearsals.

2019

Productions

  • Around: main house production season with an original story devised and performed by the full Blue Roo company with a live orchestra, original music and original choreography.  
  • Hotel Pantelone II – the Musical: Commedia del Arte street theatre production with original music.

Stronger Connections

  • Key production and performance collaborations: Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC), Centacare Queensland, Red Chair.
  • Key disability advocacy and research collaborations: University of Queensland (Education Faculty), Australia Council.

Reach

  • Live Reach: 
    • Brisbane and surrounds Queensland Regional tour: Far North Queensland and Cape York Aboriginal Communities.
    • 10th Year Celebration Ball (Our Big Night of Smiles) Brisbane Entertainment and Convention Centre. 
    • Key corporate and community performances: INAS Games, Paddington Christmas Fair. 
  • Digital Reach: 
    • 880 Facebook followers.

2018

Productions

  • Time to Go: main house production season with an original story devised and performed by the full Blue Roo company with a live orchestra, original music and original choreography.  
  • Hotel Pantelone: Traditional Commedia del Arte street theatre production.

Reach

  • Live Reach
    • Brisbane and surrounds. 
    • Queensland regional tour: North Queensland.
    • Key corporate and community performances: Gold Coast Commonwealth Games Cultural Program performance.
  • Digital Reach
    • 768 Facebook followers.

Innovations

  • New Melodrama ensemble.

2017

Productions

  • Main house production season with an original story devised and performed by the full Blue Roo company with a live orchestra, original music and original choreography. 
  • Street Theatre: Hotel Pantelone.

Stronger Connections

  • Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts.

Reach

  • Live Reach
    • Brisbane and surrounds.
  • Digital Reach
    • 483 Facebook followers.

2016

Productions

  • Main house production: Orpheus and Eurydice in partnership with Opera Queensland.
  • Street Theatre: Hotel Pantelone.

Stronger Connections

  • Opera Queensland.

Reach

  • Brisbane and surrounds.

2015

Productions

  • Bulimba Opera in collaboration with Opera Queensland main house production season with an original story devised and performed by the full Blue Roo company with a live orchestra, original music and original choreography.  
  • Street theatre: Capitano Pretends AgainWaddle of Ducks.

Stronger Connections

  • Opera Queensland.

Reach

  • Brisbane and surrounds.
  • Queensland Regional Tour:
    • Ingham: Australian/Italian Festival
    • Townsville: DanceNorth School of Theatre Arts.

2014

Productions

  • Song Circle in collaboration with Opera Queensland, Judith Wright Centre.
  • Street Theatre: Capitano Pretends Again.

Stronger Connections

  • Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts.

Reach

  • Brisbane and surrounds.

2013

Productions

  • Main production: Darcy O and the Browbeat Factory Judith Wright Centre.
  • Street Theatre: Capitano Pretends Again.

Stronger Connections

  • Judith Wright.

Reach

  • Brisbane and surrounds.
  • Queensland Regional Tour: Charleville.

2012

Productions

  • Main production: Flood Country Judith Wright Centre.

Reach

  • Brisbane and surrounds.

2009-2011

Productions

  • The Last Night at the Grand (2011) Judith Wright Centre. 
  • Sugar Cane Ball (2010) Judith Wright Centre.
  • Lilly Pilly Letters (2009).

I love being me

To sing with my own voice

To stand here and sing

To claim my own choice