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We’re thrilled to continue supporting Canberra artists to create exciting new works in 2024.

Creative Developments

New Works provides creative development residencies through application and curation, providing artist income and access to the Courtyard Studio and CTC team to develop work beyond the initial seed of an idea.

Diamond CD New Works

Liz Lea

Artist: Liz Lea, with Tammi Gissell
Work: Diamond
Dates: 15–19 January 2024

Liz spent a week in The Playhouse researching her new one woman show Diamond. The process supports continued immersive collaborative process with artists and scientists in Australia and Asia, informing the next iteration of her development as a performer, creator, and access provider – a reconnect with her past to move into the future. Diamond springs from the expansive analogy of the creation of rare and precious jewels over millions of years. Founded in a personal journey with Chronic Illness, Diamond becomes a reflection on resilience, longevity, and potential for brilliance that comes with age.

“It was such a thrill and honour to open the year in a venue like The Playhouse, begin research and cast the net wide with ideas with my collaborator Tammi Gissell. We connected online with Dramaturg Brian Lucas and musicians Toby Cole and Alexander Hunter. A myriad of new ideas and previously unseen connections, now settle into space for the next steps. Deeply grateful for the support from Canberra Theatre Centre and artsACT.” – Liz Lea

This creative development was supported by CTC’s New Works program and arts ACT project funding.


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