La Boite Theatre Company
- The Dead Devils of Cockle Creek
- The Glass Menagerie
- The Wizard of Oz
LA BOITE'S MISSION IS TO PRODUCE AND PRESENT EXHILARATING THEATRE THAT IS ALIVE TO THE PRESENT, EXTENDS AND INSPIRES ARTISTS, AND INVIGORATES THE HEARTS AND MINDS OF AUDIENCES.
We believe in theatre, not just plays. We recognise that our distinctive space demands a theatre that celebrates the theatrical; embraces movement, music and digital expression as well as the spoken word; enables a fluid and sensual relationship between actor and audience. This is the language of the contemporary imagination. We believe in reaching out beyond our walls - to independent artists and teams, key companies from Australia and beyond, festivals, and into communities that are eager to participate in what we do. This is what it means to be connected to the world.
La Boite's Roundhouse Theatre is an epic-intimate space and Australia's only purpose-built theatre-in-the-round. It's also flexible enough to be used
as a thrust stage with the audience on three sides. This 400-seat home stage offers a distinctive theatre experience.
Mainhouse seasons look to new Australian work, fresh international theatre, great texts of the past, and to collaborations with diverse artists and organisations from across the nation and beyond. We aim to converse with the times - to unwrap the past and scrutinise the present as a means of expressing our aspirations for the future. We include work for children and young people and regularly present works regionally and nationally.
REGIONAL & TOURING
La Boite has always had a strong relationship with regional and remote Australia. Since 2006 La Boite has had a relationship with a number of communities in the Surat Basin, collaborating with schools and communities to create performances grounded in the local community. Touring work to regional Australia continues to be an important part of our work
LA BOITE INDIE
La Boite Indie is one of the leading platforms for independent theatre in Australia. It aims to nurture a more sustainable independent theatre culture, cultivate new audiences, enable closer ties between independent practice and La Boite, and to help create more outstanding, contemporary works for theatre. La Boite's financial resources allow us to occupy our theatre for about 30 weeks a year, and rather than leave it empty for the remaining time, we give it over to artists through this curated season of independent works. The Roundhouse Theatre is transformed into a more manageable 95-seat space, La Boite provides financial, technical, marketing and artistic assistance, and box office income is returned to the independent companies. La Boite continues to enourage opportunites for remounts and further development. Our partnership with QPAC sees one La Boite Indie production remounted at QPAC the following year.
In 2013, we launched a new Playwrights-in Residence program for four writers, a deliberate attempt to develop the diversity of voices on our stages. We wanted to connect these writers nationally, so the program runs in partnership with Griffin Theatre Company and Playwriting Australia. It includes masterclasses and workshops with actors and dramaturgs, and activities designed to bring these writers into the life of the company. Kathryn Marquet's play Pale Blue Dot will be staged in our Mainhouse in 2014.
LEARNING & PARTICIPATION
La Boite creates opportunities to take part in what we do in ways that emphasise learning, creativity and discovery for everyone. We offer 32 weeks of acting masterclasses for adults, professional development workshops for teachers, curriculum-based workshops for school students, and internships for tertiary students and recent graduates. The Ambassadors Program is a year-long program for almost 200 high school and tertiary students from across Brisbane and regional Queensland. Ambassadors attend all productions for free, meet with creative teams, enjoy free workshops through the year, learn about La Boite programs, and take a leadership role in introducing the work of La Boite to their peers, schools, and families.