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A message from the Red Stitch company
Our thoughts are with you all during this very challenging time and we hope that you and your loved ones are well. We have been greatly appreciative of your support over the years, and want to let you know how we are adjusting our plans in response to these strange and disconcerting events.
We are currently reviewing our schedule in response to COVID-19 health concerns and the implications for the broader community.
It is with great regret that we have decided to suspend our world premiere season of Single Ladies by Michele Lee until further notice.
It is especially heartbreaking to have to suspend a wonderful new Australian play, with the years of work that have been put into its development through our INK program.
Our venue capacity is less than 100 people, which is the currently mandated limit for non-essential gatherings. However, the safety of our community is our priority, and following advice from Federal and State governments regarding preventative social distancing and taking steps to ‘flatten the curve’, we have decided this is the most responsible course of action. We are also supporting our staff to work from home.
The impact of closures and postponement of activities is heavily impacting the entire Arts sector. For Red Stitch, which receives only 10% of its income through government funding, the effect on the company and the hundreds of artists we work with each year will be unprecedented. We will keep you updated on further changes as they become necessary, including the rescheduling of future events.
Ticket sales and philanthropic support make up the vast majority of our company’s income, and we are deeply grateful to those of you who have opted to donate the price of your ticket to the company. Such goodwill and generosity have an even greater impact in times like these.
That being said, we understand that not everyone is in a position to donate. If you require a credit for a future Red Stitch production or a refund, please be patient as our small staff processes your request. We will be in touch in the near future, or you are welcome to contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org or on 03 9533 8082 for further information.
Please take care, and we look forward to seeing you again in person. While we are facing many challenges over the coming months, our absence on the stage doesn’t mean we’ve stopped working. We will continue to innovate and reflect and act – the arts is of the greatest importance in times of major upheaval. We will respond and come back galvanized, and reunite with you in better days..
The Red Stitch Ensemble
by Michele Lee
Directed by Bagryana Popov
INK World Premiere
Featuring Jem Lai, Caroline Lee and Andrea Swifte
Dramaturg Emilie Collyer
Set and Costume Romanie Harper
Lighting Rachel Lee
Sound Elissa Goodrich
Stage Manager Rain Shadrach
Assistant Stage Manager Lowana van Dorssen
“Ya used to get mugged around here. In the 70s, and the 80s. Even into the 90s. All types. The Aboriginals. The Serbians. Punks. Skips. You’d just punch on. People were tough around here. People were surviving.”
Set in the sanitised grunge of Collingwood, Single Ladies is a buddy story of lone women in the city told over the course of a day, from the award-winning writer of Going Down and Rice.
Anne, Lilike and Rachel are from different generations and backgrounds and hold different allegiances to their neighbourhood, but a chance happening outside Coles sets them on the path to an improbable friendship.
Single Ladies was developed through Red Stitch’s INK program.