Homegrown Independents Program

Homegrown Independents Program is the Empire Theatre Projects Company’s assisted hire program encouraging the development and production of new and exciting works, allowing them space to be seen and presented. Independent producers are afforded expert advice and assistance to produce their event.

The program allows for experimentation, collaboration and creative freedom and produces high quality results. It is designed to provide access, develop community capacity, support local emerging artists and develop theatre audiences by introducing them to new and local adventurous work.

Presenters apply for the program through a competitive application process and 2018’s program includes 6 productions covering drama, dance, cabaret and children’s theatre. Tickets will be available six weeks prior to the first performance of each show.

See below what is on offer this year and mark it in your calendar!

The Diva Diaries

Show Information

Empire Theatre Studio
16-18 August
Show dates and times TBC

Throwing caution to the wind, three delectable divas open their diaries to reveal scintillating secrets and marvellous memoir. Having last year wowed audiences with their tale of struggle and frustration in their quest for stardom on the musical theatre stage, the ladies have decided it’s time to step up to success. In fact, it’s possible that success may have gone to their heads!

Kicking struggle street to the kerb, throwing off the shackles of self-doubt and embracing their divine diva potential to the limit, they are set to give audiences more of what they want in their (almost) brand new show: The Diva Diaries.

This original production showcases comedy pieces from the likes of G&S and Sondheim. It also includes the work of some of the best new musical theatre writers around, made popular by the likes of Kristin Chenoweth, along with classical favourites such as Glitter and be Gay and Nella Fantasia. The show received rave reviews when first presented in 2017, with audience members calling it “beyond fabulous” and “highly entertaining".

The Diva Diaries is made possible by the Australian Government's Regional Arts Fund, which supports the arts in regional and remote Australia.

The Diva Diaries acknowledges assistance through the Higher Ground project supported by USQ Artsworx in partnership with Visual Focus and the assistance of the Empire Theatres Homegrown Independents Program.

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