The second round of Production and Commissioning Fund recipients are listed. All figures exclude GST.

12 April 2016

A is for Atlas Ltd: ANZAC Legacy Dining Room Tale ($42,000)

A is for Atlas will partner with the Shrine of Remembrance, PricewaterhouseCoopers and Gandel Philanthropy to create and present a unique performance work that celebrates the spirit of Anzac told through a prominent contemporary voice. This unique Dining Room Tale project will invite audiences to the dinner table to share in the Anzac story, the history, the culture and craft of a wonderful storyteller as they share a communal meal. This special Anzac Legacy Dining Room Tale will be developed in 2015 and performed around Victoria and nationally throughout 2016–18.

Australian Art Orchestra: 100 stories and Home Can Grow as Strange as Space ($64,000)

Home Can Grow As Strange As Space will involve the commissioning of eight major solo compositions by the Australian Art Orchestra to reflect the untold stories of Australia's experience of war. This project will be a collaboration between Monash University and the Australia Art Orchestra and the compositions will be informed by a select number of the University's '100 Stories' archive of wartime experience. Each composer will be given the opportunity to engage deeply, across time, with their chosen story and the community, from which it has emerged, culminating in a premiere performance in each state or territory to commemorate Remembrance Day in 2018.

Australian Chamber Orchestra: Reflections on Gallipoli ($35,000)

A production of a new multi-art form concert program titled Reflections on Gallipoli by the Australian Chamber Orchestra. The project delivers 11 performances in Australia's major concert halls and is broadcast across Australia from around Anzac Day. This project explores and commemorates the Anzac story, as told through music, spoken text, live video footage and images. The program includes the world premiere of a new work by Australian composer Carl Vine.

Australian Theatre for Young People: A Town Called War Boy ($60,000)

The Australian Theatre for Young People will partner with the State Library of NSW to deliver a regional tour of the production titled A Town Called War Boy by Ross Mueller. This theatre production will bring to life the very personal and provocative experiences of young Australians in the First World War, in their own words. A Town Called War Boy draws on the personal diaries and letters of soldiers and nurses collected by the State Library from 1919. This project uses the voices of young men through theatre to tell a story with the same energy, spark and larrikin spirit of the Anzacs.

Big hART Incorporated: Samurai Digger ($100,000)

A cross-cultural theatre project about peacemaking between cultures, this Australian/Japanese performance is inspired by one man's quest to return Samurai swords taken by Australian soldiers during the Second World War. His peacemaking quest involved regional families in Australia, in the difficult years after the war, and led to a series of selfless acts of goodwill, assisting communities in Japan, including Japanese/Australian 'love children' abandoned in Japan after the war. The writing process will collect true stories from the families involved in regional and rural areas in different states in Australia as well as in Nara in Japan. This project received seed funding for project development through Round 1 of the Production and Commissioning Fund. Funding through Round 2 is being provided to support the creation and staging of the theatre piece.

Corrugated Iron Youth Arts: Mr Takahashi ($70,000)

Mr Takahashi (and Other Falling Secrets) is a play about the bombing of Darwin that will be produced and performed in Darwin, Broome and Cairns as part of the 75th anniversary of the bombing of northern Australia. The play will share the history and grief of World War Two on northern Australia including the bombing raids that killed both military personnel and civilians. Mr Takahashi tells the story of some of these civilians whose lives were forever changed on 19 February 1942.

Geoffrey Sykes: Lest We Forget ($32,000)

This project will involve capturing the diversity of small war memorials that proliferated across Australia in the aftermath of First World War through the production of a documentary. The project will celebrate and portray the experiences of ex-soldiers and communities that led to memorial construction, seek cultural explanation through select interviewees, and provide a narration about the place of these memorials in the mixed responses of pride and grief that pervaded Australia as the nation reflected on the cumulative experience of war. The documentary will be made available online and screened at various locations across Australia from 2016.

Ellis Productions: FLAK: True stories of the men who flew in WWII ($35,000)

FLAK—Stories from the men who flew in World War Two is a re-enactment of stories written and performed by Michael Veitch after interviews with over 50 surviving airmen who informed his books FLAK and Fly. This project will embark on a national tour including filming activity documentary style. FLAK takes on the roles of former airmen, recounting their extraordinary, true and largely untold stories of combat in the air war of 1939–45. From bomber pilots to fighter aces, from rear gunners to bomb aimers, from stories of death and fear to tales of humour and comradeship, Michael Veitch has helped unearth stories of ordinary men living and fighting in extraordinary times.

Hunter Singers: Choral Work ($12,330)

Newcastle youth choir Hunter Singers will commission a choral work by Australian composer Paul Jarman to commemorate the Centenary of the Battle of Fromelles. The work, scored for choir, six brass and percussion instrumentalists, will honour the soldiers who lost their lives in Polygon Wood and elsewhere on the Western Front. Hunter Singers, conducted by Kim Sutherland OAM, will perform the work in Newcastle, Canberra and Melbourne from 2016.

Southern Tablelands Arts: The Great Southern Line ANZAC Story ($50,000)

The Great Southern Line Anzac Story will highlight the experience of veterans returning to communities in the Southern Tablelands Arts (STARTS) region from the Great War. STARTS will engage with families and descendants of First World War veterans, the Australian War Memorial, the National Library of Australia, local libraries, museums, Ex-Services organisations, family history groups and railway enthusiast groups to develop commemorative public artworks at five railway stations in the Southern Tablelands region of New South Wales.

Spare Parts Puppet Theatre: In Flanders Field ($100,000)

Spare Parts Puppet Theatre in partnership with the WA Museum will develop and present a new immersive puppetry work that encourages a greater understanding and recognition of the role that Australian soldiers played on the western front during the First World War as well as the battles over the last 100 years. The work will premiere at the Maritime Museum in Western Australia before touring to the Geraldton and Albany regional Museums. This project is inspired by the book 'In Flanders Fields' by Norman Jorgensen and will comprise ten stories each placed in a different decade over the last 100-years, culminating in the Norman Jorgensen story. Objects will be used as a gateway to these stories that will explore how individual small acts of kindness can affect positive change and the impact of war on individuals and families.

The Stagemaster: Flights from Wonder ($10,000)

The Street Theatre will receive seed funding to develop and produce an epic visual song cycle celebrating the 100-year legacy of Australasian military science. Flights from Wonder: songs of scientific discovery and disturbance will feature five musicians, three singers, digital art-imagery and sustained community involvement to recognise those who worked in science and technology from the First World War to the present. Drawing inspiration from our Anzac history and defence scientists this is a tale of exceptional individuals, spectacular discoveries, elusive answers and intellectual tenacity traversing the ever-expanding pace and domain of intelligence and its application. This project is expected to be delivered from 2017 and commence with a week-long curated program featuring defence science-related discussion, sound and art installations and events.