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POSTED: 20 AUGUST 2010

Putting student theatre back on Australia's cultural map*

Queensland University of Technology Theatre Studies graduates Benjamin Schostakowski and Belinda Locke are on a mission to put Australian student theatre back on the cultural map.

They are helping organise FAST (Festival of Australian Student Theatre), the first national festival of tertiary student theatre in nearly 10 years. It is being run in partnership with La Boite and QUT Creative Industries and will bring together the nation’s student theatre companies.

Tertiary students from around Australia will pool their limited pennies to make their way to La Boite’s Roundhouse Theatre in Brisbane for FAST this September. Student groups will come from universities including Queensland University of Technology, University of Queensland, James Cook University, Griffith University, University of Sydney, University of Melbourne and La Trobe.

From 17 to 19 September, La Boite’s Roundhouse Theatre will be home for over 50 students presenting their new theatre works to the public. Theatre makers from campuses across Australia will converge and pack various venues in the precinct. There are forums and a special 24-hour play project run by the University of Melbourne.

The festival’s aim is to showcase the incredible talent emerging through these companies and to create connections of many kinds. It will allow for national networking, creating opportunities for the growth of Australian Student Theatre and new connections to industry.

Day passes and full festival passes are available for purchase by calling (07) 3007 8600 or visiting www.laboite.com.au.

*Based on media release issued by La Boite.