Full-On Theatre acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the Land on which their work has been made and on the countries we tour through. We pay respect and admiration to their elders past, present and future.
Full-On Theatre was formed in 1988 and has created 21 original productions for both adult and family audiences. Based in Melbourne and founded by Dave Houston, the company tours extensively nationally and internationally. In 2017, they are touring 4 national shows. In November they will be premiering a new youth theatre show funded by the Department of Premier & Cabinet – Community Resilience Unit and the City of Melton. In February 2018, they will be premiering Troy Boys, a new adult show funded by the City of Yarra.
The aims of the company are to create new, exciting, hard-hitting and entertaining theatre that responds to the needs of communities. For the last 12 years the company has worked in partnership and collaboration with schools, health professionals, local government, Not for Profits and youth agencies to create work with teenagers. Full-On Theatre works in collaboration with communities, partners & participants to deliver innovative & creative participatory arts programs for young people and the broader community. The company has created over 35 community theatre productions, sometimes with over a hundred participants.
Since it’s first show in 1998 Full-On Theatre has performed to over 600,000 people.
Contact: Dave Houston
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- to create theatre experiences that are lively, comic, contain original live music and powerful narratives
- To develop and create shows with young people, communities and wellbeing partners that lead to social change.
- to tour these original theatre shows regionally, nationally and internationally
- to develop screen content through our partner company Little Blue Dingo
- to promote the cause of Indigenous Australia
- to mentor & develop skills & knowledge with young people and communities.
Since 1998 the company has created 21 new original Australian works. They have received several projects grants in this time from local councils, The Department of Premier and Cabinet (Vic) School Focused Youth Services and wellbeing agencies. They have performed at International Children’s and Youth Festivals and been commissioned to create work internationally. They have toured shows to over 250,000 primary students and 50,000 secondary students. They have performed from remote shearing sheds to the Victorian Arts Centre and played at major music festivals and corporate events such as the Australian Open, Australian Grand Prix and AFL grand final. They have recorded albums in Mexico, Thailand and Australia.
Recently the company has focused more on community work rather than the corporate sector. The artistic Director Dave Houston has been an artist in residence in several communities, schools and towns. They have worked in creative partnerships with wellbeing service provides like Headspace, Family Life and The Royal Children’s Hospital, schools, communities and local government and youth services to provide theatre made by young people for young people. Their activities include touring primary and secondary schools, running creative workshops for young people and adults and creating new theatre work for young people and the general public. Recently they have been working in 6 remote Indigenous communities in central Australia and are making a feature documentary film on a 61 year old Anangu elder and staging a community and professional concert at Uluru in 2017.