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Established in 1966, Arena is one of Australia’s longest-running producers of theatre for young people.

In 2021 Arena Theatre Company is turning 55! This momentous milestone marks over half a century of Arena creating extraordinary theatre for young audiences. Along the way we have worked with amazing writers, directors, actors, creatives and crew, so many people that have shaped Arena into the company it is today. We are very fortunate in being able to come this far and we have so many people to thank for that.

Here we will be posting memories, videos and photos of the last 55 years of Arena. To help us celebrate we would love to hear from you. Anyone who has worked for, worked with, been influenced by or even attended an Arena show. Any and all memories of this wonderful company are welcome….

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Productions staged
nationally and internationally
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world premieres
along with 55 adaptions of existing works
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Audience reached

Did you know?

Arena Theatre Company was established in 1966 by Naomi Marks.

It was initially named Children’s Arena Theatre (CAT) as the first four productions were produced in the round.

Arena’s first production was The Crossroads by innovative children’s theatre maker, Brian Way.

Arena Theatre Company has a history of producing theatre for young people that neither patronises nor preaches to it’s audience

The Age

Arena Theatre Company has a history of producing theatre for young people that neither patronises nor preaches to it’s audience

The Age

Marlin: 2014

When a fisherman and his grandaughter leave for a fishing trip, their journey becomes a life and death adventure that neither of them had anticipated. First performed in September 2014 at MTC, this production was awarded Drama Victorias Best Performance by a Theatre Company to Primary Students 2014.

Creatives

Director: Christian Leavesley
Writer: Damian Miller
Assistant Director: Jolyon James
Designer: Marg Horwell

Lighting Designer: Rachel Burke
Production Manager: Emily O’Brien
Sound Designer: Jethro Woodward
Composer: Wan-Zheng Ting

Cast

Ashlea Pyke: Billy
Christopher Bunworth: Thomas Grogan (Grandad)
Jacob Williams: Puppeteer