urgent: lend your voice to the arts in port phillip

Friends of Theatre Works: our dearest audience, artists, patrons and partners, 

We have been steadfast in our commitment to not get bogged down in the negative, 2020 was obviously a hard year and we having been working hard to put it behind us and focus on the future.  We have been getting back on our feet this year and smashing goals with Fringe Replanted, The Glasshouse, our new cafe Blackbox and all the stellar work we have already staged.  Theatre Works has been a thriving hub of activity as St Kilda and the City of Port Phillip slowly return to the vibrant hustle and bustle they were known for pre-Covid.

We don’t want to go back on our commitment to the positive but on Tuesday we received news that gave us pause and in short..

We need your help.
We were advised that the City of Port Phillip is proposing to discontinue triennial funding for its six Key Arts Organisations: Phillip Adams Ballet Lab, Australian Tapestry Workshop, Red Stitch Actors Theatre, The Torch, Rawcus, and Theatre Works. 

If passed, this measure will take effect from mid-2021, hitting the local arts sector just as it begins to get back on solid ground. The impact of these cuts will mean loss of jobs, decreased opportunities for artists and simply less on offer for audience and participants.

The City of Port Phillip’s draft Community Vision for 2021 – 2031, states “We are renowned as a cultural hub from live music to our creative industries … Port Phillip… [is] admired as a creative hub that continues to evolve and innovate.”,  and yet it is the very organisations they threaten to defund that can help deliver this vision. A commitment to ongoing funding would demonstrate that this Council truly believe in and values both the arts and the organisations that help make up the diverse and renowned hub they speak of. 

How can you help? 

We are asking for your support in petitioning Council to reconsider their proposed cancellation of triennial funding. We are asking this not only for us, but for the dynamic ecosystem of arts organisations and individuals which add cultural vibrancy to the City, and the creative tapestry of Melbourne and Australia. 

We only have until this Sunday to convince the City of Port Phillip to reconsider its position. 

If you care about art and culture in your local community, please take a moment to make sure your voice is heard. Below is a link to a template for download and assist you in sharing your concerns – simply click the name of the local Councillor below which will open in your email then copy the template into the body of the email adding your own voice and ask them to reconsider their position.


We can’t do what we do without your help. It takes so much more than a great idea to make extraordinary theatre. Your support, no matter how large or small, makes a huge difference to what we do.


Theatre Works acknowledges First People’s sovereignty and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and story telling by the traditional owners of this country. We pay our respects to their Elders, past, present and emerging.

Always was, always will be Aboriginal land.