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An opera fuelled by outrage over the imprisonment of asylum seeker children, which features growling and screaming to an unconventional score without musical notation, is the joint winner of a top 2020 Art Music Awards honour.

Speechless, by Melbourne-based composer Cat Hope, was inspired by the Human Rights Commission 2014 report The Forgotten Children: National Inquiry Into Children in Immigration Detention, and the response to it from some conservative parliamentarians and media.

Producers at Woolloomooloo's Old Fitz Theatre have appointed three co-artistic directors to guide the 60-seat venue's rebirth after its pandemic-enforced shutdown.

The three, actor Catherine Van-Davies, director Constantine Costi and director and lighting designer Alexander Berlage have been contracted for an initial two years to program 10 shows a year for Red Line Productions.

Steve's essays Bent Man Running published in Growing Up Queer in Australia and Stream drama in Meanjin autumn 2020.
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