Theatre Royal Backspace

Theatre that is fresh, unprocessed, raw and satisfying.

Following the extraordinary success of the RAWspace program in 2015, the Theatre Royal, Tasmania Performs and Ten Days on the Island again join forces to nurture and release fledgling works by talented Tasmanian theatre makers. They get encouragement, a stage and the chance to fly.

Be their audience and see what happens. It could be the start of something big.


Thurs 16 MarchBrittle, followed by The Love Project
(1hr 15mins including interval)

Fri 17 MarchThe Love Project, followed by Lipstick
(1hr 15mins including interval)

Sat 18 March – Contested Land
(1hr no interval)



Lead artist Glen Murray

Brittle as part of RAWspace (photo credit: Nicole Robson)

Brittle is a solo movement based theatre work by a mature male dancer, a work that is strong, confronting and challenging. A work that will evoke powerful emotional responses.


Directed by Essie Kruckemeyer, Composed by Heath Brown

The Love Project as part of RAWspace at the Theatre Royal Backspace

The Love Project is a dance theatre work that explores the extraordinary and ordinariness of love, told through a collage of interview, emotive music and movement by a small ensemble.


By Zeb Direen

Lipstick as part of RAWspace (photo credit: Ceri Brose, Cezb Photography)

A man wearing lipstick? What a taboo! Lipstick is a journey of self discovery by an aspiring performer as they audition, work, and socialise while working out where they fit in a world where gender plays a crucial role – from hitting high C as the star of the show, to the shots we drink, and of course the socks we wear every day.



Directed by Charlie Smith
Performed by Second Echo Ensemble

Contested Land as part of RAWspace at the Theatre Royal Backspace

Contested Land is an immersive exploration of our sense of connection to the land and what it means to take, give, share and fight over contested land.


‘it was a very positive experience for us and has made a huge difference to the project and how we are going to develop it now – having had the opportunity to present it at this early stage…’

Briony Kidd, Radio Gothic