ENCORE: End of Year Zoom Party

Get weird, get fruity and come (zoom) party with us!

Our community of student artists and theatre makers have made some real gems this year, and deserve a party in their honour!

Join the UMSU Creative Arts department and their mates from Union House Theatre in celebrating everything arty and farty at our end of year Zoom party.

Cobble together your best FRUIT costume and come along to watch our final open mic night of the year, or sign up to perform!

What: Encore: End of Year Party

When: Thursday 26th November, 7pm

Dresscode: FRUIT SALAD

Cost: FREE!

Register for the event here: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/encore-end-of-year-zoom-party-tickets-129438549185

If you would like to perform please also fill out this google form! You can also sign up on the night!

Above Water Launch Party

Above Water is ready to emerge.

Chuck a costume on and join the Creative Arts and Media departments as we launch volume 16 of Above Water, the creative writing and art anthology of student works.

We will also be announcing the WINNERS from our written and visual art categories!


WHAT: Above Water Launch Party
WHEN: 6pm, Friday 30th October
DRESSCODE: Halloween but make it art


Zoom link: https://unimelb.zoom.us/j/86167890968…
Password: 576373


Art Credit: Anya Wong (@iamiokzi).

Logo Credit: original design by Clara Jose, adapted by Bethany Cherry.


Above Water and the Creative Arts and Media Offices acknowledge the True Custodians of the land on which we work, the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin nations, and pay our respects to their Elders, past and present. We also extend our acknowledgement to the First Nations students in our community. Sovereignty was never ceded.

Tastings 2020 Showcase

Over the past three months, the Creative Arts Department has been supporting 12 student artists to create their own new work. The Tastings Showcase is an opportunity for some of these emerging artists to present their work in progress.

Tastings is an opportunity to create your own lil gem. We have taken the pressure off and have been focusing on developing new ideas, rather than creating a polished and finished product. This is what Tastings has always been about in past years, and is especially important this year.

We have three exciting new works to present over two nights on zoom.


Friday, 16th October, 7pm
Gandhi’s Wife by Prachi Singhal

Saturday 17th October, 7pm
Can You Cast Fireball on Zoom: Practical Magic in the Digital Age by Fake Newspaper Theatre

*Please note this work contains some optional audience participation*

Book your free tickets for one or both nights here. 

Follow the event on Facebook. 

More information about live captioning coming soon. Please contact us if you have access requirements on arts@union.unimelb.edu.au

Stay tuned for our tasty Tastings program coming soon…

Busy Mess to Business : Business Skills for Artists

Learn how to take your busy arty mess and turn it into a successful creative business venture in this 90-minute panel workshop with UMSU Creative Arts and Arts Programming.

All too often us artists are awesome at making our art but don’t quite know how to get started or how to establish ourselves. In this panel discussion you will hear from successful artists across a range of experiences and mediums who will talk about how to value your art, grow a following and get noticed as well as the best ways balance your art and the tedious logistics that come with running an arts business.

Panel artists are  Frances CannonAnnie Louey and Adam Stone.

WHERE: zoom (link sent out upon registration)
WHEN: Tuesday October 2oth 12:30-2pm
COST : Free to all students of the university of Melbourne
REGISTER :https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/busy-mess-to-business-business-skills-for-artists-tickets-120949602517 

 You can also check out our Facebook Event. 

Please get in contact with us at arts@union.unimelb.edu.au if you have any questions about this event or any measures we can take to make this event more accessible to you.

Arts Grant Writing Online Zoom Workshop

Join Channon Goodwin as he talks through the principles of writing competitive arts grant applications. This workshop brought to you by UMSU Creative Arts and Arts Programming will include information on the general structure and requirements of arts grants, and a range of arts funding bodies accessible to students and emerging practitioners.


Channon Goodwin is an artist and artworker based in Melbourne, Australian. His work engages with collective, collaborative, and artist-run practice and forms of artist-led organisation building. Channon is the current Director of Bus Projects, and founding co-convener of All Conference, an organising network comprised of 15 artist-led, experimental and cross-disciplinary arts organisations from around Australia. He aggregates his various collaborative and independent work under Fellow Worker. Channon recently edited a new book Permanent Recession: a Handbook on Art, Labour and Circumstance. Published through Onomatopee Projects, this book is an enquiry into the capitals and currencies of experimental, radical and artist-run initiatives in Australia and the labour conditions of working artists.


WHERE: zoom (link sent out upon registration)
WHEN: Tuesday October 13th 12:30-2pm
COST : Free to all students of the university of Melbourne
REGISTER : https://www.trybooking.com/events/landing?eid=650804&


You can also check out our Facebook event !


This workshop occurs three days before the final Creative Arts grant deadline for 2020 and would be a great way to get some tips and tricks to improve your application. Find out more about these grants here.

Call-out for “Gandhi’s Wife” as part of Tastings 2020.

Looking for a female-identifying South Asian actor!

First-time playwright and graduate student Prachi Singhal is currently working on a seed draft for the University of Melbourne’s Tastings 2020 Showcase. The piece is called “Gandhi’s Wife” which aims to depict the life of Kasturba Gandhi, the wife of Mahatma Gandhi and she is looking for a volunteer actor to read a series of monologues in mid-October on an online platform.

You will be required for approximately 3 hours including a rehearsal and the final performance (all through online communication e.g. Zoom). Unfortunately, you will not be compensated for your time as this opportunity only exists on a volunteer basis. 

If you fit the bill and are interested please fill out this Google form by the 5th of October 2020 to apply. People with disabilities are encouraged to apply. 

If you have any questions, Prachi can be contacted on gandhiswife5@gmail.com . You may also get in contact with the Creative Arts Officers with any questions you have on arts@union.unimelb.edu.au .

You can find out more about Tastings 2020 and other opportunities to get involved here. 

Video Editing Basics

Presented by Union House Theatre and UMSU Creative Arts

With special guests Harriet Wallace-Mead and Shrives Murphy

Join us for a crash course in video editing and making in this digital art age. This workshop will take you through the basics of video editing across platforms and types of software. You will learn easy ways to caption videos, some basic editing skills as well as how to find the editing platform that is best for you!

When: Thursday 1 October, 3:30pm-5pm
Cost: Free
Register: videoeditingbasics.eventbrite.com.au
Facebook event

Participation in Workshops and Masterclasses is open to all University of Melbourne students.

If you have any questions email uht@union.unimelb.edu.au or call 83446975

Accessibility is very important at UHT. Please contact us so we can provide you with the right support to participate in this activity.

A theatre group involved in Tastings 2020 is looking for actors to audition for their upcoming show!

Auditions – Fake Newspaper Theatre Company

Can you cast a fireball over Zoom? Have I chosen the right career? Why does my toe feel weird? Is there a way to summon the snack I’m craving?

These are just a few dilemmas facing mortals every day in our increasingly digital world. After centuries of spooky forests, misty coves, and mysterious towers, a few enterprising spellcasters have decided to modernise their age-old magical business by moving it online. They will be available for one hour to, with the help of their demons, match mortal problems with magical solutions, and perhaps recruit some for the prestigious magical academies. If they can just figure out where the unmute button is.

The cast will play spellcasters and demons, while the audience will be the mortals coming to the consultation for help with their problems. There will be a written lesson plan/schedule, with details about characters, motivation, and what should happen next, rather than a full script. There will be a lot of audience interaction and structured improv. No experience (in improv or otherwise) is required.

Application deadline: Monday 31st August, 11:59pm
Audition period: 2nd-6th September

Audition times:
Wednesday, September 2 – 5:30-6:30pm, 6:30-7:30pm
Saturday, September 4 – 2-3pm, 3-4pm, 4-5pm
Sunday, September 5 – 3-4pm, 4-5pm

Sign up for auditions through this FORM
For more information, see the audition pack HERE.

Production period will be across September (rehearsals) and in October, before the Tastings showcase in mid October, around Week 10 of the semester.

If you want to know more about us or ask any further questions, feel free to message us on our Facebook, send us an email at fakenewspapertheatre@gmail.com or join our discord server.

One of our Tastings 2020 Artists is looking for a team to join the “Let’s Grow” project.
Here is a message from them with alternative ways to view this information at the end of this text.

Hiya, I’m AJ, I’m a queer and disabled writer living on stolen Boon Wurrung country. I am writing a web series and seeking a team of disabled and D/deaf or hard of hearing people to work on it with me. Here the use of disabled includes people who are mentally ill, chronically ill, living with invisible illnesses, have physical disabilities etc. If you self-identify as disabled you’re welcome in this team.

The working title is “Lets Grow” and the story is about a group of people creating a community garden, the story line is deliberately broad so the team involved can inform what direction it takes, what themes are focused on and how the project develops. I am currently looking for writers, performers and a director for this project which is part of Tastings. Because of Covid this project will be worked on collaboratively online employing a combination of google meet sessions, shared google documents and group chats.

A range of communication styles will be used from the outset, with important specific information and clear instructions always given in writing, recorded and subtitled in video and symbols and visual cues will be employed to assist autistic people in their understanding. Image descriptions and closed captions will always be employed.

How to apply :

To apply you can fill out this google form by the 22nd of August at 11:59pm or email alexjmcfadden@gmail.com with your name, what position you want to apply for, that can be multiple positions, and any relevant experience you want to share.

I want this project to be empowering for all those involved in it, if you have any concerns or questions please feel free to contact me in whatever format you would like. I can be reached at alexjmcfadden@gmail.com ,on Instagram @mcfadden_alex , on twitter @_alex_mcfadden if you have concerns you want to communicate but if do not wish to speak to me Liv and Emily the UMSU creative arts office bearers can be reached at arts@union.unimelb.edu.au and they can pass on feedback anonymously or organise a mediated discussion.

Other ways to view this information.

Video with captions https://youtu.be/jRKTFo8jvNw

Video with captions and audio description: https://youtu.be/bdUcfuz7zII

PDF with Icons: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1s1lRLvCzTnjgMMlOZPdCA59aeKWWs_Kl/view?usp=sharing

Word document with icons: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1ziMCyeShy0LlSQrhukdoOjMaB8R1jdNy/view?usp=sharing

You can also read more about Tastings 2020 here! 

The Final De-stress Dance

Presented by Union House Theatre and UMSU Creative Arts

Let’s all get together to shake out our bodies and de-stress our derrières!

Join Creative Arts Officer Liv Bell and Union House Theatre’s Erin Adams (both untrained but super keen living room dancers) for another good ol’ fashioned dance around your house.

It doesn’t matter if you wanna do interpretive dance, be still in the same breath or shake the COVID rage out of you. Come and sweat out your stress with us!


We have had the best time dancing through lockdown with you, but all good things must come to an end (at least for now).

This time we are doing things differently… instead of creating our own exclusive playlist, we want to hear from YOU! What is your favourite song of all time? Which song was your favourite from our past playlists? Tell us all this and more and we will make sure this final dance to de-stress our derrières is truly the BEST of the BEST.

Fill out THIS FORM to help us make the playlist.

When: Swot Vac – Friday 6th November, 11:30am-12:30pm
Cost: Free
Register: destress-dance.eventbrite.com.au
Where: Zoom https://unimelb.zoom.us/j/88668423679?pwd=MzVtdGhPZEUrVll0Y2VxOTRuVmJlQT09
Facebook event

Participation in Workshops and Masterclasses is open to all University of Melbourne students.

If you have any questions email uht@union.unimelb.edu.au or call 83446975

Accessibility is very important at UHT. Please contact us so we can provide you with the right support to participate in this activity.