2020 is a milestone year for Complete Works. We celebrate our 20th Anniversary. On Thursday 17th February, 2000 we presented a preview for teachers of our first show, Will Shakespeare in Love, at Camberwell High School. Three teachers attended and we secured one booking . . . along with a lot of encouragement.
Since those first tentative but idealistic steps Complete Works has grown into professional touring company that provides targeted learning programs through theatrical presentation to just under 40,000 Victorian Secondary Schools students annually. This year alone we provided professional employment to 26 performers, 11 creatives and crew and 3 administration staff. I very pleased to report that we achieved gender parity employment and pay across all sectors.
When asked how we have managed to grow and sustain an arts organisation that works almost exclusively in the education sector for two decades while others have come and gone I say this - deliver programs of the highest quality, don't rely on funding bodies to feed you and adapt to the changing times. These fairly straight forward principals have helped the company thrive.
I'd like to thank all the marvellous performers and creative teams who have contributed to each and every season, from our poetry programs for younger secondary students right through to our main stage performances of A Man For All Seasons, Medea and The Women of Troy. To our board of management, I thank you for your trust and support, to our Teacher's Advisory Group, for you continuing guidance on curriculum and matters of pedagogy, I also thank you and to our small dedicated administration, the company would be rudderless without you.
With an eye on the current zeitgeist the company will continue to develop programs that fuel our teenagers hearts and minds.
I invite you all to engage with our 2020 Season. Much Ado About Nothing enters the list in Term 1, The Crucible is joined by The Dressmaker and 7 Stages of Grieving sits alongside The Longest Memory in expanded series of programs for VCE English.
See you in the theatre or at your school,