Get Technical! – Behind the Curtain of Moulin Rouge! The Musical

Moulin-Rouge!-The-Musical-Return-MelbourneThe 10 time Tony Award-winning musical Moulin Rouge! The Musical is opening its doors at Crown Theatre Perth for an unprecedented and exclusive event for high school students from Year 10 and above, university, TAFE and college students, as well as people with transferable skills interested in working in technical theatre production.

West Australians are invited to meet the creative and technical team behind the curtain on Australia’s leading musical spectacular, including a unique opportunity to participate in a Q&A with production staff and technical crew on stage.

The event has been created by Sydney based production company, Global Creatures, in response to the critical job shortages currently affecting productions around the country. It is a very rare opportunity (an Australian first) to learn about the myriad of backstage roles in the theatre industry.

In Australia, significant numbers of backstage staff and crew left the theatre industry during the global pandemic along with the usual practice of recruitment and up-skilling on the job came to a complete halt.

With productions coming back with a vengeance in 2023 there is a serious lack of trained and experienced staff and crew. There is an urgent need to not only find the next generation of production creatives, crew and technicians, but to also train and engage them into the theatre backstage workforce.

Hosted by legendary Australian actor Simon Burke AO, who plays Harold Zidler, the event will run for 90 minutes followed by a Q&A (maximum 30 minutes) and will start with a performance of the opening of the show through to the end of the first Can Can.

Through video footage, the audience will then be taken on a behind the scenes tour of each technical department including Wigs/Hair and Make-Up, Lighting, Props, Wardrobe and Set Mechanists followed by Mr Burke interviewing crew from  each department live on stage.

Simon and the crew will highlight their function, responsibilities and daily tasks on the production and the numerous and fascinating pathways crew have entered the performing arts industry from, before answering questions from the audience.

Get Technical! – Behind the Curtain of Moulin Rouge! The Musical
Crown Theatre Perth,  Great Eastern Highway, Burswood
Event: Thursday 23 March 2023 (doors open: 1.00pm | presentation: 1.25pm – 3.30pm)
Bookings: – free event

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Image: Simon Burke as Harold Zidler in Moulin Rouge! The Musical – photo by Michelle Grace Hunder