Regional theatre company, Lab Kelpie, wins prestigious theatre award   

Katy Warner's 'Reasons To Be Invisible' will be developed by Lab Kelpie thanks to the Australian Children’s Theatre Foundation and Regional Arts Victoria.
Reasons To Be Invisible by Katy Warner. Image by Janko Ferlic

The Trustees of the Australian Children’s Theatre Foundation (ACTF) and Regional Arts Victoria (RAV) have announced the 2023 Joan and Betty Rayner ACTF Commission has been awarded to regional theatre company, Lab Kelpie, one of Australia’s leading independent theatre touring companies. 

The award will be used to develop a brand new work for children written by distinguished playwright and author Katy Warner, the 2016 Australian Writers’ Guild (AWGIE) winner for Best Children’s Theatre for her play Reasons to Stay Inside. No stranger to Lab Kelpie, Warner’s new work, Reasons To Be Invisible, is a play about friendship, courage and adventure, described as: ‘An uplifting, heart-warming story about finding your voice – and having fun while doing it!’  It will be developed by Lab Kelpie in Daylesford, regional Victoria.

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Suzannah Conway is ArtsHub's Brisbane-based Arts Feature Writer. Suzannah is an experienced arts administrator, having been CEO of Opera Queensland, the Brisbane Riverfestival and the Centenary of Federation celebrations for Queensland. She has been writing reviews and music articles for over 15 years and regularly reviews classical music, opera and musical theatre in particular for The Australian and Limelight magazine as well as other journals.