CIRCUIT: Mapping Theatre in Australia

Theatre in Australia happens all around the country, with many productions touring widely. CIRCUIT is a mapping tool that traces the circulation of performances at different venues from 1965 to the present.

Spanning a sixty-year period, CIRCUIT builds on the AusStage database to provide contextual information about mainstage, community and education shows, as well as workshops and residencies, that have been presented by theatre companies in Australia. With its interactive design and downloadable data and graphs, CIRCUIT can assist the theatre industry, schools and local, state and the federal government to better understand the theatre ecologies that shape regional and urban Australia.

CIRCUIT has been created for Creative Convergence, an ARC-funded Linkage research project, LP160100047 investigating the impact of theatre in regional Victoria on young people. Data from the project partners – Arena, Melbourne Theatre Company , Bell Shakespeare, Hothouse, Geelong Arts Centre, Regional Arts Victoria and Arthur Productions – has been comprehensively updated in AusStage, and their ideas incorporated into CIRCUIT’s design.

The development of CIRCUIT has been supported by the Sociocultural Informatics Platform (SCIP), Melbourne Data Analytics Platform (MDAP) and the Digital Studio at the University of Melbourne, with contributions from student interns Septi Rito Tombe (Masters of Information Technology), Navaneeth Rajagopalan (Masters of Data Science) and Hai Ho Dac (Masters of Information Technology).

This research was funded (partially or fully) by the Australian Government through the Australian Research Council.