Cohuna playwright receives funding through the Regional Arts Fund

By Lachlan Durling

COHUNA has a share in more than $1.1 million as part of the Federal Government’s Regional Arts Fund Community Grants.

Acclaimed playwright Merrilee Moss has received about $15,000 to launch a new play, Running with Emus.

The project will see two performances on a verandah in the Gannawarra forest with rehearsals and production to provide professional development for young regional performers, allowing them to work with more experienced artists.

Running with Emus covers the conflicts and dynamics that arise in a small town as it considers becoming a refugee friendly town.

It is one of 71 projects nationally that will receive funding through the latest round of grants.

While the fund provides exceptional access and support to artists and creative industries in rural, regional and remote Australia, it is highly competitive with demand far greater than the resources available.

In Western Australia, Victoria and Queensland less than 30 per cent of eligible applications were able to be funded.

Regional Arts Australia is working to map the needs and impacts of the funded projects and will continue to advocate for an increase in the Regional Arts Fund.