Formed in 1998, The Old Van, an independent, multicultural, professional theatre company based in rural Victoria, creates work that connects closely to the environment in which it is performed: an old Pavilion for The Swan in Daylesford, a tin shed for Faith Healer in Melbourne, a river-water pool for A Midsummer Night’s Dreaming Mildura 1956, in Mildura, a surf beach for The Seal Wife in Portland, a deserted packing shed for Romeo and Juliet in Merbein, a trotting track for The Bludgers Opera and a deconsecrated Convent Chapel for Macbeth in Daylesford.

The company’s first production, Faith Healer, was critically acclaimed, receiving four Green Room award nominations and an award for Best Actress.

A Midsummer Night's Dreaming. Mildura. 1956, (2003) Don Coyote, Man of the Mallee (2004) and
Romeo and Juliet (2005) were all developed for the Mildura Wentworth Arts Festival, while Macbeth (2000) toured regionally in 2003 and was selected for a Melbourne season at Theatreworks in 2004.

The Life and Deaths of Don Koyote was performed in 2007 in Bendigo, Daylesford and The Heywood Green. The Company restaged The Seal Wife in 2008 at the mouth of the Hopkins River in Warrnambool and outside Mildura - at the Perry Sandhills, part of the ancient Willandra Lakes system.

In 2009, the Company premiered Tracy Bourne's My Homeland, in an old shearing shed in Mildura; following this with The [Aussie Rules] Taming of the Shrew at the Daylesford Footy Grounds (2009) and the Nangiloc Footy Oval (2010).

In 2011 the company produced Molly Sweeney and The Wild Girl at Castlemaine's Phee Broadway Theatre, with Molly Sweeney being successfully remounted in 2013 at the Footscray Community Arts Centre, Melbourne.




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