Students showcase innovative performance in annual SPRUNG Festival 2020 online


Students showcase innovative performance in annual SPRUNG Festival 2020 online

Charles Sturt University presents the SPRUNG Festival 2020 ‘Gone Viral’ from Monday 28 September.

  • Five original creative performance works can be viewed during a one-week online SPRUNG Festival 2020 from Monday 28 September to Saturday 3 October

Charles Sturt University final-year theatre media students will present the SPRUNG Festival 2020 ‘Gone Viral’ from Monday 28 September.

Theatre media Lecturer Ms Zoe Rodwell in the Charles Sturt School of Communication and Creative Industries said, “SPRUNG Festival is an annual event in the Bathurst calendar and provides an opportunity for students to produce their final original interdisciplinary performance works.

“It is a key learning and teaching moment in the theatre media program, and involves the entire student cohort working collaboratively towards shared creative goals.”

For this year’s SPRUNG festival, all shows will be viewable online through the new festival website.

Viewers can watch a single show or are able to purchase a festival pass offering access to the full week of SPRUNG content.

Ms Rodwell said 2020 has presented some significant challenges, and over the past months students have adapted to creating theatrical work within COVID-19 parameters.

“Students have assumed production and performance roles working via ZOOM meeting rehearsals and have taken advantage of a brief on-campus face-to-face production period,” she said.

“This valuable time on-campus enabled students to get back into the Charles Sturt Ponton Theatre and television studio to put their final works together.

“Students have approached this year with open minds and an incredible sense of adaptability, they have had to think outside the box and initiate new ways of doing things.

“Audiences will be able to view these performances from the comfort of their home and will be impressed by the originality and variety of artistic approaches within each show.

“SPRUNG 2020 will be one to remember, a unique experience with different shows to watch each night.”

The SPRUNG Festival 2020 program includes:

Pirates! - inspired by Cambridge Analytica and Wikileaks, this comedic four-part miniseries encourages viewers to question their own privacy and online habits in a digital age where personal data is collected and sold like treasure.

Paper Flowers - mixing mediums of theatrical performance, film and curated art instillation, this romantic drama explores themes of love, growth, boundaries and personal development.

LLOYD.MP4 – a short horror film seen through an interesting perspective.

Le Papillon - a physical theatre film work following the balancing act of central character Lillian as she struggles with overwhelming anxiety and memories from her past.

Garry Smith – a three-part mockumentary series unlocking the conspiracy theories surrounding Garry Smith, a missing talk show host/podcaster.

Tickets for a single show are $6 and SPRUNG Festival passes are $17.50, which give the viewer access to the full week of SPRUNG Festival content.

Tickets, show promo videos, and program details are available through the SPRUNG Festival 2020 website.

SPRUNG Festival online screening dates are Monday 28, Tuesday 29 and Wednesday 30 September, and Thursday 1, Friday 2 and Saturday 3 October

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For further information and ticketing contact SPRUNG Festival Student Marketing Co-ordinator

Mr Roan Van Heekeren on mobile 0423 301 513 or email

Media Note:

To arrange interviews contact theatre media Lecturer Ms Zoe Rodwell on mobile 0434 368 033 or or contact Bruce Andrews at Charles Sturt Media on mobile 0418 669 362 or

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