Shane tours India, this time with Opera Australia

Foreign Minister, Julie Bishop, announced last week that Opera Australia would receive $50,000 for an Indian tour of the 2008 Helpmann Award-winning Shane Warne the Musical.

Shane tours India, this time with Opera Australia

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Thegrant was one of several announced through the Australia India Council which makes $565,000 worth of grants to programs and partnerships designed to draw India and Australia closer together, in the areas of arts and culture, science and technology, education, social initiatives (sport, public health, gender) and public policy fields.

The work, written by (and starring) Eddie Perfect and originally directed by Neil Armfield, will be re-staged by Opera Australia.

At this stage, Opera Australia's plans are still in their infancy and more details will become available as they are confirmed in the coming months.

'India has a tremendous Bollywood tradition which is not a long way theatrically from opera and musicals', says Lyndon Terracini, Artistic Director of Opera Australia.

'These are art forms which celebrate the theatricality of dance, vibrant and colourful costuming, voice and wonderful music—and the existing audience for these offer a new and exciting avenue for Opera Australia to explore.

'We are happy to be working with a number of government partners both here and in India to develop a plan for presenting opera-related opportunities that are also meaningful to the Indian population.'

The early incarnation of Shane Warne the Musical debuted at the 2007 Adelaide Cabaret Festival, before playing a long season in Melbourne and a brief two-week season in Sydney.

It was revived in 2013 with a script updated to cover Warne's more recent escapades with the British model Liz Hurley and a full orchestral score by Iain Grandage.

It played in Melbourne and in Adelaide.

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