In 2012 the Foundation entered into agreements with Monash University and the University of Melbourne to support innovation, experimentation and high production standards in the student comedy revues. These revues have been the breeding ground for a large proportion of Melbourne’s comedy talent over the past thirty years, providing early exposure for many members of Fast Forward, The D Generation, Frontline, Australia You’re Standing In It and others.
This support aims to encourage talented performers to actively participate in Student Revues in a variety of roles, to identify outstanding performances and performers and provide opportunities for the talent to be showcased and developed. It also enables the Universities to act as an incubator for talented performing artists and encourage active participation in performing arts.
The funds expand the range of performance and production options currently available for Student Revues, and the Foundation also provides an experienced professional performer to mentor, coach and guide the students in all aspects of development and production. In addition, many students attended scriptwriting workshops in 2013 & 2014, at which they learned more about the craft from a number of leading professional comedy writers and producers.
The project contributes to highly successful Revues from each campus. Donations have enabled the participants to produce Revues with higher production standards than would otherwise have been possible, and the mentorship program provides valuable assistance with stagecraft, scriptwriting and marketing.