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The Scratch Story
Scratch Arts, based in Naarm (Melbourne), is an esteemed contemporary and queer production house that has been enchanting audiences with exceptional theatre and events since 2015.
Initially established as an expansive community arts center in North Melbourne, Scratch Arts provided 20 artist studios, a 600-person capacity event space, a theatre, and a gallery. Throughout the years, Scratch Arts has garnered numerous grants and support from various government bodies, corporations, and arts enthusiasts.
In recent times, Scratch Arts has taken great pleasure in producing a wide range of events for the Midsumma Festival, collaborating with the South Side Festival, and showcasing works on regional and interstate tours.
Among the notable productions is "Moist," a riveting circus and comedy show that won the weekly award for Best Circus at the Adelaide Fringe in 2023 and the weekly award for Best Physical Theatre in 2022. Another remarkable event hosted by Scratch Arts is Q-Lit, an LGBTQIA+ literature festival that brings together Victorian LGBTQIA+ writers for workshops, masterclasses, panel discussions, and showcases.
Scratch Arts is also renowned in Melbourne for hosting the monthly performance art club night, Blankë Pop. Launched in 2018, this captivating event regularly tours regional Victoria and other states.
By collaborating with professional contemporary and queer Australian artists, Scratch Arts aims to elevate the profile of their art and make it accessible to a broader, non-theatre-going audience. Our mission is to experiment, challenge boundaries, and delight audiences through a diverse range of mediums, including physical theatre, circus, performance art, and community art.
Our Reviews & Media
Video interview with Dean Arcuri on our recent hub of art at the Mission to Seafarers as a part of Midsumma Festival
Interview with Joy 94.9 for our recent Midsumma hub
Interview with Antithesis Journal
"...uniquely valuable to the current creative landscape and their tenacity for bringing the queer community together, through a multifarious array of independent events and productions over the years, has been a testament to their resourceful nature."
- Elizabeth Dawson-smith (Independant producer)
"...Scratch and the large team of creatives have become an integral part of the fabric of our festival, reliably creating a unique and engaging theatre space for our festival."
- Samuel Clemens (Burning Seed Theme Camps Team Lead)
"A place where creative creatures of the night can come together to bask in bodacious art."
- Maximus Retro (Photographer)
"Warm creative collaborative community celebrating unique voices."
- Charlotte Roberts (Singer)
"Fantabulous collaboration of expressive wonder proudly hosted by wonderful people."
- Amber Moore (Audience)