Hall Stories

Producer: Damian Callinan
Writer: Damian Callinan
Directed By: Damian Callinan

A comedic celebration of the life of halls in Australian country life.

Synopsis

There is barely a bakery in regional Australia, that hasn’t had one of Damian Callinan’s show posters blu-tacked to its window. In Hall Stories, the celebrated actor, comedian and creator of the hit Netflix film The Merger, combines his skills as a storyteller, stand-up and character actor, to pull back the curtain on his own tour stories and examine the quirks, traditions and characters of rural Australian halls. In the deluxe version of the show, Damian will also be spending time with the local community to delve into the history, characters and yarns to tailor the show, as well deliver a podcast episode to document your hall’s story. Hall Stories is Callinan doing what he does best, where he does it best. He knows how to talk over a bubbling urn; wind up when the CWA head into the supper room and stack the chairs in 5’s at the end of the night. You just let him know where to get the hall key, and he’ll do the rest.

Short Reviews

Damian has a unique way of disarming the audience and flipping the funnies back onto them. It was an absolute delight to see our local community laughing together with and at themselves during Mayor for a Day. A total celebration of local stories.
Susie Lyons - Glenelg Shire Arts
Since early 2020, Damian Callinan has been travelling across the New England North West region of NSW starring in ‘What a Relief!’, a Comic Relief Tour, bringing unbridled joy to hundreds who attended from drought-stricken & natural disaster communities. Unlike any other comedian, Damian takes the time to explore the unique idiosyncrasies particular to each community, presenting them to the audience as a wonderous carnival of hilarity and heart-felt humour that leaves them crying with laughter. Damian’s comic genius is to leave audiences with a side-splitting celebration of themselves that will stay with them for the rest of their lives.
Sandy McNaughton - Regional Recovery Officer National Emergency Management Agency
The Balmoral community in Western Victoria was delighted to welcome Damian Callinan in Mayor for a Day, performing to an eager audience in our country hall. We had an hilarious night with him re-imagining local folklore and yarns after days spent sleuthing around town. Damian’s show was a great night out for our isolated country community and we’ll always have him back!
Claire Ryan - Balmoral Memorial Hall Committee

Technical Information

Touring Party: 2
Bump-in Time: 1.5 hrs
Bump-out Time: 1 hrs
Interval: No

Lighting

Basic wash – oriented in such a away as to avoid washing out screen

Single profile – aimed away from screen

Audio

  • Sound input to on stage laptop
  • AV HDMI input from laptop to rear projector
  • Headset mic – if required
  • A rear projector & screen will be used and will be supplied by the company.

Staging

No set. Bar table for lap top and 2 x stools

Transport Notes

We will travel with projector & screen. All other elements to be supplied by the venue.

Audience & Marketing Notes

The show is aimed at history lovers, nostalgia nuts & regional audiences, with a focus on smaller towns & communities who have a relationship with their local hall. The targeted audience skews 35 + with particular appeal to 50+ audiences who have a connection to their hall & community. The show will also appeal to audiences from larger towns, who may have previously lived in smaller outlying communities & subscribers who are attracted to small hall experiences.

Selling Points

  • Through my extensive & varied regional touring, I've discovered that there is a healthy appetite for stories; content that reflect & examine the life experience of regional audiences.
  • With the numbers of sporting clubs, pubs; churches dwindling in rural Australia, the hall is often the last remaining community assembling point.
  • This show creates an artistic time capsule that feeds into the visceral, nostalgic connection regional audiences have to country halls.
  • The STANDARD version of this show has organically grown through recent touring; development of my shows, THE HALL COMMITTEE, MAYOR FOR A DAY & WHAT A RELIEF. It has best honed; tested in halls across the country.
  • The DELUXE version allows the audience to have their stories reflected back at them on stage, and aurally captured in podcast form, so that their hall story lives on
  • From personal experience I know regional audiences are drawn to the rural specific storytelling, community engagement, nostalgia.

Community Engagement

  • The show itself is a community engagement exercise, particularly in the Deluxe version, which offers tailored content and delivery of a podcast capturing the history of the hall. The standard version will contain tailored elements.

Details

Contact

Damian

Callinan

0418308503

Genre

Audience

Venue Format

Halls

Duration

80 minutes Minutes

Available Until (from - to)

01/05/2025

30/11/2024

Budget & Fees

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In Development - work which will be produced and premiered in time for touring during 2025/2026. Please contact the Producer directly for Budgets and Fees.

Remount: $0

Weekly Sell Off: $0

Per Performance: $5,500

Royalties: 10%
Apra Obligations: N/A

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