Staging the Nation Launch

September 25, 2020

Riverside’s National Theatre of Parramatta is proud to present Staging the Nation – a monthly interview podcast hosted by Dino Dimitriadis. Each episode spotlighting an Australian playwright, one of their key plays, and a broader discussion around the playwright’s inspirations and body of work. Candid and intimate conversations that give voice to previously marginalized Australian stories.

“This is an exciting new series celebrating playwrights and uniquely Australian stories. Our host Dino Dimitriadis, a creative practitioner himself, brings fresh insights into the creative process leading to the most interesting and intriguing discussions around how we tell stories that portray the many different cultures and characters that are the makeup of our contemporary society. From this starting point we hear about the challenges that have faced these artists and what has led to these narratives and why they belong in the Australian cannon.

We thank the Australia Council’s Resilience Fund, which has enabled us to produce these high-quality podcasts.” Says Joanne Kee, Executive Producer of Riverside’s National Theatre of Parramatta.

As we stand in a complicated present, and face a hopeful future, we’re looking back through the contemporary Australian canon and shining a light on some of the writers that have grappled with the big questions of who we are as a nation and the complexity of invisible and underrepresented experiences.

In the first episode of the series, Dino Dimitriadis speaks with national treasure Paul Capsis about his deeply personal first play, Angela’s Kitchen. A sincere and personal conversation about writing and performing autobiography, navigating personal history and the importance of giving voice to the migrant experience.

Over eleven episodes we will hear from playwrights such as Donna Abela (Jump for Jordan), Anchuli Felicia King (White Pearl,) Alana Valentine (Parramatta Girls).

Now available on podcast via:


itunes and Amazon music

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This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body.