We who work in music theatre, are privileged, and part of a glorious global family. And, despite seemingly being demoted to the lower rungs during the lockdown, to deal in music, expression, story telling, sharing and entertaining is a source of life affirming joy.

Thus in 2000 it felt right to “put something back” into the community. And so,  in the culturally diverse borough of Haringey in North London, a new concept emerged; to collaborate and create world premieres of new musicals in totally inclusive settings.

We developed childrens’ theatre and youth theatre, and each Summer we spent an intensive 3 weeks working with “at risk” kids, young offenders, profoundly disabled and mainstream kids to create wondrous new musicals that were performed on West End stages with a professional creative and production team.


It soon became obvious that everyone can contribute, create and perform. People from different races, religions, abilities, ages and socioeconomic backgrounds suddenly were part of a win win situation to create these remarkable pieces. We had 90 performers approx in each production and around 30 practitioners. We soon spread and became Hackney Village. We were invited to implement this new program with students, the homeless,adults, universities.

In 2011 to Shepparton  we came at the behest of Latrobe University. Pamela Anderson (of Baywatch and Malibu) was our ambassador, (I’d just finished Aladdin with her in the UK), and a young Yamin Choudury was our drama practitioner who came out. He rode up through the ranks of troubled youth and is now the artistic director of the prestigious Hackney Empire- proving music theatre is indeed transformational. It was here at Shepp Shed, we discovered the legend of Uncle William Cooper, the Yorta Yorta people, his wonderful grandson, the still ever-youthful, Uncle Boydie Turner, and a story that is the stuff of legend. A remarkable story that shows the highest virtue of humanity, courage and dignity.

Today in 202$ here with this extraordinary company of people, we begin with a massive multi cultural, inter generational global Arts program with Ingienous, Jewish, Chinese and Thai projects. We will remount “NIGHT OF BROKEN GLASS” to celebrate and commemorate the extraordinary fusion of two proud peoples, Aboriginals and Jews, from across the globe.

It has been a source of pride and joy to have been working in Baghdad and Almaty last year with legendary Arab and Kazhak acts. Thus we are delighted to welcome Indonesian songbird par excellence, VANNY VABIOLA to Melbourne. Her ethos as a religious Muslim woman resonates with ours as we celebrate an exciting interfaith program.

The ethos of the work is outlined below, and this is specific to NOBG but also applicable to Borte and all our work. I suggest adding it to third email. 

We aim to bring different communities together through the celebration of music theatre, after the past difficult year we have spent apart. Modelled on previously successful inclusive music projects run in Haringey, London; Hong Kong, Shepparton; and Melbourne, NIGHT OF BROKEN GLASS is predominantly an outreach program that provides participants with opportunities to develop personal and social traits and will be presented November 2023

Autumn entertainment arrives in St Kilda