Producers of Strictly Ballroom partner with Melanoma Institute Australia

Global Creatures and Bazmark have announced a partnership with Melanoma Institute Australia for the Global Premiere of Strictly Ballroom. 

Baz Luhrmann said “Having had a very personal experience with the insidious and often fatal results of melanoma, I am so very proud that Strictly Ballroom The Musical is to be associated with Melanoma Institute Australia, whose work, providing breakthroughs in understanding the disease, improving treatments, and extending life expectancy for those affected, is something that can benefit all Australians, who are all equally vulnerable under our sun… Wear sunscreen!”   

Baz Luhrmann. Image by Edwina Pickles.
Baz Luhrmann. Image by Edwina Pickles.

Reg Richardson AM Chairman of Melanoma Institute Australia said at the announcement “Melanoma Institute Australia is delighted to be involved with the Strictly Ballroom production from 2014.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for the Institute to partner with the much- anticipated stage performance of the iconic Australian film, to be directed by the world renowned, Baz Luhrmann.

We are very excited to be involved and look forward to the production and working with the Strictly Ballroom team to promote the awareness of melanoma, its cause, treatment and prevention.”

He went on to explain that Melanoma Institute Australia is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to awareness, prevention and treatment of melanoma cancer.

Australia is the melanoma capital of the world and has the highest rate of melanoma with 12,500 people diagnosed with the disease every year. Sadly, this rate is increasing and each year we lose 1,500 Australians to the deadly disease. That’s more people than are killed on our nation’s roads.

Melanoma institute Australia is a world-leading medical and research institute, based at the Poche Centre in Sydney. The Institute aims to save lives and reduce the incidence of melanoma through raising awareness, finding its cause, customizing different treatment techniques and ways of prevention. We aim to lead research, with the ultimate aim of developing new treatments and one day, a cure.

Strictly Ballroom the Musical is the inspiring story of a championship ballroom dancer who defies all the rules to follow his heart.  This uplifting and courageous tale originated as a stage play that Baz Luhrmann devised with a group of students at the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) back in 1984.

This brand new theatrical production will feature break-into-song numbers created from original classics from the film, Love is in the Air, Perhaps Perhaps Perhaps and Time After Time as well as newly composed songs.

 For more information on the show, visit  www.strictlyballroomthemusical.com

Cassie Tongue

Cassie is a theatre critic and arts writer in Sydney, and is the deputy editor of AussieTheatre. She has written for The Guardian, Time Out Sydney, Daily Review, and BroadwayWorld Australia. She is a voter for the Sydney Theatre Awards.

Cassie Tongue

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