For the past 25 years, Craig Christie has been at the helm of No Mates Productions, creating original plays and musicals in educational, community and commercial settings. These innovative productions have toured extensively throughout Australia and internationally. More than 40 of his shows have
A former teacher (English, Literature, Drama and Humanities), Craig has written original musical productions for primary schools every year since 1992, celebrating Children’s Book Week. These have been seen by over 1.8 million children in Australia, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Singapore and Papua New Guinea. Recent productions SPACE JUMP (2013) and WORLDS APART (2014) have now been seen by 400,000 students internationally, and his current production SHINE A LIGHT (2015) is scheduled for annual audience figures to expand beyond this. Several of these young audience shows are in development for the family theatre market, including JUNGLE BUNGLE which, after a successful season at the 2014 Edinburgh Fringe Festival, premiered in Tampa Bay Florida, USA, in May 2015.
Craig first came to prominence in the field of commercial music theatre with CRUSADE (1998), a ground breaking concert production (in the then Melbourne Concert Hall), before going on to a season at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival (2000) where it received standing ovations and rave reviews. Other musicals include THE WHITE ROSE (2003) which opened in Melbourne, then toured Singapore, and the international hit EUROBEAT. From humble beginnings at the 2004 Melbourne International Comedy Festival, EUROBEAT went on to win Best New Musical at Edinburgh Fringe Festival (2007), followed by an acclaimed UK tour and London West End season (2008). It was nominated for Best New Musical in the Evening Standard and was voted third most popular New Musical of 2008 in the Whatsonstage awards. During 2008, EUROBEAT also toured South Korea, headlining at the Daugu Music Festival. Later (2009), EUROBEAT delighted more Australian audiences in a season at QPAC, Brisbane.
As a playwright and songwriter, Craig’s work spans a number of fields. He has a passionate interest in the use of storytelling and song writing in a positive social context, applying these skills to pioneering community projects such as WATER INTO WINE (2000) and RIGHT WHERE WE ARE (2002).
In 2009, Craig was commissioned by the Department for Cultural Enrichment of Vanderbilt University Hospital, USA, to conceptualise and develop a musical for hospital nurses, performed by nurses. HEY FLORENCE! premiered in September that year to standing ovations at every performance, followed by celebrated performances in New York. It has since enjoyed further standing ovations in Singapore (2011) and a return season in Nashville, November 2011.
More recently, Craig has explored the theme of cyber bullying and relationships within social media, firstly with MY FRIENDS DOT COM (2009) which has received an excited response in schools throughout Australia and New Zealand, and continues to tour. These themes are further examined for the commercial theatre industry in his newest musical, CONNECTED, which premiered at the 2014 Edinburgh Fringe Festival. In 2015, CONNECTED is already being applauded for its Australian schools touring, has premiered in New Zealand and has been licensed through Scandinavia for a series of productions in 2016.
Currently, Craig is working on exciting new projects for stage, film and television across the globe. These include a new musical, VILLAINY, which has had readings in New York and London, and project development with British writer Amy Golden. Titled JUST GET ON WITH IT, this work explores Amy’s life as a person with severe cerebral palsy.
With a catalogue of over thirty shows, and a continued commitment to the development and nurturing of young audiences, May 2015 saw Craig’s productions performed concurrently across four countries: Connected in Australia, My Friends Doc Com and Worlds Apart in New Zealand, Space Jump and Jump To in the UK, and Jungle Bungle in the USA. With the 2015 Book Week show Shine a Light set to tour Australia in August, it is anticipated that, by the end of 2015, Craig Christie/No Mates Productions’ Children Book Week shows will have played to a total audience of two million worldwide.
Craig Christie is managed exclusively by Jill Colebourn email: email@example.com
Bookwriter, Lyricist, Composer