The 12 Hour Hub-Athon

Save the Date: Saturday April 27, 2024! The ACT Hub Collective are getting together to raise important funds for our future with 12 hours of non-stop play readings performed for a physical audience and live-streamed straight from The Old Causeway Hall.

We will deliver the 12 Hour Hub-Athon as a chance to demonstrate our fierce commitment to the feat of creative endurance that is independent theatre making. An opportunity for the Hub collective – both well known (and less well known!) to strut their stuff on stage – the Hub-Athon will feature a marathon of continuous play reading by our actors.

As a collective of independent theatre companies, we understand the critical importance of perseverance, and we also understand that without the grassroots support of our community, we will be unable to operate a Hub that you can be proud of. On Saturday 27 April, after our second production of the year closes, we will undertake 12 hours of non-stop play readings to show you that we are willing to push ourselves to ensure our sustainability as a proud producer of independent theatre, even amongst the changing economic and social landscape. 

From 12 pm until 12 am on Saturday 27th, we will deliver moved play readings of a range of new and classic works. During the Hub-Athon, we invite you to make a donation to support live theatre in Canberra. You can join us online at any time to encourage us on our journey, or join us in-person at the Hub at any time throughout the day.

Heading into our third year of operation since bursting onto the Canberra theatre scene in 2022, we at ACT Hub have strived to work with a whole range of Canberran theatre practitioners to tell stories that matter.

We are deeply committed to the Hub – and all it stands for, and we want to show you all how dedicated we are to being the home of independent theatre in the ACT – now, and into the future. This is a pivotal moment for us, and we require our community’s support more than ever. 

12 hours. 7 plays. 25 actors. All in aid of this glorious thing we are building together. We can’t wait to share it with you.


  • Peter Pan, by J.M. Barrie, 12-1pm
    When Peter Pan loses his shadow in the Darling children’s nursery, things will never be the same again… Over the rooftops of London, Peter Pan and the fairy Tinkerbell lead Wendy, Michael and John Darling to Neverland to start a new life with his gang of Lost Boys. There, they will encounter mermaids, princesses, a ticking crocodile and the fearsome Captain Hook and his terrible crew of pirates. What will their new life be like in Neverland? If Captain Hook has his way, they won’t live long enough to find out…
    CAST: Hub Collective Ensemble

  • Stupid F*cking Bird, by Aaron Posner, 1-3pm
    A contemporary adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s 1896 play The Seagull, the play takes a satirical spin on a theatrical classic, but has the essence of Chekhov’s original intent for the piece—what it means to create art.
    CAST: Caitlin Baker, Lainie Hart, Blue Hyslop, Neil McLeod, Winsome Ogilvie, Lachlan Ruffy, Seb Winter.

  • The Beauty Queen of Leenane, by Martin McDonagh
    Savagely funny hit play – In a small Irish town in the hills of Connemara, Maureen Folan lives a lonely existence with Mag, her aged mother. Their relationship is more arm wrestle than warm embrace. Now, when Maureen stands a chance at romance and escape, Mag’s cantankerous influence must be dealt with.
  • Every Lovely Terrible Thing, by Adam Fawcett
    Step inside the tumultuous world of the Colemans as they prepare to take on their greatest adversary yet: Themselves. A universal tale of love, courage and intergenerational trauma, this darkly comedic new Australian play boldly examines why families stay together – and what happens when they can’t.
  • Medea, by Euripides
    A classic of the Western canon, and the most frequently performed ancient Greek tragedy in the 20th century. It is based upon the myth of Jason and Medea – the plot centres on the actions of Medea, a former princess of the kingdom of Colchis, and the wife of Jason; she finds her position in the Greek world threatened as Jason leaves her for a Greek princess of Corinth. Medea takes vengeance on Jason by murdering his new wife as well as her own two sons, after which she escapes to Athens to start a new life.
  • An Ideal Husband, by Oscar Wilde
    The play revolves around blackmail and political corruption, and touches on the themes of public and private honour. Sir Robert Chiltern is a successful government minister, well-off and with a loving wife. All this is threatened when Mrs. Cheveley appears in London with damning evidence of a past misdeed. Sir Robert turns to his friend Lord Goring, an apparently idle philanderer and the despair of his father, for help. Goring knows the lady of old and the plot to help his friend has unintended consequences.
  • The GOAT, or Who is Sylvia?, by Edward Albee
    Written in 2000, a ruthless and provocative dark comedy of manners that will leave every audience member agog, scandalised, and astonished. 


  • contributes to a more sustainable future for ACT Hub through varied income streams
  • allows us to deliver new programs, which we will be able to announce following our fundraising campaign; and
  • invest in our long-term sustainability through purchasing our own technical equipment and reliably providing high-quality productions.


When: 27 April 2024
Where: ACT Hub at Causeway Hall