Commissioned by the Centenary of Canberra, award-winning theatre company Urban Theatre Projects has collaborated with local Canberra artists to create this bold and compelling new work. And Moya Simpson is one of those local artists, along with Jeremy Broom, Casey Keed and Benjamin Slabb, being led out of their comfort zones by co-directors Rosie Dennis and Alicia Talbot.

Catalogue of Dreams tells a multi-faceted story of the lives of young people at risk in the ACT.

The Sydney Morning Herald has called Urban Theatre Projects ‘…refreshingly honest, unpatronising and bullshit free…’

It’s on at The Courtyard Studio, Canberra Theatre Centre London Circuit, Canberra, from Wed 17 July to Sat 27 July. Bookings 6275 2700, or at Canberra Theatre box office, or


..and also…. ONE RIVER

One River is a Centenary of Canberra project in which 10 artists in communities within the Murray Darling Basin facilitate community engagement and story sharing towards creating exceptional works of art around the river theme.

Shortis and Simpson are leading the Canberra component of the project, involving a massed choir (based around the Worldly Goods Choir), massed ukuleles (the Ukulele Republic of Canberra), a community songwriting group, and the National Carillon.

The result will be a broadcast to be aired on ArtSound FM and other community stations after August 2013.

You can witness the recording of the One River theme song written by John Shortis for choir and carillon on Sun Aug 18 at Aspen Island (recording at 10am, world premiere performance as part of the regular carillon recital between 12.30 and 1.20pm.)

Then on Sat Aug 24, representatives from all 10 communities will be converging on Canberra for a gala event at Belconnen Arts Centre. More details soon.