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So Popera Productions benefits from $2,000 November #GreaterIllawarra funding

Know of an Illawarra organisation that could do with a much-needed financial boost? Nominate them to be a part of our #GreaterIllawarra funding round today, and they could be sharing in $3,000 thanks to Greater Bank!
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So Popera Productions has received a much-needed funding boost which will benefit local performers and theatre lovers alike after taking out the November round of Greater Bank’s #GreaterIllawarra program.

For winning this month’s community vote, So Popera Productions will receive $2,000 that will help cover the production costs of their upcoming performance of Legally Blonde at the Illawarra Performing Arts Centre.

As a not-for-profit theatre company, So Popera Productions provides a vital training ground for emerging performers, musicians and technicians by giving them the chance to gain invaluable skills and experience through industry training and development opportunities.

Having staged a number of successful hit musicals including Chicago, A Chorus Line and The Producers, they are committed to delivering the highest standard of theatre productions to theatregoers in the Illawarra region.

So Popera Producer, Mal Copeland, said as a small, family-run organisation the win provides an enormous financial boost and allows them to continue producing high-quality theatre shows for everyone to enjoy.

“As a cultural organisation, it’s extremely hard for us to attract sponsorship so we usually rely on ticket sales to fund our productions. Winning the #GreaterIllawarra funding program is a huge bonus for us and means we don’t have to rely solely on ticket sales to cover our running costs,” he said.

“Our upcoming production of Legally Blonde runs from 17-25 January so we will use the winning funds to cover the production costs for this show which includes the purchase of new costumes for the cast as well as set building costs.”

“We are extremely grateful to the Greater Bank for supporting a locally run theatre company such as ours and are thrilled that with this funding we can continue to put on a high quality theatre show for our loyal supporters,” Mal concluded.

Both runners-up for the November round, The Wollongong Bulldogs and Oak Flats Wildcatswill each receive a $500 grant to go towards their operational costs.

Greater Bank’s Regional Manager, Greg Creagan, said they were delighted to provide funding to a local cultural organisation that is providing invaluable industry experience for emerging performers and artists in the Illawarra region.

“The monthly funding provided by the #GreaterIllawarra program makes a big difference to cultural community groups, especially smaller ones that continually have to work hard throughout the year to fundraise,” said Mr Creagan.

“We are delighted to provide this contribution, with the help of the community who had their say via the public vote, and see the positive impact it will have on the opportunities provided to local emerging performers by So Popera Productions.”

“The #GreaterIllawarra program is at the heart of who we are – an organisation that cares about and is committed to supporting the communities that support us.” | Greg Creagan, Greater Bank Regional Manager.

The #GreaterIllawarra program continues in December, with voting now open until Wednesday, 18 December. Kiama Swimming Club, NSW Marine Rescue and Albion Park Little Athletics Clubare in the running to share in $3,000 in funding available this month.

To submit your vote, either go online to or visit any Greater Bank branch. 

Greater Bank is also calling for nominations for future funding rounds. To do so, community groups can visit and explain in 100 words or less how the organisation is helping to improve lives of locals.