This article was commissioned by the Central Highlands Arts Atlas and first published on 12 February 2019. Ballarat is a self-proclaimed creative city. We have one of the country’s longest running heritage theatre buildings and a big modern theatre, both of which present a range of professional performances each year. We have a well-regarded tertiary … Continue reading Where Is Ballarat’s Professional Theatre Company?
It's mid-February and I've got a full year of exciting projects which I'm really pleased to share with you. I've co-written a play with Jacob Honeychurch called The Belly Dancer. Tripwire Theatre Inc. are presenting the world premiere season in Bendigo from 15-18 March. I'm producing the season so I'm really busy getting everything organised … Continue reading What I’ll be up to in 2019
Yesterday, my eldest child started school. I’ve been counting down for five years until this moment. I thought I would skip off merrily after dropping him on the first day, and with a big sigh of relief have myself a mid-morning cocktail and a rest. I was sure I wouldn't cry. But there I … Continue reading Starting School
I maintain that a flashback to a month ago still counts. I wrote this poem in the middle of the night, by the light of a streetlight on a random piece of paper near my bed. I read it at last month's Words Out Loud but unfortunately my set was not recorded so it's performance … Continue reading Flashback Friday – Poem “Another Scorcher”
In April last year, I submitted three proposals to direct for a community theatre company in 2019 and 2020. In November 2018, a long six months later, I got a response to my proposals. And it floored me. My relationship with this company was already rocky. Their rejection of my proposal to produce Hollow was … Continue reading Why I’ve Turned My Back On Community Theatre
2018 was a year of investment, transition and learning. I worked at Sovereign Hill and Ballarat Community Health. I directed The Sum of Us for Creswick Theatre Company. I helped Madame Yum and Christine Tammer Music develop Random Number Generator for White Night Ballarat. I performed poetry at Words Out Loud. I attended Showcase Victoria, … Continue reading All The Things I Did In 2018
I hope everyone had a good day yesterday although I'm aware that this is absolutely not "the most wonderful time of the year" for a lot of people. And despite my attempted avoidance of all things Christmas (see my previous blog post), I did end up opening presents under a tree with my children at … Continue reading Christmas Is Now
I love this poem so much that it now forms the opening of my newest play, The Let-Down Reflex. I wrote it in June 2017 and it really does reflect the every day lived experience of parents. The Let-Down Reflex is currently in development and will be having a work-in progress showing on Thursday 24th … Continue reading Flashback Friday – Poem “Parent-thesis”
I wish I was boycotting Christmas, but I can't. I've threatened to "go bush" over Xmas for a few years now (both metaphorically and literally). This year, I naively thought I might really do it. No tree, no presents, no family, no food, no cakes, no carols. I was all for being the biggest Scrooge-Grinch … Continue reading I Wish I Was Boycotting Xmas.