I've often described myself as "a wearer of many hats - real and metaphorical". You'll often see me sporting a colourful woolen beret in winter, an orange felt hat in autumn and spring, and a broad-brimmed straw number in summer. I'm juggling parenting, paid work and creative projects, and I have multiple creative projects on the … Continue reading A Wearer of Many Hats
I was right when I said that everything changes. I know I'd sworn never again to work with community theatre after being burnt twice. It seems I wasn't the only one who had negative experiences and with a new broom comes sweeping changes. The new board of Ballarat National Theatre are open to creative risk, … Continue reading When Opportunity Knocks, I Answer.
Jekyll & Hyde The Musical was recently staged in Ballarat for the first time by Ballarat Lyric Theatre Inc, at Wendouree Centre for Performing Arts. In terms of production values and performances, the show really was excellent. A jaw-dropping set, belting vocals and crisp choreography lived up to the hype. And yet, I felt so deeply … Continue reading Killing It For Kicks – An Analysis of Jekyll & Hyde The Musical
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?
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
I’ve just finished writing a play. Bells and whistles notwithstanding, the overwhelming feeling is one of apprehension. And that’s because the completion of a playscript is more of an abandonment than anything else. As a playwright, your existence is as one part of a symbiotic theatre-making organism. You are like a donor, and the director … Continue reading The Abandoned Playscript
I interviewed eight local theatre-makers who reflected on their careers in the theatre, and gave their most pertinent advice for those wanting to make a life on the stage in the City of Ballarat & surrounds. Featuring interviews with: Beth Lamont Producer & Technician Mary-Rose McClaren Academic, Writer & Director Katrina Hill Actor & Stage … Continue reading Leading Ladies of Ballarat Theatre
Recently, I talked to an 84 year old lady who has written over twenty plays. I was interviewing her for an article I'm writing for the Central Highlands Arts Atlas. I asked her what her highlight was - and I meant in her theatre-making career - but she told me that meeting her husband, at … Continue reading Everything changes
Around two years ago, I pitched an ambitious project to a local community theatre company. It bombed. But Tripwire Theatre Inc was born from that rejection. Isn't it funny how things that seem to have failed miserably, end up leading you to a far better place? Two years ago, I sought out a local community … Continue reading The Rejection That Fueled Me.