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.
I am currently sitting at my desk, drafting thank you notes to the cast of The Sum of Us - the fab four - in preparation for tonight. Being closing night, I have the equally awesome and awkward task of accepting thanks and accolades for a production well done and showering the cast and crew … Continue reading The Sum of Them – a thank you note to my parents on closing night.
Many people - like my new hairdresser - wonder why anyone would put in so much effort to create a piece of theatre and not get paid for it. Many directors bouncing around amateur theatre have been doing it for a while, and most do it for the love of it. Some are retired professionals … Continue reading That Feeling – Why I Direct Theatre
With only a few weeks until graduation, I have been reflecting on my year in the 2017 Leaders Forum. It’s been intense, inspiring, depressing, and confronting. My place in the program has been thanks to the Hugh Williamson Foundation, with costs covered for a participant from the Arts & Culture sector. After 8 months of … Continue reading In The Uncomfortable Spotlight – Reflections on Leaders Forum 2017
It will be over three months since Tripwire Theatre Inc. transformed the Daylesford Town Hall for the world premiere of Hollow when the production returns - this time as a full-length screening of the footage from the show. As the playwright and director, the Hollow project has sat with me for over 2 years - … Continue reading A time for sadness – reflecting on the Hollow project.
I saw Bakersfield Mist at Ballarat’s Her Majesty's Theatre the other night. I spent a few hours cosied up in a trailer-park with Maude (Julie Nihill), who was trying to convince New York art connoisseur Lionel (John Wood) that she owned a long lost Jackson Pollock. It was a decent show, if you're into naturalism … Continue reading Theatre is the Ultimate Mindfulness Exercise.