THE WORLD’S A STAGE: Penelope Kentish and some young performers. A new theatre work is being created with the help of young people in the community. The work will be performed at Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre on April 13.In January 2016, BMEC began a new venture, The Regional Theatre Project, in partnership with the Australian Theatre for Young People.
This project has two clear outcomes.One will be a new theatre production being written by award-winning writer Rachael Coopes andin-demand composer and sound designer Guy Webster.
Rachael wrote the script and Guy created the sound design for Sugarland, which was presented in Bathurst last June as part of the BMEC 2016 Annual Season.
For the past 12 months, Rachael and Guy have been visiting Bathurst, running workshops and collecting stories. This research will be used as thebasis for a new work, with the working title The Climbing Tree, which will focus on the experiences of young people in Bathurst over several generations.
It is planned that The Climbing Tree will premiere in the 2018 or 2019 BMEC Annual Season.
The second outcome will be a new work devised with young people in the community. The next stage of its development will be in January 2017 and there is still time to get involved.
In the October 2016 holidays, 10 young people, aged 13 to 16 years, came together to develop an outline. In the coming summer holidays, they will regroup to develop the script, compose music and learn some production skills to pull the work together leading into a performance in April.
They will be joined by some of Bathurst’s professional theatre makers: Penelope (Nel) Kentish, Maryanne Jaques, Abby Smith and Karl Shead.There will also be support from BMEC staff including Stephen Champion and Kylie Shead.
Nel, who will direct the work, isa theatre maker and community cultural development practitioner. She is also a casual lecturer in theatre/media at CSU.
Maryanne, who will work with the students to develop their script, isa graduate of CSU theatre/media and is the communications officer at Arts OutWest.
Abby is a Bathurst-based vocalist, pianist and songwriter, as well as a singing teacher and choir leader.
Karl will join the team to assist with design and production. Most recently, Karl designed the Hill End Festival and Inland Sea of Sound site decorations.
The performance will take place at BMEC on April 13. Young people can still register to be part of this project. Contact the BMEC Box Office on 6333 6161 or visit 苏州美甲培训bmec苏州美甲培训419论坛
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