THE ONLY SUNSHINE COAST CONTINGENT IN THE ANYWHERE THEATRE FESTIVAL
Sunshine Coast creatives Mary Eggleston and Sue Davis are breaking new ground on several fronts with their latest production to be staged as part of the Anywhere Theatre Festival this weekend. This is the first Sunshine Coast production to be included in the Anywhere festival with the show being staged in a rather interesting ‘red shed’ in Yandina, currently housing the Sunshine Coast School of Photography. 2Muse Productions has also re-energised the traditional fairytale format with this show drawing on new media and various theatrical forms to tell a spellbinding story called Epiphany. Another feature of the process and performance is that young people are working alongside local and international professional artists, with the professional artists performing alongside the young artists on stage. (This makes it a community development project – Ed).
Younghee Park and Pak Hoyoung are performance artists from Korea who have extensive experience in physical theatre and performing for young people, but this is the first production they have worked on where they are both performing themselves while also mentoring young performers. They are working with the project organisers, Sunshine Coast’s own youth theatre directors, Mary Eggleston and Sue Davis to devise and shape this original performance piece. The production crosses over artforms as well with input from video artist James Muller (of Earth Base Productions) and local musician and performer, Simon Russell-Baker.
Young performers hail from Caloundra to Cooroy and they have been working for months to create characters drawn from circus, vaudeville and freak shows. The show was originally staged in a début performance in November 2011 at the SCAIP Black Box Theatre in Nambour but with the support of RADF funding has been totally reworked to showcase the talents of the young people and the Korean guest artists.
The show centres on the tale of young Queenie D, an Alice in Wonderland type character who is drawn into a fantastical new world that exists beyond the mirror. The cast have been developing a unique physical language for the production and have been exploring new media and old with the performance featuring digital imagery using iPad Apps.
The show is the first Sunshine Coast production to be staged as part of the south-east Queensland based Anywhere Theatre Festival. A unique festival, its parameters are that shows can be performed anywhere but in a theatre.
Writer and theatre reviewer, Simon Denver, counted Epiphany amongst the best of Sunshine Coast theatrical productions in 2011. Don’t miss it this time ’round!