Posts Tagged ‘2Muse Productions

11
May
12

EPIPHANY

EPIPHANY

 

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 Photography2Muse 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!


07
May
12

theatre anywhere!

Between 10 – 19 May you’ll find new plays in alleys, puppets in bars, cabaret in warehouses, comedy in your home and office and performances you can be a part of online from Texas to London, Hamilton to Toowoomba.

Anywhere Theatre Festival is the brainchild of husband and wife power couple Paul Osuch and Alexandra McTavish. They’re pretty humble about conceptualising, developing and continuing to run the whole thing so when you see them around – anywhere but in a theatre for the ten days between the 10th and the 19th of May – please congratulate them and give them big hugs and a whole heap of love!

N.B. Some shows are already SOLD OUT!

What will you be seeing anywhere but in a theatre???

In the tradition of murder-balladeer Nick Cave, the femme fatales of Babushka invite you into their bloody nightmare to indulge in dark tales of murderous passion, sinister sirens and the infinite beauty of death in the debut season of Where the Wild Roses Grow.
Late night Cabaret at its finest.
DATES: Thu 10th & Sat 12th @ 9:30pm
PLACE: 275 Macarthur Avenue, Hamilton Reach

A family of Gremlins has taken residence in Brisbane. Roxoff, Mofball & Botolf Gromlot are trying to launch their new budget airline and fulfill their dream of flying. Tickets sales are going well, and their maiden voyage is due to take off shortly. There is only one problem….they haven’t built the plane yet.
DATES: Thu 10th to Sat 12th @ 7:00pm & Thu 17th to Sat 19th @ 7:00pm
PLACE: Reverse Garbage, 20 Burke St, Woolloongabba

As a collective the cast and the directors have come up with a collage of 5 scenes exploring life on the brink; public transport, romance, hospital drama and misadventure. 3 Windows will be an excellent opportunity to see Cinematic Theatre for and by Young People at it’s most vivid and vibrant… don’t miss it.
DATES: Fri 11th & Sat 12th @ 7:30pm
PLACE: 37 Manilla St, East Brisbane

Set in the heart of Fortitude Valley, four playwrights turn a dirty alleyway into the legends of nights out – where drunken youth roam free and the pavement becomes a stained and silent tapestry of history.
DATES: Mon 14th & Tues 15th @ 7:00pm ONLY
PLACE: Winn Lane, Fortitude Valley, 4005

 

10 Really Fast Festival Facts

 

1. Brisbane does it first
The 2012 Anywhere Theatre Festival is the only fringe festival in the world for performance anywhere but a theatre.

2. Already the biggest performance festival in Brisbane
The 2012 Anywhere Theatre Festival has over 50 productions and 200 performances already confirmed meaning it has more productions and performances than Brisbane Festival.

3. Attracting interstate and international
The 2012 Anywhere Theatre Festival features 6 companies from the U.K., Two from the U.S., one from New Zealand, Tunisia and France.

4. Brisbane proves it has a depth of untapped talent
Recognised companies such as Queensland Theatre Company and Circa Presents mix with independent and up and coming companies.

5. A theatre festival with performances on Twitter
A mix of international and local performances from streamed international performances to interactive augmented realities.

6. A Brisbane festival from the Sunshine Coast to Perth
Performance locations range from the Sunshine Coast down to the Gold Coast and across to Perth.

7. A two person volunteer team producing the biggest festival in Brisbane 
The festival is organised by a core husband and wife team over evenings and weekends with financial contribution from Arts Queensland.

8. Theatre Anywhere – even in your house
This year theatre anywhere will be taken to the extreme with performances you can book to come to your home or office! Other performances happening in elevators, parks, city cats (tbc).

9. A Brisbane idea to the world
The purpose is to bring fringe festival to everyone, especially to places with a lack of theatres. We are already discussing how the festival can move to regional centres and other states.

10. International institutions want to know how we do it!
Since the 2011 festival we have been asked to advise on how to do theatre anywhere and have an invitation from the Milan Commissioner of Culture to talk as they prepare for their 2015 Universal Expo.

06
May
11

Cleo Missing

A new theatrical company has recently sprung up on the Sunshine Coast and they are going great guns.
They work with young people, their target audience is young people and this evening, in the audience for the final night of a short season of their original work, Cleo Missing, the number of young people far outweighed the adult contingent.

The text was written by Dr Sue Davis, originally as a cyber-drama as part of a university project. After letting it lie dormant for some time, Sue re-worked the piece for a group of young, ambitious actors from across the coast, many of them involved with Mary Eggleston’s SODA (School of Dramatic Arts). Cleo Missing is the first in a series of productions written for young people and presented by young people, about young people’s issues.

Actually, the issues explored in Cleo Missing are very much for everybody, particularly, I felt, for those of us with children.

A missing child is a terrible, tragic occurrence in any community and here, on the idyllic Sunshine Coast, it is an ever-present issue. We are, in fact, a little paranoid up here about keeping our children safe. And rightfully so, despite being brought up, quite literally, barefoot at the beach and in the native bushland, free to play all day pretty much wherever we liked. Imagine Stringybark Road as a dirt road. And a dead end. And only a bullock track beyond the dead end, snaking along through the trees by the creek. And the road still lined with wattle, scribbly gums, ferns and bracken, sundews glinting in the sun (I’m sure there was more sun back then too) and masses and masses of pink and yellow lantana. Some of you will remember how safe the Sunshine Coast used to feel. I know. You were a safe, carefree kid playing up the street too. I’m sure it was a gradual change, really. But for some of us, two unrelated incidents made us commit subconsciously to a super-protective parenting approach and then, upon becoming parents, wonder – almost enviously – about those parents who still allowed their children to go running ahead of them at the shopping centre or climbing over the rock pools while their own noses are buried in books…or iPads. How did our own parents respond at the time? I don’t remember.

Anyway. I digress.

Every day, I drive past the sweet, smiling face of a young child in a red shirt, who went missing from a bus stop several years ago. You might have heard of him. His name is Daniel Morcombe. His face graces many a billboard and his courageous parents, in their bid to educate other parents and community members about child safety, remind us frequently that any one of our children could be next.

My younger friends won’t remember her but 14 years ago, a Sunshine Beach schoolgirl was abducted and brutally killed after suffering the most horrendous abuse at the hands of her abductors; the stuff of nightmares, absolutely beyond imagining. Sian Kingi was 13 years old. I was 12. For some strange reason (something to do with being similar in age and horrified) I obsessively scrapbooked every newspaper clipping on Sian and the progress made during her case…for years. Only recently, when I moved house again and upon finding the scrapbooks felt sick to my stomach, did I throw them out. Talk about losing one’s innocence.

Without my critic’s hat on this evening, my head went right back to when I was at school and I wondered, had I gone missing, how long would it have been before anybody would begin to worry about where I was? Did I ever want to go AWOL? Probably. Did I ever actually run away? Only to the theatre. Did I ever come close to being terrified out of my mind, abducted and abused? Not until uni (and then I worked out which were those guys, stopped seeing that sort and have lived to tell the tales).

I was in fact, wondering all sorts of things, like

  • Are there Safety House signs on letterboxes anymore? Are there still Safety Houses? I remember thinking at the time – I was in Grade 7, it was the Bicentennial Year (we each received a commemorative medal on parade), Adam Richardson and I were School Captains, we played tennis or netball at lunchtimes, learned to sail, bought 20c cream buns from the tuckshop and behaved ourselves in choir rehearsals. No, really; we were very well behaved! – I remember thinking that there is no criminal check thorough enough for me to feel safe going into a random house and requesting help of its residents. The saying, “out of the frying pan, into the fire” comes to mind, such is my suspicious nature and over-active imagination. Of course, I think we were probably told at the time to knock on the door and request help without entering the premises.
  • I wondered, have I seen that black & white, grainy, conspiracy theory US government footage of the actual (alleged) alien already? It was vaguely familiar. But I’m too tired to Google it. Of course, that got me thinking about aliens and alien abductions and Ripley’s Believe It or Not and War of the Worlds (the real one, not the Tom Cruise one). But I’m too tired to Youtube any of that.
  • I wondered, how many people, who we never even hear about, go missing each year? I was thinking of that film, Taken, which really got me. Got me to the point of having made a deal already with my almost-five-year-old. That’s right. We are travelling TOGETHER. ALWAYS. WE MADE A PINKY PROMISE. I also added a Shared Manolo clause, just in case her feet stop growing at size 40-41. What?!
  • I wondered, while we are talking programming and planning and funding for next year up here, if I would really like to do Matt Cameron’s superbly disturbing play, Ruby Moon, or if it is just asking for disaster. And by disaster, I mean me; the emotional wreck. In fact, I wonder if the Sunshine Coast community will ever embrace a piece of theatre quite so close to home. Probably. But I should probably let somebody else tackle it.
  • And THAT got me thinking about my controversial verbatim theatre project(s), which is/are potentially so close to home that they are practically part of the furniture, only you forget they are there because you’ve tried to hide them for so long now and all your visitors are too polite to mention them. The issues are not like your cosy favourite corner of the couch but more like your grandma’s faded, moth-eaten, scratchy old throw rug that Mum won’t let you get rid of (and you couldn’t even, on the sly, palm it off to Lifeline because…well, it’s FADED and MOTH-EATEN and SCRATCHY and passing it on would be BAD KARMA). Will I go ahead with the proposals? Of course!
Great theatre is theatre that gets people thinking and talking and giving a damn.
Cleo Missing brought to light some different perspectives and thus, a whole range of responses to questions surrounding truth, lies, friendship, love, parenting, hope, loyalty and loss. I would love to see this script tightened up and put back out there into cyberspace and eventually, something like it, put into our schools. This production has given some young, eager actors the opportunity to work on a script, to take direction, to work collaboratively and cooperatively with each other, to learn some basic stagecraft, improve their performance skills and to share the result confidently, with a live audience in a working theatre. May we see many more good examples from 2Muse Productions, of collaborative work with young people in the theatre, delving into relevant issues that spark discussion and debate about just how human we are and how our humanity (or lack thereof) is represented in the performing arts.