ACT UP // SPEAK OUT

eNews June 2015

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Hello Platformers,

Exciting times are coming up here at Platform! Our Platform at La Mama 2015/15 Collaboration season starts up August 12 and features 23 young and emerging artists taking over every inch of the historic La Mama Theatre for two weeks. The final week will then feature a number of these artists going into the actual theatre to present Platform at La Mama: Explorations for two great double bills.

One of our regular artists Thomas Banks has been fortunate enough to receive funding from Creative Victoria’s VicArts Grants Program. This will help Thomas to present his new work Someone Like Thomas Banks at 45 Downstairs in October this year, which will then be ready for touring in 2016.

We also welcome back Myf Clark into the Platform office as the new Assistant Manager, Company and Programs. Myf joined Platform as a performer in 2001, was an inaugural board member who sat on the board for 8 years, and worked as the Marketing and Administration Officer for One is warm in winter, the other has a better view in 2009. With degrees in Arts Managment and Journalism and a background in marketing and publicity, Myf is very excited to be back in the Platform family!

The second half of 2015 is only going to get brighter and more exciting and we look forward to celebrating the rest of the year with you all!

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platFORMING young playwrights project

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Are you anything between curious to passionate about the idea of writing for performance?

If so – this could be for you.

This is a networking and skills development opportunity for six young writers 16 -18 years of age.

Across the second half of 2015 you will get to spend face to face and online time with lead artist; dramaturge and performance maker Nina Barry Macaulay who will work with you as a young playwright.

Nina began her connection with Platform while studying Dramaturgy at Melbourne University in 2013. She has since worked with Platform during the past two years and has extensive experience in playwriting, direction, performance, immersive theatre practice and dramaturgy. She is strongly committed to supporting the development of younger theatre creators. See http://ninabm.com.au/about/ to find out more about Nina.

Still interested?

KEY DATES:

Must attend:

▪ In person Saturday 4th July 1pm to 5pm
▪ Skype meeting Tuesday 21st July 7pm to 8:30pm
▪ In person Saturday 1st August 11am to 2.30pm
▪ Skype meeting Tuesday 25th August 7pm-8:30pm
▪ In person Saturday 12th September 10am – 4pm
▪ Skype meeting Tuesday 6th October 7pm-8:30pm
▪ In person Friday night 16th October Presentations 7 pm – 9.30pm

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How do I get involved?

Please complete the below four questions and return a short EOI (expression of interest) statement by email to info@pyt.org.au with the subject line subject line “platFORMING young playwrights EOI”.

These questions will help us get to know a little more about you.

1. Please give us a 20 – 200 word example extracted from one of your favourite pieces of writing (yours or someone else’s) and answer the following questions in 300 words: what do you like about it and why is it your favourite?
2. Why do you write? Or what makes you curious about writing? 300 words max
3. If you could write a speech for anyone in the world (past or present, real or fiction) who would it be and what would they say? 300 words max.
4. Is there any other information you would like add?

Deadline is Sunday 28th June, 2015 and all applicants will be contacted on Tuesday 30th June to discuss the outcome. If you have any questions, feel free to contact Platform’s Executive Producer Rose Godde by email (rose@pyt.org.au) with “platFORMING young playwrights” in the subject line

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Shows to see

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Little Daughters

‘Are you scared for me? Don’t be scared. It is all just a story: somewhere between a reality and a dream.’

A Saturday night. Early summer. Two young lives collide together at high speed and they are irrevocably fused. It only takes a few fast moments to change your life: to find yourself broken. But it takes a lifetime of dreaming to find your way back home.

An exploration of trauma and the path to acceptance.

Writer/ Annie Ferguson
Director/ Zachary Ruane
Performers/ Annie Lumsden, Jack Bennett, Sam Burns-Warr, Raymond Martini, Marty Van de Wouw, Nicholas Waxman
Sound Design/ Tom Armstrong
Lighting Design/ Daniel Barca
Producer/ Josiah Lulham
Photo Credit/ Gianna Rizzo

June 10-21, La Mama Theatre, 205 Faraday St, Carlton. Bookings here.

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