Make Theatre Great Again! SYT Developments for Major Productions, 2019.


Dates: (October) 24th, 31st,
(November) 7th, 14th & 21st.
Number of Workshops: 5.
Times: Wednesday, 4:30-6:30pm

It's time to dust off your performing skills and big ideas and get into the nitty gritty of creating something great.

These workshops will form the initial creative developments for Spark's Major Shows in 2019. We're meeting about them now cause WE WANT YOUR THOUGHTS. What do you want to learn? What do you want to say? Where do you want to perform? We present YOU with some broad ideas to bounce off and we'll go from there.

So - What are these shows?

TAME - An immersive performance about the treatment of women in Australia. Directed by Felicity Nicol.
Using The Taming of the Shrew as a jumping off point, physical theatre, verbatim texts and hyperbole will be combined to comment on the treatment of women in Australia. What do young people think about DV? How aware are they of the stats? Do they have a suggestion or statement they'd like to make? Working with the tools that made Political Children so successful, Tame is set to be SYT's biggest show yet.

(Inital Development = October 24th & 31st, 4:30 - 6:30. To be performed in Petersham, in October 2019.)

DESTINATION UNKNOWN - Puppets, Politics and Young People. Directed by Erica Brennan.
Taking place during Youth Week in 2019, this new performance piece will explore puppets, clowning and what it means to take a stand for something as a young person. From shadow puppets to everyday objects, Erica will share her rich knowledge of playful hilarity with YOU.

(Development = November 7th, 14th & 21st. To be performed in Leichhardt, in April 2019.)

Focus skills: Theatre Making, Political Theatre, Puppetry, Clowning, Verbatim Theatre.

TAME - Facilitated by Felicity Nicol.

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Felicity Nicol is an award-winning Performance Director and Artistic Director from Sydney, Australia. A graduate of NIDA, she has gone on to work with some of the most prominent artists around the world, including Ontroerend Goed (BEL), Punchdrunk & Gecko Physical Theatre (UK), Illutron (DEN) and Mammalian Diving Reflex (CAN). Felicity holds a particular interest in working with young people, specifically queer young people & young people experiencing mental health issues.
This interest has led her to working with Spark Youth Theatre & Australian Theatre for Young People (AUS), Mit Ohnes Alles (GER), The Torontonians (CAN) and Company3 (UK).

Felicity’s mission as an artist is to interrupt people’s assumptions about the world and the people we share it with in order to bring these into question. By focusing on those traditionally left out of mainstream narratives, she attempts to redistribute cultural attention towards those who need it most. Felicity does this through humour, debate, gaming dramaturgy and play. These take their forms through a combination of social media, projection, drag(dress-ups), physical theatre, dialogue and virtual reality technologies.

Her favourite career highlights include directing at The Sydney Opera House, creating a one-on-one performance for audiences in a moving car, and directing a non-verbal performative memorial via clowning, beer and a slide-show.

Facilitated by Erica Brennan.

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‘Brennan’s theatrical work harkens back to early twentieth century modernism. She uses the stage to
blend reality with her psyche and create a show that is abstract, surreal and absurd.’ (Alt Media.)

Erica J Brennan holds B. Performance from Theatre Nepean (UWS) and is a founding member of
Ninefold. Recent acting work includes And Now To Bed (Subtlenuance Theatre) and Macbeth: 9 Scenes
Rehearsed (2013). Erica has written two plays for The Old 505 Theatre A Feat Incomplete and This Is Not Mills and Boon (2015.) Notable directing works include Timon of Athens (2013, 505 Theatre), and
Metafour – Four short plays by Samuel Beckett (2015, PACT Theatre). In 2011 she was an ArtsLab
Resident Artist for Shopfront Theatre and in 2015 was shortlisted for the Ensembles Sandra Bates
Directing Award. She is a proud PACT Alumni - The Space Program and Vacant Room (both 2012) for ‘Ile
and Moondirt.’