February in Focus: Playwriting
Yesterday was a most splendid, wonderful, interesting and exciting day! We headed from Sydney to Melbourne and, most unusually, everything went smoothly!
I was fortunate enough to meet some members of the cast and creatives as well as one of our international guests. Everyone I encountered was warm and friendly. We received the sacred privilege of being in the rehearsal space of one of the plays and to observe the cast and creatives unpick, investigate, explore, question and deliberate the play. It was such a beautiful process to watch! There was a poetic mix of young professional actors and very seasoned members of the arts community working together with strength, intelligence and vigour. I loved watching them own the space and the text. It makes me long to be back in a room like that, exploring a text like that and being on the front line rather than on the sidelines! I’ve got a lot of work to do on these upcoming auditions if I want that to happen!
Today I’ll be doing some legwork to promote the festival and get programs out to the local venues to get the word out of the festival! Tonight we have a public discussion on at The Malthouse. It forms part of our Departure Lounge series and this one is called Our Place in the World and features a panel of experts including Görkem Acaroğlu, artistic director of Melbourne Workers’ Theatre, David Greig, Scotland’s leading playwright, Peter Higgin, artistic director of the UK’s innovative promenade company Punchdrunk, and Owen Calvert-Lyons, Creative Learning Manager of London’s Arcola Theatre, who will be discussing the material world and art. Come check it out! Tickets can be booked at nationalplayfestival.org.au.
Free Double Pass Giveaway!
Because I am felling extremely generous and am obviously drunk on the splendour of this entire festival/working experience, I am offering a free double pass to see one of our Destination: Australia plays – it’s up to you which one you choose! So, if you’re in Melbourne from 22-26 February, available to see the show, get in touch with me via WordPress comment, email, Twitter with your favourite quote from a play – and the tickets are yours! Tell your friends!