March Opportunities

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There are lots of opportunities for emerging writers and theatre makers at the moment. Playwriting Australia has made a callout for Dramaturgy Interns. These interns will recieve ‘access to training and mentoring by industry professionals, and get to develop their practical skills in script assessment and explore the process of giving dramaturgical feedback.’

The internship is available to Sydney and Melbourne based playwrights, directors or dramaturgs. Applications close Monday the 24th of March, 5pm.

Additionally, there has been a call out for applications for the Monash Undergraduate Prize for Creative Writing. The award is open to emerging writers enrolled in either an undergraduate or honours degree. For the first year ever, the award is open to both students from Australia and New Zealand.

First prize is $4000. The highest placed student from Monash University will receive $1000. Both winners will be published in Verge, Monash University’s student publication. Entries have to be 1500–3000 words. Applications close Thursday the 17th of April.

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BITE ME

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My monologue ‘Facon’ is being performed in an amazing show called ‘Bite Me’. There are only four more chances for you to see it! Make sure you get down to Australian Theatre for Young People before it’s gone forever!

Check out some of the great reviews for Bite Me:

…”this is a production that fascinates and impresses. It is thoroughly original.” Suzy Goes See

…”is a delightful picaresque performance centring on food.” Australian Stage

…”a flowing, varied and physically interesting showcase for the Australian Theatre for Young People’s fourth instalment of its Voices Project. It is the best to date.” Jason Blake, The Sydney Morning Herald

…”Bite Me brings quite a lot to the table.” Lloyd Bradford-Sykes, The Daily Review

It’s a great show that has a huge team of creatives behind it. Support Australian writing and young people in theatre!

To buy tickets just click here.

ATYP Fresh Ink National Studio

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Three weeks ago I went away to the ATYP National Studio. I met talented people, took in beautiful scenery and churned out some writing I’m pretty stoked about. I could have not generated the work that I did without the unique environment that the National Studio provided.

I want to say a huge thank you for Australian Theatre for Young People for having programs like this. It was an incredible learning experience.

If you are a young writer I encourage you to apply for the National Studio. I think the call-out will be next year but you can be sure to know by liking/following/stalking Fresh Ink on facebook, twitter and checking the website.

If you are a philanthropist who is wanting to donate to something artsy, I definitely encourage you to support the Fresh Ink program.

Great things have come out of the program such as The Language of Love: a film by young writer Kim Ho. It has reached 489,634 views (at the time of writing) and attracted global attention.

Sydney Writers’ Festival – Troubadours and Minstrels

Candy Royalle with troubadours.

Candy Royalle with troubadours.

Troubadours and Minstrels was an explorative spoken word poetry event held as part of the Sydney Writers’ Festival, hosted by slam poetry non-for profit Word Travels. After being split into four groups, guests were invited to explore a different side of the Rocks. The audience members were led through the historic area by troubadours to cracks and crevasses where minstrels appeared and performed. In the first week (18th, 19th May), it was the poetry of Cj ShawJade Oldfield, Catherina Behan and Tom Hogan (aka Scott Sandwich) that dazzled the audience. The second week (26th May) featured performances by Anis Mojgani, CJ Bowerbird, Jo Sri and Eleanor Jackson. Both weeks were hosted by Candy Royalle.

It was a fantastic event that left audience members begging for more time with the very talented poets (it was hard to get them to move on). It was an honour to see such highly esteemed performers in such intimate spaces.

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2012 Australian Poetry Slam runner up Jo Sri.

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Me alongside Sally Coleman, Slam Poet and one half of Coda Conduct. https://www.facebook.com/CodaConduct

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Candy Royalle warms up the audience.

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Australian Poetry Slam 2012 winner CJ Bowerbird performing.

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Two-time winner of the Midsumma Poetry Out Loud slam and recent National Poetry Slam finalist Eleanor Jackson performing.

Eleanor Jackson performing.

Eleanor Jackson performing.

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National Poetry Slam Champion and winner of the International World Cup Poetry Slam Anis Mojgani in the intimate space.

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Anis Mojgani performing.

NOTES: I was only able to get pictures of the performances on the second week. Apologies for the Iphone quality of the photos.  

May Day Playwrights’ Festival Opening Night

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Wednesday marked the opening night of the May Day Playwrights’ Festival held at Tap Gallery. Over the next two weeks the exciting new festival will showcase the writing of Australian playwrights.

Last week, the festival presented the work of the 7-ON Playwrights with performances of monologues from their published collection: ‘No Nudity, Weapons or Naked Flames’. The monologues were directed by festival co-director Augusta Supple.

The opening night was a lively event with many of the Sydney scene’s movers and shakers, and theatre makers, in attendance. Delicious rolls were on offer from new franchise Mr Crackles. The five spiced pork belly with crispy crackling and Vietnamese salad proved to be a favourite among the theatre goers.

This week will showcase a collection of nine monologues and duologues titled ‘The Solitudes’, directed by nine directors and performed by nine actors. Little God, directed and written by AFI -Award winning actor Nicholas Hope, will finish off the exciting festival with a performance from festival co-producer Jeremy Waters.

To purchase tickets:

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Festival Producers Augusta Supple and Jeremy Waters.

The Season

Three x 1 Week Seasons: 8th- 25th May 2013

Performing Wednesdays – Saturdays,  8pm
The Tap Gallery Theatre, 278 Palmer St, Darlinghurst NSW 2010
75 Minutes (No Interval)
TICKETS: $20/ $15
PLAYWRIGHTS BONUS: Receive a concession priced ticket if you provide the Mayday Box Office Staff with a new play to read.
To purchase tickets:

A View From Moving Windows Tribute Video

Harnessing the creative talents of some of Sydney’s most dynamic and prestigious playwrights, A View From Moving Windows was a play inspired by train travel to and from the thriving and vibrant geographical centre of Sydney, Parramatta. It was created as part of the Riverside Theatre’s True West season. This is a tribute video for the production created by Felicity Pickering.

The song used in this production is ‘Precious’ by Appleonia. You can purchase and find out more about Appleonia here:

http://www.appleoniamusic.com
https://www.facebook.com/appleoniamusic

A View From Moving Windows Blogging

It has been almost a month since I finished blogging for A View From Moving Windows. It was an amazing experience and I felt like I learnt a lot from it. It was a great opportunity to figure out the nuts and bolts of doing online marketing for a production. I want to thank Augusta Supple for giving me the opportunity. I also wanted to say thanks to all the castthe team and the writers for being incredibly welcoming. Also, a huge thanks to Nicole Dimitriadis for being my co-blogger and comrade.

Although the production is over I suggest you check out the blog. It actually works well as a stand alone collection of creative writing  and memories inspired by train travel and Parramatta. I think so at least (I might be biased).

I started off this post wanting to highlight two pieces of writing that I am particularly proud of from the blog. It has come to my attention that this blog features very little of my own writing (except for event coverage and reviews), so I thought it might be a good way of showing my creative side. So, please read some examples of my work:

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http://aviewfrommovingwindows.com/?p=550