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Leading Indigenous Artists present Free Community Workshops

By Tuggeranong Arts Centre 17 June 2018 0
Katie Beckett and Kahami Djordon King rehearsing Which Way Home. Photo by Jody Haines.

Katie Beckett and Kahami Djordon King rehearsing Which Way Home. Photo by Jody Haines.

During the July school holidays, Melbourne’s ILBIJERRI Theatre Company will be offering a series of free community workshops in collaboration with Tuggeranong Arts Centre.

ILBIJERRI is one of Australia’s leading theatre companies creating innovative works by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists. Established in 1990, ILBIJERRI is the longest running Indigenous theatre company in Australia.

ILBIJERRI’s productions have toured to critical acclaim across Australia and the world. Their work challenges and excites audiences with contemporary stories about what it means to be Indigenous in Australia today.

The company’s latest touring production, Which Way Home, will be playing at Tuggeranong Arts Centre on Wednesday 18th July for two shows only. Written by Balnaves Indigenous Playwrights Award winner Katie Beckett, Which Way Home is a road trip comedy 80,000 years in the making. The play tells the story of Tash and her Dad, who are going on a road trip home to country, where the sky is higher, and the world goes on forever.

Alongside the production, writer Katie Beckett, actor and artist Kamahi Djordon King, and director Rachael Maza will present a series of free community workshops at Tuggeranong Arts Centre.

Over the past 18 months, the Arts Centre has worked with comedians Kevin Kropinyeri and Sean Choolburra to engage the community in their way of story-telling through comedy. Working with ILBIJERRI Theatre Company builds on the work already undertaken and will show a different form of performance that again incorporates story-telling and acting as a way to tell important, culturally relevant stories.

Katie Beckett performs in Which Way Home. Photo: Snehargho Ghosh

Katie Beckett performs in Which Way Home. Photo: Snehargho Ghosh.

Katie Beckett’s ‘Devising Theatre’ workshop is designed for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people aged 7+ and their families. The workshop will use drama games, performance and writing activities to explore ways you can use your own stories to devise a piece of theatre.

Beckett is an accomplished actor and writer with a passion for storytelling. She is currently working on a number of writing projects including a new TV series with Matchbox Pictures, a Young Adults novel with Allen & Unwin and has been commissioned by Arts Centre Melbourne and Belvoir to write two new plays.

Kamahi Djordon King. Photo: Courtesy ILBIJERRI Theatre  & Regional Arts Victoria

Kamahi Djordon King. Photo: Courtesy ILBIJERRI Theatre & Regional Arts Victoria.

Kamahi Djordon King is a Gurindji man who hails from Katherine in the Northern Territory. A multi-talented artist, King’s creative practice includes acting, singing and visual art. He will offer a special visual arts workshop using latex. The workshop is open to all members of the community and is particularly suited to emerging and established artists.

Rachael Maza. Photo: Courtesy ILBIJERRI Theatre & Regional Arts Victoria

Rachael Maza. Photo: Courtesy ILBIJERRI Theatre & Regional Arts Victoria.

In Rachael Maza’s ‘Everyone’s Got a Story’ workshop, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander adults will learn how to tell their story through theatre with one of Australia’s most successful directors. Maza is well known as a presenter on ABC TV’s Message Stick and for her performances in the film Radiance and the stage production of The Sapphires. Her many directorial credits include the acclaimed Jack Charles V The Crown, which has toured both nationally and internationally.

For more information on the ILBIJERRI Theatre workshops, including how to register, go to: www.tuggeranongarts.com/events/ilbijerri-workshops/

Which Way Home is on at the Tuggeranong Arts Centre Theatre on Wednesday 18th July at 11 am and 7 pm. Tickets are $20 adult and $15 concession and can be booked at: www.trybooking.com/TGFL


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