25 Jan – 2 Feb @ State Theatre Centre of WA ·
Presented by The Cutting Room Floor & Summer Nights ·
Cotton Wool Kid is a love story that spans years in seconds. Our narrators: two gooey-eyed lovers and fighters, fumbling their way forward in life, loss and love. This fast-paced production explores the perseverance of the human spirit and borrows from uncomfortable questions we asked Mum.
Originally developed as part of Black Swan State Theatre Company’s Emerging Writers’ Group.
We all feel alone at times, but when you’re experiencing loneliness it can feel like you’re the only one. 52 Hertz, by young artist collective Beyond the Yard, seeks to reassure the ‘lonely whales’ amongst us that we are not alone, says the show’s writer, director and co-producer, Terence Smith. Seesaw caught up with Smith for a Fringe Session to find out more.
Seesaw: When did you first know that you wanted to be an artist? Terence Smith: I don’t think it’s a choice I made. I think I’ve always wanted to be an artist and more specifically a director. From a young age I was always the kid who would tell his friends what to say and how to act when playing in the playground. I have definitely been shaped towards being an artist by being raised in Denmark, WA, as it is such an artistic town that encourages and celebrates the arts.
S: Did you complete formal training? TS: Yes – I have completed my BA (Performance Studies) and have just completed my Bachelor of Arts (Honours) at Curtin University where my thesis looked into the role of a director and theatre maker and how one can create empathy from an audience through performance, the result being an early draft of the show 52 Hertz.
S: Tell us about Beyond the Yard… TS: Beyond The Yard currently comprises of a group of young artists currently residing in Perth, Western Australia. Together we aim to create new Australian works focused on bringing light to under-represented social issues through innovative and refreshing mediums. We are artists; we play, we dream, we share, we create. We are Beyond the Yard.
S: Beyond the Yard’s career highlight so far? TS: In November we had the opportunity to take 52 Hertz to my home town of Denmark for the Brave New Works Festival – it was an incredible weekend full of love and support from my home community and felt so good to in a way give back to the community that first nurtured my artistic hopes and dreams. It also gave us all the chance to collectively work outside the university environment in a new environment as a united and independent team.
S: And funniest moment so far? TS: Every moment in our rehearsal room is full of laughs and good times – a ‘funny moment’ for all the wrong reasons involved dropping a glass fish bowl at the start of our tech day down in Denmark, that was a great start to that day… But you should definitely come see the show to see what this fish bowl is all about.
S: Tell us about that show! TS:52 Hertz is about disconnection in the modern world – it’s a show that follows the story of five different characters who could easily connect with one another if they allowed themselves to. More than anything it’s about how everyone at one time or another can feel like a lonesome whale calling out waiting for a reply that they feel is never going to come. I hope people who do feel that way can come and see this show and know they aren’t alone and there’s always help if it’s needed.
S: Aside from your show, what are you looking forward to seeing/doing at Fringe? TS: I’m excited to see our home-grown WA artists show Perth what we’re made of and I’m also keen to hang out at the Budgie Smuggler for some cheap beer and boogie at the silent disco.
S: What do you love most about what you do? TS: I love that by creating theatre I have the chance to give audiences and people in general the ability to feel something and gain insight into different ways of living. I thrive off the hope that my work can reach out and show someone that they aren’t alone.
S: What is your favourite playground equipment? TS: Who could beat a killer slide.
How did you sleep last night? If you’ve had any experience with the frustrations of the sleepless wee hours, Night Sweats is the Fringe show for you. Seesaw caught up with creator Timothy Green to talk about his first solo dance work and more.
Seesaw: When did you first know that you wanted to be an artist? Timothy Green: My earliest memory of performing is when I was six years old, playing a lion in a Club-Med kids show in Bali, I’m pretty sure the artistic bug had bitten me long before that though. It sounds clichéd, but I have been art-obsessed since I can remember.
S: Did you do formal training, learn on-the-job, or a bit of both? TG: I trained for three years at WAAPA studying the Bachelor of Performing Arts course in its first year, which was really groundbreaking for me creatively and personally. During my degree I travelled to New York and continued to study physical theatre and Butoh through Leimay’s Ludus Lab program, as well as going on exchange to the International Theatre Institute in Singapore. Since graduating I’ve continued to develop my practice through workshops with OzFrank as well as STRUT Dance — I’m starting a ten day workshop with STRUT/Maxine Doyle two days after Night Sweats closes!
S: Career highlight so far? TG: The year after graduating, Samantha Maclean (one of the other co-founders of Static Drive Co) and I co-directed and presented Tissue at The Blue Room Theatre. I learned so much during the process, and all from of the other members of the creative team. It wasn’t a walk in the park (but when is it ever?) but ultimately I was really proud of the work.
S: What do you love most about what you do? TG: I love getting to be creative and collaborative in a room, or around a table — working with a group of people, taking an idea and pulling it apart, putting it back together and joining forces to make something bigger, better and more interesting. I have a background in graphic design and marketing, so I always try to be involved in the creation of the promotional material and branding of the work, which is a really fun aspect of the process for me.
S: What made you decide to give Fringe World a whirl? TG: Fringe is my favourite time of the year; the weather, the people, everything – I’m all about it! I’ve wanted to put something in Fringe for a while, but haven’t had the right work at the right time before now. I’m really excited to be testing out my first solo show, and really excited that it’s part of Summer Nights.
S: Tell us about Night Sweats… TG:Night Sweats is a show with one man and a million thoughts. It explores the tangential way our brains work, and how it is possible that we can be our own best friend and worst enemy at the same time through storytelling, song and movement. Trying to get to sleep in a continually more connected and detached world can be tricky at the best of times, so when stress and neurosis and rambling thoughts start to creep in, it can feel like a Herculean feat.
S: Aside from your show, what are you looking forward to seeing/doing at Fringe? TG: To choose a few I’d say godeatgod, 19 Weeks, The Big Dark, Joan and Sudden Skiesare my picks – I’m always proud to see local Perth artists representing our industry during Fringe so most of my picks are WA artists except for Joan! But who can resist gender-bending cabaret?
S: What is your favourite playground equipment? TG: I’m a monkey bars man through and through.
6 – 10 February 2018 @ The Blue Room Theatre •
Presented by The Blue Room Theatre Summer Nights and Mudskipper Productions in association with Playwriting Australia and Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company •
From emerging theatre company Mudskipper Productions comes the world
premiere of a thoughtful new work about race, class and footy.
6 – 10 FEBRUARY 2018, THE BLUE ROOM THEATRE
“I got one son, that’s why I’m ‘ere to make this right for ‘im. Don’t matter what I bin through.”
An ugly incident at her son’s football game results in time in jail and a life-time ban from future footy matches for Kaarla. Now she wants the ban lifted. But Jane, the injured party, wants blood. Mediation is a last-ditch, volatile shot at negotiating some form of mutual justice. Can these two women move from hurt and hatred, towards reconciliation and forgiveness?
Banned is the thought-provoking professional debut by emerging playwright Barbara Hostalek, and is directed by award-winning playwright and director, Hellie Turner.
Banned is made possible through Playwriting Australia and Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company’s Next Step Program, which gives the opportunity for further development with Indigenous artists who engage in the theatre sector.
February 13-17, 7:30pm @ The Blue Room Theatre •
Presented by Beyond the Yard •
MESSAGE SENT, NEVER RECEIVED
This is a story about you, me and the loneliest whale in the world.
Five people with five stories that unravel the contemporary nature of isolation. Alone in an apartment, in a bustling bar, in the dial tone of a message bank and across the deep blue – waiting for a reply.
52 Hertz uses performance and movement to reach out and touch the empathetic soul of human existence.
Inspired by the true story of 52 Blue – the loneliest whale in the world. This whale first tracked in the late 80s calls out at the abnormal frequency of 52Hz and to this date continues to be tracked as it follows its solo journey across the ocean.