Extreme Arts: Theatre Intensive – October
Over four days, actors and directors Penny Harpham and Hayley Lawson will lead an intensive theatre workshop incorporating script work, costume design, film and movement, ending in an explosive show for friends and family. Through exploration of the theme ‘Down the rabbit hole’, the children will join fun filled workshops that asks Australia’s youngest performers to create and enact the fantasy theme. Suitable for children aged between 6 – 12 years.
WHEN: Four day program, Monday 2 October – Thursday 5 October, 10am – 3pm
Before care and after care available (before care: 8:30am – 10am / after care: 3pm – 5pm)
Please note: please book in before care and after care at time of booking as service depends on bookings received.
VENUE: Footscray Community Arts Centre
Earlybird (Before 8 September)
4 days: $240 / $190
Standard (From 9 September)
4 days: $300 / $230
Before care: $8 / After care: $15
Please note: Children take three breaks during the day. Please pack enough snacks and lunch!
About FCAC Tutor: Penny Harpham
Penny Harpham is an actor, writer, director and producer with over ten year of experience in the performing arts. She has performed across Europe and Asia as well as in Australia with companies such as LaMama Theatre, St Kilda’s Theatreworks, The Darebin Speakeasy, Brisbane Powerhouse, Metro Arts, Queensland Shakespeare Ensemble and Backbone Youth Arts. She regularly facilitates kids drama workshops with LaBoite Theatre Company in Brisbane and is excited to begin working with Melbourne’s youngest actors at FCAC.
She holds a Bachelor of Arts (Drama) from the University of Queensland, a Post Graduate Diploma in Arts and Cultural Management (University of Melbourne) and a PostGraduate Diploma in Directing from the Victorian College of the Arts where she was awarded the Barbara Manning Scholarship for Excellence and the Global Atelier Graduate Scholarship. In addition to her performing arts credentials, Penny has worked with young children in primary schools and in-home.
About FCAC Tutor: Hayley Lawson
Hayley made her acting debut as Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz at age 8. The stage has been her passion ever since. After studying Dramatic Arts at Taranaki School of Drama in New Zealand, she then went on to study a Bachelor of Theatre Arts at La Trobe University in Melbourne. Hayley worked for Helen OGrady’s Drama Academy as a drama tutor and also runs her own children’s theatre group ‘DramaworX’. Hayley also delivers FCAC’s term based drama workshops for children.
‘I love the drama program and Penny, Hayley and Tennessee are fantastic. It is so much fun. It has made me feel confident and although I have been many times it is very exciting and I always learn new things. I meet nice people and love helping write the script and creating my character and performing at the end.’ – Sam Chandley, aged 8
‘It is such a wonderful, creative program and it really engages the kids. I love watching the kids perform and see how confident they are and how well they work together. Penny and Hayley are incredible with the kids, we are so lucky.’ – Judy Chandley, parent
‘FCAC holiday programs are always a really positive experience. The program is always excellent and the theatre intensive, in particular, allows them four days to build on something creative and I find they get a real sense of achievement. They also get to interact with a range of age groups and I’ve found they take on more responsibility as they get older in the programs.’ – Ani Mattila, parent of two
Presented as part of our Arts Learning program.
1-Theatre Intensive July 2017. Image by courtesy of FCAC.
2-Theatre Intensive January 2017. Image by Sue Cash.
3-Theatre Intensive January 2017. Image by Sue Cash.