Extreme Arts: Acting Up (Theatre workshop)
Join outstanding teachers and performance artists Alex Walker (House of Muchness) and Hayley Lawson as they invite you into an exploration of time, space and character.
Over four intensive days of artistic making, Alex and Hayley will work with their group to create a new production piece titled “The Square”. Through games, exercises, movement, design, and epic character development, the group will work as an ensemble to generate contemporary and dynamic performance material. They will examine public life, town squares, strangers interactions, moments of connection and disconnection. How do we operate in shared space? What joys and tensions arise? It will all come together in an energetic and dramatic wordless play of a hundred characters played by our central cast.
Suitable for children aged between 6 – 12 years.
The children’s outcome show is in FCAC’s Performance Space on Thursday 18 April at 2:30pm. Friends and family are welcome.
WHEN: Four day program, Monday 15 – Thursday 18 April, 10am – 3pm
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.
Earlybird (Before 10 March)
4 days: $250 full / $200 concession
Standard (After 11 March)
4 days: $300 / $240
Before care: $10 / After care: $15
Please note: Children take three breaks during the day. Please pack enough snacks and lunch.
About FCAC Tutors:
Alex Walker is a youth arts practitioner making live art with a cross-section of young people at the point where the spheres of children, arts, culture, and politics intersect. She works with inclusive, collaborative devising techniques that aim to frame the contributions of the young people through innovative and dynamic forms. Alex works across contexts, heavily invested in carving out a place for the voice and position of the young person to have an impact on their environment and community. In 2016 Alex founded House of Muchness (HOM) which is a centre of artistic practices for the creative wellbeing of young people. At HOM, she has established a culture which breeds safe, creative risk-taking and artistic experimentation. She uses arts processes to arrive at new material which reveals the contemporary condition of young people and their complex relationship with the world. Alex is also the co-director of School With No Walls (SWNW) which operates within education and arts environments to activate the learning experience through the insertion of kinaesthetic and sensory strategies. Alex has held key artistic roles at St Martins Youth Arts Centre, Outback Theatre for Young People and Australian Theatre for Young People. In her roles to date, she has prepared young people to perform and participate as part of Melbourne Festival, Melbourne Fringe Festival, The Wheeler Centre, Arts Centre Melbourne, NGV, BIFEM, MPavilion, State Library Victoria, Testing Grounds, ArtsHouse, Theatreworks, Dark Mofo, Ten Days on the Island and Castlemaine Festival. She has presented at State, Regional and International Conferences about the capacity of young people within the arts.
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 NZ, she then went on to study 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.
Presented as part of FCAC’s Arts Learning Program.
1 – Image by Jackie Dixon.