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Picture Her is a theatre show that takes the audience on an investigative performance adventure unearthing a multitude of unknown, forgotten and uncelebrated Australian women photographers from 1850 to the present day. The scene is set: a chance encounter with a pile of discarded glass plate photo negatives sends our sleuthing protagonist on an extensive investigation to uncover the identity of the mystery artist. After sifting through public records and newspaper archives, the works are identified as those of photographer Daisy Harriet Llewelyn, who worked in Ballarat in the 1920s.
Through tall tales and true stories, the audience joins in the hunt, filled with happenstance, dead ends, loose ends, unexpected bends and clues looking for Daisy.
Through the assistance from Regional Arts Victoria and Creative Victoria, the creative team have developed Picture Her for presentation for both a small live theatre audience and a live streaming audience. These experiences are designed as fun and interactive performances to reach more audiences and partner technology with theatrical experience.
‘…an engaging story of fragments, mystery and surprise through song, projections and comedy, but most importantly, through storytelling and a delightful sense of play with the audience.’
‘In this one woman show, Marg Dobson as writer, researcher and actor and Maude Davey as director and dramaturg bring a lifetime of skill and experience to craft a theatrical gem around this story of Daisy and her photographs’.
WHEN: Friday 26 February, 7.30pm and Saturday 27 February, 5pm and 7.30pm
VENUE: Performance Space and Roslyn Smorgon Gallery
Live theatre audience: Full $25 / Concession $15
Live streaming: $10
Please note that the 5pm session on Saturday 27 February will be Auslan interpreted.
Meet the Artists
Writer & Performer
Marg’s experience in theatre, cabaret and street theatre at Arts Festivals and Fringe Festivals often includes mixing genres of live performance to make assessable and interactive adventures for audiences. From community and environmental theatre, The Teabags Marching Band, solo shows in Fringe Festivals, to cabaret with The Romanoffs and projects in Ballarat like the Women of the Goldfields performed in 2014. Her writing and performing work is often inspired by researching to uncover ‘untold stories’ and using comedy and music to bring those stories to life, acknowledging the un-acknowledged.
Maude Davey has been making work in and out of Melbourne for more than thirty years. She trained at VCA and works in films, television and on stage as performer, writer and director. Her contemporary variety show Retro Futurismus, created with Anni Davey, Gabi Barton, Anna Lumb and Teresa Blake has toured to Sydney, Darwin, Western Australia and Brisbane and was nominated for 5 Green Room Awards in 2016. Maude Davey was a core member of The Burlesque Hour/Glory Box ensemble for Finucane & Smith from 2004 until 2013, when she ‘retired’ her Burlesque acts with her acclaimed autobiographical retrospective, My Life In the Nude (nominated for a Green Room Award: Best Actor). She has a Masters in Writing for Performance from VCA.
George Williams is a writer, composer, choir leader and community arts facilitator and plays with the band The Winter Berries. She is currently working on the hundred year history of the Ballarat Memorial Concert Band for their 2020 centenary, facilitating song-writing workshops for Wild at Heart Community Arts and recording the Winter Berries’ debut album, Making Origami in a Hurricane.
Alison Shirley is a photographer with over 25 years experience. She currently specialises in macro photography and landscape. In 2020, she completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts Dance with First Class Honours at Vca, during which she combined her photographic expertise with her choreographic interests, creating dance films and an art book. Alison is interested in how we hold our stories and our histories in our bodies – and continues to explore this theme in recent and ongoing multi-genre art works, as well as in her Pilates teaching work of 16 years.
Film and Live Streaming
Michelle Dunn has operated her company MDP Photography and Video for the past 15 years and is a photographer and filmmaker with a strong commitment to social change. She enjoys working on projects that tell little known stories, advocate for diverse communities or contribute to gender equality and the prevention of violence against women. Michelle is also a photography educator and the founder of With Camera in Hand, a photography school offering courses in Regional Victoria and online, as well as a lived experience speaker for Women’s Health Grampians “Equality for All” program.
Picture Her was developed through the assistance of the Ballarat International Foto Biennale 2019, artadata software, Regional Arts Victoria and Creative Victoria.
1- Pictured: Marg Dobson. Image by Dr Lisa Anderson.