25 September 2023

Free school holiday workshops cast net for women to act on their dramatic side

| Shri Gayathirie Rajen
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Last year’s workshop group with Wiradjuri elders Cheryl Penrith and Mary Atkinson. Photo: Supplied.

Oddball Theatre and Voice of Women are set to host free drama workshops over the spring school holidays.

”Embrace Riverina” drama workshops and performances are inviting all women, particularly those aged 18-25, to explore their dramatic side.

The sessions are run by artistic director Lliane Clarke with experienced performers Saasha McMillan (Oddball Theatre founder director) and Lucy Heffernan (from Shop Front Arts) in a supportive and safe environment.

They are designed to explore everyone’s dramatic ideas, teach them skills, develop storytelling and expression confidence, and above all, have fun with other women in the community.

The classes will be held from 26-29 September, while performances will be held from 1-4 October in Tarcutta, Cootamundra, Currawarna and North Wagga.

“In each of these workshops, we’re gathering together the women in the town, asking them to share stories and do physical theatre and drama to see what stories come,” Saasha said.

“We will take those stories and mould them into a performance … and we will revisit the places and perform them.

“We want to get out into these towns and make them accessible for those living there and get the stories of the region … so we’re calling it ‘Embrace’.”

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Saasha said the workshops were vital to the community because they built connections and a sense of place for people to talk about their locality, how they felt and what it meant to them.

“It’s important for people to come to the workshops to meet others, connect and share stories,” she said.

“Within the workshops, we’re hoping to do a little walk around the town, film and record some soundscapes of what the town sounds like.”

Saasha founded the Oddball Theatre in 2018 and her goal is to provide more workshops and projects.

As a child and as a young woman, theatre and acting provided a way for her to connect.

“Doing these workshops is about coming full circle and reflecting on them,” she said.

Saasha said the workshops were a safe place for everyone.

“We welcome First Nations women and women from diverse backgrounds and the LGBTQI+ community.”

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Workshops will be held from 3 pm to 8 pm at the following locations:

Tarcutta Hall – Tuesday, 26 September
Cootamundra Arts Centre – Wednesday, 27 September
Currawarna Hall – Thursday, 28 September
North Wagga Hall – Friday, 29 September

Performances will be held at 7 pm at the following locations:

Currawarna Hall – Sunday, 1 October
Cootamundra Arts Centre – Monday, 2 October
Tarcutta Hall – Tuesday, 3 October
North Wagga Hall – Wednesday, 4 October

To register for the workshops, follow this link.

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