ARtS Narrogin are very excited to have secured funding to engage multi-platform theatre company The Kabuki Drop in a community art project to engage local seniors sharing their personal stories via theatre performance. We were delighted to receive funding from the Shire, and were one of only seven of 33 applications funded the by the Regional Arts Fund – Project Fund, to help make this project possible.
The project will tap into the wisdom and humour of our senior citizens, beginning with a series of workshops to develop storytelling skills which will take place between 12th and 18th September. Before five local elders take to the stage for two performances on September 23 and 24 – part sharing of stories, part questions and answers from the audience.
Entitled ‘Talk From the Town: The Narrogin Elders Project’, the project will enable senior members of our community to engage with a professional theatre company in developing their own personal stories to share with the audience. Workshops will be designed to assist participants in anticipating a broad range of audience questions and build their confidence. These stories will be documented by sound designer Nathan Jamieson, along with local historians. Following the workshops, the final cast will be selected to represent diverse cultural and social backgrounds within our community and be invited to take part in the performance. They will spend the next week intensively developing performance skills and confidence with artists from The Kabuki Drop. The project aims to encourage dialogue and foster respect for elders in the community, and to examine the regional identity of the Narrogin community as a whole.
The Kabuki Drop will also be partnering with the Narrogin Repertory Club to provide mentoring and professional development workshops for interested locals who want to develop their skills in the area of theatre direction, sound design and lighting design. To register your interest in attending a workshop, or for more details, please contact ARtS Narrogin on 9881 6987.
The project was made possible by the generous support of the Shire of Narrogin and the Australian Governments regional arts program, the Regional Arts Fund, which gives all Australians better access to opportunities to practise and experience the arts. The Regional Arts Fund is administered in Western Australia by Country Arts WA.