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ATYP PRESENTS ‘INTERSECTION ‘ @ STUDIO 1

If INTERSECTION is any indication of the professionalism, focus and commitment of the next generation of performing artists then the art is in a pretty good state. From 15 -24 years, these nineteen actors have my complete admiration for their unwavering composure as they brought to life the 10 short plays in the 90 minute production. I attended a matinee … it was viciously hot; patrons were reluctantly and unavoidably noisily leaving because of the swelter; there was a somewhat drunken, very loud party going on outside and yet not one performer short- changed their audience.

Australian Theatre for Young People (ATYP) has a few generations of experience behind them and is well known for their facilitation and creation of new works. INTERSECTION is one such. ATYP supports a diverse range of Youth Theatre activities including the annual National Studio where they work with young and emerging writers for youth. Continue reading ATYP PRESENTS ‘INTERSECTION ‘ @ STUDIO 1

THE LIGHTING DESIGNER : PLATFORM PAPER 49 BY NIGEL LEVINGS

Nigel Levings: The Lighting Designer

Currency House has been producing their quarterly ‘Platform Papers’ since 2004. These essays seek “new directions in music, theatre, dance, arts and entertainment, film, television, cultural policy, advocacy, copyright and defamation, arts training and innovation, the creative economy, race relations, young people’s theatre, digital arts” according to their website.

At the launch of the latest paper, Board Member, Martin Portus suggested that they have pretty good form in matching the right writer to the right contemporary topic but twice now Currency House has handed over the essay task to practitioners who use their personal story to enrich the art. Last year Stephen Curtis used his life and work to argue for the place of the designer in the creation of theatre.

Platform Paper 49 is by Nigel Levings. Launched by Director Lindy Hume (Director of Opera Queensland) at Belvoir Street Theatre last night, THE LIGHTING DESIGNER is an exploration of a life lived and shared in what Hume called “the dark intimacy of lighting sessions”. Continue reading THE LIGHTING DESIGNER : PLATFORM PAPER 49 BY NIGEL LEVINGS