Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Local stages creating cultural hub

Our local stages are busy with work in performance and in rehearsal. The wealth of material which our performing artists are exploring is exciting and confirming for me that Bathurst is the cultural hub in the central west.
Next week we have Version 1.0 in Bathurst rehearsing their new show, The Disappearances Project, which has been created following a research and development period in Bathurst in 2010. Version 1.0 last performed in Bathurst with their show ‘Deeply Offensive and Utterly Untrue” which was a striking and memorable production. It has been wonderful to work with Version 1.0 and to have them here for the premiere of this new production, which will be a deeply emotional work – which traces the trajectories of hope, anger and grief over years of police investigations in a range of unexplained disappearances, Version 1.0 will explore the effects of long term missing persons cases on family members and regional communities. The Disappearances Project

While V1.0 are in Bathurst, we will be chatting with them – and putting some of our conversations up facebook – be sure to check it out regularly..

Following the premiere of the show on the 8th we also look forward to the Tormentors and Teasers Supper Club - with local duo Fat Wombat performing. The supper clubs at BMEC offer a great opportunity to meet the cast and crew of the show, and a chance to discuss the show with other theatre goers. I love the T&T Supper clubs – I guess I love the idea of having a glass of wine and an opportunity to chat with visiting artists and listening to local music, a perfect way to end a night at the theatre. Ask our box office staff about your ticket to the Supper Club.

Other work in development is of course, The Inland Sea of Sound – an exciting week long world music festival which runs from 10-16 April. This wonderful festival brings local artists together with exciting guests from across the globe. The ‘100 miles picnic’ in Machattie Park from 12noon on the Sunday launches the festival. We invite the community to join us at this free event, which celebrates the diversity of our cultural hub. With music, dance, face painting, local food and wines this event will be a highlight of the festival. For more information about the ISOS Festival see our website and link to the blog which gives details of the program.
The Inland Sea Of Sound

On Becoming A Witch – a site specific work is also coming along. I had a meeting at Yetholme yesterday with Cate McCarthy. The property is so beautiful, and to be there at night with lighting, live music and poetry will be a thrilling experience. Tickets are onsale for the 20& 21 April and they are limited, due to the nature of the performance, don’t miss out..
What's On at BMEC

A big thank you to the volunteers who are helping us out with these shows aand festivals - we couldn't do it all without you! If you want to find out more about volunteering with us - please contact me

1 comment:

  1. I know some of the performers facilitating "On Becoming A Witch"... and it sounds absolutely fascinating! :)