The Blue Room Theatre is happy to announce the outcomes of the fifth round of the LOFT initiative. Three projects received funding for creative development, with $69,695 being distributed in this round. These three join the 12 previously funded LOFT initiative projects supporting West Australian artists, bringing the total amount of LOFT funding distributed since 2015 to $361,809.
The Blue Room Theatre would like to extend our thanks to the peer assessors who sat on this panel for their time and effort: Annette Vieusseux (Executive Producer, Lucy Geurin Inc & Board Member, Theatre Network Australia), Hellie Turner (playwright) & Rick Heath (Executive Director, PAC Australia).
SUCCESSFUL LOFT PROJECTS (FIFTH ROUND):
Audioplay: The Turners – Side Pony Productions, auspiced by Big Special
Creative Development ($15,257) – Building on their existing body of interactive, audio driven, performance Side Pony Productions will develop this innovative form; through Audioplay: The Turners a new series based on Mick Elliott’s books The Turners. The series will be specifically designed for small groups of kids and will be versatile enough to be played in theatres, schools or homes. Audiopolay is audio book meets contemporary theatre meets podcast, an immersive multiplayer experience. Playing as a character in the story world, kids physically act out a story together, each guided by their own rich audio score.
Girl Rides West – Gita Bezard, auspiced by Performing Lines WA
Creative Development ($24,438) – Girl Rides West is an ambitious three part experiment in style and story. It’s a family brawl, a saga of reinvention, self-obsession and the need to be the central character in your own heroic tale. The show is the brainchild of playwright Gita Bezard and director Adam Mitchell. It will be a highly visual show, with three different styles of writing. Actors Mararo Wangai, Amy Mathews and Nicola Bartlett will be integral in building the word and physically of the show, and composer and musician Rachael Dease will build an original musical foundation strongly influenced with songs of heartache and pain in a Country and Western style. Through its LOFT funded development, Girl Rides West will undertake a strong collaboration between the writer and director, with devised input from the actors, before moving into the creation of the visual and musical world of the work.
UNHEIMLICH – Katt Osborne, produced by Performing Lines WA
Creative Development ($30,000) – UNHEIMLICH (meaning ‘un-homely’ or ‘uncanny’) is a new performance work that delves into the complex web of the human psychology. The project brings together a team of eight Perth-based mid-career practitioners including from different disciplines (theatre, visual art, dance and puppetry) to create a performance work that explores the powerful subconscious forces that live deep within us. LOFT funding will support a two week intensive creative development in August 2018 at the State Theatre Centre of WA. UNHEIMLICH will be co-created by Katt Osborne, with internationally-acclaimed visual artist Tarryn Gill, produced by Performing Lines WA.
SUCCESSFUL LOFT PROJECTS (FIRST, SECOND, THIRD & FOURTH ROUNDS):
Ecosexual Bathhouse (Pony Express)
Gareth Of The Antarctic (Sam Longley)
Layla and Majnun (IllUMEnate)
Never Meet Your Idols (Renegade Productions)
Overnight (The Skeletal System)
Project Xan (Jedda Productions)
Rhubarb (Clare Testoni)
The Elders Project (The Kabuki Drop)
The Irresistible (Side Pony Productions)
The Renegade Church (Renegade Productions)
Those who fall in love like anchors dropped upon the ocean floor (Renee Newman & Jo Morris)
You Know We Belong Together (Julia Hales)
More information on previous LOFT projects can be found here.
Image: UNHEIMLICH Development by Tarryn Gill