Little Y Workshops run for three hours on Monday nights, and counts among its past guest artists Emily McLean, Jeffery Jay Fowler, Sally Richardson and Humphrey Bower. As a result of past classes, shows have been devised, networks have been extended, actors have been cast and skills have been sharpened.
The series has just announced its workshops for May, with independent Perth artist Joe Lui starting with a beginner’s theatre crash course in lighting and sound design. Spaning two weeks, the course will be divided into theoretical and practical components respectively. Next, academic and The Nest Ensemble director, writer and devisor Leah Mercer will conduct two sessions exploring the role of the director.
The sessions run on a drop-in system, so you only need to come when you can.
When: Mondays, 6.30 – 9.30pm // Where: The Blue Room Theatre
For further inquiries about the Little y Theatre Workshops and RSVPs, please contact Georgia on littleygg[at]gmail.com
** You must be a member of The Blue Room Theatre to attend.
TECHNICAL THEATRE CRASH COURSE
Theory & Dramatury: Monday 2 May
Joe Lui will begin the series with a discussion on design choices and how they affect dramaturgy as key communicators of the meaning of a work. The session will explore questions like when you should start thinking about these elements, and how lighting and sound affect the way we experience a production.
Practical Application: Monday 9 May
In the second session, Joe will focus on the practical application of the ideas explored the week prior, with a particular focus on Cuelab operations and programming.
About Joe Lui
Joe Lui is a founding member of Renegade Productions. Within its aegis he creates, writes, directs, designs and composes theatre and performance works. His most recent work was Letters Home – a personal work that sold out its inaugural season at the Blue Room Theatre. Joe Lui is the Spirit of the Fringe World.
Joe Lui is also a regular and contributing part of the professional and independent theatre industry in Perth as a director, writer, and a sound and lighting designer. In these capacities he has worked with most Perth based companies including Black Swan State Theatre Company, Perth Theatre Company, Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company and the vast majority of independent companies.
THE ROLE OF DIRECTOR
Monday 16 & 23 May
These workshops will focus on the role of director (particularly in the creation of new works) starting from the concepts of:
– Collaboration – with actors, space and design;
– Transformation – of ideas into 3-dimensional, theatrical metaphors (aka transitioning from idea to form).
Using approaches developed from Anne Bogart’s Viewpoints and Gabrielle Roth’s 5Rhythms, in this interactive workshop you’ll explore concepts of collaboration and transformation and experience practical ways of working with them. Bring an idea for your next show to explore on the floor.
About Leah Mercer
Leah Mercer is a director/deviser/writer with The Nest Ensemble and a lecturer in Theatre Arts, Curtin University. The Nest Ensemble, based in Perth and Brisbane, develops and produces new works for performance including: Joey: the Mechanical Boy (Blue Room Theatre 2014, winner Best Director at the Performing Arts WA Awards); Home (QTC 2015 & La Boite Theatre 2012, published Playlab Press); Eve (Blue Room Theatre & Metro Arts Theatre 2012); A Mouthful of Pins (Brisbane Powerhouse 2008); and The Knowing of Mary Poppins (Darlinghurst Theatre 2009, Adelaide Fringe 2008, Brisbane Powerhouse 2005 & 2006, published Playlab Press, winner Best Director 2007 Silver Matilda Awards, Brisbane).
Image of Joe Lui by Georgia King.