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Little y Workshops – September

Little Y Workshops run for three hours on Monday nights, and counts among its past guest artists Emily McLean, 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.

Samantha Chester, independent dance theatre maker, movement director and the artist behind Season One’s The Astronaut, will run three workshops in September exploring the concept of body as material. Details below.

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] 

** You must be a member of The Blue Room Theatre to attend.


5, 12 & 19 September

In this series of three workshops, participants will have the opportunity to explore devising methods for the creation of original physical performance. Using the body as the primary site for inspiration, the sessions will look at the different ways the body in space, in time and as material can create story, image and moments for theatre. The sessions will comprise of performance training, improvisation, viewpoints, compositional work and idea generation through tasks and scores.


Samantha Chester is an independent dance theatre maker, movement director and educator from Sydney. She has a BA in Dance from UWS Nepean and a Post Graduate in Movement Studies from NIDA. For the past 20 Years Samantha has been working with the physical form, first as a contemporary dancer and then as a director and choreographer for theatre. She is passionate about devised movement theatre and is influenced by the work of artists like Robert Lepage, Meg Stuart, Pina Bausch, Force Majeure, Frantic Assembly and the SITI company. She has worked with all different ages and abilities in both professional and educative environments to create and direct new theatre and movement work. Samantha has worked as a movement consultant for all main stage theatre companies in Sydney and in 2011/12 Samantha was part of Cultivate/Culminate, the inaugural dance theatre development program through Force Majeure. She was the Head of Movement and Associate Director at the Actors Centre Australia from 2008 – 2015 and has taught and directed extensively at NIDA. In 2014 she premièred her first full length work Safety in Numbers at Riverside Theatre in Sydney, she in a Mike Walsh fellowship recipient where she travelled to New York to train with the SITI Company and 2014 she completed a Churchill Fellowship travelling to Spain, France, UK and Belgium investigating devising techniques in dance and theatre.Sam is currently the director of independent dance space ReadyMade Works, the Associate Artist for NSW Choreographic Centre, Critical Path and Movement Lecturer at Western Australia Performing Arts Academy (WAAPA) in Perth. In 2016 she premiered solo work The Astronaut at the Blue Room.


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