The below projects have received LOFT funding and support across four rounds.
Those who fall in love like anchors dropped upon the ocean floor – Renee Newman & Jo Morris
Presentation of an Existing Work ($28,677) – Those who fall in love like anchors dropped upon the ocean floor has just returned from a three week season in Sydney at Griffin Theatre (Independent Season), performing sold out shows and receiving wonderful audience feedback. They engaged with new audiences in a national context, and in doing so challenged themselves to reach new heights of artistic excellence.
“In this seamless transferral of time, love finds parallels in its imperfection. Unrequited love at first seems as heartbreaking as we believe it is, until it doesn’t, and the ability to love at all becomes sacred.” Fbi Radio
Gareth of the Antarctic – Sam Longley
Creative Development ($28,961) – Gareth Of The Antarctic is a new Australian puppet theatre work that was written and directed by Sam Longley and developed in collaboration with Clare Testoni and Nick Pages-Oliver. A frozen world, a small boy, a smaller penguin and a big adventure. After a four week rehearsal period, the work was performed in June 2016 for a small audience of friends and peers and was very well received. Gareth Of The Antarctic is still in development and is working towards a full season in 2017.
The Elders – The Kabuki Drop
Creative Development ($22,700) – The Elders Project is an interactive storytelling work designed to tap into the wisdom and humour of a diverse range of West Australian Senior Citizens. The project had a creative development in 2016 supported by LOFT, The Department of Culture and the Arts, Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts and Fremantle Arts Centre. The piece is being directed by Melissa Cantwell who is assisted by Andrea Gibbs, and is set to premiere in 2017. The team is also in talks with various regional venues for residency and presentation opportunities.
The Irresistible – Side Pony Productions
Presentation of a New Work ($60,000) – Deep in the gloom a phone rings. They take the call. The voice on the line slips beneath her skin and curls its fingers around his stomach. You can’t see it, you can’t touch it, you can barely feel it. You can’t hold on tight enough. A new work from Side Pony Productions (The Confidence Man, The Pride) and The Last Great Hunt (Falling through Clouds, The Adventures of Alvin Sputnik: Deep Sea Explorer), The Irresistible is a reckless, intoxicating love letter to the subconscious.
Project Xan – jedda Productions
Presentation of a New Work ($48,495) – With Xan Fraser’s story at its heart, Project Xan is a riveting documentary theatre work which interrogates the perilous injustices behind rape culture and victim blaming. In consort with Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts (PICA), the creative team from jedda Productions will be rehearsing the show in early October 2016, in preparation for the work to be presented at PICA in November 2016. Here the artistic ambitions of five years of intensive research, development and creative imagining will at last synthesise before an audience.
Ecosexual Bathhouse – Pony Express
Presentation of an Existing Work ($14,504) – From 24 – 28 Jan 2017 Pony Express will rehearse and remount Ecosexual Bathhouse for their WA premiere at the Perth Institute of Contemporary Art. Ecosexual Bathhouse is an immersive experience inviting you to leave the urban wasteland behind and open yourself up to an intimate encounter with the biosphere. Experiment with pollination, unwind in the sauna or be guided by a bathhouse regular toward your own organic awakening. Ecosexual Bathhouse explores a radical environmentalism where the political becomes very personal.
Overnight – The Skeletal System
Creative Development ($17,107) – Funding for the first draft and a nine day creative development of Overnight, a new work written by Will O’Mahony with the assistance of Adriane Daff, Eden Falk and James Berlyn. The development will be hosted by the State Theatre Centre of Western Australia and will culminate in an industry showing. Turning the ‘boy meets girl’ formula on its head, Overnight is an unlikely love story set against a world that is conditioned to hate. Exploring privilege, power and rehabilitation, Overnight will attempt to shine a light on what it means to be a pariah in our click-bait times. Inspired by Jon Ronson’s So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed and Dr Mary Aitken’s The Cyber Effect, Overnight asks what penance might look like in our new online courts.
Rhubarb – Clare Testoni
Creative Development ($20,194) – A creative development to adapt Craig Silvey’s critically acclaimed novel Rhubarb for the stage, written by Clare Testoni and directed by Jeffrey Jay Fowler. The development will result in a script which will undergo a workshop process, culminating in a showing for potential presentation partners. The goal of the development is to create a piece of theatre accessible to both sighted and visually impaired audiences with support from The City of Fremantle and in consultation with Visibility W.A.
The Renegade Church – Renegade Productions
Creative Development ($12,000) – The Renegade Church is an audience participatory performance work that reimagines the elements of a traditional religious service to ‘preach secular sermons’. These interactive sermons will ask the audience to reject nihilism and tribal world views, and ultimately promote social consciousness and the thoughtful critique and interaction within society. With the support of LOFT, Joe Lui will undertake a writing and concept development with mentorship from pvi’s Steve Bull.
You Know We Belong Together – Julia Hales, auspiced by DADDA Ltd.
Creative Development ($14,901) – Love is important to Julia. Through this creative development, Julia will explore what love means to Australians with Down syndrome. Finding Love will be directed by Clare Watson, with Finn O’Branagain, Laura Boynes and Lincoln MacKinnon collaborating to create a work examining love in its many different forms.
Layla and Majnun – IllUMEnate, produced by Performing Lines WA
Creative Development ($15,000) – Key creatives from IllUMEnate; a collective of CALD artists will develop an interdisciplinary performance of Layla and Majnun (a Persian story of undying love). This second stage development will generate audio visual content, integrate it with narrative voice and develop design plans. The creative team will be mentored by established WA artists, in consultation with US scholar and storyteller Feraidoon Mojadeddi.
Never Meet Your Idols – Renegade Productions
Creative Development ($9,575) – Renegade Productions will present a first stage creative development for a new work – Never Meet Your Idols. Never Meet Your Idols will explore the intersection between celebrity, godhead, the sublime, kink, S&M, and the internet.
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.
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.
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.
If you would like to talk to someone about LOFT contact:
Jenna Mathie – Producer
Tel: (08) 9227 7005
The Blue Room Theatre gratefully acknowledges the support of The Department of Culture and the Arts
Gareth of the Antarctic image courtesy of the artist.