|Black Swan Chooses Carnarvon for New Community Initiative 'WA Stories'|
|Friday, 12 October 2012 11:43|
Everyone and every community has a story to tell. That's the idea behind Black Swan's pilot project WA Stories. Black Swan will work with the Carnarvon community to find their stories and support the local artistic community at the same time.
With an initial community consultation period and regular week long visits by writer Francis Italiano, Black Swan will work in collaboration with community members in Carnarvon to create a theatre script unique to the town and its stories. This stage will not only allow for voices to be heard and ideas to be brainstormed, but it will also determine the overall outcome of the project and form the shape that any future performance might take.
Francis Italiano just completed his second visit to Carnarvon, with two more visits to occur by early next year. The expected date for the finished script is March 2013.
Stage two will see Black Swan take on a mentoring and support role and handing over the reins of the project to the community. Black Swan can provide a theatre maker who will work with community
members to help and advise them on bringing the production to fruition in a venue or multiple venues - this could be the local hall or theatre, library, schools, senior centres or open spaces.
Black Swan can provide workshops focusing on performance skills, a resident director or designer to
support any local artists, an understanding of the production process, and information on funding bodies and other resource organisations that could assist in producing and presenting the final work.
Facilitating the development by providing the community with these tools will allow people to collaborate and work towards a common goal, giving Carnarvon a sense of ownership of the piece.
We anticipate these two stages may take place over an extended period of up to two years dependent on each community.
Enquiries can be directed to:
Lisa McCready, Project Coordinator, Black Swan State Theatre Company
State Theatre Centre of WA, Level 1, 182 William Street, Perth WA 6000