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'The Gods of Wheat Street' Star to Lead Staging Stories Workshops

Dubbo: Orana Arts

Star of The Gods of Wheat Street and artistic director of Moogahlin, Frederick Copperwaite, will be joined by Moogahlin creative producer, Lily Shearer for the second set of workshops in the Orana Arts project, Staging Stories.

The project, funded through the Regional Theatre Projects funding from Arts NSW, is a partnership between Orana Arts, Fire Station Arts Centre, Performing Lines, Playwriting Australia, Eora College for Aboriginal Stories and Moogahlin Performing Arts.

The free acting and directing workshops will be held at the Fire Station Arts Centre, 116 Darling Street, Dubbo on Saturday and Sunday, 21 and 22 February. While the workshops are held in Dubbo, they are open to people aged over 16 and of Aboriginal heritage living in regional NSW.

Orana Arts Executive Officer, Alicia Leggett, said the arts board was excited to offer theatre workshops of this calibre to people outside of the Orana Arts region, and to assist people to get to the workshops is offering small travel subsidies.

‘There is enormous potential for new talent to be uncovered through Staging Stories, especially new voices and perspectives,’ she said.

Frederick and Lily, along with Liza-Mare Syron founded Moogahlin Performing Arts in 2007 with the aim of creating and telling community-based stories, developing a comprehensive youth theatre and producing distinctive cross-cultural and interdisciplinary performance works.

The company supports both emerging and established Aboriginal performing artists, nurturing work created, produced and performed by Aboriginal people for Aboriginal people.

Its projects include Gathering Ground 2010: Timelessness, Past, Present and Future; This Fella, My Memory, and the multidisciplinary performance work at the 2014 Corroboree festival, The Boatshed. The company will bring its knowledge and expertise to the workshops.

The first Staging Stories workshops in November concentrated on script development with workshop leaders from Playwriting Australia.

When: Saturday 21 & Sunday 22 February, 10am to 4pm
Where: Fire Station Arts Centre, 116 Darling Street Dubbo
Cost: FREE
Book your place or more information: Orana Arts 02 6884 0638 or via email

Home slider image credit: at 2010 Gathering Ground: Timelessness past, present & future. (Used with permission)