How deep is your love?

How deep is your love?

How deep is your love? - A seriously funny show about a man who falls in love … with a bank. Written and Performed by Mark Swivel Saturday 25 June 2016 at 8pm The Old Ambulance Station, 80 Howard Street, Nambour Tickets: $10/$5 (https://trybooking.com/202640) Media contact: Jen Djula, 0459073419; jendjula@icloud.com Heard em all? Try this: a man falls in love … in Bangladesh. With a bank. Writer and lawyer Mark Swivel saw a gap in the saturated comedy marketplace for a show on poverty, banking and the Bee Gees. And here’s the result. (Phillip Adams liked it and gave Mark a koala stamp: Late Night Live, Radio National, Mon 22 Feb). Others say Mark went to learn microfinance with Nobel Prize winning Grameen Bank. He wanted to ‘make a difference’, and what can you do, rejoin the Labor Party?!? So. Mark discovers shampoo is black, cauliflower is much-loved and the Bee Gees are still cool. Well, a man sings him How Deep Is Your Love in the street. Mark falls for Habibunessa, Shagorica and Malika – women who borrow from Grameen to start businesses and work their way out of poverty. An unlikely love story?! You bet! With slides. Mark asks: what can we learn from ‘the poor’? Can you recite your mortgage? And where’s the best coffee in Dhaka? What is it? … Theatre? It’s theatrical. Comedy? Yep. Well, it’s funny. He’s funny — it’s probably the most informative, edifying and entertaining slide night you’re ever likely to attend. Syke on Stage Gripping and unique, The Beat ***. How Deep is Your Love? is a big fat, white,...
A unique Bio Drama performance

A unique Bio Drama performance

A unique Bio Drama performance is happening at the Old Ambulance Station’s Black Box Theatre (80 Howard St, Nambour) Fri 20th and Sat 21st May starting 7:30pm. Tickets only $17ea. Book your tickets through the Anywhere Festival website here: http://anywherefest.com/event/la-andariega-ancient-memories/2016-05-20/ Working closely with the local Gubbi Gubbi (Kabi Kabi) community to develop the play’s script inspired by the sacred story of Maroochy, Coolum and Ninderry. Among many other influences – the work is a combination of multi-cultural inspirations with artists from Australia, Brazil, Colombia, Argentina, Spain, Serbia, the UK, and Slovakia - Creating an innovative and unique approach to an ancient and traditional Gubbi Gubbi story. The play ‘La Andariega: Ancient Memories’ is the culmination of 17days of intensive workshops and development in the ground-breaking style of Bio Drama Bio Dharma - A new form of physical theatre pioneered by Beatriz Camargo - a renowned Colombian actress and dramaturg. Beatriz explains: “The Biodrama-Biodharma style is the first approach to the vision that integrates through the performing arts, all arts and knowledge with nature. The focus is to find again the balance between human beings and the planet. This theatre leads practitioners and audiences to ancient mythologies which connect body, soul, voice, territory, dramaturgy, staging and performance. It establishes a creative relationship between contemporary art and ancient roots.” ‘La Andariega’ is a Spanish phrase meaning ‘she who walks’ which is a representation of the journey through the dreaming world of myths and memories – and also describes the journey that we have taken to connect the continents of South America and Australia through the work of the Colombian group Teatro...
THE URBAN PUPPET PROJECT

THE URBAN PUPPET PROJECT

YOUNG people from around the Sunshine Coast have started at gather in Nambour for an exciting new enterprise, The Urban Puppet Project. The Urban Puppet Project is the brainchild of local actor, Mary Eggleston. Mary has been facilitating acting workshops in Australia and Europe for nearly 20 years and is now tutoring drama students at the University of the Sunshine Coast. “As much as I love being on stage and in front of the camera myself, I find collaboration with young minds so invigorating and inspiring,” she said. “The Urban Puppet Project is a natural evolution for me in term of what I would like to create with the young people attending my S.O.D.A workshops. “The long term goal is to create our own kids show.” Mary has combined forces with local puppeteer, Rebecca Dostal to kick-start this new project. These two women have an enormous amount of combined experience and passion to initiate not only a Nambour based puppet troupe but to develop an online kids show. “It would be an amazing thing to help build and create together,” she said. “The show could be fortnightly at this stage, which leaves us a week to write, rehearse, film and upload.” They intend to launch this community inspired show to the wider public in the coming months. “We are currently on the hunt for a videographer to join our team, so if you are looking for a project to get your teeth into please get in touch,” Mary said. “It’s important to me to grow this program organically with a team of passionate individuals who are inspired by telling...
BIO DRAMA INTENSIVE

BIO DRAMA INTENSIVE

NEW UNIQUE STYLE OF THEATRE COMING TO THE SUNSHINE COAST IN MAY 2016 A new Bio Drama workshop program is being staged at the Old Ambulance Station Nambour as part of Anywhere Theatre Festival 5th-21st May. Read more Sunshine Coast Regional Council via their Regional Arts Development Fund has allocated $6000 to support the program, and a Crowdfunding campaign at http://pozi.be/biodrama?ra=201430 has also been set up to help cover production costs. The Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF) is a partnership between the Queensland Government and Sunshine Coast Council to support local arts and culture in regional Queensland. The workshop program is being hosted by MARACCAS (Mobile Active Recreation And Creative Community Art Space) an International multicultural youth NGO dedicated to creative self-expression and well-being. Participants can do one day workshops or enrol in the full 17 Day program to fully develop their theatrical expression in the unique style of Bio Drama. The program will culminate in live performances at the Old Ambulance Station May 20th & 21st with tickets available from 31st March via http://anywherefest.com/maraccas The Maraccas team of multi-cultural young artists Alexander Forero (Colombia) Lillian Shewring (Australia) & Jonas Teixeira (Brazil) are working with Lyndon Davies and the local Gubbi Gubbi community on the Sunshine Coast to develop the play’s script inspired by indigenous dreamtime stories. The distinctive script will promote social equality, respect for the native environment, multiculturalism, creative exchange, and acknowledgement for indigenous cultures, customs and beliefs. A number of local organisations are partnering with Maraccas to ensure the success of the program namely; SevGen Indigenous Corporation, Sunshine Coast Arts Industry Precinct (SCAIP), National Institute for...
WEAVING WATER

WEAVING WATER

WE ARE MADE OF STORIES WEAVING WATER is a one-woman performance developed by Ludmila Doneman, a stalwart of Nambour’s Old Ambulance Station, as part of the DIVA Development Series at the Queensland Theatre Company. Along with her partner, director Michael Doneman and composer Peta Williams, she has created a play that weaves and inter-weaves stories connecting the traumatic 1968 Russian invasion of her home country Czechoslovakia with her journey into an Australian identity. After acceptance in the QTC’s ‘Diva’ program, they designed and worked (and reworked) the play into the performance they’re now offering at the Old Ambo’s Black Box Theatre. As a migrant (or is that ‘refugee’?) arriving in a welcoming Australia in 1969 after the invasion and the subsequent disappearance of her career in the theatre, Ludmila is centrally concerned about the way that she (and the rest of us) can make and remake her story - not only the story of her history but the story of her future. In this way, she wants to make her story relevant not only to its presenter but to its audience. She also interweaves her concern about the changes that have moved an open-armed and open-hearted country to a position where it now imprisons refugees, including children, in Pacific Island camps. ‘We take these matters seriously,’ she said, ‘but we treat them with poetry, music and a sense of purpose. How might we use our setbacks and misfortunes as sources of resilience and hope, and stories as tools for change?’ Weaving Water was given a ‘showing’ in March, then its first public performance at the QTC’s Greenhouse in September,...
It All Begins With Love

It All Begins With Love

FROM LOVE TO TERROR Over three years ago, before the public campaigning around domestic and family violence became daily news, Creative Regions, a cultural organisation in the Wide Bay region, began interviewing victims and perpetrators to make a piece of verbatim theatre that asked one question… WHY? BOOK TICKETS The play that resulted is called It All Begins With Love and it shares the stories of five women’s experiences with violence. It is a verbatim work so every word comes from the interview transcripts that were collected. Through five female characters, we get a glimpse of some of the complexities of intimate partner violence in a rollercoaster of a show that looks at the many sides of ‘love’.   How does violence start? What are the warning signs? Why did they put up with it? Why did they stay?   Questions that might seem so simple before seeing the play become incredibly complex over the short forty minutes of the performance. Playwright Rod Ainsworth says ‘While one theatre production can’t take total responsibility to remedy this massive social issue, what it can do is throw light on the cycle of violence and how difficult it can be to escape it’. It was very well put together and realistic and confronting all at the same time, and it is one of those productions that will stay with the viewer for a long long time after the last scene is completed. – Ron Van Saane, Police Superintendent, Capricornia District BOOK TICKETS It All Begins With Love premiered in Bundaberg last year and is now touring Queensland.  Travelling to 17 locations across the state throughout September, October and November. It reaches Nambour for its final performance on Friday 27th November...