Echoes from the Waterslide: Writing Multiple Perspectives
A collaboration between Hunter Writers' Centre and Tantrum Youth Arts as part of the Grieve Project
Led by the creators of Good Mourning, director Hannah Armstrong and writer Sonia Dodd. Created for the Grieve Project.
Good Mourning is a new Australian play which explores loss and grief from the perspective of an eight-year-old. Pieced together from interviews, news reports, and diary entries, Good Mourning captures the true story of Hannah’s father’s death from the varying perspectives of Hannah’s family members.
This workshop explores how the body can be used to generate stories. Through a series of writing prompts and movement exercises, participants write a short piece of work then, using verbatim theatre techniques, explore the complexity of different characters’ perspectives. Hannah and Sonia will explore the techniques they used to create the script and offer insights into the challenges of capturing different characters’ perspectives.
At the end of the workshop, participants walk away with a new piece of writing and a range of tools they can use to explore different perspectives, and insight into how to get a story out of the body and onto paper… and vice versa!
This workshop is a partnership between Tantrum Youth Arts and the Hunter Writers’ Centre’s Grieve Project.
The Grieve Project is an initiative of the Hunter Writers’ Centre. Now in its 11th year, Grieve explores storytelling across a spectrum of loss.
$35 – HWC Members
$55 – Non HWC Members
Saturday 26th August 2023
9am – 12pm
Tantrum Youth Arts, 101 City Rd, Merewether (access via Allworth St)
AGE RECOMMENDATION: Suitable for all ages 16 years and over
Please email Tantrum’s Creative Director Nel Kentish if you have access needs:
SUBMIT YOUR WRITTEN WORK FOR INSTALLATION
You are invited to submit an anonymous, hand-written story of loss and grief to be included in an art installation in the theatre foyer, during Good Mourning’s season. Audience members are invited to explore these offerings and reflections prior to the performance.
Contributions can be as creative as you like, we just ask that they are submitted on A4-size paper, single-sided, and handwritten.
We encourage you to leave your stories with Tantrum after the workshop or post them to PO Box 2014, Dangar 2309. Due to the nature of the project, submissions cannot be returned.
ABOUT GOOD MOURNING
Good Mourning is a new Australian play which explores loss and grief from the perspective of an eight-year-old. Written by Sonia Dodd, and directed by Hannah, it is pieced together from interviews, news reports, and diary entries. Good Mourning captures the true story of Hannah’s father’s death from the varying perspectives of Hannah’s family members.
Good Mourning will be presented on Friday 22 and Saturday 23 September, at the Civic Theatre Playhouse, as part of the 2023 Civic Theatre season and New Annual.
For further information, please visit: https://civictheatrenewcastle.com.au/season-2023/season-2023-shows/good-mourning-tantrum-youth-arts