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Your Seven Development

Posted by admin, July 17th, 2014

James Berlyn recently completed a creative development of a new processional performance work inspired by Shakespeare’s “Seven Ages of Man” speech from As You Like It.

One audience member at a time works their way through a series of experiences, each a different stage on their life’s journey. At the end of the experience, audience members receive a photo album of their “life”, tracing their progress from “birth” through their awkward teen years, life struggles and ultimate end.

An invitational meditation on life, featuring James, Adam Booth, Ella Hetherington and Sarah Nelson, this development was supported by the Australia Council for the Arts.

All images by Vanessa Stasiw.


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Berlyn in Brisbane

Posted by admin, June 24th, 2014

Following tonight’s festival launch, we’re thrilled to announce that James Berlyn has not one but two shows in Brisbane Festival this year!

Packing up the sparkles and heading east, James will perform his new one-on-one participatory work Silent Drag Photo Booth of Berlyn at the QUT Theatre Republic throughout the festival. The show was developed as part of Proximity Festival’s Party For 1 last year before heading to the Festival Of Live Art in April.

This new production will run directly after Tawdry Heartburn’s Manic Cures – the first time Tawdry will appear in the River City. The installation will be available for public viewing throughout the festival, with Tawdry on hand to pamper your paws from 6:30pm to 8:30pm nightly.

Both shows will be performed from 9 – 27 September (Tues – Sat) in the Parade Ground of the Theatre Republic at the Queensland University of Technology. Excitement! Check out the full Brisbane Festival program here>>

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A happy snap from last year’s Theatre Republic, taken by Thom.
Main image credit: Vanessa Stasiw


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Crash Course Production 2013

Join Us At APACA

Posted by admin, June 24th, 2014

The Performing Lines WA team will be at the APACA Conference in Hobart from 1 – 3 July presenting three breakout sessions of James Berlyn’s Crash Course, and an encounter session for Sensorium Theatre’s Oddysea.

Session details:

Crash Course
Royal Society Room – Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery
Producer Contact: Fiona de Garis

Wednesday 2 July | 11.35am – 12.35pm & 3.00pm – 4.00pm
Thurs 3 July | 1.45pm – 2.45pm


Mawson Room – HFCC
Producer Contact: Rachael Whitworth

Wednesday 2 July | 4.30pm – 5.15pm


Both Fiona and Rachael will be available, and Marketing Manager Thom Smyth will also be in attendance. Contact details?  Click here>>

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Join The Team – Internship Opportunity

Posted by admin, June 3rd, 2014

We are on the look out for a motivated Marketing, Public Relations or Arts Management intern to join our team on the exciting new dance-theatre event Overexposed, premiering at the State Theatre Centre of Western Australia in October 2014.

Experience working on a campaign for a premium performance at a major venue, including campaign planning, organisation and delivery; dealing with media/venue/ticketing enquiries;  and working with some of Australia’s most experienced independent artists for a national producing and touring company.

Click here to download the Internship Job Description>>

Please send a one page Expression of Interest and your CV to Thom Smyth, Marketing Manager, by 4pm Thursday 12 June.

Submit your application or any inquiries to thom@performinglineswa.org.au or call 08 9200 6212


$200k Funding Boost For Sensorium Theatre Announced

Posted by admin, May 7th, 2014

Access to enriching artistic experiences in special needs education will get a dramatic boost in Western Australia with the announcement of over $200,000 in funding for Sensorium Theatre through the Federal Department of Education.

Sensorium Theatre, led by Co-Artistic Directors Michelle Hovane and Francis Italiano, create interactive sensory theatre experiences for children with special needs, engaging all their senses and fostering ongoing creative response and engagement.

This is a wonderful acknowledgement of the importance of Sensorium Theatre’s work for audiences with profound and multiple learning disabilities. We thank the Australian Government’s Literacy, Numeracy and Special Needs Programme for Children and Students with Disabilities for their overwhelming support.” said Producer Fiona de Garis from Performing Lines WA.

The funding boost will support a regional schools tour of their show The Jub-Jub Tree; collaborative residencies with Kalamunda Education Support Centre and Sir David Brand School; and a pilot program in partnership with Mandurah Performing Arts Centre to develop an inclusive performance model for their show Oddysea for children with disabilities and early-years audiences.

“This funding is so exciting – we will be able to bring the magic of live theatre to even more children with disabilities who would otherwise miss out,” said Francis Italiano.

Sensorium Theatre will also use the funding to create The Imaginarium as their permanent home-base and a Centre for Excellence at Kenwick School, allowing ongoing engagement with children with special education needs, their teachers, carers and families from across the sector, a project also supported by the Westpac Foundation.

Supported by Performing Lines WA, Sensorium Theatre work in residence at schools familiarising children with the characters and concepts from their shows, encouraging a deeper connection with the final performance and proven lasting benefits.

Recent qualitative research undertaken by DADAA Inc into Sensorium Theatre’s production Oddysea showed overwhelmingly positive outcomes including engagement, enjoyment and responsiveness for audience members with special needs.


Download the media release here: Media Release – Sensorium Funding Boost Announced

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