CALL OUT | Work with Sensorium Theatre

Posted by Thom Smyth, May 17th, 2016

THE COMPANY
Sensorium Theatre is seeking a Performer to join our eight-week regional WA tour of the sensory theatre production Oddysea, with the potential for ongoing engagement with the company beyond this project. The tour will commence on 1 August and finish on 23 September.

Sensorium’s mission is to improve the lives of children and young people with disabilities by sparking their imaginations and enabling greater creative responses. We do this by creating high quality immersive workshop and sensory theatre experiences that they can enjoy as audiences.

Currently the only company in Australia making work for this neglected audience, Sensorium Theatre have recently performed at flagship venues: the Sydney Opera House and Arts Centre Melbourne. This year we are touring Oddysea regionally and have a national tour secured for 2017.

 

THE POSITION
Performer – Ideally you would be a multi-talented performer who is passionate about storytelling and inclusion, and are committed to socially-engaged arts practice. We work as an ensemble delivering workshops, performances, and professional development sessions for venues and teachers.

While you will receive full instruction on Sensorium Theatre’s performance and workshop methodology, experience in this area will be looked upon favourably. The production includes puppetry, singing, and participatory performance – click here to watch a video about Oddysea.

 

HOW TO APPLY
We require a one-page cover letter and your resume. Your cover letter should outline why you wish to work with Sensorium and how your experience will contribute to a successful production and tour. Shortlisted applicants will then be invited to audition. Applications close COB Fri 27 May. Send applications to Sensorium Theatre’s producers Performing Lines WA – details below.

Producer contact: Rachael Whitworth
rachael@performinglineswa.org.au | 08 9200 6232

 

KEY DATES
Fri 27 May  | Applications due
Fri 3 June   | Shortlisted applicants notified
Fri 10 June | Auditions
Aug – Sept  | Rehearsals and tour

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Oddysea by Sensorium Theatre. Image by Jessica Wyld Photography.

Sensorium Theatre National Tour 2017

Posted by Thom Smyth, April 7th, 2016

We are very excited to announce that Sensorium Theatre have received the Australia Council Playing Australia grant! This means Oddysea is hitting the road with a national tour in 2017.

Oddysea is a sensory performance for children with special needs. Inside an ocean installation the audience is led through an underwater adventure where touch, taste and smell are as important as sight and sound in the storytelling process.

Building on the success of their 2015 tour to Arts House Melbourne and the Sydney Opera House, Oddysea will head to eight venues across Australia in 2017 for a nine week road trip to regional areas in  South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria and New South Wales.

 

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The Sensorium crew have had a busy couple of years with Oddysea, in a few months they will be touring through Regional WA with thanks to BOOST Funding. Our main marketing man Thom along with Frankie and Michelle from Sensorium just wrapped up a pre tour in Kalgoorlie, Merredin, Esperence and Geraldton to meet the venues before they arrive in August and September.

 

 

WA Regional Tour Dates 
Workshops and performance details will be announced soon.
10 – 12 August | Koorliny Arts Centre
17 – 20 August | Cummins Theatre, Merredin
24 – 27 August | Queens Park Theatre, Geraldton
31 Aug – 3 Sep | Mandurah Performing Arts Centre
7 – 10 September | Bunbury
14 – 17 September | Esperance
21 – 24 September | Kalgoorlie

 


Oddysea news!

Posted by Thom Smyth, September 9th, 2015

We’re very excited to announce we just received word that Sensorium Theatre will be taking Oddysea on the road again thanks to the DCA Boost regional tour funding.

Taking in Mandurah, Bunbury, Esperance, Kalgoorlie, Merredin and Geraldton in 2016, this will be the first time children with special needs in WA will have access to this amazing sensory theatre production.

So excited for Sensorium and the team – big congrats!


ODDYSEA – on the road

Posted by Thom Smyth, September 8th, 2015

Sensorium Theatre has taken over the East Coast with a successful tour of Oddysea at Arts Centre Melbourne and The Sydney Opera House.

Francis Italiano of Sensorium Theatre, shares with us his experience on the Oddysea tour. Below is a snippet into what happened on the tour that he didn’t expect and what was the best pick for food!

Francis Italiano 03/09/2015

As theatre makers, we’re often going on about the transformative power of arts experiences – and Sensorium frequently has observers delighting at the surprising effect of our immersive storyworlds on our young audiences with disabilities.  What was particularly exciting in Sydney was seeing the ripple of transformation extending outwards to the circles of carers and other observers who joined our sensory world in different ways. As well as presenting performances at “the house”, our Sydney season saw us deliver outreach workshops to schools across Sydney, joint SOH/MCA masterclasses for both artists with disabilities as well as artists & educators engaging this community and… a hands-on Sensory PD Session for the Opera House Front of House Staff…

The Sydney Opera House is a formidable machine, with hundreds of staff from many areas keeping this icon chugging along, with the Front of House staff usually the first point of contact for anyone looking to be transformed. They’ve already done a lot to improve accessibility to their programme for people with disabilities, but they decided that hosting a company who specifically designs work for this audience was a good opportunity to give their Front of House staff some insight into the kinds of techniques we use to really engage with audiences who often approach things from a different perspective than their usual patrons.

Early in our season, the designated staff members turned up, and for the most part, were up for taking off their shoes, being blindfolded, and taken on a sensory journey by our team. One particularly dapper older European gentlemen, a proud staff member of 30+ years standing, balked at the weirdness of it all, opting to observe from the sidelines and reserve his judgement of what we were all about until he’d seen us in action with the kids in one of the shows. Watching his own personal transformation as he got caught up in the infectious energy of the kids with special needs, experiencing their wonder at the imaginary world he was helping us provide for them, was beautiful. Over the course of the season, he was always one of the first to put on the beach-comber hats we’d brought for the Front of House staff to greet the kids with, each day offering another suggestion of where else in the world we should tour to, and finally coming in one morning excitedly with “Franki! Franki! I haff good idea for next show!” I’d say he was transformed.

We fell in love with the THAI food in Sydney, something that is hard to find authentic exponents of in Perth. Home – around the corner, casual and vibey was yummy, fragrant and surprising and easily the company favourite, suiting our mix of vegetarians and meat lovers. On our final day after completing 3 shows AND a BUMP OUT we headed there for a well-earned feast.

Check out some pictures from the tour and the interview with Francis on ABC Breakfast!

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Oddysea to the Opera House

Posted by Thom Smyth, March 5th, 2015

We’re thrilled to announce Sensorium Theatre will be taking their interactive sensory theatre performance Oddysea to the Sydney Opera House for a season under the sails in August this year.

Performances for schools have already sold out, and there are limited tickets available for public performances – click here to purchase tickets.

The Opera House isn’t the only stop on their tour…we’ll be announcing additional performances very soon!

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