Off to Tasmania….July 2018 Writing: The Line

Writing “The Line”: Tasmania 2018

I’m off to the OTHER SIDE OF THE WORLD?!?  I head off to Hobart, Tasmania July 5th for the next phase of R&D on a project originated by Dowtcha Theatre Company. I am really honoured to be cowriting with Nathan Maynard on this incredible story.

Dowtcha Puppet Company Cork are the originators of the idea and the plan to get everyone together (thanks Cliff!) They are co producing it alongside the wonderful Black Hole Theatre.

Huge thanks to Arts Council England and the British Council for funding this through the Artist International Development Fund. This huge international collaboration is between between First Peoples of Australia, Irish artists, and white Australians.

As per the Black Hole Theatre website, the story goes: The Indigenous and Irish populations share a history of severe oppression by colonisers. Set against the backdrop of the infamous Black Wars in 19th Century Tasmania, The Line examines the immediate impact of colonisation on an Aboriginal woman, and a pregnant Irish convict. Seemingly opposed, both are battling the force that has devastated their cultures. Their ultimate bond provides refuge, affirmation, strength, and a path to mutual respect.

The Line is supported by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria, Arts Tasmania by the Minister for the Arts; Arts Council England and the British Council through their Artists’ International Development Fund; and the Cork City Council. The Line also received funds from Creative Partnerships Australia through the Australian Cultural Fund.

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