Creative Workshops

Looking for a creative hit? Fringe has got your back with our Creative Workshops series. We have teamed up with our friends at the Arts Centre Melbourne, Chunky Move and Darebin Arts to put together a ripper workshop series, each led by an amazing artist and an amazing price (if we do say so ourselves). Get yourself some creative PD this winter.  

The Wonderful World of Structure with Jane Bodie

A Playwriting Workshop

Date: Sat 3 June
Time: 10 am - 4 pm 
Venue: Arts Centre Melbourne
Cost: $40 Fringe Artists/Arts Industry Members

This intensive workshop masterclass will explore the possibilities of structure and structuring your play – the how and when to make this crucial decision when writing, to make your play uniquely yours and stand out.

Looking at the function of time, space, location and genre, alongside identifying which scenes will truly tell the story you want to tell in the most powerful way. It will explore the function of timelines and events, clarifying when to release crucial information, in order to have the most dramatic impact – what should be said and what left out.

This workshop will both demystify and celebrate the mysterious wonder that is theatrical structure, with one of Australia's leading playwriting mentors, arming participants with the vital skills and tools to understand how to build their play and why.

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Physical Sound with Anna Seymour & Gerard van Dyck

Date: Fri 9 June
Time: 10 am - 4 pm 
Venue: Chunky Move
Cost: $26 (+ 30 cents booking fee)

During the premiere season of KAGE’s latest work Out Of Earshot, performer Anna Seymour, and Creative Director, Gerard Van Dyck will conduct a workshop for dance and movement artists of varying experience. KAGE’s workshop will be informative, fun, explorative and inclusive, and will focus on how sound and silence can inform the creation of movement and choreography.

In the workshop, Anna will bring her own perspectives and experiences as a dancer who is profoundly Deaf, and interpreters will be provided. 

The workshop will cover solo and duo explorations of the following themes and ideas:

  • The sounds and silence of our inner bodies - our bones, muscles, organs. 
  • Exploring rhythms - natural and those inspired by music. How this may change due to different availability of senses. i.e. If one sense is 'missing' what happens instead? 
  • Working with each other using non-verbal communication. 
  • Using touch and trust to guide us. 
  • Visualising silence.
  • Visualising sound.
  • Explore different ways you can experience sound, how you can 'listen' and communicate with your body. 
  • Inclusive dance practice, working with the senses that are available for us, and the idea of using culture and language as a tool in creating movement and choreography.

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Decolonising Theatre with Candy Bowers

Date: Sat 10 June
Time: 10 am - 4 pm 
Venue: Arts Centre Melbourne
Cost: $40 Fringe Artists/Arts Industry Members

"If I didn't define myself for myself I'd be crunched into other people's fantasies of me and eaten alive."
Audre Lorde

Since training in classic patriarchal European, English and White American Theatre at NIDA, Candy Bowers has travelled the country and the world seeking culturally diverse, feminist practices and points of view. In a highly immersive and transformative workshop participants will experience a mix of body, voice, expression and theatre making. A drama workshop that shifts hearts minds and perspectives. Up to 25 participants.

Candy Bowers is a poet, writer, actor, playwright and producer. The Co-Artistic Director of Black Honey Company, Candy makes fearless, sticky work that delves into the heart of radical feminist dreaming. Her credits include Hot Brown Honey, Sista She, Australian Booty and MC Platypus and Queen Koala’s Hip Hop Jamboree.

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Participatory Performance with All the Queen’s Men

Date: Sat 17 June
Time: 12 - 5 pm 
Venue: Northcote Town Hall, Main Hall, 189 High Street, Northcote
Cost: FREE

Melbourne Fringe champions bold, experimental art making, providing a platform for independent producers to create new work that pushes the boundaries of contemporary practice. In this free masterclass led by artists Tristan Meecham and Bec Reid (All The Queens Men), participants will learn how to work with members of the general public to create large-scale participatory artworks. Tristan and Bec will discuss how they engage people from different backgrounds in the making and performing of inclusive works, celebrate ‘everyday experts’ and present exciting and technically proficient art.

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DEVISE: Workshop with Rawcus

Date: Sat 17 June
Time: 10 am - 2 pm 
Venue: Arts Centre Melbourne
Cost: $20 Fringe Artists/Arts Industry Members

Devise is an inclusive, participatory workshop offering an insight into the creative development process and methodology Rawcus undertakes in its rehearsal room when creating new work with a diverse Ensemble.

This workshop will take participants on an imaginative journey through performance tasks, reflection and playful exchange. 

Rawcus is a critically acclaimed ensemble of performers with and without disability who create distinct performance work and deliver exceptional arts experiences. Collaborating with a core creative team led by Artistic Director Kate Sulan, Rawcus devises new work that expresses the imaginative world of the Ensemble. Drawing on dance, theatre and visual art disciplines, the work is crafted with a precision that supports the performers but allows space for their inherent sense of anarchy. Rawcus’ performance aesthetic is characterised by a marriage of intense physicality and arresting visual imagery. Rawcus’ work is sculptural, unexpected, beautiful, funny and tender.

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Dramaturgy – From Agitation to Collaboration: with How Ngean Lim

Date: Sun 18 June
Time: 10 am - 5 pm 
Venue: Arts Centre Melbourne
Cost: $40 Fringe Artists/Arts Industry Members

How Ngean Lim is a Malaysian dance dramaturg, producer and performance-maker, currently residing in Victoria. During his 20 year career, he has worked with many renowned international choreographers such as Daniel Kok, Kuik Swee Boon and Ming Poon from Singapore, Pichet Klunchun from Thailand, and Amrita Performing Arts from Cambodja. How Ngean Lim is also the founding director of the Asian Dramaturgs' Network and in Melbourne recently curated the Body Archives programme around Takao Kawaguchi for Dancehouse as part of Arts Centre Melbourne’s AsiaTOPA.

How Ngean Lim’s workshop explores elements of dramaturgy in performance making where the very idea of dramaturgy is always seen as constant intervention. 'Intervention', 'interruption', 'disruption' are then re-thought as productive and meaningful in the process of performance-making. This workshop is a sharing session that hopes to tease out elements of dramaturgy that serve to "agitate" the performance-maker with the mission of producing intelligent as well as affective performances.

The workshop will feature in-depth discussions of dramaturgical approaches, both through theoretical concepts as well as video footage analysis. The workshop is aimed at choreographers, dramaturgs and dancers interested in dance dramaturgy, performance-makers interested in becoming dramaturgs and performance scholars and researchers who are practice-based researchers.

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Queering the Classics: Little Ones Theatre Workshop

Date: Wed 21 June
Time: 10 am - 2 pm 
Venue: Arts Centre Melbourne
Cost: $40 Fringe Artists/Arts Industry Members

Little Ones Theatre is a queer independent theatre company based in Melbourne that has been producing work nationally since 2012.They make bold, visual, and highly physical interpretations of literary and theatrical classics with a queer aesthetic. Arts Centre Melbourne is offering emerging artists the opportunity to undertake a one-day workshop with the company.

The one-day workshop will offer insights into the company’s devising process, focussing on building theatrical images through performance and design elements.

The session will be broken into three sections: Directing Image-Based Theatre, Lighting Design, and Set and Costume Design. It will conclude with an open forum discussing practical strategies to run an independent theatre company, including programming, funding, and touring. The focus of these sessions will be to gain an understanding of the creative process of design and how it influences the way in which directors build worlds with bodies in space.

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Sound, Object, Site with Madeleine Flynn and Tim Humphrey

Date: Sat 24 June
Time: 10 am - 4 pm 
Venue: Arts Centre Melbourne
Cost: $40 Fringe Artists/Arts Industry Members

This workshop invites artists from all modalities who are keen to use sound in their practice, or sonic practitioners who are keen to develop their relationships with objects and site.

Madeleine Flynn and Tim Humphrey will work with the sonic context of found and sculptured objects that have a visual meaning both within and removed from place, and the range of associations that arise when considering the acoustic aspect of these.

Skill with simple audio editing would help, although these skills are elementary for the purpose. We will work together both inside and outside the building on developing materials/ideas for work that speaks aurally and visually to the place we find ourselves in.

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The Making of ‘Shit’, ‘Animal’ and ‘This Is Eden’ with Susie Dee

Date: Sun 25 June
Time: 2 - 5 pm 
Venue: Arts Centre Melbourne
Cost: $20 Fringe Artists/Arts Industry Members

Susie Dee shares the making/process behind these powerful, visceral works for women.

Susie has worked extensively in theatre as a performer, devisor and director in Australia and overseas for the past thirty years. She has been the Artistic Director of three theatre companies: (MWT) Melbourne Workers Theatre, (UHT) Union House Theatre and (ICE) Institute Of Complex Entertainment. ICE’s projects went on to win various awards and received many accolades for the ground-breaking site-specific nature of the work. In 2011, she was the recipient of the Australia Council residency at the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris, where she observed the work of Theatre du Soleil and other French companies. She has directed works for MTC, Malthouse Theatre, Hothouse Theatre and many Independent Theatre Companies.

Suitability: Theatre-makers, producers, artists, creatives

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Making Work for Young Audiences with Sue Giles and Christian Leavesley

Date: Tue 27 June
Time: 10 am - 5 pm 
Venue: Arts Centre Melbourne
Cost: $40 Fringe Artists/Arts Industry Members

A full day workshop with Sue Giles, Polyglot Theatre Artistic Director, and Christian Leavesley, Arena Theatre Artistic Director. In this workshop participants will learn from two of our leading artists making work for young audiences – Sue Giles, Artistic Director of Polyglot Theatre, and Christina Leavesley, Artistic Director of Arena Theatre.

This is an opportunity for you to discuss your ideas and hear more about the approaches and methods of two very distinct and visionary artists who have engaged hundreds of thousands of young people in theatrical and participatory experiences. 

  • Are there differences in the way that work is made for young audiences?
  • Why make work for young audiences?
  • What can young audiences teach us about our ideas?
  • As an adult theatre maker how do you know whether young people are going to be interested in your idea or the form that your idea takes?
  • Is it possible to learn how to make work for young audiences and, if so, how did these artists discover their talents and interest in these areas? 

Come prepared to talk through an idea, participate in open and rigorous discussion, collaborate in practical exercises, and listen to Sue and Christian’s experiences and artistic journeys.

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Discordia Workshop

Date: Fri 7 July
Time: 10 am - 4 pm 
Venue: Arts Centre Melbourne
Cost: $40 Fringe Artists/Arts Industry Members

Discordia invites emerging artists and curious art lovers into their world for a day of experimentation with experiential theatre and the art of participation. Through a series of provocations, task-based exercises and artist talks, the company will work with the group to interrogate the lines between artist and audience, the line between anxiety and elation and how to make work for introverts and extroverts alike.

Maximum 20 participants. Ideally an equal split of emerging artists and the general public. 

Discordia is comprised of eight artists working across contemporary dance, live art, video and music, with all contributors crossing over under the banner of performance.

The company includes:

James Andrews – Dancer, Choreographer, Independent Artist
Gabi Barton - Co- Founder of performance duo The Town Bikes, Curator and Community Arts Practitioner
Holly Durant - Core performer and creator with Finucane & Smith, Choreographer, Independent Artist
Benjamin Hancock - Dancer, Choreographer, Independent Artist
Simone Page Jones – Singer, Songwriter, Actor
Will and Garrett Huxley – Set and Costume designers, Video Artists
Hannah Fox – Creative Director & Curator (Supple Fox/ Dark Mofo)

The group has slowly taken shape across the last three years, through various collaborations including multiple commissions for Mona’s Dark Mofo Festival in Tasmania, a featured event for Melbourne Fringe and various collaborations for experiential theatre company Boon Companions.

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Deafferent Theatre Forum: Deaf Art with an Inclusive Heart

Date: Sat 29 July
Time: 2.00 - 3.30pm 
Venue: Arts Centre Melbourne
Free of charge

Are you making theatre with and/or for Deaf and hard of hearing people?

We can help you. In this workshop, Deafferent Theatre will share their big and not-so-secret strategies of creating theatre.

Learn how to work in a creative space with Deaf and non-Deaf artists, what to do before you set foot in the rehearsal room, and what should be in your tool-kit to make life easier for interpreters. The session will follow with a Q & A session with a panel of Deaf artists ready to answer all the questions you've got. This panel includes Jessica Moody, Jodee Mundy, Sherrie Beaver, and Luke King.

This event is Auslan interpreted.

To register your interest in attending this event, email artisticdevelopment@artscentremelbourne.com.au