JUTE preparing for the 2019/2020 season!

JUTE preparing for the 2019/2020 season!

Making good theatre happen takes collaboration, gumption, and a whole lot of planning!

Post by Kathryn Ash

The next three months are critical for building our projects and teams.

Although the company may seem to have gone quiet, JUTE Theatre Company is working hard behind the scenes to put together an exceptional 2019/2020 season of events and seasons for you. Making good theatre happen takes collaboration, gumption, and a whole lot of planning!

The next three months are critical for building our projects and teams.

Just have a look at what we are up to:

May 7 – May 17 Synaesthesia Part II Creative Development

One of JUTE Theatre’s much-loved and most experienced actors Mark Sheppard will be joined by an esteemed cast of creative professionals in Cairns over the next two weeks for the second creative development workshop for new work, Synaesthesia Part II (working title).

“Synesthesia Part II celebrates the richness of First Nations’ cultures, the legacy within Aboriginal families and the resilience of communities. It will enhance the sense of cultural identity and connectedness in Indigenous communities, while offering non- Indigenous audiences access to Queensland First Nations stories,” Ms Walker said.

Creative producer for JUTE Theatre Company, Yvette Walker, says she is delighted to work with Sheppard and the creative team to progress what she says is a multi-artform play employing text, music, dance, circus and scientific theory to explore a world of sensory connections where the past is a cornerstone for the future.

Synaesthesia Part II is in incubation to be part of JUTE Theatre Company’s Dare to Dream touring and residency series for 2020, following the ground-breaking work of other JUTE- commissioned First Nation plays Proppa Solid, Bukal and this year’s The Longest Minute.

With support from the Tim Fairfax Family Foundation, Dare to Dream is an initiative (launched in 2016) using theatre as a platform to boost cultural engagement and confidence in Queensland’s Far Northern regional and remote Indigenous communities.

The second creative development will take be undertaken over two weeks from Tuesday 7 May to Friday 17 May, when audiences will have a chance to hear the work read at a public reading. 185 Scott Street, Bungalow. 5:30 to 6:45pm, and with a discussion afterwards.

The production’s premiere season will be presented at CoCA during CIAF 2020 before touring to 10 remote Far North Queensland communities commencing 31 July 2020.

Synesthesia Part II emerges from Mark Sheppard’s pioneering performance work with young people in remote Indigenous communities. WAAPA-trained, Mark has worked with Yirra Yaakin, Kooemba Jdarra, JUTE Theatre Company and Circus Oz. His one-man show, Chasing the Lollyman, toured extensively around Australia and established Mark as a unique voice in the national landscape. Over several years of touring (with Chasing the Lollyman and Proppa Solid), Mark has developed a strong sense of creating work with and for young Indigenous people that inspires them to dare to dream.

May 23 – May29 Creative Development for Kate Adam’s new work Lyceum Highway.

On a lonely highway on the road to who knows where, Maggie picks up a mysterious hitch-hiker, Gee. Together, they travel through the blistered landscape, heads locked in a battle of wills challenging each other’s world view. On the surface they just irritate each other, but as they plunge deeper and deeper into the interior world, they realise there is much more happening than philosophical barbs and comic repartee. Maggie’s past intersects with Gee, and Gee can see things that Maggie cannot. When a third character silently ‘hitches a ride’, Maggie’s life takes a serious turn for the macabre. Will Maggie make it to her unknown destination in one piece and what will it take to get there?

Kate Adams is an emerging playwright who has developed her work through JUTE’s Write Sparks program since 2016. This one-act play is in the road trip genre, in the time-honoured Greek philosopher’s tradition of walking and thinking.

“Lyceum Highway is a road trip narrative, an adventure into the mysteries of a woman’s unknown need to change the direction of her life, helped along by the unexpected, the unusual and the corrupt, where second-hand time becomes known, experienced and found to be interchangeable, where discovering the unholy explodes the ties that bind, and where realization and rectification are needed before moving on.” – Kate says of the work.

The characters address very contemporary matters such as nihilism, social disconnection, mental health and self-reconciliation following life changing events in a tumultuous world. It’s a piece of theatre that will stir an ongoing conversation about our lives, what we value, and question our foundations as individuals and a collective.

Kate was successful in gaining a Regional Arts Development Grant to conduct a creative Development of Lyceum Highway, which she has worked on for 3 years through JUTE’s Write Sparks Program. With JUTE’s support, this creative development will take place in May 23-29. Kate will work with actors, a dramaturg and a director during the five days of culminating in a public reading at 5:30pm on May 29 at the Botanic Gardens Visitor’s Centre.

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