BLUE Cow Theatre’s latest initiative ‘Future Proofing the Page’ has provided young emerging Tasmanian writers with a platform to share their voice and develop their craft for performance writing.
Over a period of four days, writers aged 17 to 25 were tasked with writing seven-minute scripts for young actors using the prompt ‘blue’.
Participants worked with three mentors – Robert Jago, John Kachoyan and Tom Holloway.
Future Proofing the Page participant Noah Casey said he was excited to see his work be professionally produced in 2020 by Blue Cow Theatre.
“Getting work on stage is a huge barrier for playwrights, so this is a very exciting opportunity,” he said.
“Future Proofing the Page is incredibly important because there isn’t anything like it giving a voice to young Tasmanian playwrights.”
Mr Casey said he got involved in the program through his love for theatre.
“I have always been a writer and performer,” he said.
“I’m a part of Blue Cow’s other writer’s program, ‘Cowshed’, and wanted another opportunity to work with mentors and other writers to produce a play of my own.”
Mr Casey said the whole initiative was a whirlwind of workshops, writing, reading and sharing work.
“The mentors we had were incredible and gave us all lots of useful tools for creating our own work,” he said.
“Honestly, I just wish that the experience could have lasted longer than a single weekend.”
Coordinator for Future Proofing the Page Sue Hayes said the workshop provided a platform for young voices to be heard and nurtured in a safe and supportive environment.
“It is the shared expertise of all the participants and the friendships and networks made that are invaluable,” she said.
“It is often so difficult to dedicate set time for your own creativity, so by Blue Cow Theatre providing the framework that puts a bunch of creatives in a room together for an intensive workshop, it means work will always be created from the collective.
“We need to build capacity for our theatre practitioners and foster creative pathways to make this a viable industry in Tasmania.”
Caption: From left, Future Proofing the Page participants Layne Kullrick, Maddalena Hellicar, Gabrielle Langham, John Kachoyan (mentor with Australian Plays), Noah Casey, Rosie Cann, Margaret Aitken, Hamish Pickford, Oliver Thompson, Kimberley Gent and Hera Direen.