Walk With Me

SHOW STATUS: In Development

CATEGORY: Get Together

Email Address: kathryn.osborne@manpac.com.au

Producer Name: Riptide Youth Performance Company

Synopsis ( max 1500): THE MANDURAH WORK

Is an audio and site specific performance piece that takes audience members on a guided tour of Mandurah's Dolphin Quay. Co-created by the young Riptide ensemble (made up of emerging artists aged 15 - 25) and artistic director Katt Osborne, the work takes audiences on a playful and interactive journey to explore the fragile beauty of the local landscape. The public work-in-progress performance season for the work will happen at Mandurah's Stretch arts Festival on May 5 & 6. The development has been funded by the DLGSC through the Creative Regions program.

Each tour will take between 30 & 40 minutes, with a maximum will meet at MANPAC to begin their journey. They will be given headphones and listen to text and soundscapes as they follow the 'tour guide' around the Quay. Along the way, the audience will encounter performers and be invited to participate in playful interactive moments along the journey. The work will provide audience members with a fun and surprising experience for locals to see a part of their differently and through the eyes of its young people. 

We will take the feedback on from the work-in-progress season in May and aim to present the final version of the work later in 2018. At the conclusion of the process in May, we will also refine the steps of the process it took to create the work. Our ultimate goal for this work is to travel to other regional WA towns to facilitate the creation of similar youth led audio-tours that are re-created to be site specific and responsive to the young people in whichever location we go.  


A draft outline of how we would co-create your town's own WALK WITH ME performance (minimum timeframe):

1. Creative Development (3 - 4 weekend intensives)
Facilitators from Riptide will work with a group of 6 - 10 young people (15 - 25 yrs) and a young composer to create the content.
This would include choosing a site, planning the journey, writing text and creating draft performance pieces. 
The facilitators would collate the text in preparation for recording. The sound designer would collate music/sound produced by the young composer to include.

2. Recording & Rehearsal (2 weekend intensives)
Our sound designer and facilitators will come to the town to spend an afternoon recording the text. We would also run workshop auditions for any extra young people who would like to be involved in the production as performers and then rehearse their roles. 

3. Tech Rehearsal & Production (1 week) 
We will work with the action and audio to polish the performance in the site. We will install any design elements, preview with a test audience and then run a few days of shows (across a weekend). It's a great piece to have as art of a festival or event weekend of some kind. 

Note - these could be spread out across time. A gap of minimum 1 month will be needed between stage 1 and 2, and then a 2 week gap minimum between stage 2 and 3.

Review Quotes (max 3 quotes): "The cast from Riptide all demonstrated raw talent, embodying the spirit of the production. Iā€™m sure they all have bright futures in theatre ahead of them; they were all simply awesome performers." - Isolated Nation review of Cardboard Kingdom (most recent work).

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