Monday, September 28, 2015

'Scenes on the Yarra' celebrating World Rivers Day 2015

The Melbourne Fringe Festival is in full swing and a couple of Vic storytellers have been collaborating on an interdisciplinary piece celebrating World Rivers Day. Beginning on the lawn outside The Dock Library, Scenes on the Yarra took the audience on a guided walk along North Wharf.  The audience heard the creation story for the Yarra, visited the place where the Alma Doepel is being restored and the wooden boat shed, as well as being treated to projected installations, dance and poetry. 

This project has been moving down the River: Warburton, Healsville, Yarra Glen, Warrandyte, Herring Island. 

In March 2016 Scenes on the Yarra will arrive in Williamstown, at the mouth of the Yarra.

The Artists: Rebecca Page, Simon Oats, Christian Bishop, Joey Soh, Jutta Pryor, Matteo Volpi, Elisabeth Henderson, Lana Woolf, Vivienne Halat, Stepanka Cervinkova, Alicia Fernandez, William Veitch, Ceitidh Hopper and Jeminah Alli Reidy.

Read more about Scenes on the Yarra HERE

Pics: Lana Woolf and Simon Oats

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

‘Bindjareb Pinjarra’ storytelling theatre

Geoff Kelso, actor, comedian, writer and storyteller lives in Western Australia but spends a large part of every year travelling around the country performing.

He is one of the inaugural cast members and creators of a piece of storytelling theatre that was first developed in 1994. ‘Bindjareb Pinjarra’ has never been written down and is passed on to new cast members orally. Although the story remains the same, the text is fluid. This is a unique and enduring project working within the frame of traditional oral storytelling.

When Geoff visited Melbourne recently, it seemed like a good opportunity to sit him down and get him to share something of the process behind this remarkable collaborative story.

Cast and creators of  ‘Bindjareb Pinjarra’ from 1994 to the present:
Geoff Kelso, Kelton Pell, Phil Thomson, Isaac Drandic,
Frank Nannup, Dean Dayley-Jones, Mark Howett, Ian Wilkes, Trevor Parfitt, Sam Longley, Mick Innes, Craig Williams, Mark Storen, Kyle Morrison

Visit the Bindjareb Pinjarra website HERE
An interview with the cast that toured to Tennant Creek Desert Harmony Festival 2012 HERE


Monday, September 7, 2015

Jackie Kerin and Sarah Depasquale: 'Tales from the Flyway' October 2015

My friend and collaborator Sarah Depasquale and I have some shows coming up.

Tales from the Flyway was developed out of a love for urban wetlands and birds, especially those found at our doorstep in Hobsons Bay. 

Together we will take you on a journey following the path of migratory shore birds, from south-east Australia to Siberia, along the East Asian Australasian Flyway. The show is playful and occasionally enlightening.

The structure of Tales from the Flyway is simple. If we were to fly with the birds and visit the chain of wetlands in the countries along the Flyway, what stories might we hear? I’ve collected stories from Indonesia, Thailand and Siberia and Sarah has woven them together with Vivaldi, Bach, Massenet and pieces she has composed especially.

Our final story is a kamishibai that has been passed down the Flyway from the Yatsu-Higata Observation Centre in Japan, to Boondall Wetlands in Brisbane (2008) and then on to us for telling in Hobsons Bay (2015). Receiving this story is a confirmation that there are people who see the big picture and don’t allow obstacles to get in the way of an idea. 

When: Sunday Oct 4
Where: Private House Concert in Altona
Time: 2.00pm
Please contact me and I will pass on the details:

When: Sunday Oct 18
Time: Beginning at 12.00 with Somali stories and tea, Tales from the Flyway will kick off around 1.00pm
Where: The RAW Garden, 325 South Road, Brighton East 
For more information and bookings:

Check out the magic of the RAW Garden HERE  
R.A.W Resilient Aspiring Women.

If you are interested in Flyway but can’t join us this time, Sarah and I have more events in the planning.

Jackie Kerin
Website HERE