Writ­ing belle

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FRONT PAGE -

DAIN­TREE lo­cal Amy Bell has just re­turned from Bris­bane with Cairns­based the­atre com­pany JUTE with a deeper in­sight into the art of the­atre.

Eight per­form­ers and play­wrights from JUTE vis­ited the Queens­land The­atre Com­pany to ob­serve four plays fol­lowed by dis­cus­sions with the cast to de­con­struct the per­for­mances.

“I might be lucky to see three to four pro­duc­tions a year be­cause of where I live,” she said.

“We spoke for five hours af­ter one show and when you’re cre­at­ing work it’s re­ally es­sen­tial to see other the­atre and I got to speak to a play­wright and touch base with the artis­tic di­rec­tor of the Queens­land The­atre Com­pany, it was a re­ally great op­por­tu­nity.”

Ms Bell said work­shops of this cal­i­bre need to hap­pen more of­ten to know what is go­ing on in the the­atre world, what peo­ple are look­ing for and what is be­ing pro­duced to not get “sep­a­rated from the wider in­dus­try”.

For around 10 years Ms Bell has been with JUTE, start­ing as their ad­min for a year be­fore want­ing to join the cre­ative side of the com­pany and get­ting in­volved in their play­wright pro­gram and learn­ing from their ex­ten­sive pro­grams and work­shops.

“I have had this amaz­ing 10 years of be­ing part of the wider Aus­tralian in­dus­try with JUTE, it’s not just about Cairns but con­nect­ing right through Aus­tralia with amaz­ing in­dus­try peers, it’s been amaz­ing es­pe­cially liv­ing on the other side of the river,” she said.

“I have now pro­duced a work and am half­way through de­vel­op­ing an­other full-length work which is three years in the mak­ing through JUTE and their stage-writ­ers pro­gram.

“As part of that I get to work with Aus­tralia’s best dra­maturge who has helped that work right along, I’m writ­ing a se­ries of seven pieces all com­ing into one play.”

The pro­duc­tion, which Ms Bell wants pro­duced in Cairns is an Aus­tralian voice writ­ing about the rain­for­est and sto­ries rel­e­vant to the area.

MAS­TER-IN­TRAIN­ING: Chris­tian Ni­block

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