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