Act­ing up pays off

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Front Page -

COMO lo­cal Eva Mullaley has re­ceived a State Gov­ern­ment grant to at­tend the Abo­rig­i­nal Arts Fel­low­ship at the West Aus­tralian Academy of Per­form­ing Arts.

COMO res­i­dent Eva Mullaley’s ad­vice for up and com­ing ac­tors is that skills pay the bills.

The theatre pro­fes­sional has just re­ceived a State gov­ern­ment grant to at­tend the Abo­rig­i­nal Arts Fel­low­ship at the West Aus­tralian Academy of Per­form­ing Arts (WAAPA).

“If you want to work in this in­dus­try you have to be very multi-skilled - be will­ing to throw your hand in to any­thing,” Mullaley said.

“The more you learn about the in­dus­try the more em­ploy­able you are.

“Even for ac­tors, if they can sing and dance they are a lot more em­ploy­able,” she said.

Mullaley first got the bug for theatre 12 years ago when she en­tered the Abo­rig­i­nal course at WAAPA.

“It only took me a year to re­alise I wanted to di­rect and man­age, which is what got me into the in­dus­try,” she said.

“I de­cided that was the in­dus­try for me and kept work­ing and did most parts of live theatre.”

The 34-year-old al­ready has ex­ten­sive ex­pe­ri­ence di­rect­ing, pro­duc­ing and man­ag­ing theatre and now wants to hone her skills in writ­ing and cre­at­ing plays.

So far the as­pir­ing writer has worked with Yirra Yaakin Theatre Com­pany, act­ing, di­rect­ing and stage man­ag­ing sev­eral pro­duc­tions in­clud­ing works by Aus­tralian play­wrights Richard Fran­k­land and David Mil­roy.

“I have been in­volved in the last five end of year pro­duc­tions of Abo­rig­i­nal theatre,” Mullaley said.

“David Mil­roy’s pro­duc­tions are al­ways fan­tas­tic - raw and so real and Abo­rig­i­nal theatre based, I couldn’t pick a favourite one.

“Con­ver­sa­tions with the Dead by Richard Fran­k­land was heart-wrench­ingly mag­i­cal, it is about deaths in cus­tody and the Royal Com­mis­sion into deaths in cus­tody.”

Mullaley says she is look­ing for­ward to cre­at­ing some ex­cit­ing new scripts and pro­duc­tions.

Eva Mullaley will be at­tend­ing WAAPA af­ter re­ceiv­ing a grant to study.

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