Mak­ing it up

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - FRONT PAGE -

A VIC­TO­RIA Park ac­tor has for­goed tra­di­tional theatre and is pre­par­ing to jump on stage to en­ter­tain au­di­ences us­ing only im­pro­vi­sa­tion as part of the Fringe World Fes­ti­val.

VIC­TO­RIA Park ac­tor Alice Ry­der will take to the stage this month in the WA pre­miere of MOYO, an im­pro­vised show in­spired by the at­tend­ing au­di­ences’ sto­ries.

Ry­der has played with im­pro­vi­sa­tion and mu­si­cal theatre for sev­eral years, per­form­ing with Play­group and at Just Im­pro­vise’s Im­prov Club.

A lover of sto­ry­telling, Ry­der found com­mon ground with her fel­low Play­group per­form­ers and said MOYO gave her an op­por­tu­nity to share her pas­sion with an au­di­ence.

“Sto­ries from the au­di­ence are twisted and wo­ven to­geth- er to cre­ate a grand nar­ra­tive and re­veal what makes us hu­man,” Ry­der said.

“The au­di­ence share snip­pets and sto­ries from their lives which are ex­panded, ex­plored and ex­ploded through short scenes or sto­ries that are made up on the spot.”

But while MOYO re­lies on au­di­ence par­tic­i­pa­tion, Ry­der joked au­di­ence mem­bers would not need to worry about be­ing pulled on stage.

MOYO di­rec­tor Cass Rowles said the show also pro­vided en­ter­tain­ment to a wider au­di­ence.

“The fi­nal show on Fe­bru- ary 13 will also be in­ter­preted into Aus­tralian sign lan­guage as there seems to be a real lack of theatre op­tions avail­able to au­di­ences who are deaf or hard of hear­ing,” Rowles said.

“We want to in­clude ev­ery­one in MOYO.”

Pic­ture: Mathios Imag­ing

The MOYO per­for­mance troupe: Aden Date, Jane May­nard, Cass Rowles, Alice Ry­der and Vicky Bur­rows.

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