Covid We're Over it! Workshop 18 & 19 July

Following the success of its amateur theatre productions; Secret Bridesmaids’ Business, Chicago and The Narcissist, Gunnedah Conservatorium is putting out the call to local performers to be involved in the development of a new Cabaret Show.

COVID WE’RE OVER IT! WORKSHOPS 18 & 19 JULY

Following the success of its amateur theatre productions; Secret Bridesmaids’ Business, Chicago and The Narcissist, Gunnedah Conservatorium is putting out the call to local performers to be involved in the development of a new Cabaret Show.

Under the working-title “Covid – We’re Over It” Gunnedah Conservatorium is presenting a weekend residency with 
director Kate Gaul and production designer Jasmine Christie.

“We want all of Gunnedah’s creatives to get on board. All comers are invited to participate in this workshop. After the weekend we hope to be well on the way to developing a 2-hour Pop-up Cabaret for the Gunnedah stage,” explained Conservatorium Director Rebecca Ryan

“Where that stage will pop up – we’re not quite sure given the Covid19 restrictions and guidelines so by its very nature we are developing something that has to be quite fluid.”

Ms Ryan said the idea for a cabaret emerged from several different directions at the same time.

“It was an idea that I have had for some time – that cabaret or a review-style show would appeal to the Gunnedah audience and may even be something of interest to the network of small halls,” said Ms Ryan

“At the same time, the Conservatorium’s Saturday Community Choir had been working on a number of popular show tunes and was thinking about ideas for how to develop those songs into a stage show.

“Then Covid19 hit and we watched theatres all over the world shut down over night. Larnie Christie, who directed our last three major productions, had the idea that we could tap into some of those networks to build our local theatre skills. The timing just seemed to be right.”

With funding from Gunnedah Shire Council’s Community Resilience Program, Gunnedah Conservatorium was able to lock in a creative team comprising of Director Kate Gaul and Production Designer and Art Director Jasmine Christie to spend a weekend in Gunnedah to work with local artists.

With no preconceived ideas from the Gunnedah Conservatorium team, these community workshops are open for performers, actors, singers, jugglers, acrobats, musicians, and anyone with a creative flair looking for an outlet. The outcome will be a cabaret show for an adult audience, and recommend participant age is 16 years+

Kate Gaul is a Freelance Theatre Director/Designer. NIDA 1996 (Directing Course), Anne Bogart SITI Company NYC 2005. Associate Director Ensemble Theatre 2004/5. Festival Director World Interplay 2009/11. Festival Director Short Play Festival Canberra 2013 - 2015, Cabaret Sydney 2014, Mardi Gras Parade Creative Director 2015/16. Kate’s directing credits include plays, opera, physical theatre, devised works and classics for theatre companies and schools in Australia. Kate has won numerous awards across the fields of directing and design. She is Artistic Director of Siren Theatre Co where her passion is for text-based drama challenges artists and audiences to have bold imaginative experiences. Kate’s play – Fatboy has been produced twice and she has written and directed two short films – Embrace and Cake.

In 2019 Kate produced and directed The Moors (by Jen Silverman) and curated PLAYLIST 2019 both in conjunction with Seymour Centre and Mardi Gras; directed a stage version of Janne Teller’s YA novel Nothing for Blue Cow (Tasmania) and produce the NSW tour of the production. Kate directed a gender bending HMS Pinafore for Hayes Theatre and its NSW tour in 2020 which is nominated for 8 Sydney Theatre Critics Awards.

Jasmine Christie is a Production Designer (Set & Costume) & Art Director who designd live content, strategic events and immersive experiences for brands and other creative businesses. Inspired by art, music, fashion, culture Jasmine describes herself as forever chasing the "drunk and in-love" sensation of theatre reimagined.

Since 2010 Jasmine has worked extensively across theatre, film & television as a designer and stylist for production companies including Sydney Theatre Company, Griffin Theatre, Pinchgut Opera, ATYP, NIDA, Adelaide Fringe Festival, Johnsen & Johnsen, the ABC, SBS and Seven Network. She established her creative events company Anamundi Studio in 2018 and is based between Sydney & Byron Bay.

Contact the Con office on 6742 3998 or Rebecca Ryan 0414 805 176 and book in for this free workshop weekend.

When:                  18 -19 July

Where:                Gunnedah Conservatorium

Cost:                      FREE