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La Boite HWY

12 Jun - 24 Jun

A new work platform featuring rehearsed readings, showings, workshops, masterclasses, and fervent conversations about theatre practice – in real time. 

HWY is an annual festival that encourages artists to stretch boundaries and take risks, inviting audiences to enter into a dialogue around new work. The 2017 HWY artists all hail from diverse backgrounds, recognised by La Boite for their relevance and potential – this is a snapshot of the future of theatre in this city.

 

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HWY Performances

The HWY Performance Program will showcase fifteen new works in development; in the shape of showings, readings, pitches and demonstrations.

 

The Mathematics of Longing by Suzie Miller

The Mathematics of Longing juxtaposes the poetics of science and the complexity of modern relationships in a series of theatrical provocations culminating in a play. Physics and Mathematical theorems jostle against the characters and stories they inspire in a nuclear fusion of Art and Science, investigating the infinite complexity of the human heart. Join us for an intriguing adventure into science, math, love and longing.

Presented by La Boite Theatre Company, Gavin Webber and The Farm, and Suzie Miller and The Uncertainty Principle

Format: Rehearsed Reading
Where: Roundhouse Theatre
When: Tuesday 13 June 2017
Time 5:30 – 7:30pm
(including Artist Talk, Performance and Feedback)
Price: $12
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Juliet & Romeo adapted by Mark Rogers

A twenty-first century adaptation of Shakespeare’s iconic love story, Mark Rogers’ Juliet & Romeo takes no prisoners in its irreverent re-imagining. Two families at war, two teenagers in love – a three day affair that results in six deaths. Did Juliet and Romeo love too much, too hard, too soon? Did their union even stand a chance? And why do we still care? A tragi-comic romance for today.

Juliet & Romeo will be read by 2nd year Bachelor of Fine Arts (Acting) students, directed by Sanja Simic.

Format: Rehearsed Reading
Where: Roundhouse Theatre
When: Wednesday 14 June 2017
Time 5:30 – 7:30pm
(including Artist Talk, Performance and Feedback)
Price: $12
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From Darkness Whence We Came by Steven Oliver

The year is 2016 and a middle class nuclear Indigenous family, complete with one elder, live an unremarkable life in the Australian suburbs. That is, except for the occasional visit from spirits. Unable to communicate with them, the only thing they know for sure is that the spirits are drawn to the teenaged son of the family and that their visits, through dreams, have become more frequent. Things take a turn when the spirits’ teaching are revealed: time travel. However, the son is the only one who is permitted to travel and only to the past.

The family toy with the idea of thwarting Captain Cook’s landing to prevent the suffering of their people, but there are just two problems; they will cease to exist and it’s forbidden. Is this a test? Do they actually want him to go? Will he?

Format: Rehearsed Reading
Where: Roundhouse Theatre
When: Thursday 15 June 2017
Time 5:30 – 7:30pm
(including Artist Talk, Performance and Feedback)
Price: $12
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Dislocated by Digi Youth Arts

I know not the depth of my past
Just what is hidden beneath my skin.
This silent war shall not last,
For me people are this land’s kin.

History never learns from mistakes. Digi Youth Arts’ Dislocated takes us into the future; set in 2044 this story unfolds in a fringe suburb cut-off from the rest of Brisbane. This gritty tale follows the journey of a group of youth who must return to the city they have never known in order to survive.

Format: Showing
Where: Roundhouse Theatre
When: Friday 16 June 2017
Time 5:30 – 7:30pm
(including Artist Talk, Performance and Feedback)
Price: $12
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Twelve by Black Honey Company

Set in the twelve days and nights after a major flood, Twelve: a Soul musical from the streets, written by Candy Bowers with music by Busty Beatz, is an exploration of love under crisis. Twelve opens up the private moments and honors the communities that grew stronger after sharing in the devastation of natural disasters.

Drawing inspiration from the real-life experiences of the Brisbane flood, Hurricane Sandy in New York, Katrina in New Orleans and the landslides of Hiroshima, Candy Bowers adaptation of William Shakespeare’s tragic-comedy Twelfth Night speaks to what is most human in all of us; connection, hope and friendship.

Format: Showing/Concert
Where: Roundhouse Theatre
When: Monday 19 June 2017
Time 5:30 – 7:30pm
(including Artist Talk, Performance and Feedback)
Price: $12
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THE PITCH: Ideas Lab

Six artists, six thirty-minute slots, six new works. This is the HWY Ideas Lab – a selection of rough drafts, challenging proposals, and new material that is brimming with potential. Artists are given an opportunity to pitch a brand new idea to an engaged audience of industry, community, fellow artists, and programmers. The audience is invited to ask questions, give feedback, and engage critically with what is in front of them – no holds barred.

Format: Pitching sessions
Where: Roundhouse Theatre
When: Tuesday 20 June 2017
Time: 5:30 – 8:30pm
Price: FREE

 

Remembering Palestine by Aleea Monsour

Remembering Palestine is a verbatim community theatre project which explores the lives, stories and experiences of Palestinian immigrant women who have settled in Brisbane and whose voices have been marginalised. Remembering Palestine will celebrate and share Palestinian cultural practices while retelling the stories of the Palestinian women interviewed and engaged in the project.

Format: Showing

Where: Roundhouse Theatre
When: Wednesday 21 June 2017
Time 5:30 – 7:30pm
(including Artist Talk, Performance and Feedback)
Price: $12
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Found In Translation by Jodee Mundy

You know when you are a foreigner amongst a conversation and you wished you understood what people were saying? With conversations whispered close by and signed afar, this project is exploring translation techniques and access aesthetics of signed and spoken languages.

Director Jodee Mundy is committed to producing high quality theatre works, public events, installations and artistic interventions, bringing together diverse cross sections of the community who may not regularly encounter one another.

Format: Open Rehearsal
Where: Roundhouse Theatre
When: Friday 23 June 2017
Time 5:30 – 7:30pm
(including Artist Talk, Performance and Feedback)
Price: $12
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Un-Australian

On his eighteenth birthday, unaccompanied Afghan refugee Akmal, is moved into a small flat in an arcade in Moorooka by social worker Lewis and Cenrelink hard arse Giang. Akmal has one dream, to learn how to swim. In the arcade Akmal meets besties South Sudanese Australian schoolgirl Aisha and high school dropout Brianna who complicate the young Afghani’s journey of assimilation into contemporary Brisbane suburbia.

UnAustralian is a 10 x 6 minute comic webisode series produced by Essential Media (Qld) created by award winning writer and script producer Roger Monk and co-producer Emily Avila supported by Screen Queensland.  It was written by diverse emerging screenwriters including Future Fidel (Prizefighter), Ngoc Phan (Motion of Light and Water), Daniel Evans (The Seagull & Oedipus Doesn’t Live Here Any More), Tristan Savage (Black Comedy & Magpie Pictures), Khalid Warsome (creative writer) and Bec Macintosh (Love TV).

Format: Reading
Where: Roundhouse Theatre
When: Saturday 24 June 2017
Time 5:30 – 7:30pm
(including Artist Talk, Performance and Feedback)
Price: $12
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HWY Workshops & Masterclasses

An opportunity to roll up your sleeves and dig deep in this line-up of intimate and participatory classes designed by industry professionals for the HWY community. This is an opportunity to learn practical skills and further your understanding of theatre-making as a multi-faceted practice. This is the moment to explore unfamiliar territory, meet like-minded individuals and connect with prospective collaborators. 

 

Independent Producers Intensive

A day-long intensive for aspiring independent producers that will explore what it means to produce and manage effectively and creatively. Led by the La Boite artistic team, participants will be engaged in conversations and exercises that explore the role of the producer, development of creative projects, collaborative processes, strategies for marketing work, pitching and programming from one season to the next, grappling with budgets and anything else that we can squeeze into an eight hour day!

Led by Sanja Simic (Creative Producer) with Katherine Hoepper (General Manager) and Todd MacDonald (Artistic Director) from La Boite Theatre Company

Date: Tuesday 13 June 2017
Where: Rehearsal Room
Time: 9am – 5pm
Price: $25
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Physical Theatre Masterclass: Considering Grotowski

This masterclass is a unique opportunity for performing artists of all stripes to experience a taste of the Grotowski Method; a physical approach to generating devised work that focuses on the performing body in space. Led by Brisbane’s Alex Ferrero, performers will explore a specific approach to voice, impulse and action as an ensemble of theatre makers.

Led by Alexander Forrero (Actor)

Date: Tuesday 14 June 2017
Where: Rehearsal Room
Time: 10am – 2pm
Price: $25
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Dressing the Theatre Space: Approaches to set and costume design

This one-day workshop examines the role of scenography in theatre and strategies for working from concept to realisation on new Australian work. Set and costume designer Renee Mulder will draw upon her recent work for Griffin Theatre (The Bleeding Tree, 2017), Queensland Theatre (Rice, 2017) and Sydney Theatre Company (Battle of Waterloo, 2015) to share her approach to theatre design and offer practical insight into working with theatre directors and creative teams.

Led by Renee Mulder (Set & Costume Designer)

Date: Thursday 15 June 2017
Where: Rehearsal Room
Time: 9am – 5pm
Price: $25
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Crankin’ the Volume: The basics of sound design for theatre

Sound Designer Guy Webster leads this one-day masterclass for musicians, composers and anyone with an interest in transferring their musical talents to theatre. Guy will focus on the use of sound, music and noise as critical production elements, using practical exercises and case studies to highlight ways in which sound design has the ability to occupy the physical space.

Led by Guy Webster (Sound Designer)

Date: Friday 16 June 2017
Where: Rehearsal Room
Time: 9am – 5pm
Price: $25
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Gaming the Narrative: Participatory and Immersive theatre practice

A day-long workshop on interactive theatre, engaging audiences and blurring the lines between performance and play. Join noted playwright, theatremaker and game designer Caleb Lewis in a practical workshop, filled with examples, exploring story, gaming and theatre and the possibilities that arise when you smash them together.

Led by Caleb Lewis (Playwright & Theatremaker)

Date: Saturday 17 June 2017
Where: Rehearsal Room
Time: 9am – 5pm
Price: $25
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Masterclass for Teachers: First Nations work in context

Facilitated by Digi Youth Arts’ Alethea Beetson and La Boite’s Youth & Participation Producer, Claire Christian, this masterclass will address approaches to teaching work by and about Indigenous Australians. Alethea & Claire will use hands-on exercises and practical examples, across art forms, to encourage teachers to think laterally about teaching culturally sensitive and, at times, contentious subject matter.

Led by Alethea Beetson (Artistic Director, Digi Youth Arts) and Claire Christian (Youth & Participation Producer, La Boite Theatre Company)

Date: Thursday 22 June 2017
Where: Rehearsal Room
Time: 9am – 5pm
Price: $100
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HWY Conversations

The HWY Conversations are an opportunity to explore the ideas, processes and politics behind the works in this year’s festival. Seize the opportunity to deepen your engagement with the works, meet the artists, exchange thoughts and ideas, ask questions and have your say!

 

LET US BE BLAK: Interrogations into creative process

A panel discussion that invites some of the country’s leading artists to share past experiences and discuss strategies for establishing safe and comfortable spaces in which to make work as Indigenous Australians. Taking their respective forms and practices into consideration, panelists will delve into specific processes for seeding ideas, choosing collaborators and identifying preferred methodologies for making culturally-informed theatre.

Panel members include Steven Oliver (Black Comedy) and Alethea Beetson (AD, Digi Youth Arts)

Date: Wednesday 14 June 2017
Where: Roundhouse Theatre
Time: 3 – 5pm
Price: FREE

 

CONSIDERING IDENTITY: Deconstructing ‘Australian-ness’ through form

What does it mean to identify as ‘Australian’ in 2017, and how does an individual’s identity inform their artistic practice? A diverse panel of practitioners converge in an attempt to answer these questions and discuss ideas around the written form, the framing of identity and pulling apart a singular notion of what it means to be Australian today.

Panel members include Roger Monk (Development Producer, Essential Media) and Ngoc Phan (Actor)

Date: Wednesday 14 June 2017
Where: Roundhouse Theatre
Time: 12 – 1pm
Price: FREE

 

SCORING THE POLITICAL: The art of re-framing history through music

A panel of music lovers and makers will consider the legacy of Brisbane’s music history, how far we have come and what we have forgotten as imparted by those who came before us. Join the conversation as our panelists consider the impact music has on other forms of creative practice and its incredible power to not only move us, but to inspire collective action.

Panel members include Alethea Beetson (Artistic Director, Digi Youth Arts) and John Willsteed (Senior Lecturer, Music, QUT)

Date: Saturday 17 June 2017
Where: Roundhouse Theatre
Time: 3 – 5pm
Price: FREE

 

ACCESS ALL AREAS: Making work with, for and about artists with disability

A panel of artists and industry professionals working in the arts and disability sector will enter into a wide ranging conversation about work by artists who identify as disabled. Through conversation and discussion about practice, pathways, platforms and possibilities, the panel will reflect on specific processes for making work with and for individuals with diverse needs.

Panel members include Jodee Mundy (Artist)

Date: Thursday 22 June 2017
Where: Roundhouse Theatre
Time: 6 – 8pm
Price: FREE

 

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HWY Sessions

Hang back after the HWY Performance showings and amplify your festival experience with the HWY Sessions at La Boite. Kicking off at 7:30pm on Friday 16 and Saturday 24 June, enjoy free live music by local artists in our newly refurbished foyer space – relax, unwind and take advantage of our fabulous new bar. A perfect addition to jam-packed festival week, HWY Sessions is guaranteed to hit your music sweet spot.

2017 HWY Sessions artists to be announced soon.

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