Birregurra Community Arts Group is your community creative hub—a cooperative of artists, creative people and community members, in and around Birregurra, who are keen on learning and doing something a little bit different.
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BCAG is a subcommittee of the Birregurra Community Group.
What if Birregurra Hall’s tight corners reverberated with all the whispers and conversations that once took place within its walls? What would they say?
Join Linnet Hunter in a 2-hour intensive drama development session using game-playing techniques. You will be bouncing off prompts collected from community interviews to explore improvised dialogues with a sense of play and irreverence. Some of these will be performed as part of Birregurra Hall’s live art event on Sat 28th April.
You don’t need any prior experience, or even be focused on acting. You just need to be willing to get involved – to enquire and experiment. Two workshops are available. You can register for one or both – same outline – different outcomes.
Each session will include games for actors and non-actors, tableau, collaborative dialogue development, creating short scenes from a variety of prompts, laughter and play.
Participants will learn the first key steps of:
how to capture key moments in brief conversations
character development and how to tell a short story through dialogue
how to use body and voice to engage audiences and deliver a compelling message
techniques for creativity, confidence and communication
how to deal with nervousness and “stage fright”.
At the end of each workshop the group will select several scenes as the most effective and most relevant for the Live Arts event. Participants will be invited to rehearse further and perform these at the live art event in April.
WHEN: Sunday 19th March 2018 / Saturday 24th March 2018 (One rehearsal in Easter holidays and on evenings of 26/27 April)
WHO: Suitable for adults and teen 15 yrs+
WHERE: Birregurra Hall, 42-44 Main St Birregurra
REGISTER: Contact Linnet Hunter on firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 0414 629 539
Taylor crafts soulful folk songs that capture both the beautiful and dark elements of the human experience. Her music ranges from warm, mesmerising ballads to epic anthems. With vivid storytelling, colossal vocals and a powerfully captivating stage presence, her live shows leave the audience in no doubt that they have just witnessed something extraordinary.
After winning the Byron Bluesfest Busking Competition, Taylor relocated to Byron Bay to record her debut album, Elemental. Released in 2016, Elemental received widespread critical acclaim with The Sydney Morning Herald describing it as “strong and assured”, FATEA Magazine calling it “exceptional” and the ABC’s Rick Eaves hailing her as “a national treasure”. Taylor’s poignant debut album has garnered her significant radio airplay on Triple J, Double J and ABC radio as well as international radio airplay on programs such as The International Americana Music Show, The Troubadour Show and Radio Nova.
2016 was a breakout year for Taylor. The album release was supported by two national tours and numerous festival appearances including Nannup Music Festival, Bello Winter Music, Mullum Music Festival, PigSty in July and Cygnet Folk Festival. Other highlights include supporting Liz Stringer on her album launch tour and a co-headline tour with William Crighton.
“Describing Claire’s voice in words is almost impossible. Try to imagine Jess Glynne with something deeper, richer and more soulful. Wrapped in the smoke and gravel of her voice there’s also a wonderful warmth.” – FATEA Magazine
“It looks like it’s gonna be a big year for Claire Anne Taylor…what a voice!” – Sarah Howells, Triple J
ABOUT DAVE GUNNING
Call it the silver lining in the cloud of a brutally cold Nova Scotia winter. When acclaimed folk singer/songwriter Dave Gunning decided it was time to make his 11th solo album, he found the bleak weather outside a blessing, not a curse. “We were literally snowed in, but the power was on and I was good to go,” he says of the making of that album, Lift.
Eleven albums in, Dave Gunning has become a truly masterful songwriter, one who has earned real peer respect from such Canadian folk songwriting legends as Ron Hynes, David Francey, and James Keelaghan. “I grew up listening to people like Ron Hynes,” says Dave. “I look up to them but then it hits me sometimes that I’m their peer and they like my stuff too. It’s a weird headspace, flipping from being a fan to being a peer.”
Gunning’s recording career is now approaching a full two decades in length (his debut album, Lost Tracks, came out in 1996). Along with richly-deserved peer respect, he has also earned a shelf full of music industry awards. That tally now stands at eight East Coast Music Awards and two Canadian Folk Music Awards, plus a 2012 Juno Award nomination in the Roots & Traditional Solo Album of the Year category for his album …a tribute to John Allan Cameron, a compelling homage to another of Dave’s Maritime musical heroes.
“Truly, what makes Gunning so remarkable as an entertainer is his rare gift to be able to befriend the audience as a whole from the stage throughout the course of the concert. And, indeed, you do feel as though he’s as good of a friend as any after a night of songs, stories and lighthearted laughs.” – The Guardian
“Gunning is the next big thing in the True North of Song, an artist as compelling, as assured and attentive to every nuance of the writing process, as Lightfoot, Cockburn and Stan Rogers before him.” – Toronto Star
The Colac Otway Arts trail has been developed by a dedicated of group of volunteers. All are practising artists who are extremely passionate about developing the arts in the Colac Otway Shire on many levels.
Their dedication has allowed this trail to happen. With over 60 places to visit on the trail. Showcasing Galleries, studios, pop ups, public art treasures, demonstrations and workshops they have created an Arts Map of the Region.
They believe they have only touched the surface of the incredible and diverse pool of creative people and groups who are the "hidden treasures" of the Otways.