• 16 Oct 2008 /  News

    Okay you kids sit down and shut up. I tell you a story. Long long time ago there was a Whitefella place for Dreaming called Old Tote. It died like a sick old man and after a new special Dreaming place grew up out of the water now called Sydney Harbour on the lands of the Gadigal and Guring-gai people of the Eora Nation. Sometimes it is a very Sorry place and sometimes it has very good Ceremony.

    One day coming up you can go down there and see Whitefellas making their own Dreaming stories.

    Scenic Art Workshop: Photo by Brett Boardman

    Scenic Art Workshop: Photo by Brett Boardman

    SYDNEY THEATRE COMPANY OPEN DAY

    Saturday 1 November 2008 from 10am to 4pm
    Sydney Theatre Company, The Wharf, Pier 4 & 5, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay
    Admission and all workshops, events and forums: FREE

    On Saturday 1 November from 10am – 4pm, Sydney Theatre Company is throwing open the
    doors of its home venue, The Wharf, the ‘engine room’ of the Company, inviting visitors in to
    explore for free one of Sydney’s most unique and beautiful venues and gain insights in to how
    the Company creates its shows. There will also be a range of free workshops, forums, tours
    and presentations at both The Wharf and at Sydney Theatre including; discussions about
    plans for the Company with Artistic Directors Andrew Upton and Cate Blanchett; workshops
    in voice, movement and performance run by leading practitioners; ‘Meet the Artist’ events
    including sessions with some of Sydney’s leading actors, directors and a playwright; a free
    screening of the documentary In The Company of Actors; and children’s activities
    throughout the day.

    Visitors to the Open Day will be able to explore the backstage areas and talk with staff in
    STC’s scenic art, set construction, props and costume departments, rehearsal rooms, archives
    and other rarely seen spaces, as well as The Wharf’s two performance spaces, Wharf 1 and
    Wharf 2, where many of the Company’s productions are presented.


    Open Day 1 November 2008 10.00am – 4.00pm

    Tours of The Wharf

    Visitors can wander around and discover The Wharf at their own pace throughout the day. Special guided tours of the Wharf will be conducted every half hour, from 10am – 3.30pm. Tours can be booked in advance through the Box Office on (02) 9250 1777 or on the day if space permits.

    Costume Department: Photo by Brett Boardman

    Costume Department: Photo by Brett Boardman

    Workshops, Forums, Talks and Presentations
    In addition there are a range of free workshops, forums and presentations throughout the day:
    at 10:00 am
    - Presentation: Stage Make Up with Lauren A. Proietti in WHARF 1
    - The Actor Speaks: leading Australian actors discuss their craft in WHARF 2
    - Group Devised Performance Workshop with Stefo Nantsou* in the BIG REHEARSAL ROOM
    - Andrew Upton and Cate Blanchett discuss STC plans in SYDNEY THEATRE (repeated at 2.30pm)
    at 12 noon
    - Greening The Wharf – Why? Forum in WHARF 1
    - The Director Speaks: theatre directors discuss the process of creating theatre in WHARF 2
    - Voice Workshop with Charmian Gradwell* in the BIG REHEARSAL ROOM
    - In The Company Of Actors, screening of STC documentary in SYDNEY THEATRE
    at 2.00 pm
    - The Playwright Speaks: a dramatist discusses the process of writing plays, in WHARF 1
    - The Actor Speaks: leading Australian actors discuss their craft in WHARF 2
    - Workshop: Movement with Fiona Malone* in the BIG REHEARSAL ROOM
    - Andrew Upton and Cate Blanchett discuss STC plans in SYDNEY THEATRE
    * There will be three workshops run in each session. Please call the STC Box Office on
    (02) 9250 1777 to book. Please note: bookings are essential and participants must be
    aged 16 years and over.


    STC FOR KIDS

    STC for Kids – Costume, Face Painting and Street Performers SMALL REHEARSAL ROOM

    Food, Drink etc
    The Wharf Restaurant, Sydney Dance Café and Hickson Road Bistro will all be serving café-style food.
    Further food and drink stalls will be located around The Wharf. Gleebooks will also be open at Sydney
    Theatre.

    Transport
    Free shuttle buses are on a loop every 20 minutes, stopping at Wynyard (Carrington Street), The Rocks
    (George Street outside DFS stores) and The Wharf. The first bus will depart Wynyard at 9:45am and
    the last bus will depart The Wharf at 4:15pm.


    For more information and updates
    sydneytheatre.com.au

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