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Monday 24 Jun
10:00 AM

Running Time 4 hours

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Explore how theatre artists, regardless of their identity, can create a queer friendly rehearsal room and creative process.

Run by Double Water Sign, namely Bridget Balodis, Kai Bradley and Rachel Perks, this four-hour workshop will involve discussions, work in small groups and practical exercises. Amongst other things, it will look at gender accessible language, intuitive devising processes, rehearsal room hierarchies and how to frame the body.

Traditional rehearsal practices support the making of a certain type of work; work that is white, cis-normative and hetero-centric. As we challenge and open conversations around form and content, so too must we challenge practice. We think it’s important to articulate and share queer practice, fostering it within the community, so that it can offer a robust alternative to traditional theatre-making. We believe that feminist theatre making should always be intersectional in its approach, and work to include and celebrate the voices of queer, Trans and gender non-conforming artists.

Led by two non-binary artists and a cis-lesbian, this will be a safe and welcoming workshop designed to begin a conversation with emerging artists on making queer theatre, working with queer artists and getting comfortable with inclusive language.

Image credit: Sarah Walker.

Double Water Sign are the makers of ANGRY SEXX, GROUND CONTROL and MORAL PANIC. They blend devised and text based theatre, using speculative fiction to imagine queer feminist futures. Their work seeks to disrupt conventional narratives and explore how new modes and forms of storytelling are needed in order to tell the stories of those who have historically been excluded from the canon.


Bridget Balodis
Bridget trained as a director at the VCA and Australian National University. She is interested in new Australian writing and is a member of theatre collective, New Working Group. As a dramaturg/director Bridget has developed work with playwrights Emilie Collyer, David Finningan, Dan Giovannoni, Amelia Evans, Morgan Rose and Rachel Perks. Her recent directing credits include MORAL PANIC (Darebin Arts 2018), Desert, 6.29pm (Red Stitch 2017 and Wuhzen, China 2018), GROUND CONTROL (Next Wave 2016), Jurassica (Red Stitch 2015) and Kids Killing Kids (Next Wave 2014). Bridget was assistant director on The Dream (Bell Shakespeare, 2014) and The Histrionic (The Malthouse/STC 2012). In 2015 and 2016 she lived in New York, where she worked with Elevator Repair Service and Wooster Group alumna, Anna Kohler. Her 2015 work, Jurassica, was nominated for 5 Greenroom awards including Directing and overall production. She was part of the inaugural Melbourne Theatre Company’s Women Director’s program and has been the recipient of the Ian Potter Cultural Trust award, Mike Walsh Fellowship and Dame Joan Sutherland Award.
Kai Bradley
Kai is a non-binary performer and theatre maker who studied at the Victorian College of the Arts, graduating in 2014. Their recent performance credits include Apokalypsis for Next Wave 2018, and MORAL PANIC at Darebin Arts Speakeasy. They were recently awarded a Green Room Award for performance for their role in MORAL PANIC. Other performance credits include Upgrade (Leigh Whannell), Plus Sign Attached (Maude Davey), The Breath of Empty Space (Tom Healey) and GROUND CONTROL (Next Wave Festival). Kai also has experience in physical theatre and circus.
Rachel Perks
Rachel Perks is a Melbourne based writer working across multiple mediums and forms. Their works for the stage include 'MORAL PANIC' (Darebin Speakeasy 2018), 'Eyes' (Sandpit 2017), 'GROUND CONTROL' ( Next Wave Festival 2016, Brisbane Festival 2016), and 'ANGRY SEXX' ( Melbourne Fringe Festival 2014). They co-wrote Elbow Room's We Get It (NEON 2015), are currently under commission with Polyglot Theatre and had their newest work 'End of Life' read in the Cybec readings at MTC. Rachel has interned in New York City with multiple downtown theatre-makers, was the chosen to take part in The Next Stage at Dublin Theatre Festival, was artist in residence at LAB-14 and was nominated for the Green Room Award for best independent writing (2014) and awarded the Melbourne Festival Discovery Award. Rachel completed a Bachelor of Dramatic Art at VCA.

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