Pitching new theatre to the regions

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So you want to take your play or your cabaret on tour to the regions.

But how do you know who to contact? And which arts organisations might be interested in presenting your work?

That’s where Showcase Victoria steps in.

Each year, they bring together arts organisations and performing arts producers, and then watch the sparks fly.

I went along to Showcase Victoria, and spoke to co-ordinator Gemma Robertson, independent theatre producer Anna Kennedy and Mik Frawley, the Manager of the Lighthouse Theatre in Warrnambool.

I produced this interview for ABC RN’s Books and Arts and you can listen to it here.

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Knitting a response to gendered abuse

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In 2013, a news story about a performance work by Casey Jenkins, called Casting Off My Womb, went viral.

In that video, Casey is shown a long scarf from wool that she had inserted into her vagina – some of it dyed with her menstrual blood.

That news story has now been viewed 6 million times.

Casey received a lot of online abuse for her work, and most of the nasty comments were from other women.

Now, Casey is knitting a response to that abuse, as part of another performance piece for the Festival of Live Art in Melbourne, called Programmed to Reproduce.

In the first section of the performance, Casey knits herself a protective cocoon while nude, again from wool inserted into her vagina.

In another, Casey reads aloud some of the cruel comments she and her work received, and in the third, she uses industrial knitting machines to create oversized banners of the abusive comments.

I produced this story for ABC RN’s Books and Arts, and you can listen to the interview here.