2012 Theatre in the Library

Footprint Theatre performed some improvisation and read two short plays, giving the audience a glimpse of the rehearsal process at Merimbula Library on 11 December 2012.

Improvised theatre is a form of performance art. It is as old as performance itself – the original performers were storytellers. The piece is created without prior preparation so that the audience and actors discover the story together. The unscripted nature of improvisations encourages an interactive relationship with the audience.

The play reading was Cate Blanchett Wants To Be My Friend on Facebook by Alex Broun – one of the world’s leading ten minute playwrights. Alex has had over 70 ten minute plays produced in over 600 productions all over the world. Born in Sydney, Alex has enjoyed considerable success in theatre, TV and film as a writer, actor and director. He has been heavily involved in the development and growth of Short+Sweet, the largest ten minute play festival in the world.

Play readings emphasise the use of imagination and voice acting. They provide the chance to hear works presented in different ways and allow the actors to experiment and gauge the reaction of an audience.

The play was read a number of times with a critique between each one, so the audience saw how the work’s characters, voices and physicality developed. The audience also had the opportunity to provide their feedback.

Bega Valley Shire Library Manager, Ros Raward said, “We are always delighted with the opportunity to work with local talent and to promote reading in different ways.”

The theatrical experience provided by Footprint Theatre was part of the Bega Valley Shire Library’s National Year of Reading program and was made possible by funding from the Country Arts Support Program.

The Country Arts Support Program is funded by the NSW Government through Arts NSW and jointly delivered by Regional Arts NSW and Regional Arts Boards throughout NSW. The regional arts board for our area is South East Arts (SEA).