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Playwriting Australia supports new site specific on-line and app play.

For the third year of our Lab program, Playwriting Australia is proud to support a collaborative venture led by Think+DO Tank and written by playwrights Jada Alberts and Duncan Graham.

The PWA Lab is a workshop opportunity encouraging artists to take risks, experiment with new forms and examine the possibilities of including playwrights in innovative processes, aiming to bring the unique skills of a writer to an ever-widening theatre-making practice.

This year we received more than 30 applications from teams across the country, with a broad range of artists and projects demonstrating the vibrancy of cross-artform collaborations in the sector. The selected team will be given a week-long development workshop to workshop their idea and access dramaturgical support from the PWA artistic team. Read more about the project and team below and sign up to our e-news for updates on PWA Lab applications for 2017.

Supported project 2016

AGAINST THE TIDE presented by Think+DO Tank

AGAINST THE TIDE: A HIGHWAY WEST is an interactive public artwork in production with the Think+DO Tank. It is an innovative fusion of art, history and technology. With a state of the art mobile application, Against the Tide will take audiences between Sydney’s Circular Quay and Parramatta by ferry. Participants will discover the rich sediment of untold stories on Sydney’s Parramatta River and Harbour, the memory of the water itself.

It’s the tale of two women set around the Parramatta River, separated by 150 years, who take audiences through the places in which their lives were irrevocably changed upon Sydney’s Harbour. Against The Tide is an ambitious multi-platform, interactive and site-specific work.

Creative team: Martynn Coutts (Dramaturg), Jane Stratton (Executive Producer), Jada Alberts (Writer), Duncan Graham (Writer), Kelly Ryall (Composer and Sound Designer) and Claire Evans (Transmedia Producer).

Against the tide


MARTYN COUTTS, Dramaturg, is an award winning Australian performance artist and dramaturg. His work has been shown in theatres, online, museums and in public space nationally and internationally. His collaboration with Sam Routledge has led to the Green Room nominated Operation, Computer Boy and I Think I Can, which has been shown in Melbourne, Sydney, Perth, Brisbane, Albany and Pittsburgh in its premiere year. Martyn is an Associate Artist at interdisciplinary company Aphids. He was co-creator of nationally touring work Thrashing Without Looking and currently leads the development for The Family Show. Martyn has co-created the large scale projects Visible City (the keynote project of the 2010 Melbourne Fringe Festival), SAC35 (the 35th anniversary of the Salamanca Arts Centre) and 20 Questions for the Wheeler Centre. As a video artist Martyn has worked with Arena Theatre Company, Is Theatre, Luke George, Sam Routledge, Stuck Pigs Squealing, Dancehouse, Kelly Ryall, Brian Lipson and in 2009 was the recipient of a Green Room award for his video design on The Harry Harlow Project. As a video artist Martyn has worked with Arena Theatre Company, Is Theatre, Luke George, Sam Routledge, Stuck Pigs Squealing, Dancehouse, Kelly Ryall, Brian Lipson and in 2009 was the recipient of a Green Room award for his video design on The Harry Harlow Project. He has been the dramaturg on a number of critically acclaimed dance, performance and interactive works with Aphids, Stompin, Luke George, Brooke Stamp, Martin Del Amo, Paula Lay, Liesel Zink, Thomas Quirk, Tanya Voges, Madeleine Flynn and Tim Humphreys. Martyn is a member of art collective Field Theory, a member of the Next Wave Festival board and is the founder of online Live Art resource LALA.

JANE STRATTON, Executive Producer, holds First Class Honours degrees in Politics and Law (Australian National University, National Undergraduate Scholar) and a Masters of Law (New York University). She has worked as a commercial and litigation lawyer, and as a public policy advocate, human rights activist and educator for diverse organisations including the Public Interest Advocacy Centre; Human Rights Watch; Australian Human Rights Commission; United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (Thailand); International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia; Diplomacy Training Program; and the University of New South Wales. She is the author of community guides to human rights and international law (State Library of NSW). In 2009, Jane began the Think+DO Tank to increase community capacity to participate in public life. After developing and running a range of social change programs driven by the arts (How Big Are Your Dreams?, for Aboriginal high school students (2008 – 2011); SHOUT!, a program for refugee & migrant women, 2011 – 2013), Jane began to produce large-scale public art projects independently through Think+DO Tank and Think+DO Tank Foundation. Against The Tide is her concept and she has assembled the project’s artistic team. She is also producing The Thinking Room in Liverpool in 2014 – 2016, an arts/ urban design project funded by Australia Council for the Arts (Community Partnerships).

JADA ALBERTS, Writer, is from the top end of Australia, Larrakia, Yanuwa, Bardi and Wardaman country. She graduated in 2006 from the Adelaide Centre for the Arts and in 2007 won the Adelaide Critics’ Circle Award for Best Emerging Artist. In 2013, Jada was awarded Playwriting Australia’s ReGEN Seed Commission, and won The Balnaves Foundation Indigenous Playwrights Award. Her play, Brothers Wreck will be staged at Belvoir St. Theatre in 2014, directed by Leah Purcell. Some of Jada’s stage credits include The Shadow King (Malthouse), Hipbone Sticking Out (YijilaYala/ BighART); Frost/Nixon and The Birthday Party (Melbourne Theatre Company); This Heaven (Belvoir); Yibiyung (Belvoir/Malthouse Theatre); Wulamanayuwi and the Seven Pamanui (Darwin Festival); and several national and international tours of Saltbush (Insight Arts). Jada has also participated in creative development projects for Playwriting Australia, Melbourne Workers’ Theatre, Arena Theatre, RealTV and State Theatre Company of South Australia. In 2011, Jada was Assistant Director on Windmill Baby for Belvoir and is an accomplished playwright. Jada has appeared in the feature film Red Hill and on television in Rush (Ten Network), Redfern Now (ABC) and Foxtel’s Wentworth, and Wentworth II (SoHo).

DUNCAN GRAHAM, Writer, holds honours in Medical Science and Anthropology and graduated as an actor from AC Arts, Adelaide in 2003. He ran an award winning Independent company, floogle. In 2014, he is nominated for a NSW Premier’s Literary Award. His work includes: Black Crow Lullabies; one long night in the land of Nod; Ollie and the Minotaur; (Belvoir 09); Cut (Belvoir ‘11); The Love Play (Belvoir//Malthouse/ABC ’10); No Exit from the Roof (STC ’11). Half-Real (Malthouse/ The Border Project / Melbourne Festival, 11). The Highway Crossing (TRS, 2012). Dreams in White, (Griffin Theatre Co). He is currently under commission from Flying Penguin, STCSA, STC & Arthur. He was recipient of the 2008 Jill Blewett Playwright’s Award and shortlisted in 2006, 2010, 2012, 2014. Adelaide Fringe Award for Best Original Work in 2006. Shortlisted for the Griffin Award & The Max Afford Award. Cut shortlisted for the Sydney Theatre Awards, Best New Work. Member of Griffin Theatre Company’s Studio and Associate Playwright at Sydney Theatre Company, 2012. In 2009 he was Associate Artist in Residence at STCSA. He received an Australia Council for the Arts Emerging Writer’s Fellowship (2011).

KELLY RYALL, Composer and Sound Designer, is a composer, musician and sound artist for theatre, dance and film. Kelly’s recent work includes composition and sound design for Hedda Gabler at Belvoir, the multi-award winning production of The Floating World from Griffin Theatre Company, The Shadow King at the Malthouse Theatre (and nationally via major festivals) and the Melbourne Theatre Company’s production of David Williamson’s Rupert which is touring to the USA in 2014 as part of the World Stages International Theatre Festival at the Kennedy Centre in Washington DC. Other productions for the Melbourne Theatre Company include The Crucible, On The Production of Monsters, Return to Earth, Dead Man’s Cell Phone, God of Carnage and Savage River (with Griffin). Kelly composed the productions of Dance of Death, On The Misconception of Oedipus, The Trial (a co-production with The Sydney Theatre Company and Thin Ice), and was sound designer for One Night The Moon at Malthouse Theatre in Melbourne. For Griffin Theatre Company Kelly composed music for The Boys, And No More Shall We Part, Dreams In White, Mercury Fur (a co-production with Little Death) and Don’t Say The Words (co-produced by TTC). His compositions featured in the Belvoir productions of Thom Pain and Love Me Tender. At Bell Shakespeare, Kelly composed for Phedre, Henry 4, Macbeth, Julius Caesar and The School for Wives. His work was also heard in the Thin Ice production of Die Winterriesse, presented by Malthouse/Brisbane Festival and based on the music of Schubert.

Photo Credit: Velinda Wardell

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