Poster and Flyer design by Robert Janes

Poster and Flyer design by Robert Janes

This introductory series of workshops will establish the makings of a unique child-centred theatre group, The YOUNG PUBLICS THEATRE TROUPE (for children aged between 8-13 years). The group meets on an ongoing basis at Rosina Auditorium at Abbotsford Convent. A framework for continued sonic, video, sculptural and/or movement works and public interventions is explored by the children and artist pedagogue Kym Maxwell. The process is active and thinking focused with an aim to complete a theatrical work in 2016. An emphasis is placed on understanding one another as part of the process. These workshops seek to foster an autonomous child's working group that governs its own creative process through commissions and self-direction.

Kym Maxwell is a practising artist-pedagogue. She works through theatre concepts with children and produces project-based outcomes for cultural centres and organisations, for example the Wharfie's Project at Library at the Docks (City of Melbourne) and Embodied Sound, for Liquid Architecture. Throughout these workshops, she will reference approaches from artists who have worked with children, such as the Bauhaus, Black Mountain School,  Stephen Willet, Eva Rothschild, Joan Jonas, Nikki De Saint Phalle, Simon and Tom Bloor and Jeffery Shaw - or explore conceptual notions that can be adapted to children's work from artists such as Yoko Ono, John Cage, John Baldessari, Alan Kaprow, Daria Martin, or those found in film,  such as Foley sound techniques for cartoons, etc..

The Theatre Production process: The theatre group focus is on the act and movement of art production in a non-linear manner. The workshops are designed to be cognisant of the processes and concepts involved in art making, such as kinesthetic and linguistic behaviour, whilst storytelling provides the narrative arch. Story may arise when a child is exploring sound or video, documenting the environment - or be lifted from a pre-existing play. I will engage debate regarding the use of materials in these sessions, with documentation central to the development of works. This documentation will be available to families. A reflection of it is key to each session. It acting as evidence or a clue to further learning/exploration (adaptive of the Reggio Emilia approach to teaching and learning).

Please contact Kym Maxwell on  kym.yvette.maxwell@gmail.com to register.