Saturday, September 5 @ 10:00am
Footscray Community Arts Centre
45 Moreland Street Footscray
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Places are extremely limited and to reserve your spot you need to send a direct message to Candy Royalle or email: [email protected] - clicking "attend" on this event does not reserve a place.
Two free spots available for individuals experiencing financial hardship. Please send an email to Candy Royalle for further details.
WRITE BREATHE PERFORM is an intensive, full day masterclass with Candy Royalle for all aspiring writers and performers as well as individuals who simply want help with expressing themselves. It is aimed at all levels – from those who have never written or shared work to established artists.
Some of the things the workshop covers:
– Writing techniques and exercises
Activate the mind with exercises designed to help you establish a base from which to create
Tackling writers block
Writers block is usually a symptom of negative self talk. The workshop endeavors to help combat critical inner monologues
Good writing = good editing. We look at how to edit your own work as well as others’ including how to deliver constructive criticism.
The ethical obligations of creators
A discussion and exploration of what it is we as artists and human beings might be obligated to express, respect or discuss in our work.
Writing for the self
The cathartic experience of expression
Writing for the stage
Preparing work and the self in order to share the work whether it be with friends or on stage
The magic of mindfulness as a tool in controlling nerves
Harnessing mindfulness and breath for self confidence
Performance exercises and warm ups
Basic exercises to prepare your body for performance
Help in assessing work for performance
By the end of the workshop you will be well prepared to share your work in front of an audience.
Candy Royalle is a performance artist, poet, storyteller, activist and educator who shares confronting, political, human and heart wrenching narratives delivered in her own inimitable style to audiences all over Australia and the world, hoping to break open closed hearts. She seeks to take poetry into non-traditional spaces by collaborating with musicians, dancers, film makers, photographers and visual artists. She has published two collections of poetry “Love Spectacular” and “Heartbeats” as well as two albums “Stories by Starlight” and “Frida People”. Candy Royalle is a festival veteran and has performed both solo and with her band at innumerable folk, music, arts and writers festivals both nationally and internationally having toured parts of the US, Canada, the UK and Europe. She has been awarded numerous prizes including the World Performance Poetry Cup, a Marten Bequest Traveling Scholarship in Poetry and the Austin International Poetry Festival award in Excellence in Poetry plus nominated for many more. She has also been selected for a number of residencies including with Bundanon Trust and Performance Space. Candy has been published in multiple journals, anthologies and literary magazines and has appeared alongside many of Australia’s and world’s greatest poetic voices.
You know this story like the back of your hand. It starts with a date and a Runaway Heart with a suitcase full of memories.
The latest tour de force from eclectic solo storyteller Scott Wings, WHIPLASH is an electric riot of words and physicality. Diving deep inside his own body, Scott chases his runaway Heart as it absconds with his fondest memories – all while avoiding the hypervigilant searching of his Brain. Along the way he meets younger versions of himself and juggles the desires and disruptions of all sorts of organs, trying not to let the whole thing collapse in a mess of blood, sweat and tears. WHIPLASH digs into what makes a good man, a bad man, and a better man. It’s a heartfelt meditation on medication, lost love, memory, age, dating, hope/lessness. And it’s a stunning, sweat-soaked display of storytelling by one of Australia’s finest.
At Ruckus House, a secret Inner North location – book or get in touch to find out more.
I’m sitting down for an interview with Waffle IronGirl, me on one end of old faithful (Facebook Messenger), her on the other. I’ve – somewhat unwisely – started off proceedings with a list of ‘suggested’ questions from my partner Lexi, all of them uniquely bizarre. For instance:
“How adaptable is the waffle iron as a printing technology?”
Waffle IronGirl shoots this one down:
Waffle Iron isn’t a printing technology.
It’s very adaptable personal weaponry though.
Things are off to a cracking start.
We’re here to talk about performing in Singapore (she was recently a support act in the Singapore poetry slam) and chapbooks (she’s running a workshop on chapbooks for the Melbourne Spoken Word and Poetry Festival). But I can’t resist. Where does the name “Waffle IronGirl” come from? ” I once wrote a flash fiction story about a vigilante called Waffle IronGirl,” she explains. “She used a waffle iron to dispatch with those who would violate her boundaries or the boundaries of those she cared about. When I started performing I needed a stage name, and it seemed like she could impart a courage and frankness that I felt I was lacking personally.”
I could pause here to note that Waffle IronGirl is one of the most original performers I’ve seen, and when she featured for us at the Dan, I felt like the top of my head had been taken off and I had a whole range of new weird and wonderful ideas poured in. Instead, I ask about the Singapore slam; what differences between Singaporean spoken word and Australian spoken word did she notice? “What struck me wasn’t so much the difference in style”, she says, “although that was certainly there. From a style perspective, there was certainly a more natural use of multiple languages and accents and dialects within the same
What does your name mean?
Thabani means “be happy”.
What makes you happy?
Connecting with people. I enjoy consuming art in all its forms. Art is one of the most connective things in which we can participate.
What made you leave Zimbabwe and come to Melbourne? Is Melbourne home now or is there more to your journey?
I left to study in the US and South Africa and finally Melbourne because I have family here. I just thought it would be beaches and people in swimsuits all day but had a rude awakening!
There is so much more to the journey. The project I’m working on now is about the sense of identity displacement. Even in Zimbabwe, I was not culturally accepted because I went to a lot of “white” schools. I’m still searching for a sense of belonging.
Do you know what this place looks like?
No, that’s why it’s so hard to find. But it’s not about the finding, it’s about the journey towards finding. In fact, I’m content to continuously search and not find it because it’s in the search that the most meaningful interactions are to be found.
You’re a Wheeler Centre Hot Desk Fellow. What that does mean to you?
It is a great opportunity. Connecting to other writers and becoming a part of the literary world – that is the most valuable aspect. The biggest growth for me is the discipline – working on one full body of work thematically linked, where the content needs coherent narrative. I’m usually very sporadic and volatile in writing, so it’s been an interesting challenge to get into the frame of mind where I’m still authentically expressing myself but it’s a controlled expressing. Not writing to the feeling, but bringing the feeling and writing to it.
You’re part of the Slamalamadingong National Poetry Slam Team. How do you feel and what are you expecting at the event?
A lot of poetry! It’s great to see people workin