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Children of the Black Skirt

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by Jenny Rossiter (subscribe)
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Ink Pot Arts present a haunting Australian gothic fairytale, Children of the Black Skirt, as part of the Adelaide Fringe Festival. The play is written by Australian playwright Angela Betzien and performed by Ink Pot Arts Acting Ensemble consisting of actors aged 12 to 18.

Mt Barker Town Hall and Goolwa Centennial Hall are transformed by the skilled lighting of Stoll AV. The set and props are by Tony Hannan, and Hannah Cossutta is the designer. Immediately you are drawn into the eerie setting. Children lost in the bush stumble across an abandoned orphanage. They become trapped in a timeless world, haunted by spirits from the past and the Black Skirt who rules the orphanage.

Scene from Children of the Black Skirt

Phi Theodoros, project manager and youth advocate for Ink Pot Arts, bubbles with enthusiasm for the show. 'The teen ensemble share some hauntingly powerful moments and messages during this show.'

Artistic Director Jo-anne Sarre concurs. 'For the first time we are taking our teen ensemble to perform in two schools to students, and for young people to see a show with such depth and importance performed by their peers. It will be a very interesting experience for the performers and audience alike.' The production has been adapted to provide roles for 12 cast members instead of the original three characters. It will travel to Goolwa School and Eastern Fleurieu School as well as two performances for the public at Mt Barker Town Hall and Goolwa Centennial Hall.

Children of the Black Skirt, Ink Pot Arts, Mt Barker, Goolwa, Adelaide Fringe Festival
Children of the Black Skirt is first
appearing at Mt Barker Town Hall
Photograph by TP Prior

Director David Hirst highlights some of the important messages that travel timelessly from the past to the present for today's teens.

'In our adaptation the emphasis on community is almost haunting, there are points during the text where we've focused on people being around and not acting on the terrible things that are going on,' he says. 'Working with the Children of the Black Skirt cast in 2014 and 2015 I have seen these emerging actors grow in confidence, empathy and understanding about themes we wouldn't like to acknowledge happened and sadly still do happen.'

Children of the Black Skirt, Ink Pot Arts, Goolwa, Mt Barker
Scene from Children of the Black Skirt

Book tickets for Children of the Black Skirt at Mt Barker or Goolwa at fringetix.

Children of the Black Skirt, Ink Pot Arts, Goolwa, Mt Barker

Where Can I See Children of the Black Skirt?
Friday 13th March 7pm @ Mt Barker Town Hall, 34-38 Gawler St Mount Barker

Saturday 14th March 7pm @ Goolwa Centenary Hall, 14 Cadell St, Goolwa

All stage photographs copyright Ink Pot Arts. Ink Pot Arts is a not-for-profit Community Arts organisation that runs classes in Drama, Circus and Singing in their Creative Hub in Mt Barker.

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Why? Come for captivating, seat-griping drama.
When: Mt Barker: Friday 13th March at 7.00pm
Goolwa: Saturday 14th March at 7.00pm
Phone: 0401 517 082
Where: Mt Barker Town Hall and Goolwa Centennial Hall
Cost: Adults $20 Children $15 Family $60
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