"We are super excited to be invited to the True Colours Festival in Singapore. It is the first of its kind in the Asia Pacific region. It the first featuring artists with disabilities."
"There are three exciting new collaborations during the festival: The first is an exciting international collaboration with Very Special Theatrics. They are experimenting and developing work and trying to find a methodology in terms of how to create work with artists that identify themselves with a disability. I was there last year for The Arts and Disability Forum and started having a conversation on what we can do with No Strings Attached and how do we create work and my own methodology. So that's why they invited us to collaborate and develop a theatre piece together.
This is the first step in an exciting International Collaboration. I'm going to Singapore to work with their ensemble. I will then present the ideas to No Strings performers and they can then respond to that piece. The response may be a performance piece or music that we'll create in response to what Very Special Theatrics in the Singaporean group creates. And we will continue to collaborate remotely. We will go back during the True Colours Festival in March and both companies will explore how we put all the material created together. It depends on funding, but I would like to take some of our performers to participate in the collaboration."
"The second is the invitation to present the World Premiere of our new work "I Forgot to Remember to Forget" at The True Colours Festival. "I Forgot to Remember to Forget" is an Experimental Theatre piece that investigates memory. Who are we? How do we store memories? What happens when we lose them? "I Forgot to Remember to Forget" came to life out of an exciting collaboration with four performers who share their sometimes-traumatic experiences of acquiring a disability through illness, injury or birth and explores how we accept the changes, how we re-learn everything, and how we sometimes forget it all. This is an innovative, fun and touching exploration with participants who identify as living with 'memory problems'. Created in Collaboration with : Michaela Cantwell, Kathryn Hall, Kobi Taylor, Duncan Luke, Kym Mackenzie."
"This is an incredible opportunity, not just for the company, but for South Australia, to showcase the work that we produce. We have the amazing support of The Singapore International Foundation."
"But In order to take full advantage of this invitation, the company needs $90000. They have already gathered $35000, so they now need to raise $55000 in 55 days! They are doing this through crowd-funding site Chuffed. Even $5 can make a huge difference, is tax deductible, and will get you a signed photo of the cast of "I Forgot to Remember to Forget"."
"And the third news is the invitation to present at the Arts & Disability International Conference 2018 as well. We are showcasing the work of No Strings Attached and my methodology. That's very exciting. We will be doing workshops for artists in Singapore and the Asia Pacific Region."
"When I became director of No Strings Attached there was no program for me to inherit. And it gave me a great opportunity to just consult the participants and ask them their hopes and dreams and find out what they want to do in theatre. So I found different commonalities amongst the participants. One thing that struck me is that all the participants identified themselves having memory problems. And that might be due to stroke. Like Michaela Cantwell, who is an amazing performer. She is an amazing actress and did a lot to work with the State Theatre Company and then she had a stroke. We started to collaborate and talk about the process of where is she now and how she is recovering and how she is finding things when you forget things or when you don't forget things but you can't execute things.
Another amazing performer and collaborator is Kathryn Hall. She's brilliant and she shared how there are also moments where she forgets things. She might be on the bus and think "Oh. Am I going to the city or am I coming from the city?". So we started the process of looking at memory and how do we forget things and how we remember things which is something we all do. But you have things which exacerbate it whether through illness or accidents or medication. So we started to develop that into a piece called "I Forgot to Remember to Forget". It's really beautiful in the terms of if you don't remember who you are it's my responsibility to remind you who you are and your identity."
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