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An Original Work In Puppetry
NARRATIVES OF HOPE ENSEMBLE
Narratives of Hope (NoH) was developed in response to the growing fear, tensions and misunderstandings arising from our increasing diversity both locally, nationally and globally.
It is a community owned program that uses the platform of storytelling to build new communities of understanding, to change perceptions about ‘the other’ and to create a more hopeful and peaceful future for all who are involved in NoH, as well as the wider community.
Volunteer ACU staff and student mentors provide one-to-one support to enable participants to develop agency through improved skills, effective communications and confidence allowing them to self-advocate and advocate on behalf of their communities through digital media, art or public speaking.
Past storytellers and their mentors have joined forces again as the Narratives of Hope Ensemble (NOHE) and are currently participating in a ten-week course facilitated by Elysium Theatre. During the course, participants have been exploring different styles of brown paper puppetry and using this medium to develop a shared story of what it means to be young and Australian within the diverse cultural backdrop and experiences that are now part of the Australian experience including the joy and horror, opportunities and exploitation, loss and ultimately hope.
The Ensemble has workshopped the resultant narrative into a performance piece that will be showcased at:
Sandgate Town Hall, Wednesday 23rd August, presented by Elysium Theatre. This process has been extremely difficult (sometimes impossible), for some participants given the trauma they have undergone so it is hoped that the community will show solidarity and support for this event.
Hear the stories here: http://narrativesofhope.weebly.com/
Puppetry Master Classes
Marianne Xandra Mettes
Enter the wonderful and imaginative world of puppetry, together with Canberra-based puppeteer from PuppetOOdle, Marianne Mettes. Marianne has travelled, trained and worked through Europe, USA and Australia. She has received mentorship from master puppeteers and puppet builders from across the globe and won several awards, scholarships and grants in support of her endeavors over the years.
Master classes are a great way to teach anything in a fun and exciting way by offering them a taste into a unique and ancient art form. Marianne inspires any age group to engage and embrace their creativity, imagination and learn to see potential in any object to create a story, character and performance.
Elysium Theatre acknowledges the traditional owners and first people of Brisbane; the Turrbal and Jagera/Yuggera. We extend our respect to elders past and present and to all Indigenous Australians including Torres Strait Islanders.