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DRAMA WORKSHOP

Do you have a story to tell?

Alex Nicol will be conducting a writing/acting workshop over two weekends, commencing this Saturday and concluding next Sunday, the 17th.

Keep reading for more info…

Everyone has a story to tell and Theatre Onset and Footprint Theatre will combine in January with a workshop designed to bring that story to life.

Over two weekends in January the workshop will unlock the secrets of some of the great theatrical storytellers. Tutor, Alex Nicol, has fifty years of experience as a broadcaster and a playwright and knows a good story when he hears one. ‘The thing is there’s always something behind a good story; something lurking under the surface. The trick is to know how to dig and then to work with what you’ve found.

‘Watch the best stand-up comedians,’ he says. ‘Their material is usually drawn from the commonplace it’s the way the individual story is built, added to and the way it’s presented that makes it work.’

Nicol worked for some 40 years as a producer and presenter with the ABC in radio and television and has had his theatrical works produced in London, New York, Sydney Melbourne and Brisbane. ‘I truly believe that everyone has a story inside them all they need is the techniques needed to bring it to life.’

The workshops will be staged over two weekends Saturday and Sunday January 9, 10 and 16, 17. They’ll run from 10 am to 3pm each day.

‘These are not writing workshops,’ Nicol says. ‘They’re about the art of telling a story. I hope they might encourage people to go away and write their story. I hope too that after the workshops people might like to try the fun of bringing someone else’s work to life. If that’s the case I’ll undertake to find a suitable performance piece and we’ll work on it together.’

The workshops are open to anyone over the age of 14 years at a cost of $50 which includes membership of Theatre Onset. They’ll be staged at the Thimble Theatre in the grounds of Bega High School. Those interested in attending are invited to ring 64922619 to book their place.

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