Free theatre workshops in fire-affected communities

Free theatre workshops in fire-affected communities

Theatre Onset are bringing their sold-out show, 21 Chump St, to four fre-affected communities in the Bega Valley, on the weekend of February 20th and 21st, 2021.

First performed in the Bega Valley as part of the COVID-buster show, Bat Soup, in September 2020, 21 Chump St is a 15 minute mini-musical by acclaimed composer and performer Lin-Manuel Miranda (Hamilton). Set in a Florida high school, it tells the story of an idealistic undercover cop and her wide-eyed mark, and showcases Miranda’s trade-mark hip-hop and rap music.

The cast of 21 Chump St features talented young actors from the Valley, ranging in age from 15 to 22 as high school students, with professional actor Jamie Forbes in the role as the Narrator. The band is made up of a mix of professional musicians and students.

Theatre Onset will be visiting the communities of Towamba and Wyndham on Saturday the 20th of February, with Bemboka and Quaama on Sunday the 21st. There they will perform the show and afterwards run workshops in acting, music and dance with any interested locals. Due to the adult themes in the show (drug sale), it is recommended that it may not be appropriate for children under 13.

The series of workshops has been made possible by a Bushfre Recovery grant from the COORDINARE: PHN South Eastern NSW, targeting communities that are relatively isolated or remote. Audience and participant numbers will be limited by hall COVID restrictions, so bookings are essential. You are welcome to attend the show only, and shows and workshops are free of charge.

Times for the show/workshops are as follows:

Saturday 20 February:

10am: Towamba 2pm: Wyndham

Sunday 21 February:

10am: Bemboka 2pm: Quaama

Bookings can be made at or by calling Becky Lupton on 0414 812 749.

All the adults associated with the workshops have Working With Children clearance.

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