The Geelong Edge developed out of WEYA’s work at North Geelong Secondary College and our partnerships with Diversitat and Geelong Youth Services in 2014. A vibrant after school program led to young people becoming involved in Scheherazade and then forming their own emerging artists’ ensemble.
This has been a hugely successful project. The Geelong Edge created Belonging in 2015 and performed it at the Courthouse in 2016 in a sold out short season. This was a ground breaking work for Geelong that explored the African - Geelong experience with WEYA’s trade-mark mix of humour and edgy politics. In 2016 the ensemble toured a powerful interactive show about male violence and respectful relationships to schools and community audiences. And in both 2016 and 2017 they played to big crowds on the streets at Geelong After Dark.
The ensemble’s current work in development is Six Hours in Geelong - a powerful piece about racism and Islamophobia that embraces new company members who bring Muslim perspectives into the work. They are currently touring an interactive version of this work to schools in the Geelong region, while developing the full length production, to be presented at Geelong Performing Arts Centre in October. This will be the ensembles most sophisticated work to date and is the subject of a major research study being undertaken by a team of senior academics from Victoria University.
Look out for Six Hours in Geelong at GPAC in October – Western Edge Youth Art’s biggest gig of 2017.