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.
They performed Six Hours in Geelong - a powerful piece about racism and Islamophobia that embraced new company members who bring Muslim perspectives into the work. The group toured an interactive version of this work to schools in the Geelong region, while developing the full length production, and presented at Geelong Performing Arts Centre to a full house in October 2017.
The ensemble’s current work, Antigone is an original, interactive theatre performance that re-invents Sophocles’ classic as a story of immediate relevance for our times. Featuring, song, dance and live film, the play tackles Australia’s political climate and carefully dissects today’s issues surrounding race and culture. The group presented their play to schools in the Geelong region and at Courthouse Youth Arts in October 2018.
The group is also developing a comedy double feature, Share House & 2K, that will give audiences a peak into the life of youth living in Geelong today. This play will be first presented at Courthouse Youth Arts on 22 November.