• Win at #CalibanSt

    This Saturday at Big West Festival Street Party, get your first glimpse of the Edge Ensemble’s newest work, #CalibanSt.
    Following the enormous success of Iago, the Edge Ensemble are embarking on their next major work. Set in the 22nd century, where rising sea levels have created a world of haves and have-nots, they are tackling some of the most pressing concerns of today: climate change and rising social inequality, along with a good helping of comedy, slap-stick, poetry and audience interaction.

    Be a part of the story by posting thoughts and photos on twitter or instagram using the hashtag #CalibanSt for your chance to win.

    The best tweets or instagrams of the day, as judged by the Edge Ensemble, will win a $200 JB Hi-Fi gift card or second prize of a $100 iTunes gift card.

    Two free live street shows
    Start times: 11am and 12 noon
    Saturday 21 November in Chambers St laneway, Footscray

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  • Movement Makers Forum

    Movement Makers Forum is a sharing of journeys and discussions about the importance and impact of youth arts in our communities. How are we supporting young people, to have opportunities to develop their own creative and cultural identities in the changing face of Australia? Hosted by Ileini and Yaw Faso

    Our very own Phoenix Youth Theatre will be performing.

    There are still a handful of free artist/student/concession holder tickets left.

    Friday 20 November
    9.30am – 4.30pm at Footscray Community Arts Centre 
    Book online 

  • Introducing #CalibanSt

    Watch the waters rise on Instagram and Twitter at #CalibanSt

    We’re super excited to introduce our online interactive and street theatre piece#CalibanSt by the Edge Ensemble. Meet EtiMiranda and more characters from #CalibanSt sending their tweets and instagrams direct to us from the 22nd century where devastating climate change has created a dystopian future of haves and have-nots. Caliban has left his island because it is disappearing under rising sea levels. He has come to Melbourne to search for Miranda, the girl he grew up and with and once loved. Now he searches the streets of the hot city looking for love and meaning.

    #CalibanSt at the Big West Street Party is a twenty-minute interactive street comedy that combines slap-stick, audience interaction, fast and funny poetic dialogue, and strange and complex characters.

    Be a part of the story by posting thoughts and photos online with #CalibanSt.

    Two free live street shows
    Start times: 11am and 12noon
    Saturday 21 Nov in Chambers St laneway, Footscray

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  • AAWE Performance Gala and Art Auction

    AAWE Collective invite you to their performance of Light Up: A Playback Theatre Performance. Have your real life transformed into compelling theatre on the spot.

    Audiences are invited to tell real life stories and performers play those stories back immediately without rehearsal. Winner of the 2014 MIRA Best Inclusive Group Award, AAWE Collective is a group of diverse artists making inclusive art performance since 2013.
    Saturday 7 November 2015,
    7pm at VU at Metro West, 138 Nicholson St Footscray 
    Please RSVP via Nikki Zerella on 03 9699 8299

  • Shakespeare’s Trilogy

    Hamlet, Macbeth and Shylock walk into a bar… and make chaos.

    In this immersive sensory spectacular, some of Shakespeare’s most memorable characters find themselves entangled in a web of 21st century drama. The setting is Duncan’s, a seedy underage nightclub. It’s never a quiet night at Duncan’s, but tonight’s especially wild. Will anyone make it out alive?

    Geelong High School’s Year 10 drama class are joined by artists from Western Edge Youth Arts for this immersive retelling of all the best bits of Shakespeare.

    Date: Thursday 5 November
    Time: 6.00 pm and 7.30pm
    Venue: Shenton Performing Arts Centre, Cnr Garden & Ryrie Streets, East Geelong
    Price: $5 each
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  • Iago is Going on the Road!

    We’re thrilled to announce that Iago is going on the road! Thanks to Regional Arts Victoria Iago will tour schools around Victoria next year.

    Iago is a timely and well-crafted response to a complex and pressing social issue that makes young people feel positive about themselves and helps them build respectful relationships. The work is well-researched through consultations with teachers and educators. It is highly responsible in its messaging as well as being engaging, funny and flexible enough to allow young people to respond in a variety of ways without feeling judged. The work successfully explores male issues without stigmatizing or alienating young men and presenting positive models of masculinity.

    This performance is for young people in years 10 -12 and directly addresses the issue of male violence against women and promotes respectful relationships. The performance is based on a contemporary, modern language adaptation of Shakespeare’s ‘Othello’ and is set in a rat-infested boxing gym. The characters in this work are reinvented and embrace the backgrounds of the culturally diverse cast members. Told through physical theatre and fast poetic dialogue, Iago is woven with issues including misogyny, male violence, raunch culture and pornography – it’s an in-yer­face contemporary theatre reworking and was presented at The Coopers Malthouse in 2015 to critical acclaim (see support material).

    “Whilst still identifiably Shakespeare, it is the cast’s work and their interpretation of these complex themes; the characters are translated into their own cultural backgrounds. While being loosely driven by Shakespeare’s narrative, the audience is transported into a contemporary Australian context.” Dr Dave Kelman, WEYA Artistic Director

    Read interview with the artistic director of Western Edge Youth Arts: Dave Kelman

    Content Warning: Iago contains some challenging themes and limited swearing that some might find offensive. Schools are advised to contact Education & Families to discuss any concerns they may have regarding this production.

    April 18 – 29 2016

    Years 10 -12 (VCE)

    50 mins + Q & A
    FEE: Base rate of $1040 +GST for up to 130 students with additional students @ $8 each LESS Eligible Subsidy
    AusVELS Links: The Arts, English, Health and Physical Education,
    Artforms: Drama
    General Capabilities: Critical and Creative thinking, Personal and Social Capability, Intercultural Understanding, Ethical Understanding
    Key Themes:  Respectful relationships, male violence, identity and gender issues


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  • Searching for Winta, Round 2: Bigger and Better!

    Phoenix Youth Theatre is proud to present a new contemporary youth devised production, Searching for Winta.

    This showing of Searching for Winta is the second stage in the creative development of the vibrant new work devised by the Phoenix Youth Theatre.

    Some of us are believers, some are non-believers. One thing’s for sure there have been sightings. Everyone’s searching for something.

    Winta is everything you are looking for.

    Followed by:

    Why do we do it for?

    A forum about socially engaged youth theatre.


  • Tate Street’s Balmy Arabian Nights

    Western Edge returned to Tate Street Primary School this year to continue our innovative drama and literacy program. This year, grade 5 and 6 students worked on material from the 1001 Arabian Nights and are proud to present Arabian Nights.

    Scheherazade has married the evil Sultan.
    What stories can she tell to live another day?
    Four fast, funny tales about goats, gold, ghosts and genies.

    Date: Friday 7 August
    Time: 7pm
    Venue: Shenton Performing Arts Centre

  • Iago Interactive on Tour

    Western Edge Youth Arts unique interactive model exploring respectful relationships, Iago Interactive has been touring schools in Melbourne’s west in June and July, including North Geelong Secondary College, Footscray City College, VU Secondary College (Deer Park), Hume Central Secondary College and Manor Lakes P-12 (Wyndham).

    The interactive work takes selected characters and scenes from Iago, a radical contemporary adaptation of Shakespeare’s Othello, created by the Edge Ensemble, and performed in a highly acclaimed season at the Coopers Malthouse theatre in May 2015. Iago Interactive includes discussions of safe sex, pornography, male violence, women and men’s attitudes to sex and how to build respectful relationships. It challenges male violence against women and promotes respectful relationships through a unique interactive model that allows the audience to comment on, question and impact the outcomes of the piece

    Here’s what some of our young audiences thought about the piece:

    ‘Good as! Killed it! Actually learnt something at school. Very entertaining. Should come back and do another show. Thanks for coming.’
    ‘Liked show. Useful for if happens in real life. Good acting. Really powerful. I liked it, very emotional. Awesome but so true.’
    ‘Honestly it was good because it connects to society today and it was really entertaining.’

  • We did it! A huge thanks to all our supporters

    We are very pleased to annouced that we have raised $5, 320 through our Pozible campaign. Thank you so much to everyone who tweeted, shared and gave generously to our campaign. We couldn’t have done it without you.

    In total our fundraising drive raised $13,133 which with Plus1 matched funding from Creative Partnerships Australia is a total of $26,266! Thank you to everyone who gave so generously and special thanks to our new Schools Sponsors Seddon Community Bank Bendigo Bank and Burnham Real Estate.

    We would like to express our deepest thanks to you all!


    Andrea Lemon, Angela O’brien, Bernadette Fitzgerald,  Brea Acton, Burnham Real Estate, Caitlin Nunn, Chantal Wynter, Criena Gehrke, Crusader Hillis, Dan West, David Old field, Emma Berwick, Evervid, Fotis Kapetopoulos, Glenn Wilson, Graham Evans, Helen Champion, Ian Elsum, Jodie Kinnersley, Judy Bissland, Kez Tacar,Lesley Pruitt Wolf, Lily Rosenberg, Maria G, Marilyn Gross, Mat Elkan, Maureen Ryan, Miguel Martinez – Relief IT, Miranda Costa, Nandini Bose, Narelle Sullivan, Nicola Dracoulis, Nora Goodridge, Paul Shire, Peta Hanrahan, Peter Higgs, Peter Yates, Richard Frazer, Robin Laurie, Rodney Farr, Sandra Di Giantomasso, Stephen Los, Susan Russell, Sven Barkemeyer, T. Cavallero and Sons, Tarquam McKenna, Tim Watts, Tom Russell, Trimson Partners

    Thank you all so much!

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