PLAY, COLLABORATE, CREATE, BE ON STAGE.
There is a creative genius in all of us, and sometimes it just needs a little bit of expert guidance, a little bit of community and a whole lot of fun to let your inner artist shine. That’s where our Edge Ensembles come in.
These ensembles are designed to create safer spaces for young artists from Melbourne’s West to come to tell their stories and learn how to express themselves through artistic practice. It’s a free 2-hour drop-in workshop that runs weekly for 15 to 20 weeks, working towards a final live performance for the public where you get to put your new skills into practice. The program is for young people aged 13-30 who want to meet fellow creatives, learn from professional actors and artists, and get a taste of making art on stage.
From March onwards, Edge Ensembles will be happening in three locations across the West every week – Footscray Edge, Wyndham Edge, St Albans Edge.
Come as you are
A Western Edge room is something different; it’s a place where you can be your whole, full self, where your voice, story, culture and dreams are respected and celebrated. Western Edge celebrates diversity in all forms and we strive to provide a safe space for every young person in the West.
Share a meal
You’ll never go hungry at a Western Edge room. Food is at the heart of culture and connection, so whether it’s in-person or online, we always share a meal together. Come down to your local Edge to break the ice… by breaking bread! No matter your dietary requirement, there’s something for everyone.
Work with professional artists
Throughout the 15-20 week period, you’ll work with an amazing, friendly and diverse team of Lead and Support artists – many of whom got their first taste of the stage through this very program. Learn from the best, as they take you through a range of theatre and creative exercises.
Create a show
You’ll be able to devising, write, rehearse, perform and even produce an original play that’s performed live to an audience at the end of the term. Together as an ensemble, you’ll get to decide what stories you want to tell and how to tell them, as guided by your helpful Lead and Support Artists.
Edge Ensembles are supported by:
Brimbank City Council, Creative Brimbank and The Bowery Theatre, Hobsons Bay City Council through its Make it Happen Grants program, Maribyrnong City Council, Newsboys Foundation, West Gate Neighbourhood Fund and Major Transport Infrastructure Authority, Woods Street Arts Space, Wyndham City Council and VicHealth.