On Centre Stage.
A Theatrical Road to Recovery and Discovery.
By Douglas Kennedy.
A new theatre company, covering Murwillumbah, Kingscliff and the Gold Coast, will present a ‘work in progress’ at the Gold Coast Arts Centre’s The Space on August 18.
The Red Clay Community Theatre, which aims to give a voice to the marginalised and disadvantaged from all walks of life, will take audiences on the Road to Recovery in two shows at 2pm and 6pm.
Company artistic director Bella Pidcock says The Road to Recovery is a result of a series of workshops exploring case studies of clients battling drug and alcohol abuse.
Red Clay has developed the work with support from the Southport-based non-profit making Goldbridge Rehabilitation Services.
“This is not a polished production but rather one step in a theatrical journey which fulfils the company’s mission to empower people in society who are struggling,” says Ms Pidcock.
“We want to give people from all walks of life the chance to have a form expression through acting, storytelling, improvisation, song and physical theatre.”
Ms Pidcock, who has teamed with Gold Coast theatre consultant and director Dr Michael Foster, created Red Clay with the support of the Federal Government’s small business development program known as the New Enterprise Incentive Scheme (NEIS).
The Recovery is being presented with funding from the Regional Arts Development Fund as well as support from Arts Queensland, the Gold Coast City Council and the Gold Coast Arts Centre.
Among the Coast talents taking part are Sam Foster, Nick Stewart, Nadia Sunde, Josh Holms and Hayden Jones from Shock Therapy Productions.
“This is a free event that takes the audience on a journey through the client’s eyes, a journey to recovery with all its obstacles,” says Ms Pidcock
The Red Clay Community also does work within the mental health care sector and offers school drama classes and private tuition.