BLACK Swan State Theatre Company has launched a new community program aimed at promoting local art scenes in remote and rural towns through the recreation of local stories on the stage.
Carnarvon is the first town to be chosen for the initiative, entitled ‘WA Stories’; a playwright, theatre maker, and resident director will run a Black Swan Theatre workshop with the local community to create a play based on stories from the area.
Francis Italiano is writing the script for the Carnarvon project; he has visited the town twice as part of the project’s initial phase of pre-production, and two further week-long visits are planned by early next year.
The script is the first stage of the project, which is expected to be finished in March 2013, with the completion of the second phase likely to take up to two years.
Once the script is finished, the people of Carnarvon will take over the project and Black Swan will take on an advisory and mentoring role.
Healthway, the Water Corporation, and Rio Tinto are supporters of the project.