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🤩 It’s official -- @sydney_festival 2022 is here and we are thrilled to be part of their program!  Be sure to catch Slow Burn, a new work by Deborah Pollard presented by @qtheatre_ in association with Sydney Festival. It tracks the silent legacy of extreme weather events long after the news crews have moved on. Part stand-up, part home movie night, part gritty realism, this dynamic one-woman show presents an hour of intimate, raw and bitingly honest performance. Playing at @the_joan from 13 - 22 January.  🎟 BOOK NOW sydneyfestival.org.au/events/slow-burn  #2022 #thejoan #arts #art #culture #theartofconnection #penrith #westernsydney #sydney #australia #sydneyfestival #qtheatre #theatre #drama #slowburn #deborahpollard
🤩 Q THEATRE LAB 2022: APPLICATIONS NOW OPEN!  Q Theatre Lab is Q Theatre’s artist in residence program. The residency is designed to make creative space and time for the development of dynamic theatre projects at an early to mid-stage of their conception. Projects are selected through an open callout process and applications are welcome from individuals and ensembles. Successful applicants will receive financial assistance, space to develop the work, as well as technical and dramaturgical support for dedicated creative development.  The two successful applicants will present their work (approx. 30 min) as a double bill in a two-night season in the Mullins Studio at Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre.  Head over to our website for more information and apply now via link in bio.  Applications close 8 December 2021.  Image: Betty is a Butcher, Thomas Campbell, Q Theatre 2021 Development Project, Photo by Clare Hawley  #qtheatre #qtheatrelab #artist #residency #artistresidency #thejoan #arts #theatre #penrith #westernsydney #sydney #australia
🤩 Join us for our very first live and in-person Talks & Ideas event, Good Neighbours, at @the_joan on Thursday 18 November 6.30pm!  Where are people gathering? Online? Inner city wine bars? Community halls? What will the future of suburbs look like and what does that mean for a sense of belonging and connection This talk is about community, connection and local heroes.  The Keynote speaker is Associate Professor Rae Dufty-Jones – Principal Research Fellow at Centre for Western Sydney University.  Panellists are: Sarah Payne (Events Officer, City Activation Community and Place at Penrith City Council), Bernadette Fam (Theatre maker, writer and producer from St Marys), Marzi De Santi (Co-Chair of Thornton Community Group and one of the Penrith Mayor’s 2021 Local Heroes) and with comedian Naomi Mourra as the host and facilitator.  🎟 BOOK A FREE TICKET NOW via our website (link in bio).  This project is supported by Celestino Developments.  #thejoan #arts #talks #ideas #talksandideas #thejoan #penrith #westernsydney #sydney #australia #goodneighbours #neighbours #qtheatre #talk #discussion #idea
👉 Next Thursday 28 October at 6.30pm, join us online for our FREE Talks & Ideas event, Will You Marry Me Alexa?  👾🤖 This talk is about technology, identity and the space in between.  The Keynote Speaker is Linda Marsden, a doctoral candidate at the Young and Resilient Research Centre at Western Sydney University, and is investigating young people’s health and identity through the lens of selfies and associated social media practices.  And the panellists are Leanne Tobin (Dharug Artist and Playwright), Nick Atkins (Theatre maker from Parramatta and PhD candidate researching networked theatre practices) and Brett Farrell (Emu Plains based lawyer with expertise in digital security and privacy).  The event is wrapped up as a tight 60-minute experience, includes a keynote introduction, a panel discussion and a chance to ask questions. We hope to catch you there!  🎟 Register for a FREE ticket now and you will receive a Zoom link to access the talk on the day (link in bio): qtheatre.com.au/events/will-you-marry-me-alexa  This project is supported by Celestino Developments.  #homewiththejoan #arts #talks #ideas #talksandideas #online #zoom #thejoan #penrith #westernsydney #sydney #australia #alexa #willyoumarrymealexa #qtheatre #talk #discussion #idea
🏡📱💻 Join us for a live digital experience of Our House: Originate 2021 this Thursday 23 September - Saturday 25 September at 7.30pm. Directed by Sophie Kelly and created by an ensemble of emerging theatre makers.  It’s the not-so-distant future and the lockdown is over. A group of housemates are throwing a birthday party and you’re invited! Only problem? No one knows if the guest of honour will show up… Bent but not broken by the pandemic and Sydney’s current lockdown, our ensemble invites you to a party with a difference. Join the Originate team for a digital performance from the comfort of your own home (or phone). Explore the rooms of their house, listen to private and public conversations, message the housemates, and attempt to discover why our honoured guest is missing in action.  🎟 BOOK A FREE TICKET NOW via link in bio.  Illustration by Adis Regar  #qtheatre #thejoan #originate #originate2021#arts #art #theatre #newwork #ourhouse #digital #performance #online #lockdown #covid_19 #covid #pandemic #emerging #2021 #westernsydney #sydney #penrith #bluemountains #emuplains #australia
Join us for our next FREE Talks & Ideas online event - Binge, on Thursday 16 September, 6.30pm - 7.30pm. We will be talking about what binge culture means for how we connect with art, stories and entertainment.  The Keynote Speaker is David Rowe (top of this image), Emeritus Professor of Cultural Research, Institute for Culture and Society, Western Sydney University. Professor Rowe’s research and scholarly interests relate to the social dynamics of popular culture and media.  Our panellists for this session will include Writer and Journalist, Patrick Lenton (left of this image), Emu Plains based filmmaker and creator of Watcha Doin’ Today, Loretta Farrell (right of this image) and Western Sydney filmmaker, Vonne Patiag (bottom of this image).  BOOK A FREE TICKET NOW via link in bio.