Creative juices to flow at theatre workshop

July 20, 2011

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Budding writers and promising actors will get the chance to showcase their talent at Murdoch University’s Open Your Mind Day on August 7.

Expert tutors from the English and Creative Writing degree course will be on hand to guide prospective students to write a short play in the lunchtime session, with the best play selected for a performance at Murdoch’s Nexus Theatre in the afternoon. Visitors are welcome to join with current Theatre and Drama degree students to perform in the play.

Associate Professor Serge Tampalini from the School of Social Science and Humanities said the aim of the activity was to showcase two of the courses in a fun and creative way.

“We want to demonstrate that for those who choose the English and Creative Writing course, their imagination will be encouraged to flourish with the opportunity to write stories for the stage and screen, as well as the more conventional short story and novel formats,” he said.

“No experience is necessary if you’d like to join in. We’re not looking to win awards with the play but the exercise will be a way of demonstrating the processes we go through on the courses whether you are a writer or a performer.”

Prospective students will be asked to write about an event that has happened to them recently in a session which starts at noon in the Nexus Theatre. The venue will then play host to the performance which begins at 2pm.

“I’d urge anyone with an interest in theatre to come along to the performance at least,” said A/Prof Tampalini.

“We have some extremely talented performers at Murdoch and the quick turn around will be a fantastic challenge for them and any other volunteers.”

The activity is just one of dozens of course hotspots taking place on campus for Open Your Mind Day. Prospective students and their families will be able to take part in course activities and demonstrations as well as talk to lecturers and students about campus life.

There is also plenty of free entertainment at Open Your Mind Day including fairground rides, roving performers, a silent disco and live bands.

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