La Mama Youth Led Ensemble EOI
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What to expect?
Every Monday night from 4:30 pm - 8 pm , a group of teens will meet, play games, tell stories and make theatre that tries to help us make sense of the chaotic world around us. Paris is particularly passionate about puppetry, clowning and role playing games like Dungeons and Dragons, so it is likely that these ideas will influence the activities in the initial workshops. Throughout the year there may be small performance outcomes around La Mama to help build our confidence and momentum towards a larger performance in 2023.

Who is the facilitator?
Paris Balla is a non binary theatre maker, playwright, educator, designer and PhD candidate with a passion for finding joy in unexpected places. Paris loves telling stories with and for young people with their play Owl and the Albatross premiering at Theatre Works in June on the VCE playlist. These workshops come with an academic backing as part of Paris’ PhD research in a project titled “Towards a practice of radical queer hope: Storytelling as future making in applied theatre.” This means that the concepts and methods included in the workshops are grounded in research and ethics approval from Monash University. Teens in the ensemble will have the opportunity to be a part of discussions about why theatre is important for young people and reflect on the ways in which it changes how they view the world around them. Paris’ research is grounded in play, joy and silliness and emphasises the importance of having a community around you when the world seems scary.

What we expect from you?
These weekly workshops will be best with consistent attendance. We know that obviously sometimes things come up, especially in ✨the times we are in✨, but we want to find an ensemble of young people who are committed to being there as much as possible.
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