All posts tagged BFA Theatre Practice

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FR!SK @Natimuk

19-21 November 2015

BFA Theatre Practice graduates take the inaugural degree show FR!SK to Natimuk, a town of 500 people in regional Victoria.

The immersive work Contra is one of several new works being staged as part of FR!SK. Image via

Interview: VCA gets FR!SKy for Fringe – ArtsHub Interview

A festival-within-a-festival, FR!SK aims to help emerging artists get to grips with professional practice.

By Richard Watts

Published Tuesday 9 September 2014

Presented as part of the 2014 Melbourne Fringe Festival, and running over four days, FR!SK is a festival of new live art and performance works created by VCA Bachelor of Fine Arts (Theatre Practice) students.

Eight new works feature in the FR!SK program, exploring a range of themes – discrimination, gaming, our decaying digital-age relationship with privacy and personhood – and embracing a range of performance modes and styles. One common trait all the works share, however, is an interest in evolving the nature of theatre; adapting the ancient art form for the 21st century.



Aung San Suu Kyi Speech on World AIDS Day 2013

I found myself directly in front of Aung San Suu Kyi at the 2013 World AIDS Day launch on December 1.  It was an amazing day and I was humbled to be there. Here is  Daw Suu’s speech which I transcribed from a video I shot (available on request). I thought it might be useful to post the full speech online.

I was invited to this event at Government House as VCA Theatre are working with Living Positive Victoria to commission two new works for AIDS 2014 inspired by the ENUF stories.  AIDS 2014 will be the biggest conference ever held in Australia with an expected 20,000 international delegates.  The two new works will be developed by third year BFA Theatre Practice students directed by two brilliant Melbourne directors, Maude Davey and Noel Jordan. BFA Production students will collaborate on the design and realisation of these works.

Aung San Suu Kyi is Chairperson of the National League for Democracy, Burma, and UNAIDS Global Advocate for Zero Discrimination. She is also a Laureate of The Nobel Peace Prize.

Read on for highlights and the full transcript of Daw Suu’s speech.

Andrew Carolane, Annabel Marshall-Roth, Article One devised by Bagryana Popov in collaboration with Acting Company 2012, School of Performing Arts, VCA, University of Melbourne
photo Jeff Busby

RealTime Interview – Arts Education: Utopia and Horrors

Melanie Beddie and I appear in Keith Gallasch’s RealTime feature on Arts Education (RealTime 116).

We outline our ‘utopian’ vision for the BFA Theatre Practice at VCA and University of Melbourne.  Please ask if you would like to see our (fuller) original response.

Glad that Keith used an image of our graduates Andrew Carolane and Annabel Marshall-Roth from Bagryana Popov’s great devised work Article One at VCA Theatre.

Read on for excerpts or click here for the full article at RealTime which includes interesting responses from Rosalba Clemente, Helen Trenos, Cath McKinnon, Peta Tait and Julian Meyrick.

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