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arts and entertainment
FANCY listening to a few good yarns? Fancy yourself
as a bit of a yarner?
Well, locals are in for a massive treat this Saturday when Barkly
Regional Arts presents a writing workshop during the day fol-
lowed by a fun night of storytelling and poetry in a space where
friendships are made, hearts are broken, others are mended and
words are the name of the game.
Visiting Darwin playwright Mary-Anne Butler’s hilarious one-
woman show, Highway of Lost Hearts (courtesy of Artback NT:
Arts Development and Touring), headlines The Dirty Word, an
open mic poetry and short story event for wordsmiths to spin
their stories on July 12th.
Highway of Lost Hearts is a poignant, often hilarious, play about
a woman, a dog, a campervan, and 5,000km of wide open road.
Written, performed and directed by Mary-Anne Butler, this vivid
allegory for a country that’s lost its heart leaves you pondering
the question: “When your heart goes missing, what lengths will
you go in order to find it again?”
Mary Anne Butler is presenting a 30-minute version of her show
for Tennant Creek audiences.
“As much as we can, we like to have a community engagement
aspect with all the touring shows we bring to Tennant Creek,”
said Barkly Regional Arts Artistic Director Kathy Burns.
“After the successful participation of writers and poets in The
Dirty Word during the 2013 Desert Harmony Festival, it was an
appropriate show in which we could tailor a unique evening of
writing and performance for Tennant Creek audiences and local
writers to get involved.”
Local storytellers will then get their chance to cut free linguisti-
cally, creatively and harmoniously at The Dirty Word open mic
night, hosted by Alice Springs poet Laurie May and also held at
the Barkly Arts Theatrette.
“I love Tennant Creek. It’s such an ideal home for spoken word
poetry,” said Laurie.
“You have some of the best storytellers in the world here and
I love bringing The Dirty Word up here so I can be part of the
journey that gets these stories told.”
Members of the RSL will be there on the night to operate a small
bar of drinks and snacks as we settle in for a wonderful night to
support local NT writing.
Mary-Anne will also present a Short Story writing workshop
at The Barkly Arts Theatre (The BAT), 65 Staunton Street, from
10am to 12 noon. The cost is $10 per person.
So start writing, bring your notebooks, pens and ideas and share
in a morning of inspiration and fun and an evening of truth tell-
ing and melody.
For details on the writing workshop call Ktima Heathcote on
0457 483 245.
Tickets for Highway of Lost Hearts cost $7.50, $5 (conc) and
groups (6) $38. Purchase at the door.
Registration for The Dirty Word starts at 7pm at The Barkly
Arts Theatre. Call 8962 2799 for details.
Tales of love, life and lost hearts
NAISDA DANCE PROJECT
Barkly Regional Arts presents...
DateS: Mon July 15 - Fri 18th
Time: 10am - 3pm
Venue: Youth Lynx (Sport & Rec)
Creating opening & closing dance routines for the
Desert Harmony Festival Youth Night ‘Deadly Dancing’.
Work with NAISDA artists Kyle & Juanita
Dance classes, performance, create dance video
Deadly dancing Youth Night: Tues August 19
For more info contact: email@example.com 8962 2799
dancers will remem-
ber NAISDA artists,
Kyle and Juanita who
worked in the Tennant
Creek High school for
four weeks in term one
Barkly Regional Arts
(BRA) auspiced an Artist in
Residence grant for the High
School to have two dance
artists from NAISDA teach
students dance. NAISDA
(National Aboriginal Island-
er Skills Dance Association)
teach Aboriginal, Islander,
and contemporary Western
dance techniques and com-
bine them together to create
exciting contemporary dance
Following on from the suc-
cess of that project BRA has
been able to bring them back
through an Office of Youth
Affairs Holiday grant.
NAISDA will spend a week
in Tennant Creek (Monday
14-18 July) to run dance
Primarily the week is fo-
cused on creating the open-
ing and closing dance rou-
tines for the 2014 Desert
Harmony Festival’s youth
night - Deadly Dancing
(Tuesday 19 August).
Deadly Dancing is an in-
teractive dance show that
showcases dance from four
remote Barkly schools- Can-
teen Creek, Elliott, Epenarra
and Murray Downs. NAIS-
DA will host the show, pre-
senting the dances with the
students, teaching dance
routines to the audience and
having dance battles to give
The Tennant Creek holiday
youth dance classes are open
to all youth to get involved-
so beginners are welcome.
For advanced dancers it’s
the time to work with pro-
fessionals to develop tech-
nique and skills and the
opportunity to get into some
serious dance. NAISDA will
be teaching dance, creating
two dance routines and also
making a dance video.
Please see details for the
Dance Project in the adver-
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