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I’ll give this city the bits of me it needs

We are coming up to our National Studio, taking place in December at the beautiful writers retreat of Bundanon in NSW . At this year’s Studio, we are going to be looking at writing monologues, and we will be selecting works coming from the Studio to form part of our annual monologue showcase, which will be held in February 2012, as part of The Voices Project. Our inaugural presentation, Tell It Like It Isn’t, about the vicissitudes of first love, was a huge success with audiences earlier this year and we are giving you a chance to be part of it.

To get us in the mood, check out this beautiful monologue, written in the form of a letter written to her lover and narrated by a young African migrant to Dublin, as she walks the streets of her new home. As she passes through the eponymous Moore Street, she considers her future, her unfolding sense of identity, and her new life. The film is the second in the acclaimed Civic Life series, by UK-based filmmakers Joe Lawlor and Christine Molloy, and was made in collaboration with the Dublin-based African theatre company, Arambe. It was shot in Moore Street which, in the history of immigration into Ireland, has become the first home for new migrants. Since July 2003 Christine and Joe, through Civic Life, have worked on a series of such films, which are made in negotiation with local residents and community groups. At the centre of the work is the relationship these communities have to the environments in which they live and work and all of the films are involve largely non-professional casts made up of volunteers from the local communities. Their most recent film, Tiong Bahru, shot in Singapore in 2010, is currently on tour in Australia as part of the Travelling Sydney Film Festival.  You can find details, here , while  watch Joe talking about his and Christine’s process, here.

Check back this Thursday (1st September) for details of how you can be part of the Studio.




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