Folk Song (the Bordertowns Project) is a new work created by the young people of the Berrigan Shire in collaboration with playwright Julian Lanarch, directed by Alyson Evans.
Over 2016, an ensemble of young artists learned skills in verbatim theatre (a form of documentary theatre where a play is made using the actual words of real people) while devising, composing, interviewing locals, and then curating that work into a performed production.
In 2017, these artists worked with director Alyson Evans to develop their performance skills and rehearse the production for the premiere season across the Berrigan Shire. The young artists performed eight performances in four town halls across the Shire: Tocumwal War Memorial Hall, Barooga Community Centre, Finley School of Arts and Berrigan Soldiers Memorial Hall.
Folk Song is a large-scale community wide celebration of a place and its people.
Playwright: Julian Lanarch
Director: Alyson Evans
Performed by: Christyanne Dart, Mackenzie Hannan, Chloe Hudson, Bella Jackson, Robert Johnston and Lochie Lawrence
This project was made possible through support from Berrigan Shire Council, Create NSW, The Australia Council for the Arts, James Kirby Foundation and the Ministry for the Arts Catalyst fund.