Woy Woy Little Theatre FLASH Community Arts Project

Theatre that evolved out of a real hate crime and changed laws is coming to The Central Coast.

In 1998 in Laramie, Wyoming a young university student, Matthew Shepard (left) was brutally beaten and murdered due to his sexuality. Four weeks after the hate crime occurred, Tectonic Theater Project in America went to the town of Laramie to explore the community’s response to the murder. After conducting over two hundred interviews, recording personal journals and returning to the town several times over eighteen months, the process resulted in The Laramie Project Play.

Facilitator and director of the project, Jessica Alex has had a long standing passion for social theatre for empowerment where she has developed community arts projects in Cambodia.

‘I first came across The Laramie Project through my studies at the University of Newcastle where I was inspired by the impact that theatre could have on an international scale,’ said Jessica.

To this day, The Laramie Project is one of the most performed plays in America and the second play The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later played an instrumental role in the passing of the ‘The Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr., Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 2009’.

‘This play is not just about a young man who was murdered due to his sexuality,’ says Jessica. ‘It offers us an opportunity to consider similarities and differences between ourselves and our community against what happened in Laramie.’

To this effect, Jessica, as part of a Woy Woy Little Theatre FLASH Community Arts Project, has organized a series of community events to foster dialogue, community capacity and growth.

Beginning with an information session on Wednesday 2nd November 7:30pm at the Peninsula Theatre, interested community members are invited to hear more about the project and opportunities for involvement.

Jessica will also be facilitating a public reading of The Laramie Project on Friday 18th November at the Peninsula Theatre to provide people with a stronger context of the production.

Furthermore, a full day workshop will also be held on Sunday 20th November from 9:30am-3:30pm in a theatrical devising technique used in The Laramie Project known as Moment Work.

‘Moment Work is a technique that allows participants to create and analyse theatre through its various devices and create meaning. For this workshop participants will first focus on creating their own moments exploring the meaning of “community”. In the second part of the workshop participants will be working with specific Moments from The Laramie Project text.’

Participants will be able to use the second part of the workshop as their audition however this is not necessary for participation. Auditions will also be held on Wednesday 23rd November at 7pm.

As part of the scheduled performances from February 10th-12th in 2017, a specific high school performance will be scheduled on February 10th as it is currently on the HSC drama curriculum as part of the ‘significant plays of the 21st century’. Following the schools performance and the final performance a Q&A session will also be held.

‘I felt it was really important to enable the community to participate in a discussion regarding the performance and its themes. My hope is that audience members, community leaders and organisations will come together and create a stronger Central Coast community.’

For more information and to get involved go on the Flash Community Arts Project, go to the project Facebook page The Laramie Project at WWLT.

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Mangrove Mountain & Districts Country Fair


Mirrabooka are very pleased to be performing at the “Mangrove Mountain and Districts Country Fair” this Saturday 29th October. We’re on from 1pm. Come and check it out. They’re just fresh back from a successful trip to the Newkulele Festival in Newcastle last weekend, performing their original songs and wowing their audiences.

Come to the fair this weekend and support your local community. It’ll be a lovely day with heaps of stalls and entertainment. We’ll be performing some of our originals from our latest album. It’s sure to be a beautiful day!sails stage b&w


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“Memories” at Shorethyme


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The 5 Lands Experience is a monthly community event, at The Rhythm Hut in Gosford. Featuring a drum circle at5pmm, followed by the 5 Lands Band and Feature artist – this month local act The Sea Gypsies.


We begin each 5 Lands Experience with a free community drum circle, at 5pm all ages and levels welcome, drums and percussion provided.

Having run for over 8 years, the 5 Lands Band is a well-known and popular Central Coast establishment. Named after originally forming to perform at the famous 5 Lands Walk in Terrigal, the ever changing line up of The 5 Lands Band, lead by Rendra Freestone, brings together some of the top musicians from the Central Coast, Sydney and Newcastle. The band doesn’t practice, nor write music together, but rather create improvised jams, based on funk, jazz, folk and groove. Well known for getting the dance floor pumping, the 5 Lands Band kick off music at 6.30pm.

This month’s feature artists is local act The Sea Gypsies.

Central Coast band The Sea Gypsies are a spicy pot of Reggae, Rock and Roots blended finely to create invigorating music that makes you move like you’ve stuck in rhythmic trance. With 2 EP’s down this bunch of Gypsies knows what notes will melt the hairs off your music craving spins.

Having played Lost Paradise Festival, Mountain Sounds Festival, Sea Shepherd Festival, and gracing venues like The Northern (Byron Bay), Oxford Arts Factory (Sydney) and The Cambridge Hotel (Newcastle), the band has supported Australian and International greats such as Harts, Ash Grunwald, Alex Lloyd, Paul Kelly and The Beautiful Girls.

Their latest single ‘Lost & Found’ showcases the bands talents through their multiple influences fused together and presented with a neatly tied bow on top. Touring the East Coast of Australia on multiple occasions, the Gypsies time and effort in the north is seeing them now pack their road cases at request from the major venues, for yet another leg up the east coast in November. If you haven’t checked out this soul invigorating 5 piece that is The Sea Gypsies, then I suggest you do your ear holes a favour and munch down on some tasty tune’as.


As usual, dinner, drinks, desserts and snacks available for purchase. The Rhythm Hut is all ages fully licensed, sorry no BYO. Children and families most welcome.

WHAT: The October 5 Lands Experience feat. The 5 Lands Band with special guests The Sea Gypsies
WHEN: Sunday 30th October, from 5pm
WHERE: The Rhythm Hut, 135 Faunce St, Gosford
COST: Entry by donation – pay $1 or $100. Whatever you can afford


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AUDITIONS for “The Vicar of Dibley”


Exciting news coming your way.  Wyong Drama Group is going to present “The Vicar of Dibley” at The Art House from 17th to 25th March 2017. It will be directed by the talented combo of Alex Travers and Maddy Parker, who are very keen for you to come along and audition.
Please click on the link below to download the Information Pack with all the details you’ll need for auditions, which will be held at Wyong Grove on Saturday 5th November from 11.30am and Tuesday 8th November from 7.00pm
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WDG presents “Noises Off” at The Art House


Just 4 weeks from today, Friday 18th November, is the Opening Night of our most hilarious comedy” NOISES OFF! “ –  the world’s funniest play  –  18th to 26th November  –  at  THE ART HOUSE  in   WYONG
Directed by Pam Campbell and featuring many of your favourite actors (in alphabetical order) Marc Calwell,  Ruth Jordon,  Steve McDonald,  Duncan Mitchell,  Howard Oxley,  Maddy Parker,  Sierra Phillips,  Alex Travers,  &  Laszlo Weidlich
Don’t miss out – book now through THE ART HOUSE by telephoning 4335 1485, or online: thearthousewyong.com.au
When you come to the show, enjoy the free “Fab Fakes” Art Exhibition in The Art House Foyer!
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The Street Lounge: Pop-Up MMADness coming your way.

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Imagine a café, a venue and a community centre – all on wheels.


You’re imagining the Street Lounge. It’s all those things – and more. It’s our way of making MMAD’s social enterprise space, The Lounge Room accessible for people everywhere. When you hire the Street Lounge to bring entertainment and coffee to your event, function, festival or market you’re also helping to support the ongoing creative mentoring of vulnerable people in our community. 


Thanks to the generous support of the Central Coast Council, we will be bringing the MMAD flavour through the Street Lounge to six events in six months, with the costs fully subsidized. That means a mobile stage fully decked out with PA gear, hosting musicians and spoken word poets, while serving some of the finest coffee around.

We are looking for a variety of spaces and places across the Central Coast. From festivals to markets to community events and everything in between. This is an amazing opportunity (normally valued at $1,000+) to get a taste of what the Street Lounge could bring to your organization/event in the future!

To register your interest for one of these pop-up spots, just fill out our online booking form using the link below, and tell us why we should bring the Street Lounge to your event! 




For further information and enquiries contact:


Will Small
Creative Facilitator – The Lounge Room


0423 657 105


342 Mann Street, Gosford NSW 2250

Information and images courtesy of Will Small

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