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Wayside Bride

Alana Valentine’s Wayside Bride, a warm tribute to the work of the Reverend Ted Noffs and the Wayside Chapel, is a moving affirmation of the power of acceptance to transform human lives.

The sound of curiosity

Alana Valentine, whose play Wayside Bride is on at Belvoir Theatre, relished the “sound of an audience listening actively” at the Currency Press Australian Playwrights Festival. The festival celebrated 50 years of the Redfern-based publisher of stage plays and more.

Wudjang: Not the Past reclaiming the future

Directed and choreographed by Bangarra’s artistic director and national treasure, Stephen Page, and co-written by award-winning playwright, Alana Valentine, Wudjang: Not the Past promises to be a breath-taking theatrical experience.

In and out the windows

In this Q&A, Catherine Skipper reveals how Covid-19 isolation prompted a popular Instagram project that brought people’s imaginative life and home life together in art and spawned ‘This Time 2020’, the Orchard Gallery’s current exhibition in Waterloo.

Raising funds, maintaining high standards of journalism

The South Sydney Herald’s Celebrate Community fundraiser was held online over Zoom on December 11. The event to raise funds for the paper was also a celebration to mark the end of the year.

The ‘close work’ of collecting and arranging

Bowerbird is an apt title for Alana Valentine's book as she is a practitioner of “verbatim” theatre.

Threads of love for those who suffer

Determined to lead the way to survivor recovery, representatives from combined faith traditions united on Sunday October 24.

Letters to Lindy

The 20,000 letters sent to Lindy Chamberlain sparked a new play.

Interfaith support for survivors of abuse

This year the two churches are planning an interfaith service. People from Buddhist, Hindu, Muslim, Jewish and Christian faiths will name hurts and grieve,...

Theatre Review: Dead Man Brake

The events of the Waterfall train disaster, January 31, 2003, are undeniably tragic, but it takes a gifted playwright to transform tragic events into a theatrical tragedy. While drawing honestly and sensitively upon verbatim sources to construct a full picture of the impact of these events upon a community, Dead Man Brake is a compelling, uplifting and profoundly poetic reflection upon the nature of human suffering. Valentine’s remarkable treatment of her subject is ably supported and amplified by composer/sound designer, Daryl Wallis.

Theatre Review:Tinderbox

As expected from playwright Alana Valentine, Tinderbox, directed with a lyrical toughness by Zoe Carides, is both provocative and tender.

Weaving stories of survival and healing

For three years now, in support of ASCA’s Blue Knot Day, Heather Robinson, chair of the South Sydney Uniting Church, and minister Rev. Andrew Collis, have led a prayer service for adults surviving child abuse. This year, however, on Saturday November 3, the church was host to a unique visual art and storytelling presentation.

Theatre Review:Tarantula

Tarantula picks up the story of Lola Montez on July 8, 1856, when returning to San Francisco from an exhausting and scandal-filled Australian tour, Lola’s lover, Noel Folland, disappeared from the deck of the Jane A. Falkenburg and was never seen again, presumed drowned. Using the conceit of a play within a play, Tarantula (premiered here at the King Street Theatre but first read as part of the Griffin Searchlight program) traces the story of Lola’s life by having a contemporary actress, Gina, making a play about her hero.

Artist Profile: Alana ValentineTogether we can!

Redfern resident, Alana Valentine, has won the top award for best new play about science and technology in the 5th STAGE international script competition. Her play entitled Ear to the Edge of Time was selected from over 200 entries from 19 different countries.