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Month: May, 2013

What is Family Friendly.

I don’t know the details of this.
Nor do I know the variety of images that were deemed not suitable for a “family friendly” event.

The ABC have reported that images like these were deemed so, and thus withdrawn from Vivid Sydney:



In Australia, we have a tendency to hide  things from children.
And I think we often underestimate their ability to sit with complex issues, to see reality, and to form their own opinions and emotions.
This is part of growing up, of developing thought paths within your brain, of understanding the world.

Death. Disaster. War. Ethical complexity.
Sexuality. Intimate love. Hardship. Complex humanity.
They* are all things that will happen in their life time and will need to form the words and thoughts to cope.

As artists and arts organisations, we need to not shy away from challenging audiences.
Stop worrying about repercussions, bad press.
But to be brave.
We need to be part of a culture shift.
Equip people (children & their carers) with the tools to view, think, discuss and sit with the difficult.

We are all responsible for children, as they will be inheriting the world we leave behind.

If we respect children. They will respect themselves.

*Please note the irony here if we think about the way we allow children to view violence.


Falling back into Small Voices.

hs-2011-35-b-printHaving fallen here after a fairly solid 4 months crazy crazy, I’m slowly floating to the surface.

Last week, I considered applying for an artistic director of a theatre company. I struggled with the idea of being locked into “theatre”. I probably also was overwhelmed with other work. And maybe now regret not applying.
However, in that morning I did write this:

“For me, the child is equal.
They have a mind, a way that I don’t have. That we don’t have.
They have a role in our society. And I don’t think we listen enough.
Their optimism. Their ability to cut through needless complexity. The freedom of their imagination. Their inherent sense of play.
I have created works where the child’s voice unlocks the adults heart. Making the adults think about the future. Seeding responsibility.
I am currently developing a work were I sit and talk with children about big ideas. About the big questions, and the impossible answers.
What is love?
What is the difference between adults and children?
How would you describe friendship?
What is the biggest question in the world?
What does the world need?
The words the children respond with are then edited together to make a public sound work.

I am interested in what children can show adults.
There are many adults in this world that don’t interact with children.
I think they miss out on something important.
It is also difficult, I think, for adults to really listen to children.
Even parents.
Routine, business and habit – general modern day living.
Art, can be the circuit breaker.

I see theatre and my practice as an exchange.
An exchange between audience and artist.
The child audience is a pretty amazing audience to exchange with.
My work is increasingly playing with this moment.
I love what beguiling moments provides in exchange.”

Small Voices embodies all of this.

Follow me fall into this work again.
As writing becomes the saviour to complex thinking…

Goodbye Tipsy Teacup.

Tipsy Teacup began with Kaleidoscope in 2007. A name I had in my head that came tumbling out full of whimsy and interaction. Then came the works Clickety Tock, A Little Piece, Small Voices…and somewhere along the line Tipsy Teacup became related to the work I made for children.

Since then my work has shifted. I’m interested in interventions, moments of exchange, big questions, democracy and empathy.

After  being pushed by my friend and collaborator Ben Landau and about three months of trying different names, I found it.
This is now about all my work.
I will always be a little bit miss tipsy teacup (I’m keeping this blog!), but this is about all the other shoes I fit too.

It’s about the audience and artist sitting equally.
Sitting together. Listening together. Thinking big together.
Its about connection.
It’s about believing in people.
It’s about not knowing, and taking a jump.

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Introducing: Maybe (    ) Together.