Director, The Torch Arts Projects, Brotherhood of St Laurence
When the Torch Came to Town: A Community Mobilisation
This workshop will look at how community cultural development
methodology can be utilised as a catalyst to harness cross cultural
energy and engage a community or region in a dialogue around
issues of identity, history, culture and marginalisation.
The Model works closely with local groups and project partners
to assist communities to give voice to and develop strategies
to deal with critical local issues.
Using The Torch Pilot Project and the film "When The Torch
Came To Town" as an example, participants will be encouraged
to explore projects for their communities.
Over 2 weeks, The Torch company toured to approximately 2, 250
people in 4 regional centres; Cobram, Kyabram, Echuca and Shepparton.
We performed 10 shows, ran 13 workshops with 9 schools then,
in 6 sessions (and with the help of many locals; elders, Koori
educators, teachers, friends and organisations) rehearsed 55
local kids and adults into the final 2 shows for the Shepparton
Project director Steve Payne and 2 members of the company
will present the workshop.
Steve has 20+ years as a community arts activist, educator and
project manager. He was a founding member of Melbourne Workers
Theatre and his three most recent Community Theatre Projects
THE TORCH - Spirit of Federation and Australia's Ghosts, MECHTRON
examined the Public Education system in Victoria and THE ESSENTIALS
explored a climate of fear at individual, organisational and