A community performance project that uses large-scale puppetry, physical theatre and cabaret to tell the story of Mount Panorama and what it means to people has received the backing of the NSW Government.
Media release from Bathurst MP Paul Toole follows:
Although only in its formative stages, the Kate Smith-inspired “Fast Cars and Dirty Beats” received a huge vote of confidence from Bathurst MP Paul Toole when he announced funding of $52,500 to help make the event become a reality.
Mr Toole said a series of lantern and puppet making workshops have already been held with more to follow at the Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre on July 31 and August 1.
According to event’s writer/director Kate Smith, this high-octane show promises to get your engines revving, your toes tapping and your hearts racing.
“This new work is being created by a multidisciplinary team of professional artists including First Nations curator Aleshia Lonsdale, sculptor Harrie Fasher, digital media artist Nicole Welch, physical theatre practitioner Adam Deusien of Lingua Franca, composer Tim Hansen and musician Rob Shannon,” she said.
“As well, students from Charles Sturt and rural primary schools in Perthville,
Raglan and O’Connell have been invited to participate in masterclasses in lantern -making.”
Dr Smith said Mt Panorama/Wahluu is a special place and means something to everyone, whether you’re a race fan, a visitor for cultural purposes, learning to drive or sharing your first kiss.
“Fast Cars explores diverse and playful stories about Mount Panaroma/Wahluu and what it means to the community beyond excitement of the international car race once a year.”
The event has also received funding from Arts On Tour, BMEC, Bathurst Regional Art Gallery and Arts OutWest.
IMAGE: Member for Bathurst Paul Toole with Kylie Shead, left, and Kate Smith.