Creative Ground Directing & Devising Theatre For Adults

Facilitated by Black Swan creatives, Charlotte Otton and Andrew Sutherland, participants will explore fundamental skills for transporting ideas from the page to the stage. No experience necessary, curiosity essential.

Participants will explore multiple ways to generate new work through a range of devising activities ranging from responding to text, music and visual prompts, to writing and improvisation. No experience necessary, curiosity essential.

Andrew Sutherland
Andrew holds a BA (First Class Hons) Acting from Lasalle College of the Arts and creates theatre between Western Australia and Singapore. As co-founder of independent company Squid Vicious, works include Cephalopod, Poorly Drawn Shark (winner, Blaz Award for New Writing 2019), Jiangshi and as director for Haresh Sharma’s godeatgod (nominated Best Independent Production, PAWA 2018). Other recent works include a line could be crossed and you would slowly cease to be (Intercultural Theatre Institute) and Unveiling (Renegade Productions), for which he was nominated for Best Actor, Independent Production, PAWA 2018. He was awarded Overland’s Fair Australia Poetry Prize 2017 and his poetry and fiction can be found in numerous publications including Westerly, Cordite, Scum Mag, Margaret River Press’ We’ll Stand in That Place, From Whispers to Roars, Suburban Review and Bosie.

Charlotte Otton

A multidisciplinary artist, Charlotte studied improvisation in Chicago and New York (iO and Second City) and is a current ensemble member of The Big Hoo Haa. Since graduating from WAAPA in 2017, Charlotte has undertaken a residency with Fremantle Arts Centre, a six-month internship with Perth Festival and worked on productions and developments with PVI Collective, PICA, Spare Parts Puppet Theatre, WASO, The Blue Room Theatre, Rorschach Beast and Renegade Productions. Charlotte’s work Let me finish. (writer/performer) saw a three-week sold-out season in 2018, a return Fringeworld 2019 season and garnered both Judges Choice and Members Choice at The Blue Room awards, as well as a PAWA nomination for Best Independent Production. Her solo work Feminah debuted at Fringeworld 2019 and toured to both Sydney Fringe and Melbourne Fringe. Feminah has won three Fringe touring awards; Sydney, Melbourne and New Zealand (2020), the ECU Performing Arts Award and a nomination for Best Theatre (Melbourne) and the Martin Sims Award (Perth). Charlotte’s latest main stage credit was a lead role in The Last Great Hunt’s Perpetual Wake for their 2019 season.