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MAVIS GOES TO TIMOR
deckchair theatre creates new space out of 25 giant shipping containers at the Fremantle Arts Centre
If you were wondering how deckchair theatre was going to surpass its amazing sold out production of LUNA presented as part of the 2001 Perth International Arts Festival then wonder no more!, MAVIS GOES TO TIMOR the deckchair's 2002 offering for the festival is shaping up to be a huge success.
MAVIS GOES TO TIMOR tells the story of Mavis Taylor, an 86-year-old haberdasher and mother of nine, who travels to Timor to set up a sewing co-operative for Timorese women. For someone who has never left Australia, travelling to East Timor is a great shock. The country is in ruins, most of its houses gone, its people are dislocated and its economy is in tatters. Amid this destruction and buoyed by the people¹s overwhelming faith and positivity, Mavis struggles on with her daughter Elwyn, tackling the deprivation and red tape and her own doubts that she is up to the job.
Now, seventeen sewing centres later, deckchair
not only brings this amazing story to the stage, with a script written
by Katherine Thomson, Angela Chaplin and Kavisha Mazzella, the company
is also building a new theatre space at the rear of the Fremantle Arts
Centre out of sea containers donated by the Mediterranean Shipping Company.
A new venue in which to perform under the stars.
Kavisha Mazzella, who has 'the voice of the Angels', will perform her original and powerful songs backed by a 30 member choir and the exquisite skills of Marcos Quiroz on guitars and percussion.
The cast is led by Anne Phelan one of Australia¹s
most compelling actors of stage and screen. Anne is star of the ABC's
SOMETHING IN THE AIR and the ubiquitous PRISONER and will be playing Mavis
Taylor. Kerry-Ella McAullay, from LUNA will be playing her daughter
Elwyn and Cidalia Pires will be making her Perth debut as Marianna a Falantil
guerilla leader and single mother.
Video design is by Nancy Jones, set design is by Michael Betts, costume design by Mand Markey, lighting design by Mark Howett and the production manger is James Renfrey. This is the same team that made LUNA look so amazing in last year¹s festival.
"We will be selling as may tissues as drinks during the world premiere season of MAVIS GOES TO TIMOR," said Angela Chaplin, Artistic Director. "I am so excited by the team we have assembled to tell the important story of the women of Timor via the extraordinary story of Mavis Taylor¹s journey to Timor."
"The audience is in for a treat of exceptional singing, acting and visuals. Part musical, part drama and 100% emotional journey. That¹s what is in store for this year¹s audience when they attend the first production of deckchair theatre¹s 2002 season JOURNEY."
Join Kavisha Mazzella, the cast of actors and a Timorese choir under the stars at the Fremantle Arts Centre to experience the warmth, tears and excitement of Mavis' story. The same stars that shine over the new sovereign state of East Timor. On Friday and Saturday night come party with the cast and crew after the show with live music.
“Mavis' story is a heart rendering affirmation that spirited, committed people, no matter what their age, can make a difference.” SBS
deckchair theatre is appealing for musical instruments for the Timorese people and funds to purchase a much needed four wheel drive for Mavis Taylor's sewing co-operatives. deckchair has negotiated with the Maritime Union of Australia and Norwest Shipping to provide a container on site and then transport it to Timor. People are asked to bring their donations to the Fremantle Arts Centre or to deckchair's offices at Victoria Hall, 179 High Street, Fremantle.
MAVIS GOES TO TIMOR will run have its world premiere on Saturday 9 February and then run from Tuesday to Saturday nights for three weeks at the Fremantle Arts Centre, 1 Finnerty Street in Fremantle, until Saturday March 2, 2002.
LORN FOUN (New Beginning) an exhibition of photographs by award winning Irish photojournalist, Paul Stewart, will be displayed in the foyer of the sea container theatre. The photographs cover the recent elections in Timor and the visit by Angela Chaplin, Kavisha Mazzella, Katherine Thomson and David Gerrand to Dili to research this production.
Bookings for MAVIS GOES TO TIMOR are available from BOCS on 08) 9484 1133.
For more information or interviews with
Angela Chaplin, Kavisha Mazzella or any of the other artists please contact
David Gerrand or Shauna Weeks on 08) 9430 4771 or by fax on 08) 9335 4210
or by e-mail email@example.com
deckchair theatre and PLAY IT SAFE present:
MAVIS GOES TO TIMOR
Previews: Thursday & Friday 7,8 February
Opening Night: Saturday 9 February
Season: Tuesday to Saturday Nights until the 2 March.
Written by ANGELA CHAPLIN and KATHERINE
Music and songs composed and performed by KAVISHA MAZZELLA
Directed by ANGELA CHAPLIN
Video Imagery by NANCY JONES
Lighting design by MARK HOWETT
Set design by MICHAEL BETTS
Costume design by MAND MARKEY
Choir direction by JENNY SIMPSON
Timores Language coaching by MARIA MADEIRA
Production management by JAMES RENFREY
Stage management by JEN TOOMEY and ANNA REECE
Starring ANNE PHELAN, KERRY-ELLA MCAULLAY, CIDALIA PIRES, MARCO QUIROZ and
PO BOX 130
FREMANTLE WESTERN AUSTRALIA 6959
618 9430 4771
618 9335 4210
ABN 35 567 861 957