RightAct10 Day Three
ithout a performance as a launching pad and without the focus on theatre, it was a smaller and quieter crowd at the third night of RightAct, as the topic took a turn to creative campaigning and youth-led projects. Once again, the thing I got most out of it was listening to the journey the people on the panel have taken to get to their positions, and the conversation that spilled on after the panel.
Much of the conversation concentrated on the position of social media and the internet in campaigning and arts projects, and how that is constantly changing and causing people to re-address. Of interesting not to me was the Federal Government accepts internet signed petitions, yet the State Government does not.
Another point of interest was the discussion of how in many ways the internet can not replace groups of people getting together in a room or on a street and tackling issues there. In my experience, it hasn’t. As I sit here, typing away my monologue, things that appear on my blog or other places I write are often picked up by friends or acquaintances and I have conversations about what is here, the same way I have conversations off the screen about many other topics. The battle may be being waged, the conversation may be being started on-line, but I don’t think – and the panel didn’t think – that that is where it stays.
RightAct10 Day Four
fter four days of panels, the conference ended up giving the audience an insight into what had happened during the days at Format, as participants in the workshops had been working on creating their own political theatre piece, working with a writer, actor and directors to shape their work.
Three pieces were presented and then discussed in terms of conception and execution. It was an interesting insight, seeing what politics and performance styles came out of such an intensive weekend, and seeing derived work so early into the process.
Again, the discussion built off the presentations and on to the floor afterwards, a great conclusion to a very interesting and thought-provoking weekend. I certainly feel that my knowledge about and connection to the Adelaide theatre scene was strengthened insurmountably over the four days. I was also terribly flattered by some comments about this blog by people I respect very much.
Huge thank you to everyone involved in the weekend. I’ll see you next year!