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Gwen Knox: Stories Post Conflict – Creating Theatre in Remote Indigenous Communities

CAN invites you to join Gwen Knox, one of WA’s leading community artists, theatre makers and puppeteers, as she shares the findings of her Churchill Fellowship.

In 2017, Gwen received a Gilbert Spottiswood Churchill Fellowship, to research how the process of creating theatre with people from post conflict communities can be applied to theatre making in remote Indigenous communities.

In this one hour session, including Q&A, Gwen will take you through her findings. She will show how theatre can open up opportunities for people, from different sides of a conflict, to hear each other’s stories and realise common ground.

3 – 4pm Wednesday 3 July

Subiaco Arts Centre, Gallery Room

This is a free event

Registrations essential

Gwen Knox Biography (2019)

Gwen Knox has worked in the field of community cultural development for over 30 years delivering projects as part of her company Big MAMA Productions and as Artistic Director and CEO of Theatre Kimberley for nearly 20 years. (17 of those as a board member of CANWA). She started the premier regional youth circus “Sandfly Circus”, was instrumental in creating the iconic “Worn Art” and several site specific large scale musical performances on the mud flats of Roebuck Bay, Broome. The latest being “The Shorebird Quest” in May 2019 for which she worked as Artistic Director, community liaison and puppeteer. She specializes in creating performance artworks with the community and especially Indigenous and remote communities.  She has written several theatre works for puppetry in collaboration with contemporary Indigenous writers and traditional owners. She is currently working on an Indigenous Australian French collaboration multi lingual work (Nyikina/ French /English) “Song for the Mardoowarra”. To be performed at the 2019 Festival Mondial de Marionnettes de Charleville-Mézières France Festival OFF after the success of the performance “Ngalyak and the Flood” at the 2015 festival performances at the OFF. She has mentored many young performing artists as they have developed their successful and often international careers.

**NB Gwen was recently selected as one of the CACD Practitioners for the PS Pilot


Churchill Fellowship Research

In 2017 Gwen was the recipient of the Gilbert Spottiswood Churchill Fellowship. Her research was in creating theatre works with people from post conflict communities and how it can be applied to her work in remote Indigenous communities.

Gwen’s research focused on the facilitation of storytelling by people of all ages, from post conflict communities. It is a process that allows the individual or group to have a voice that can be used to their advantage. Telling one’s story can be a significant first step to healing.  Telling stories through theatre can allow individuals and groups to realise they share issues and joys with others who may not be on the same side of a conflict. It encourages people to listen and laugh with each other.  It can help put participants, including the audience, on the same level where they may come to realise that they may share more than they ever imagined providing opportunities for people to talk to each other and hear each other’s stories in a way that would not be possible without the intervention of such theatre projects.


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