Southern Edge Arts celebrates 25 years
15 November 2010
Southern Edge Arts (SEA) is a youth performing arts company based on the southern edge of Western Australia.
Catering to five to 25 year olds, SEA provides workshops in circus, drama, dance and music, culminating in public performances and presentations in Albany and the Great Southern. In addition to these opportunities, SEA members are regularly invited to perform around the community at events such as the Festival of the Sea, the Albany Show, National Youth Week and Children’s Week.
The philosophy of SEA over the past 25 years has been to empower its young participants to take control of the creative process in making original, energetic group productions.
"We really try not to impose too many parameters in the direction of our projects, as it's important for the kids to be the ones generating ideas and experimenting with the possibilities," says SEA artistic director, Simon Clark.
As part of the silver anniversary celebrations, the company presented three major performance projects throughout the year: Festy Shorts - a festival of new and original scripts by young people, The Colour of Forgetting'- a circus and physical theatre piece inspired by events and stories from the Albany Port and Murder by the Sea, created in collaboration with Buzz Dance, which explores the effect of the weather on local residents.
The cast of Murder and the Sea have been extended the opportunity to tour the piece to Perth where they will perform at the King Street Arts Centre to coincide with the ‘Awesome Festival’ at the end of November.
Southern Edge Arts is a Program – Youth Arts company funded by the Australia Council's Theatre Board.
Photo on home page: Astronomic! Where on Earth production by Southern Edge Arts. Lucy Barkovic photo by Peter Morris.