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Program of events

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Wednesday 3 February

Living Library

Nobbys SLSC | 3pm – 5pm

Open Cage Ensemble members and local people come together to create a library of human experience inside Nobbys SLSC. Members of the public can “borrow” an individual to have face-to-face discussions with their “book”. They can put a human face to “Artist who is a Wheelchair User”, “Artist with Psychosocial Disability”, “Artist who is a Carer for someone with a Disability” and so much more. Don’t be afraid to browse the selection then ask questions you have always wondered about, or just sit back and hear some real-life stories that will inspire you. Designed to celebrate and share lived experiences whilst raising public awareness and breaking stigmas, showing the true value of how art can enhance communication and wellbeing. The living library will be open several times throughout the program, with each “book” loaned out for 10 minutes at a time.

 

Wednesday 3 February

Zine Workshop (part 2)

Nobbys SLSC | 5pm – 7pm

Registration Required (free)

Did you make a zine in part 1 of the workshop? Come along as they’re collated and our story tree is built!

 

Thursday 4 February

Shaken-up Scenes from Shakespeare

Nobbys SLSC | 5:30pm – 7:30pm

At the culmination of The Storm, you’re invited to a wild performance filled with laughter, drama, music and mayhem! Open Cage ensemble members present shaken-up scenes from Shakespeare in their own style; melding personal experience with well-known characters from plays like A Midsummer Night’s Dream and the Tempest. A highlight not to be missed – everyone and anyone is welcome to attend this theatrical mash-up!

 


 

Past Events

Thursday 7 January

‘Drum Up A Storm’ Workshop

Nobbys SLSC | 2:30pm – 4:00pm

You’re encouraged to conjure the sounds of a storm! Build your own percussion instrument in this fun and noisy hands-on workshop and then join forces with fellow participants to create a thundering soundtrack that will be used in performances during The Storm project. Suitable for people of all ages and abilities, registration required. All materials supplied and you are welcome to bring shells and treasures from the beach.

 

Thursday 7 January

Adult ‘Act Up A Storm’ Drama Workshop

Nobbys SLSC | 5pm – 7pm

Now is your time to as bright as the sun emerging from the clouds! Join Open Cage Ensemble members in an entertaining workshop that will exploring stories from storms in nature and our lives. Practise dramatic story-telling techniques as you learn about each other.

 

Wednesday 13 January

Living Librarysign-language

Nobbys SLSC | 3pm – 5pm
Auslan Interpreted Event

Open Cage Ensemble members and local people come together to create a library of human experience inside Nobbys SLSC. Members of the public can “borrow” an individual to have face-to-face discussions with their “book”. They can put a human face to “Artist who is a Wheelchair User”, “Artist with Psychosocial Disability”, “Artist who is a Carer for someone with a Disability” and so much more. Don’t be afraid to browse the selection then ask questions you have always wondered about, or just sit back and hear some real-life stories that will inspire you. Designed to celebrate and share lived experiences whilst raising public awareness and breaking stigmas, showing the true value of how art can enhance communication and wellbeing. The living library will be open several times throughout the program, with each “book” loaned out for 10 minutes at a time.

 

Wednesday 13 January *new date!*

sign-language

Launch Concert

Pacific Park | 5:30pm – 7:30pm
Auslan Interpreted Event

Talented trio of local musicians and surfers Scott (The Voice 2014), Harry and Cosmo Gelzinnis act as carers for their mother, who has a psychosocial disability.

Experience the magic only a sibling harmony can inspire, with original compositions and heartfelt lyrical storytelling that will stir your soul.

The concert will feature a collaboration between the brothers, along with three individual sets showcasing each of their unique musical skills.

***Please note this event is located in Pacific Park, Newcastle East***

Thursday 14 January

Youth ‘Sing up a Storm’ Workshop

Nobbys SLSC | 3pm – 5pm

Meet Scott Gelzinnis from television hit series The Voice (2014) as he shares stories of surfing and storms in his life. A lifeguard at Newcastle Beach and regular on the Newcastle music circuit, Scott is also one of the Musical Directors of Open Cage Ensemble. This workshop is perfect for anyone who loves singing, whether it’s just in the shower or on the stage, Scott will teach participants vocal techniques to safely use their voices to their full musical potential. For youth aged 12 – 18 years.

 

Thursday 14 January

Young Local Musicians Concert

Nobbys SLSC | 5:15pm – 7:15pm

Sunset sounds to soothe your soul! Hear the voice of an emerging generation loud and clear at this free concert at Nobbys Surf Lifesaving Club. With lyrics delving into the issues of mental wellness and illness, this will be an engaging performance that gives you insight into the world of these talented young musicians through the music they compose.

 

Thursday 14 January

Adult ‘Sing up a Storm’ Workshop

Nobbys SLSC | 7:30pm – 8:30pm

Meet Scott Gelzinnis from television hit series The Voice (2014) as he shares stories of surfing and storms in his life. A lifeguard at Newcastle Beach and regular on the Newcastle music circuit, Scott is also one of the Musical Directors of Open Cage Ensemble. This workshop is perfect for anyone who loves singing, whether it’s just in the shower or on the stage, Scott will teach participants vocal techniques to safely use their voices to their full musical potential.

Wednesday 20 January

Living Librarysign-language

Nobbys SLSC | 3pm – 5pm
Auslan Interpreted Event

Open Cage Ensemble members and local people come together to create a library of human experience inside Nobbys SLSC. Members of the public can “borrow” an individual to have face-to-face discussions with their “book”. They can put a human face to “Artist who is a Wheelchair User”, “Artist with Psychosocial Disability”, “Artist who is a Carer for someone with a Disability” and so much more. Don’t be afraid to browse the selection then ask questions you have always wondered about, or just sit back and hear some real-life stories that will inspire you. Designed to celebrate and share lived experiences whilst raising public awareness and breaking stigmas, showing the true value of how art can enhance communication and wellbeing. The living library will be open several times throughout the program, with each “book” loaned out for 10 minutes at a time.

 

Thursday 21 January

Youth ‘Act up a Storm’ Drama Workshop

Nobbys SLSC | 3pm – 5pm

Registration Required (free)

Now is your time to as bright as the sun emerging from the clouds! Join Open Cage Ensemble members in an entertaining workshop that will exploring stories from storms in nature and our lives. Practise dramatic story-telling techniques as you learn about each other.

 

Thursday 21 January

Cabaret Performance – songs from PANIC

Nobbys SLSC | 5:15pm – 7:15pm

Each year, Open Cage Ensemble runs the theatrical PANIC Project, which aims to reduce the stigma surrounding mental illness and raise awareness of mental health issues, particularly for young people and artists who have a lived experience of mental illness. Cosmo Gelzinnis is 16 and is the Musical Director of PANIC 2015/16.

Hold on to your hats, because when you see his performance, you’ll understand why. This show features Cosmo’s original compositions, which are based on his and other PANIC group members’ experiences and emergence from the storms in their lives.

Cosmo is a carer for his mum who has a psychosocial disability and he uses the power of music as an escape from stressful times. Working on theatre projects with his mum gives them both a safe space to explore difficult issues, communicate and celebrate their creativity. A wonderful and uplifting event the whole community can enjoy and reflect upon.

 

Wednesday 27 January

Living Librarysign-language

Nobbys SLSC | 3pm – 5pm
Auslan Interpreted Event

Open Cage Ensemble members and local people come together to create a library of human experience inside Nobbys SLSC. Members of the public can “borrow” an individual to have face-to-face discussions with their “book”. They can put a human face to “Artist who is a Wheelchair User”, “Artist with Psychosocial Disability”, “Artist who is a Carer for someone with a Disability” and so much more. Don’t be afraid to browse the selection then ask questions you have always wondered about, or just sit back and hear some real-life stories that will inspire you. Designed to celebrate and share lived experiences whilst raising public awareness and breaking stigmas, showing the true value of how art can enhance communication and wellbeing. The living library will be open several times throughout the program, with each “book” loaned out for 10 minutes at a time.

 

Thursday 28 January

Zine Workshop (part 1)

Nobbys SLSC | 3pm – 5pm

Registration Required (free)

What’s a zine, you ask? Why it’s a mini-magazine, lovingly handcrafted from a collection of original stories and creative works and then printed off a photocopier! Come along and share your ‘Storm Stories’ and create your very own zine. You can then keep it safe, or swap, share and show off to your fellow workshop participants! A perfect bonding activity for individuals with specific needs and their carers, family and friends. Adult supervision required for children under the age of 10. Registration is required and all materials are supplied.

 

Thursday 28 January

Performance of ‘A Midsummers’ Nightmare’sign-language

Nobbys SLSC | 7:30pm – 8:30pm
Auslan Interpreted Event

A Midsummer’s Nightmare arose from the experience Open  Cage Ensemble’s Creative Director, Erika Gelzinnis, had in 2014 as an inpatient in a psychiatric hospital. It depicts her struggle to manage interactions with services as she engaged with the National Disability
Insurance Scheme. She was working on a production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream when hospitalised.

A Midsummer’s Nightmare draws on her experiences and those of other Ensemble
members during this time. It explores the movement between dreaming and reality and the impact of the mental health system on those states through the use of verbatim techniques and Shakespeare. Please note this performance contains explicit language and triggering themes.