About Our Presenters
Fleur Kilpatrick is an award-winning playwright and director with practice focused on environmental sustainability and care. She holds a postgraduate Diploma of Directing and a Masters in Playwriting from the VCAM. She is a lecturer at Monash Centre for Theatre and Performance and the co-founder of Lonely Company, working to support emerging playwrights create sustainable careers.
Fleur’s plays have won the 2018 Max Afford Playwrights Award (Whale), 2016 Jill Blewett Award (Blessed, Poppy Seed Festival) and 2015 Melbourne Fringe’s Emerging Playwright Award (The City They Burned, Melbourne Fringe, Brisbane Festival).
In 2019, her new play Whale premiered at Northcote Townhall, her production of "Slaughterhouse Five"(which she directed and adapted) returned for a season at Theatre Works and her opera, "Daphne" will premier with Co Opera, SA.
In 2018, she made her mainstage debut with her play Terrestrial at State Theatre Company of South Australia and LZA Theatre in Sydney gave her 2013 play Yours the Face. In 2016 she directed Julius Caesar for Essential Theatre (Melbourne, Adelaide and Edinburgh) and Slaughterhouse Five for MUST.
Fleur has worked in high schools, directing productions and teaching playwriting since 2005. This work has included a six-week residency in the Surat Basin teaching playwriting to eighty Year Nines as part of La Boite theatre’s Home Turf program and being a mentor for thirteen-year-old playwrights through Riverlands Youth Theatre. She appears fortnightly on 3RRRs Smart Arts with Richard Watts and was the co-host of the podcast Contact Mic with Sarah Walker until 2018.
Words to be Spoken: Writing for Performance
The key thing I want to impart to students is what a flexible and evolving medium playwriting is: a medium that is about collaboration and the live experience. To do this, we’ll look at some really creative ways of writing plays – people writing plays that look like live action games, like poetry, like choose-your-own-adventure books – and do a number of writing exercises that focus on form supporting or contrasting the content. For example ‘write a love letter as a multiple choice questionnaire’ or ‘tell the story of finding a dead body as a series of step by step instructions’. We will look at the basic structure of a narrative and do an exercise on how we write a synopsis to ensure that each moment of the plot is necessary and leads onto to the next. The workshop will also discuss the difference between spoken and written language and how we might approximate spoken language in our writing for theatre. We’ll look at some bad dialogue I’ve written for the purpose of this exercise and workshop how we could make it better.
Teaching this content to young people is very close to my heart. I am dyslexic and came to playwriting as a teenager because the possibilities it presented for creativity of form (and sometimes even spelling) made me feel welcome. I love showing students what a playful and creative mode of writing this can be.
Liz Anelli has illustrated over 20 picture books and bases her school sessions on their inventive visual narrative. When she makes books she collages drawing, painting, printmaking and scraps of packaging, tickets, and patterns into some pretty complicated digital scenes. Her non-fiction and fiction children’s books have been much shortlisted and awarded. She also makes illustrated maps.
Liz moved from England in 2012 to live in sunny Newcastle where it is much nicer to sketch outside – drawing is her favourite pastime. Liz is a Board Director of ASA, an Ambassador for Books in Homes and reviews picture books for CBCA. She is represented by Fiona Kensole of The Transatlantic Agency, USA. New titles for publication in 2020 are "Dry to Dry" (a second Nature Story Series title) and "The Biscuit Maker" (Walker Books).
Make your own Picture Stories
Get a head start on creating your own comics and picture books. Inventing and drawing characters, backgrounds and page-turn-ability is tricky if you think you can't draw. Simple printmaking with rubber stamps and found objects makes this so much easier and more fun. Characters invent themselves just by experimenting with different shapes and then they start to tell their own stories. Liz will demonstrate and facilitate students in using mono-print and collage to create characters, story and atmosphere.