Created in 2011, La Mama Mobile promotes access, diversity and inclusion through touring and working with presenters in order to provide affordable, high quality and at times challenging work that promotes audience, development and exchange across Victoria.
La Mama Mobile works with regional venues to share skills and resources and offer support in marketing as well as audience and artist development. It also supports local groups with access barriers to attend tour performances.
Toured performances have included: Sarajevo Suite, Button, Two Mortals, The Shrink and Swell of Knots, How’s Your Acting Going? Coranderrk: We Will Show the Country, Of Cows, Women and War andBirdcage Thursdays.
In 2018 we hope to present a regional exchange program at La Mama.
For more information please contact Caitlin Dullard ([email protected])
In 2017 La Mama worked with community health organisations and regional venues to present Birdcage Thursdays.
ABOUT BIRDCAGE THURSDAYS
Belongings pile up as an ageing mother, her high achieving daughter, pet cockatiel, and case manager negotiate their way to an important inspection.
Part physical workout and part tale about the underlying trauma of a woman who has accumulated too many things, throwing her family into crisis. A new Australian theatre work about isolation and excess in modern life.
Performed by Genevieve Picot, Sophia Constantine and Sandra Fiona Long. First Performed in the Big West Festival 2015.
TOURING DATES & VENUES
Thursday 12 October 2017, 8pm
Potato Shed, 29-41 Peninsula Drive, Drysdale
Friday 13 October 2017, 3.30pm and 7.30pm
Provincial Hotel, 121 Lydiard St North, Ballarat
Saturday 14 October 2017, 7.30pm
Red Rock Regional Gallery, 520 Corangamite Lake Road, Cororooke
Thursday 19 October 2017, 7.30pm
Friday 20 October 2017, 1.00pm
Violet Town Community House
37-39 Cowslip Street, Violet Town Victoria 3669
Saturday 21 October 2017, 7.30pm
Stratford Courthouse, 66 Princes, Highway, Stratford
Please note Hoarding Specialist Tania Reid from For The Crowded House
will be facilitating a Q&A after performances in Ballarat, Cororooke, Violet Town and Stratford.
Acknowledgments: First developed through La Mama theatre’s Explorations program in 2013, the premiere season was commissioned in 2015 by the Big West Festival’s NEWEST Program assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its funding and advisory body, The Helen MacPherson Smith Trust, La Mama Theatre and Victoria University College of Arts. Some shows were also followed with a Q&A session from Tania Reid of ‘For the Crowded House’, which generated lots of discussion and shared experiences.
The 2017 La Mama Mobile tour has been financially supported through Creative Victoria (Touring), Helen Macpherson Smith Trust, City of Greater Geelong, City of Ballarat and Creative Victoria (Regional Development and Small Regional Presenters, for Stratford and Cororooke)
Some quotes from reviews :
“… this quietly moving play clears away the clutter and reveals her seemingly unhealthy attachment to her possessions come from a place of heartbreak and fear”
– Fiona Spitzkowski, Theatre People
“… her script is wonderful, a well-paced and managed story as familiar as it felt original. This was not a play about hoarding, but a play about the characters, and we cared”
– Kerith Galvin Manderson, Planet Arts Fashion
“… an honest piece that didn’t feel like it was pretending. Birdcage Thursdays connects and cares for people and it is clear that the team of Birdcage Thursdays do too.”
– Will Dawson, Syn FM
You can see more information and links to reviews HERE
This work has the potential to raise public awareness of this important issue as well as be a tool for opening discussion around some difficult issues with professionals who work with hoarders, especially if followed with a Q&A session.