Murray Arts is over the nocturnal moon to be partnering with Eaton Gorge Theatre Company and local Squirrel Glider champions from around the Murray region to produce and present the world premiere tour of an interactive performance, Gliding into the future. This family-friendly production about the region’s local Squirrel Glider population will be performed for the first time in three locations from 11-12 October 2017.
Join the fun and learn all about the life of the Squirrel Glider at one of the free performances to be presented at Savernake Hall, Burrumbuttock Hall and QEII Square Albury.
Gliding into the future is an initiative of the Murray Science Hub who, with the support by Inspiring Australia NSW, invited Eaton Gorge Theatre Company to roam the lush surrounding farmlands of Burrumbuttock. The company worked with local organisations to develop a script based on information provided by:
- Lou Bull, project manager Squirrel Glider project
- Sam Niedra Albury Conservation Company
- Mason Crane and Matt Cameron, Squirrel Glider Species coordinator with the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage
- Local Land Services project leader Tara Pitman and
- Local landholders.
The script development stage concluded with a trial run performance at the Sustainable Activity Centre in Wodonga. Home school students were willing participants as the first preview audience!
WARNING: be ready to experience performance induced hilarity and scientific learning!
Gliding into the future encourages audience participation, interaction and even a chance to perform in some of the scenes. With the aim of improving awareness around the plight of the survival of the local Squirrel Glider population, Eaton Gorge discovered that Squirrel Gliders live in treetops, are nocturnal, native to Australia and are a threatened species.
This interactive style of performing arts is a great vehicle for inspiring young people to gain an interest in science as they learn unique and interesting facts in imaginative and engaging ways. The performance cleverly disseminates information, encourages a change in behaviour and also makes the audience feel actively involved in finding and developing solutions to the problems facing this threatened species.
Behind the scenes
Murray Arts asked Eaton Gorge Theatre Company some very probing questions:
Murray Arts: Vegemite or honey?
Eaton Gorge: Vegemite, unless I’m a squirrel glider at the time and then it would be honey!
Murray Arts: Nocturnal or daylight hours?
Eaton Gorge: Definitely nocturnal
Murray Arts: What inspired you most about our Murray region on your research tour to develop Gliding into the future?
Eaton Gorge: It’s so green and lush. Love the rolling hills, the fresh air and the lovely historic buildings.
Murray Arts: What has been one of the highlights or unexpected discoveries in developing the performance ‘Gliding into the Future’?
Eaton Gorge: I have loved meeting all the people involved with the project. They are all so passionate and inspiring. I have learnt a lot about local ecology and the walk on the stock route was incredible, walking in the bush with a mob of Kangaroos was an experience! Ian and I always get very excited when we see a possum run over a main highway. We never noticed them before and I was amazed at how far a squirrel glider can glide! 70 metres is a long way!
Murray Arts: What can the audience hope to expect? Any spoiler alerts?
Eaton Gorge: A fun interactive and entertaining show that will teach them some interesting facts….don’t want to reveal too much!
Murray Arts: What would be Eaton Gorge’s dream project?
Eaton Gorge: This one!
6pm Wednesday 11 October 2017 – performance begins at 7pm with an optional community BBQ prior to the show. RSVP Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
11:30am Thursday 12 October 2017 – Burrumbuttock Hall RSVP Email: email@example.com
6:15pm Thursday 12 October 2017 – QEII Square Albury during the twilight evening market. No RSVP needed!
For more information contact Murray Arts P: (02) 6021 5034 or by email
Guest post by Carolyn Doyle Murray Arts. Images and video courtesy of Helen Newman Nomad Films.