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09 March 2017 - A Right To Our Existence
(This speech was given on the steps of the Victorian State Parliament 08 March 2017 as part of International Women’s Day and the Defend and Extend Public Housing Rally. Melina Wylie and Benjamin Newall kindly played the parts of “Woman” and “Man” in the short play. This work can be performed by others CC BY […]
12 August 2016 - Heard of Elephants
You won’t be seeing much of me here for a little while. My show Heard of Elephants is in the Melbourne Fringe Festival and will be opening in one month’s time! Woohoo! The tickets have become available this week and today is WORLD ELEPHANT DAY! So, I have two suggestions: Be sure to check out […]
27 June 2016 - Two Todays: No Tomorrow!
Here’s the gang from “Two Todays: No Tomorrow!” We performed this for the Board Shorts: Short Play Festival. From left to right: Colin Donald, Playwriter; Samuel Chappel, actor; Russell Williamson, actor; Katherine Phelps (me), director; Isaac Jones, actor.
21 April 2016 - Refugees and Elephants
photo by Bernard Dupont CC BY SA The inspiration for Heard of Elephants was a connect the dots process. I had just spent a number of months with refugees at a detention centre. As something of a break I was visiting my parents who both were having their eightieth birthday. During my spare moments at […]
20 April 2016 - Respect for Our Humanity, Respect for Our Individuality, Respect
The below quote comes from a great article about what it is like to work as a female in theatre, and in particular as a female technician. The situation it describes makes me bleed every time it happens to me, and I still hope our society will outgrow such disrespect. There’s a problem that needs […]
22 March 2016 - Saving Sacred Oak Flat!
On the 26 February the San Carlos Apache celebrated one year of standing strong at Oak Flat Arizona. They have been occupying Oak Flat in order to preserve their ancient sacred grounds from the devastation that would come with Rio Tinto mining the area. News has just come through that Oak Flat will remain listed […]
09 February 2016 - Ending The Cycle of Violence
When I was five years old I would walk home from kindergarten which was only a couple blocks away (this was the 60s). On several occasions an older girl, who lived nearby, would cross the street when she saw me, knock me down, then start pulling my hair. After complaining a few times my mother […]
27 October 2015 - How We Build A Future Worth Living In
At the end of November in Paris, the UN Climate Change Conference will bring together leaders from around the world to come to a universal climate agreement. Before that date many people will be forming climate marches to ensure that their leaders understand the level of support for such an agreement. Key to this agreement […]
19 September 2015 - What Are You Doing?
Cynicism leads to Apathy. Apathy leads to Self-fulfillng prophecies. If you do nothing, nothing happens Or worse. Cynicism feels safe. If you are cynical you don’t have to care, engage, work hard, risk opposition, risk failure, show courage. It has been said: If you aren’t part of the solution, You are part of the problem. […]
02 September 2015 - A Circle of Gifts
By Charles Eisenstein Wherever I go and ask people what is missing from their lives, the most common answer (if they are not impoverished or seriously ill) is “community.” What happened to community, and why don’t we have it any more? There are many reasons – the layout of suburbia, the disappearance of public space, […]