What happened -- and when
On the job at Cullora
Dallas Lewis of Sidetrack Theatre meets Brian Dunnett (a shop steward
from Chullora) at an Art and Working Life Seminar.
Brian mentions their theatre/canteen spaces at Chullora. Also their monthly
extended "concert" lunch hour.
Dallas' ears tingle.
Subsequent phone calls result in a meeting at Chullora being arranged.
Meeting at Chullora with Don Mamouney, Dallas Lewis and Pat Cranney from
Sidetrack and shop stewards from the Loco area. The idea of a theatre
company residence is proposed and agreed to in principle; Sidetrack to
apply for the funding.
Application submitted to the Theatre and Community Arts Boards of the
Meeting with Area Shop Stewards Committee to let them know that the funding
is approved and that it's all go!
Pat Cranney (Sidetrack's writer-in-residence) moves in as Chullora's
writer-in-residence (own locker and overalls provided)!
The company as a whole (five actors and one director) begin the manufacture of the play. This is a five week period of rehearsal and research by the actors building on that already done by Pat Cranney. The play is made through improvisation, editing and refining.
The rehearsal space is the rolling stock canteen. It's a bit dark, especially
at 7.30 am when the company starts. Theatre workers take a little adjusting
to workshop worker's hours.
First performance at Erecting Shop (Loco) Canteen to an extremely appreciative
audience of around 450 on 5 October.
all to large, noisy, appreciative audiences.
The company go to Adelaide for the Community Theatres' Conference. A
performance takes place at Islington (Adelaide) Railway Workshops, again
to a large appreciative audience.
February to April 1984
The play is revived and toured to Adelaide for the Festival Fringe and
for workplace and schools performances in Whyalla, Port Augusta and Port
Pirie (South Australia).
LOCO's last performances - to senior students in Sydney High Schools.