D.I.Y artwork


  • 19th Jul 2018 - 21st Jul 2018 to (Everyday)
  • Wollongong
    Performance Space, Building 25.168

A Student Initiated Project: 4 short works
Supported by Merrigong Theatre Company and The School of the Arts, English and Media (TAEM)

Student Initiated Productions or SIP offer undergraduate creative arts students the chance to direct, create and produce their own performances. The SIP process simulates the industry model of creating work beginning with competitive expressions of interest and Letters of Agreement, followed by a creative development process and rehearsals, as well as production responsibilities including the development of promotional collateral.

In previous years, SIPs, which are a TAEM initiative, have taken place wholly on campus. In 2018, however, Leland Keane, Artistic Development Manager at Merrigong Theatre Company, approached Dr Catherine McKinnon with the offer of space and production assistance to support creative arts students to generate ideas and develop their practice. D.I.Y, began as an initiative between UOW students and Merrigong Theatre Company with the aim of bringing together a group of students from diverse discipline backgrounds to create work together. Supported by Merrigong and TAEM, students from Creative Writing, Music, and Performance and Theatre, formed D.I.Y. as a platform for collaboration. The outcome is four original, new works created by emerging artists.

We all have those projects that we’ve been wanting to get around to. Maybe you’ve got a restoration to do or ideas of renovating the bathroom. But sometimes, things don’t go as planned; something gets in the way, and the only way to make it all work is to roll up your sleeves and ‘do it yourself’.

D.I.Y. comprises four short works: LUVESTUFF, written by Nicholas Chlopicki and directed by Lily Hayman with Michael Ho as Assistant Director; SKIRT, written by Meg Goodfellow and directed by Claire Gilmour; BURNER, written and directed by Grace Davidson-Lynch with co-director, Rikiah Lizarraga; and I DISAGREE, a devised work directed by Mina Bradshaw.

These short works experiment with form and content to explore the emotional lives of young people, their relationships, criminal tendencies and love of pizza – with or without pineapple. Mashing up poetic texts with story-telling, collaborating across art forms, and employing different aesthetics and rhetorical modes, these young artists are invested in the possibilities of theatre-making and the potential of collaboration.

We were brought together by our drive to create our own new works and our need to foster creative relationships with other disciplines. Our choice of theme ‘something old made new again’ is indicative of our creative interest in reworking our ideas and practices for further development. We want to thank Merrigong’s Leland Keane and Associate Producer Carly Young, as well as TAEM academics: Joshua Lobb, Luke Johnson, Terumi Narushima, Cath McKinnon, Janys Hayes, and Sarah Miller for supporting this initiative. D.I.Y. students have worked over the winter break and will present these original works during O-Week of the Spring session in 2018.

A group of university students working together to make art; What could possibly go wrong?

Cast Members:
LUVSTUFF: Harrison Bishop, Isabel Burton, Noah Cegielski, Connor Crick, Leah Herbert, Cara Severino, Sophie Ward
SKIRT: Billee Harris, Hannah Ivery, Jessica Melchert
BURNER: Patrick Harrison, Lillian Woods
I DISAGREE: Annie Roberts, Rob Rufatt, Nick Vagne, Sophie Wood

SIP supervisor: Janys Hayes
Producers: Lillian Gerlach and Justin McCormick
Production Manager: Meaghan Barton
Stage Managers: Meaghan Barton, Frankie Clarke, Glyn Megarrity and Nick Covell
Lighting Design & Operator: Nick Covell
Sound Design Team: Jaqueline Quintanilla, Josh Mills, Brad Gill and Alex Walker
Dramaturg: Conor Teevan
Visual Arts Design: Bella Chidlow

When: 8pm, Thursday 19 – Saturday 21 July 2018
Where: Performance Space, Building 25.168 
Tickets: Tickets: $15 Full | $12 Conc./Alumni | $8 TAEM Students