GREAT Southern creatives are being encouraged get involved in the production of Caretaker of the Lost Selves, set to premier at the Breaksea Festival in October.
Breaksea is an arts organisation which focuses on fostering creativity and engaging people within the community in drama productions.
The multi-media organisation is on the hunt for singers, dancers and anyone who is interested in working on the production of their latest show, Caretaker of the Lost Selves.
Writer and actor Tim Dunn said the idea behind the show was born through one of Breaksea’s artist collaboration sessions last November.
“The collab was fantastic, it was a happening event that maybe used to happen in late 60s, where people draw, dance and make spontaneous poetry and music,” he said.
“Some strong ideas emerged over the week, and out of one of those ideas came the concept for Caretaker of the Lost Selves.
“I wrote a poem describing it… the director saw it and really liked it and decided they wanted to do a whole show based on the poem.
“The beautiful thing is that it grew out of the Albany community, it was an intersection of a lot of stories, there was a lot of raw personal stories happening.”
Breaksea soprano and producer Pia Harris said the organisation works to bridge the gap between professional and local creatives.
“We are all about community engagement, open access, dramatic relevance and always focusing on local stories that need to be told,” she said.
“What we bring is an extraordinary collection of Great Southern and Perth artists who are committed to supporting creativity in the community, that’s what we are really passionate about.
“We are there to share our expertise with the community and help them in any way we can.”
Caretaker of the Lost Selves is a multi-media showcase which will feature elements of art, cinematic projections and shadow puppetry to narrate the story.
Mr Dunn said the show centres around the idea of when people face traumatic experiences in life they leave behind a piece of themselves in that moment.
“Over time these little bits of ourselves get lost behind us and we find it difficult to be creative in life,” he said.
“The Titan goddess of memory, her name is Memosyne, has been forgotten overtime and for her to survive she has begun to caretake all these bits of ‘lost selves’ of people.
“When someone comes upon her and realises they have lost something of themselves, like their creativity, she appears, and she offers a piece of themselves back for a story.”
Other pieces of poetry and personal stories which came out of the collaboration session have been woven into the main storyline of Caretaker of the Lost Selves.
“The idea is that over time we will go out and collect more stories from the community and put them into this piece so that it continues to live,” Mr Dunn said.
The production of Caretaker of the Lost Selves will result in two shows premiering at the inaugural Breaksea Festival from October 15 to 23.
People of all skill levels and experience are welcome to register their interest, for more information visit https://www.breaksea.org/breakseafestival2021.