By Mark Svendsen | Posted on September 3rd, 2019
Rockpocalypse – an explosive piece of original theatre from Capricorn Coast playwright Jessica Lamb – will take to the stage in November 2019 with funding support from the Palaszczuk Government’s Queensland Arts Showcase Program.
The innovative play is the product of a unique community engagement process, developed using characters contributed by members of the public through a role-play gaming system devised by Ms Lamb as part of her Masters of Applied Theatre Studies.
The story, which asks questions of place, belonging and sustainability through the lens of a dystopian Rockhampton in the midst of exodus, will be brought to life by five local actors: Catie Fry, Rose Stunzner, Mark Alston, Bryn Robertson and Megan Norris, under director Travis Hock.
Rockpocalypse is one of eight successful projects in the latest round of State Government funding, receiving $37,050 to support the final creative development and presentation of the premiere season at the Walter Reid Cultural Centre on November 22-24.
Minister for the Arts Leeanne Enoch says it’s part of their ongoing support for Queenslanders working in the arts.
“I’m proud that the Palaszczuk Government is continuing its support for the arts and cultural sector,” Minister Enoch said.
“The range of projects in this round of funding is impressive and already it’s having a real impact in connecting our communities and creating employment.”
Emerging playwright and Arts Central Queensland’s theatre projects manager Jessica Lamb says Rockpocalypse rehearsals have already started.
“We’re now in the midst of refining the work with the support of local and Queensland-based artists in preparation for Rockpocalypse’s world premiere in November,” Ms Lamb says.
“Rockhampton has a rich vein of artistic talent, and we were really impressed with the talent and passion we saw in the auditions.”
Rockpocalypse is a follow-up to Arts Central Queensland Inc.’s current theatre offering the Living History Project, which has its final show at the Rockhampton Heritage Village this Sunday, September 8.
“As with the Living History Project, the artists and crew of Rockpocalypse are being paid industry standard rates,” Ms Lamb says.
“You can’t build a sustainable arts sector unless artists working at a professional level are being remunerated fairly for their work, so Arts Central Queensland always advocates strongly for that in our projects.”
Rockpocalypse is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland.