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Inspired by Shaun Tan’s stunning book Cicada, this 4-day, drama-based workshop centres around themes of belonging, alienation, freedom, prejudice, self-expression and transformation. Through the eyes of a humble and hard-working Cicada, trapped in the colourless and soul-less world of a multi-storey office block, participants will explore and recreate this monochromatic world and Cicada’s existence within it whilst also discovering their own, inner landscape of self-expression. Engaging in drama processes and techniques, this workshop series dives into the unknown to discover new ideas, celebrate the unusual, and get curious about the endless possibilities of creating worlds, exploring characters and discovering stories. Led by Barking Gecko Teaching Artists, the workshops will conclude with participants presenting a small showing to parents and families at the end of the four days.  

This project has been made possible by federal government funding under the Restart Investment to Sustain and Expand (RISE) Fund.

2021-2022

In 2021 The Cicada Experience workshops took place in Broome, Midland, Margaret River and Mingenew.

Stay tuned for more information about The Cicada Experience workshops in 2022.

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