Events

EVENTS

Since 2008, Phoenix Functions has been organising community events to explore the question of the performing arts in the transformative process in community. The events are listed here in chronological order. The dance events are at Dance.

ROMANS IN EGYPT

2008 Barry Rowney, architectural historian, presents on the wealth of preservation of an archaeological dig of Romans in Egypt and the challenges with heritage in the tropics.

Video clip of event.

CAPE YORK CRITTERS and Wild Country

2008-2009 Production of a play for schools for The Wilderness Society to educate children on the endangered species of Cape York, Queensland, Australia.

The productions were played at Edgehill State School and Trinity Anglican School. Photos

TAS video clip

Edgehill video clip.

PHILOSOPHICAL FRIDAYS - Atherton Street Events

These two events were a trial of melding educational material with performing arts in the town centre.

  • Feb 2010: The Child. (No media available)
  • March 2010: Critters. Photos here

CHILDREN'S FESTIVAL: TABLELAND FOLK FESTIVAL

Owen was invited to organise the Children's Festival of the Tableland Folk Festival in 2010, which he has done annually until 2015.

OUT OF THE BOX THEATRE WORSKHOP

The inaugural project was the design of a script writing workshop for social discourse. The project team included: Owen Allen, June Perkins and Liz Hurley. As a demonstration of the model they wrote a 10 minute play called 'Seven Rotations of Risk' that was performed at a theatre workshop at the Tablelands Folk Festival, 24th October 2010.

10 people of diverse theatrical and occupational backgrounds attended a second Out of the Box Theatre Workshop in Atherton, Qld, Jan 2011. It was attended by 10 people. Photos

A one hour 'taster' workshop called Empathy was taken to the International Unity in Diversity Conference, Townsville, Queensland, Australia, August 2011.

CHILDREN'S VILLAGE; CAIRNS FESTIVAL

Due to the success of the Children's Festival of the Tableland Folk Festival, Owen was invited to organise a Children's Art n Craft Village at the Cairns Festival from 2012-2014.

THE PHOENIX PROJECT

Among the variations of Made2Move, a series of 2013 workshops incorporated a meditative component called Sacred Moments / Elevations of the Mind; Made2Move; Out of the Box Theatre Workshop; and a social break.

BIG BOARD GAMES

With the University of the Third Age, Atherton, in 2011 Owen designed a human sized board game to encourage activity in play. Owen designed the game framework and the participants were guided through design of the activities. The degree of success of this project was exemplified in the words of a woman about the participation of her husband, "I haven't seen him laugh like that for many years".

In 2014, the TANKS Performing Arts Centre, Cairns, invited Owen to provide a Big Board Game for a one day Children's Program on the theme, A New World. The Board Game was concpetualised as A World I Like To Live In.

FLORIDA EARTHCHARTER PROJECT

In 2015 Owen was invited by Sue Blythe of the Florida Coalition of justice and peace to assist her in a series of meetings and a workshop to progress a project to promote and educate children and the community in the Earth Charter.

Owen spent the week July 27 - August 2nd 2015 working with Sue and the Coalition in Gainesville, Florida, in clarifying the vision of the Earth Charter, the role of an educational board game and the possibility of developing an Grade 3-12 Earth Charter leadership cirriculum, and consolidation conversations with an extensive network including scientists, theatre and dance workers, a school principal, community radio, and other people interested in sustainability.

See Photos Here.

Since these meetings, the project has strengthened considerably in the numbers of people who are now performing specific roles towards 'illuminating the earth charter