The concept behind Let's Speak Of The Unspoken
A place for people to see their similarities and acknowledge shared stories.
Conceived by Emma Workman, the mission of Let's Speak Of The Unspoken is to create a performance model which will generate space for the marginalised to be heard through the staged readings of new works created and informed by community consultation and lived experience. Audiences will see glimpses of the unspoken realities of the forgotten amongst us.
Let’s Speak Of The Unspoken (LSOTU) focuses on subjects that are generally avoided: the torment left on loved ones by suicidal thoughts; the confronting choices for parents of ‘unmanageable’ boys with autism; sexuality and disability; women choosing / refusing childlessness; the realities hidden in the industry that is Supported Care; the breaking point for carers.
LSOTU will generate a catalogue of contemporary, socially inquiring and reflective one act plays through Reading Tours to regional areas and intimate Staged Productions. Partnerships between arts organisations, state-wide advocacy groups, regional councils and community support networks will inform the development of each script. Sustainable employment opportunities will be generated for regional artists in diverse disciplines working within a ‘grass roots’ applied theatre context.
LSOTU will develop awareness and connectivity across all states and territories. Through the engagement of regional artists, existing connections will be utilised between regional theatre companies and festival bodies in Tasmania and Northern NSW before further broadening the scope. The development of existing theatre audiences, establishing new media platforms and engagement with varying community sectors is key to the longevity of LSOTU.