Philip Parsons Memorial Lecture
25 Belvoir Street, Surry Hills, NSW, 2010, Australia
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Belvoir is thrilled to announce that Alana Valentine will present The Myth of the General Audience as this year's Philip Parsons Memorial Lecture. The Philip Parsons Memorial Lecture will conclude with the announcement of this year's recipient of the illustrious Philip Parsons Fellowship for Emerging Playwrights, presented by previous Philip Parson's Fellowship winner, Tommy Murphy. In The Myth of the General Audience, Valentine reflects on her experience of bringing into the theatre the lived experience of diverse, community, regional and local audiences to hear their own stories in the context of the collective gaze. She explores how contemporary theatre, as well as entertaining, must still allow audiences to connect with each other, to collectively face ugly and sometimes difficult truths in important and community-changing ways. Using examples from her own plays, Alana looks to the engagement of increasingly diverse and eloquent audiences and the sacred trust that artists have with theatre-goers. Alana Valentine is a gifted wordsmith with an astounding ability to blend personal stories and research with conviction and daring.